Jon Garland signs with Arizona. This move to the National League will be a good one for Garland. It is a one-year deal, meaning he is playing for a contract this season. Playing half of his games in a big park should provide better ratios and a lot of innings. I think he’ll end up with around 12 wins, 4.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 100K.
Aaron Heilman traded to Cubs. This is Heilman’s second trade this winter, this time going from Seattle to Chicago’s north side. Will Heilman wind up in the Cubs’ rotation? The bullpen is full with Marmol, Gregg, and Samardija, so Heilamn doesn’t have much of a chance there. The only realistic scenario is to be the 5th starter, barring a Jake Peavy trade. I like the change of scenery for Heilman, but not to Chicago’s windy confines. As the 5th starter, I see Heilman posting 10 wins, 4.60 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
Ty Wigginton signs with Baltimore. Wiggy made his hay in Houston’s Minute Maid Band Box and struggled away from home. A trip to Baltimore (and the A.L. East) won’t do him a lot of good, so look for the numbers to droop a bit. He should add to his position flexibility, adding 1B to his status of 3B and OF, so that will help his value. I see a .270/20/70 line if he gets 400 AB’s.
Brad Wilkerson signs with Boston. There is no real reason Boston wants Brad Wilkerson, unless they need someone to act as their 3rd string first baseman and sixth outfielder. Wilkerson is a big swing and miss guy who sometimes makes contact. He gives Boston a little insurance with the oft-injured Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew, Rocco Baldelli, and Mark Kotsay on their team, so he could prove useful before too long. If he gets 300 AB’s (and that’s a big “if”) he could post .225/15/50 numbers.