Top 5 Free Agent Signs:
With 1/3 of the season underway, here is a look at the top 5 offseason signs.
1. D'Angelo Gil , New Britain Bombers, CF - Gil has been amongst the top 10 in batting average and OBP in the American League, while playing adequate defense as a first year centerfielder.
2. Sean Donovan , New Britain Bombers, SP - The 36yr old right hander and future Hall of Famer was signed to a 37.5 million over three years. After 12 starts into the season, Donovan has shown why he is the World leader in numerous pitching categories. Donovan has also provided some maturity and stability to the Bomber's pitching corps.
3. Tanyon Owen , New York Transformers, SS - Owen has played 60 games as New York's regular shortstop, despite being primarily a 3B or CF throughout most of his major league career.
4. Benito Manzanillo, Seattle Lightning, SP - Manzanillo's signing came and went without much fanfare. The Seattle Lightning signed the 35 yr old to a 3 yr contract for $5.6 million a year. Manzanillo's signing addressed a pitching shortage that had seen Seattle struggle for several years in a row. Although Manzanillo has not put lights-out numbers (nobody expected him to), he has given Seattle 13 opportunities to win, logging 13 starts and a respectable 4.22 ERA.
5. Anthony Dickerson, St. Louis Kamikazes, P - Anthony Dickerson, whose previous contract with Las Vegas earned him the nickname "Big" Dickerson, was a bargain sign by St. Louis. The 35 yr old Dickerson agreed to a 1 yr, $3.4 million contract, and has been a valuable swing man for the Kamikazes - 4 starts in 17 appearances with a career best 2.88 ERA. Dickerson provides some pitching depth to the Kamikazes.