Texas Rangers: Jermaine Dye
It always helps to get a clearer picture of market value when it comes to free agents. One way to do that is to see what the "big boys" get and where they land. The two largest fish in the free agent hitting lake are Jason Bay and Matt Holliday.
One has now found a home. Bay agreed, according to an ESPN.com story, to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets. The deal includes a vesting option that could push it over $80 million for five years.
It will be interesting to see what happens now with Holliday, a Scott Boras client.
But maybe that will give the Rangers and other parties some more information. The club has shown interest in Jermaine Dye and Vladimir Guerrero. They'd like to get a right-handed bat, preferably on a one-year deal, to put in the middle of the lineup. They've also inquired about left-handed hitting Jim Thome as a DH.
The last couple of days have seen more activity in the AL West. I'm still amazed by how the deals keep coming in the Rangers' division.
The Angels signed former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year deal worth $11 million. He's supposed to set up Brian Fuentes. That certainly strengthens the Angels' bullpen. But the question now is whether the Angels' budget has money left over to do much else. ESPN Insider Keith Law thinks they overpaid for Rodney.
The A's have reached an agreement with Justin Duchscherer. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick wrote that it's one year at $5.5 million. Duchscherer missed the 2009 season with elbow surgery and had treatment for clinical depression. He gives the A's a veteran presence in that rotation.
The Rangers have made several additions this offseason. And they aren't done. They are continuing to look for a right-handed bat to go in the middle of the lineup and have interest in Jermaine Dye and Vladimir Guerrero. They've also looked at left-handed hitter Jim Thome as a possible DH.
It's made the entire division better. Does it mean the Mariners are the favorites? Have the Rangers done enough to get past the Angels?