Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Giants Efficiency in Free Agent Signing Last Year


The Giants this off season made a decision that the would do their best to try to bring back pretty much all the players that brought back the first ever World Series Championship instead of looking out ward on the free agent market.

The only person that they went outside of last years team to sign was Miguel Tejada and well lets just say that hasn't worked out as well as they would have hoped.

I was poking around the internet and stumbled across something interesting from Royals Review that looked at the off season moves made by the Royals and I thought that it would be interesting to adapt it to see how the Giants have done with the free agents they signed over the winter.


Name
bWAR
fWAR
Total Salary (Millions)
Salary After 73 Games (Millions)
Aubrey Huff
-1.3
-0.6
10.00
4.51
Miguel Tejeda
-0.4
-0.7
6.50
2.93
Pat Burrell
0.7
0.5
1.00
0.45
Mike Fontenot
0.5
0.5
1.05
0.47
Guillermo Mota
0.3
0.3
0.93
0.42
Ryan Vogelsong
2.6
1.5
0.42
0.19
Total
2.4
1.5
19.89
8.96


Overall things don't look too bad, the Giants are paying $3.7 million per WAR based on the baseball-reference measure and $5.9 million per WAR based on the fangraphs measure. The $3.7 would be slightly below average and the $5.9 slightly above average.

The two biggest acquisitions have essentially been busts with both producing at below replacement level but luckily for Brain Sabean he was able to find a gem in Ryan Vogelsong who has been excellent while also being a bargain after only signing a minor league contract before the season.

If we take away the Huff deal Sabean looks like a genius, if way take away Vogelsong he looks like a doofus. I guess that is the fine line the general managers walk in Major League Baseball.

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