Two-thirds through free agency we've had 3 Type A's and 3 Type B's sign. There are more out there but here's the scoop so far:
Hartford: SP Felix Woodward - 3 years, $18 million. The Cream and Clear appear ready to throw around money like the Obama Administration, but they got Woodward for a song. He'll give them 200+ innings and solid numbers. Most of his career has been in pitcher-friendly Pawtuckett, but he was quite good in cozy Madison last year, too. Grade: A+.
Hartford: SP Brian Nakajima - 3 years, $26.75 million. That's a little more like it, but still a bargain for a starter of Nakajima's quality. Some observers have expected him to put up better numbers in Columbus's spacious park, but you know he'll benefit from good run support. Grade: A.
San Diego: SP Cesar Mendez - 3 years, $27 million. In the imminently-takable Al West, the Surf Babies make a move. Something tells me they could've done better for $9MM a year, although everything Mendez throws sinks and he'll love those power alleys at Petco. Grade: B.
Augusta: SP Cedrick Waters - 2 years, $11.5 million. Waters has only had 2 good seasons out of 7 in the majors. He'll benefit from his new stadium, but righties get a lot of good swings on balls up in the zone. Grade: C+.
Scranton: CF Jimmie Castro - 3 years, $17.7 million. Castro may end up in a CF platoon for the Beet Farmers. He's over his head defensively and doesn't offer enough with the bat to make up for it. Grade: C.
Scranton: 1B James Riggs - 4 years, $23.7 million. Riggs is capable of having a big year (Season 10 OPS: .974), and he's capable of stinking (Season 8 OPS: .654). He'll probably do both over the course of this contract, but expect better numbers than he put up in Burlington's ultra-spacious park. Grade: B.