Grading the 2019 MLB season free agent signings

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: John Middleton, Philadelphia Phillies managing parter, shakes hands with Bryce Harper as general manager Matt Klentak looks on during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB via Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 2: John Middleton, Philadelphia Phillies managing parter, shakes hands with Bryce Harper as general manager Matt Klentak looks on during the press conference introducing Harper as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday March 2, 2019 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB via Getty Images) /
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Grading the 2019 MLB season free agent signings

National League West

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Although his performance has mitigated during the past month, Hyun Jin Ryu’s performance remains the pitching story of the season. Keep in mind that the Dodgers re-signed him for $17.9 million, and to date have gotten 2.7 WAA on that payout. At $4.5 million, David Freese has been a modest benefit.

Arizona’s free-agent class is enhanced by the re-signing of Eduardo Escobar, which has netted 2.2 WAA at a cost of $6.16 million. The far more heralded signing of Adam Jones looks like a bust by comparison; Jones signed for $3 million and has delivered -1.5 WAA.

The Padres made one of the off-season two mega-moves, signing Manny Machado to a deal that paid him $12 million this year. Machado has been a 1.0 WAA player, probably less than what the Padres had hoped for. They also laid out $7 million for a recovering Garrett Richards in the hope that he will yield benefit next year.

San Francisco invested $7 million in Derek Holland, watched him flop through the first three months 2019 MLB season, then unloaded him to the Cubs for cold, hard cash. In his first season running the club, Farhan Zaidi didn’t get much more out of his other eight signings.

Colorado GM Jeff Bridich fundamentally sat out the free-agent season. He signed the only infielder Daniel Murphy, who in exchange for $10 million has flopped badly, and Mark Reynolds, the latter to a minor league deal that also flopped.

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Grades

  • Los Angeles: Net ROI: C; Gross ROI: B; GPA: B-
  • Arizona: Net ROI: B-; Gross ROI: C. GPA: C+
  • San Diego: Net ROI: C; Gross ROI: C; GPA: C
  • Colorado: Net ROI: C; Gross ROI: D; GPA: C-
  • San Francisco: Net ROI: C; Gross ROI: D: GPA: C-