First of all, let me say that it’s a good thing that the Twins were able to come to agreements with all arbitration eligible players. I think there were a couple cases they could have won (more on that later) but generally it’s better than there won’t be any hard feelings going into the 2010 season. Let’s get started:
2.5 million for Delmon Young is awful. Granted it’s not terribly worth it to get your panties in a bunch over a 1 year contract for 2.5 million, but Young is awful. His walk rates have gone down and his strikeout rates have gone up, yet people think he is due for a breakout. Even if he does have a breakout year, which for Delmon would be something like a .340 wOBA, he’s still one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the majors.
Hardy got 5.1 million. He had an awful year last year at the plate, but a great deal of that was due to BABIP. His peripherals have stayed close to his career norms, and as has been widely chronicled he is a defensive wiz at short. I think they probably could have gotten away with less money due to his poor traditional stats last year, but a good signing nonetheless.
Harris gets 3.2 million over 2 years. Not sure I get it. He’s had .318 and .295 wOBAs in his two years with the Twins. He also is a poor defender at short, where a backup infielder needs to be able to play. He has a career -9.9 UZR/150 at short and a career -6.8 UZR/150 at third. I think Harris is a great guy, but this signing was probably a mistake.
I’ll be back later to run through the pitchers.