Friday, December 16, 2016

Season 33 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

The hot stove season is here as Season 33 kicks off.  Check back here to see where all the top free agents end up!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Francisco Aramboles SP 33 ATL CHY $110.0 M 5
Comments: The multiple time Cy Young Award winner is the top prize this class
2 Yeico Oliva SP 33 ATL CHY $86.0 M 5
Comments: Another former Cy Young winner who still looks like an ace
3 Dizzy Leonard SP 31 CSP CSP $30.0 M 5
Comments: Dizzy a FA?  Say it ain't so!  Great SP and a legend in CSP
4 Fergie Lockwood  SP 33 ATL NAS $51.7 M 4
Comments: Yet another very strong SP, he's a top line starter in most rotations
5 Timothy Steinbach 1B 32 ATL PAW $60.0 M 5
Comments: The former MVP is easily the best bat available in this class
6 Albert Pineda LF 32 FLA FLA $25.1 M 3
Comments: Great hitting multiple time All-Star, but how he ages is a concern
7 Al Balentien RP 29 HOU MTY $44.8 M 5
Comments: This lights out RP has excellent ratings and decent DUR/STA
8 Troy Hudek RP 33 ATL CHA $34.0 M 4
Comments: Excellent track record and ratings and is one of the best RPs around
9 Alex Salas  2B 31 STL CSP $16.8 M 3
Comments: Nice ratings, but surprising low career #s.  Can he turn it around?
10 Santo Manuel SP 25 NY1 KC $21.0 M 4
Comments: Good middle of the rotation type, decent career ERA, and only 25!
11 Willie Esposito 3B 32 RIC LA $4.0 M 2
Comments: Has a nice bat and fielding ratings, age and injury a slight concern
12 Everth Sosa CF 30 BUF BOI $30.0 M 4
Comments: A good bat for CF with decent speed and excellent fielding ability 
13 Jonny Bonds SP 32 PAW FAR $18.4 M 4
Comments: Great pitch command and control, good GB, LH split a weakness
14 Willie Zorrilla SP 29 MIN LA $9.2 M 2
Comments: Elite pitch command, strong control, gives up fly balls, still solid 
15 Felipe Barrios RP 27 NY1 FLA $40.0 M 5
Comments: Outstanding ratings and great career #s, but low stamina
16 Bryant Landrum  SP 33 FLA MTY $35.6 M 5
Comments: Poor pitch command but great otherwise, and career #s are good
17 Raul Mantalban 2B 27 CIN MIN $27.2 M 4
Comments: Excellent career #s, despite poor RH split, and a plus fielder
18 Marvin Stahl 1B 27 POR SAL $1.2 M 1
Comments: Low power for a 1B, but very good hitter, and age is a plus
19 Eric Douglas SP 32 MIN ATL $6.0 M 2
Comments: Splits are mediocre, Pitches are ok, great control, should be useful
20 Danny McPherson RP 31 BOS HOU $3.0 M 2
Comments: Coming off a nice season, career #s still mediocre, but great ratings
21 Nigel Shumpert LF 29 LA BOI $1.2 M 1
Comments: Just a solid, yet not spectacular bat, #s are are good for the class
22 Sean Dahl C 31 ATL CSP $16.8 M 3
Comments: Great ratings, strong C, but huge injury risk and career #s not great
23 Bonk Cookson 3B 29 DET BOS $28.0 M 5
Comments: Nice power and eye, but poor contact and average defensively for 3B
24 Stan Ford LF 32 BOI MTY  $18.0 M 3
Comments: Still a solid bat and career #s are competitve for what's out there
25 Rico Mantalban 1B 34 FLA MIN $1.4 M 1
Comments: Nice bat with plus power, should be a nice add, although aging

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Season 32 Wrap Up - Cheyenne Wins it All!

Cheyenne Warriors (AL)
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Cheyenne takes the Season 32 crown!

Another Cobbfather World Series is in the books and this time it's Cheyenne that came out on top, with perhaps one of the most difficult routes to the title in Cobbfather history, defeating 3 100-win teams en route to claiming this season's crown!  Cheyenne's 102-win season only netted them a wildcard berth, as division rival Salem edged them out for the division title.  After defeating Fargo in the play-in round, they squeezed out a 3-2 win over top seed Texas, which advanced them to the ALCS against division rival Salem.  This time Cheyenne prevailed in a hard-fought 6-game battle.  They then had to conquer defending champion Montgomery, which they did in a 7-game duel.  Cheyenne post an impressive .802 team postseason OPS, with consistent, solid production throughout their lineup. That, along with solid pitching, allowed them to overcome a few bullpen blowups to take the title.  This is yanks21's first title in Cheyenne, 4th overall in Cobbfather, and most impressively, 30th total in HBD.  Wow!

Thanks everyone for a great season, and we'll see you back for Season 33 after a hopefully quick rollover!

Season 32 Award Winners

Here's a recap of who took home the hardware in Season 32!

American League - Willie Cerda, Texas - .322 AVG 41 HR 134 RBI
The list of career accolades for the Texas slugger keeps growing, as he took home his record breaking 6th MVP trophy in Season 32.  He also made his 6th All-Star appearance and won his 7th Silver Slugger award.  What's next for Cerda?  It seems he has a decent chance to break the all-time Cobbfather Home Run record, as he is just 59 away, and seems like he will have the longevity to get there.  What a career it has been for Cerda.

National League - Jared Gonzales, Montgomery - .300 AVG 50 HR 126 RBI 16 SB
In the NL, we have a first-time winner, as the Montgomery centerfielder took home the MVP trophy.  He also made his 4th All-Star team in Season 32.  With several impressive offensive seasons under his belt, Gonzales took it another step up, posting career highs in almost every offensive category to lead the way for a most impressive Montgomery squad.  Definitely a well-deserved win, and nice to see a player in his 30's break through for his first MVP win.

American League - Felipe Sosa, Salem - 22-5 2.22 ERA 159 K
Sosa, the AL leader in Quality Starts who also tied for the lead in wins, took home his first Cy Young award capping off a tremendous season for a solid Salem squad.  The 30 year-old lefty also made his 2nd All-Star team in Season 32.  He's been a formidable pitcher only playing for Salem his entire career, so it's nice to see his efforts rewarded as well.

National League - Erubiel Morales, Montgomery - 16-4 2.19 ERA 134 K
Looking at his ratings, it would be hard to predict Morales would ever win a Cy Young, given his low stamina, his potential for throwing a lot of innings is limited.  But Montgomery gave him a shot in their rotation anyway, and it was a major success that allowed him to bring home the Cy Young trophy.  Morales fell 5.2 innings short of qualifying for the ERA and WHIP titles, but would have won both if he had.  Good to see a guy like Morales win it every once in a while, it shows that a wide variety of pitchers can be useful!

American League - Giovanny Stanley, Cheyenne - .314 AVG 26 HR 74 RBI 46 SB
The Cheyenne 1st baseman Stanley, who poses the rare combination of power, great batting eye and top tier baserunning skills, took home the AL Rookie of the Year honors by showing off his abilities with a most impressive stat line for Season 32.  His Season 32 batting average may be about his ceiling, but he has upside in all other categories, so he should be a regular going forward on many of the awards list.

National League - Rex Washington, Houston - 12-5 2.73 ERA 112 K
It was a rough season in Houston in Season 32, dealing with some tough injuries, including a tough elbow injury for NL Rookie of the Year Washington, who won despite finishing the season on the DL. It doesn't look like the injury will affect him greatly going forward, and at his age, there's a possibility that he could regain some of what he lost.  Even if he stays at his current ratings, he looks like he'll be an excellent arm going forward, if he can keep the ball down, and more importantly, stay healthy.

American League - Jiggs Cuddyer, Boston - 2.89 ERA, 39 SV - 1st win
National League - Jhoulys Olmedo, New York - 3.18 ERA, 50 SV - 2nd win

American League
DH Timothy Steinbach Atlanta 1st
C Marvin Crosby Boston 1st
1B Willie Cerda Texas 7th
2B Calvin Hukata Detroit 1st
3B Wilfredo Guerrero Iowa City 1st
SS Jaret Miller Atlanta 3rd
LF Leonardo Jefferies Cheyenne 1st
CF Raul Galvez Salem 3rd
RF Francis King Salem 2nd

National League
P Bo Nelson Florida 1st
C Derrick Frank Dover 2nd
1B Adalberto Cerveza Dover 2nd
2B Yohan Gomez Buffalo 1st
3B Eli Calixte Dover 1st
SS Kirt Raggio Cincinnati 3rd
LF Mitchell Sweeney New York 2nd
CF Heath Kelly Florida 1st
RF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 4th

American League
P Omar Suarez Detroit 1st
C Chris York Cheyenne 1st
1B Michael Henn Pawtucket 1st
2B Paul Francoeur Pawtucket 1st
3B Alving Palmeiro Colorado Springs 5th
SS J.B. Taylor Pawtucket 1st
LF Donaldo Javier Pawtucket 2nd
CF Hub Paul St. Louis 1st
RF Leonys Santos Iowa City 1st

National League
P Raul Delgado Salt Lake City 1st
C Yamid Latos Los Angeles 1st
1B Harry Amarista Richmond 5th
2B Alex Tavarez Los Angeles 1st
3B Louie Banuelos Buffalo 1st
SS Ugueth Perez Montgomery 2nd
LF Fernando Cortez Vancouver 1st
CF J.T. Constanza Trenton 2nd
RF Willie Esposito Richmond 1st