Thursday, September 16, 2010

Free Agency Top 10

Bob Walls
Age: 29B/T: L/L
Born: Taivalkoski, FI
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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At 29 years old, Walls got the biggest contract of the first season, with 99.5 millions for 5 years. Since Walls has not proven anything yet, we hope that Colorado’s owner knows what he is doing. He may have some information that we don’t. Walls can play in the right field, but he might be better on the left side with his average glove and arm. At bat, he should do what he is paid for, hitting and running. It won’t be difficult for Walls to get on base with his good eye, and his great base running abilities will make him a dangerous man to have on bases. Depending where he will be in the batting order, Walls may join the 30-30 club.

Stephen Austin
Age: 35B/T: L/L
Born: Mount Pleasant, NC
Position(s): P (P)
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This is another risky contract with Austin at 35 years old. The Brewers gives him a 42 millions contract for 5 years, with a team option for the last year. Strangely, the salary is higher year after year. This will make Austin a costly 39 years old pitcher. He is a very nice left-handed pitcher, with great control and good against every hitter. Also, Stephen has some interesting pitches, like a screwball and a slider. His health is average, and without a high training budget and medical, this guy could land on the disable list often. Let’s see if he can reach the 12 wins this season.

Graham Henderson
Age: 34B/T: L/L
Born: Bushnell, FL
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Henderson got one of the biggest contracts of the free agency, with a total of 40.5 millions over the next 5 years. Graham is already at 34 years old, so this contract might be a little bit risky. Detroit’s owner will have to invest some money in training to keep his newly added pitcher in a major league shape. Beside all that, he is a very interesting pitcher. I guess that he will be the guy that closes the matches. The left-handed pitcher has a great control and does well against both side of the plate. Also, Graham can use two great pitches, a fastball and a slider.

Art Harvey
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Chatham, VA
Position(s): P (T4A)
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Harvey was in demand on the market, but he finally accepts a 4 years contract of 39 millions including a signing bonus of 5 millions. His contract will end when Art will be at 35 years old. Montreal’s owner will have to keep a high training budget to keep Harvey in good shape. He may have the #1 spot of the rotation since Montreal doesn’t have a lot of deep in his major league roster. The right-handed pitcher has a great control of the ball, and can throw against any kind of hitter, left or right. Harvey has five types of pitches, a great curveball, a nice change up, a decent cut fastball, a decent slider and a below average fastball. If he stays healthy, he may get around 15 wins, but it will mostly depend on Montreal’s bullpen.

Bob Miles
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Texas City, TX
Position(s): P (P)
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At the age of 31, Miles accepts a 5 years contract of 30 millions including a mutual option for the last year. This guy is a horse and could be a part of a four man rotation. Bob has four very good pitches, a fastball, a change up, a curveball and a forkball. Depending on the catcher that will be use with him, he could hit the 15 wins over the season. His health is not very good, but this is a risk that could pay at the end.

Jair Benitez
Age: 29B/T: R/L
Born: Villa Gonzalez, DO
Position(s): 3B/1B/COF
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This third baseman of 29 years old will play for the Phillies for the next 5 seasons for a total of 28.5 millions. Benitez is a lefty power hitter and he is better against right-handed pitchers. His contact may not help him to keep a high batting average, but he will manage to hit some homeruns, maybe reaching the 40. On the defensive side, Jair will be fine at third, but he could also play on the corner outfield.

Juan Martinez
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: San Isidro, DO
Position(s): P (SuA)
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Cincinnati’s owner hires Martinez for the next three years for 26.5 millions including a mutual option. Juan may act as the closer of the team with his high control and a super sinker. He is very good against righty hitter, but does very well with lefties. At 31 years old, Martinez still has one or two good season in front of him. If he stays health, Juan might be a great pitcher and help the Reds in their first season.

Rodrigo Pena
New York
Age: 30B/T: L/R
Born: Perico, CU
Position(s): SS
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Rodrigo has accepted a 4 years contract for 26 millions including a team option. This is a wise contract. At 30 years old, Pena is still in his good years. Pena can play at shortstop, but may end at third. He has barely the defensive skills to play at his current position. If he can get on bases, his speed and base running abilities will be a huge advantage. This guy could reach the 20-20 club at his first season with the Mets.

Mo Flynn
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: St Petersburg, FL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Flynn accepts a 5 years contract for a total of 26 millions with a team option. This young pitcher may not pitch a lot of inning per game, but it will be quality innings. His average stamina will give him about 70 pitches in a match. However, Mo has some nice pitches to use, like a curveball and a fastball. Also, he is as good against lefty as righty. The only thing that could cost him a win is his average control level. We don’t know when he will lose control of the ball and give the extra run. Not sure if Houston’s owner will give him a spot in the rotation, but Flynn would be a great choice for long relief for sure.

Pasqual Perez
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Villa Clara, CU
Position(s): P (P)
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As a former member of the Expos, Pasqual was leave alone and had no choice to go for free agency. Hopefully for him, Arizona’s owner decides to offer him a contract, a huge one a three years contract of 23.6 millions with a player option and a no-trade clause. Perez seems to have the caliber of a major league pitcher, but his below average control may cost him some matches. He can throw a lot of balls in a match, and he is good against lefty and righty. This guy has two good pitches, a slider and a curveball.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


First of all, I would like to welcome each and everyone of you for being a part of this world. There is a lot to do with a new team, but I'm sure that everyone will do is best to improve his team.

For some of you, it's your first experience to HBD. I hope that you will like it and stay with us for a long time.

This is my first time as a blog manager, and I have great ideas to run this blog. At the moment, I'm planning on making a Free Agency review, Amateur Draft review and putting important information about trades and international signing through the season.

Please let me know if you would like to contribute to the blog or have any other ideas.

Gary Carter World Rules

Here are the rules that all of Gary Carter World members have agreed to by playing in this world. If they are not followed, then the owner will be replaced.

Anti Tanking Rules

1. More than 200 losses over a two year period and the owner will be asked to state their case as to why they should be allowed to stay. If allowed to stay the owner must reach 70 wins or be replaced.

2. Prospect Payroll can NOT exceed 30 million. (Example, if you budget 20 million for Prospect Cash, then you can only transfer in up to another 10 million). Penalty - The player or players that are signed by going over the cap are inactivated for all of their first season so they don't develop and they are also added to the 40 immediately so they burn up all of their option and have to waive the player to pull them off. The team that goes over the cap can also not transfer in any cash to their prospect payroll for three seasons.

3. Extended losing streaks or trends at the end of the season will be reviewed above and beyond the 200-win requirement. Teams are expected to maintain a level of competitiveness throughout the entire season. It is not acceptable to lose towards the end of the season to secure a higher draft slot.

Gameplay Rules

3. Owners must keep their minor league teams intact. This includes having enough pitchers to avoid fatigued pitchers and also covering all of the positions. (Not enough money in the budget is not an excuse as budgeting is an important part of the'll need to make some moves to free up payroll).

4. Using tandem pitchers for the specific reason of telling the AI who you want to be the first pitcher out of the bullpen is perfectly fine. However, it is NOT ok to deceive the other owner to gain a platoon advantage. Starting Pitchers should have their target pitch count set to at least 60. If you choose to not to use a target pitch count, then the max pitch count should be set to at least 60. (Exceptions may apply in extreme circumstances)

5. If cash is included in a trade then the cash can NOT exceed the player salary going with it. (Example is player A makes 2 can NOT trade 5 million and the player)

6. You must protect your players for the 40 man roster! Plenty of time to do so once budgets are set to protect your players for the Rule V Draft. There will be no "I had something come up, please take pity on me and trade me my player back."

7. If a team signs a "Type A" or "Type B" player than that player can NOT be traded until after the amateur draft.

8. When a trade is completed, any major league player involved is immediately to be moved to "Rest" and any minor league player involved is to be put on the inactive roster. This is to prevent fatigue and/or injury. If a starting pitcher (ML) is traded and is scheduled as next starter (therefore can not be rested), his pitch count should be set at minimum and then he should be placed on "rest" immediately thereafter.

Other Rules

9. Trade chats and proposals must be responded to in 48 hours...even if it is to say "hey, i saw your chat/proposal, but I'm busy, give me some time to get back to you." Please send me a private trade chat if this rule is not being observed.

10. Cities/Stadiums are not to be moved once you are in the world. All team names must be taken from the current MLB teams, except for San Juan..

11. The world chat is to be used for discussion and debate; however you must keep it civil. Personal attacks will not be acceptable.

12. I reserve the right to add to these rules. Usually I'll put a matter up for a vote and we'll see what everyone thinks.