A review of how these were calculated.
- All pitchers on a National League roster or disabled on August 31 are eligible.
- Pitchers are classified as a starter or reliever based on how they were used more frequently in the 2007 and 2008 seasons combined. Also, players with no games played are counted with the starters.
- Statistics used are the totals from the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
- For all counting statistics, there is an adjustment for missed time based on days spent on the disabled list.
- The statistics used are: Total Games (Games Started+.5*Games Relieved), Innings Pitched, Wins, Winning Percentage, ERA, and Strikeouts.
- Each player is ranked in each of the categories, with the leader getting the maximum amount of points and the last place player in the category getting zero.
- With his 69 total games, Sabathia ranks second behind Aaron Harang (71.34). Sabathia gets 94 out of 95 possible points.
- Sabathia, with 494 innings, led NL Starting pitchers. He gets the maximum 95 points here.
- Totaling 40 wins, Sabathia led all NL Starting pitchers. That's 95 more points.
- Sabathia's 40-17 record puts his winning percentage at .679. This ranks behind Rich Harden (.733), Edinson Volquez (.731), Tim Lincecum (.714), and Brandon Webb (.702). He gets 91 out of the possible 95 here.
- Sabathia's impressive 2.95 ERA over the past two years wasn't enough to lead this pool of players. Rich Harden (2.12), Josh Geer (2.67), Jake Peavy (2.68), Chris Volstad (2.88), and Johan Santana (2.92) were able to better him. Sabathia gets 90 out of 95 points for ERA.
- Finally, Sabathia was able to get the maximum 95 points for strikeouts after leading these players with 460.
Here's the rest:
|Jorge De La Rosa||47.018|
|Cha Seung Baek||37.368|
Free Agent with option
Since the last time I posted this group of players, Kyle Lohse has signed an extension and Jamie Moyer has ridden a 4-0 September to projected Type A status. As I've already mentioned, Moyer's status is a bit tenous. He's well within the margin of error and could actually qualify as a Type B. I'd put his chances of a type A around 90% or higher.
This is a Tigers blog afterall, so what does this all mean for the Tigers? Certainly, the Tigers will be in the market for a starting pitcher this offseason. Among the free agents on this list, Sabathia will most certainly be offered arbitration and probably be re-signed. If not, he has proven himself to be worth the second round pick. The 5-7 year commitment and 8 digit salary may be a bit of a stretch.
Ben Sheets is next on the list, but his recent elbow injury throws a wrench into things. It's doubtful he gets the contract he was looking for and may not get offered arbitration.
Oliver Perez is a shaky pitcher and probably isn't worth the second round pick if offered arbitration.
Derek Lowe hails from Michigan, so he will probably get a look. If the Dodgers offer arbitration, I don't think he'd be worth the pick. While the 3.24 ERA is nice and shiny, bear in mind he's been facing National League West opponents all year. That's over 90 innings against the Diamondbacks (10th in the NL in Runs Scored) , Giants (15th), Padres (16th), and Rockies (8th). Throw in the difference in league strength, and I could see Lowe posting an ERA north of 4.5 with the Tigers if he is signed. For the money he will likely demand, no thanks.
Jamie Moyer is another guy who isn't worth the draft pick, but could fill the Kenny Rogers role. You've gotta love the thought of a one-year commitment, especially after the Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson contract disasters.
I'll go through some of the Type B's and sleepers in the future, but the appeal of most will depend on their cost.