I”m not sure I even recognize this New York team. A very busy off-season for the Titans, and it appears they have gained talent overall.
LF Dave Cooley – free agent signing
SP Alberto Rodriguez – trade with LA
SP Antonio Rodriguez – free agent signing
SP Ricardo Maestas – trade with POR
MR Curt Wells – free agent signing
C Yoshitake Sakai – free agent signing
1B – Ricardo Jimenez – trade with CAR
…honestly a lot of additions
SP Jesus Castillo – waived, claimed by BAL
LF Jovan Buturovic – trade with POR
SP Stan Wright – trade with CAR
C Richard Williams – free agency
SP Fernando Rios – trade with POR
MR Mario Gallo – trade with SF
Statistically speaking, the New York Titans gained the fourth highest WAR with 4.8. Jimenez and the two Rodriguezs’ are likely the biggest additions, but you can’t undervalue the talent of LF Dave Cooley and some of the other arrivals.
Alberto Rodriguez has played his entire career in LA, amassing quite the totals in 113 games or 809.1 IP (52 Wins, 2.69 ERA, 604 Ks, 22.8 WAR). The Titans have the 35 year old for one-year, $16 million against their cap. After being injuring in 2015, a lot of speculation amongst media had retirement in the future for Rodriguez, but he bounced back in 2016 to have one of his best seasons.
First baseman, Ricardo Jimenez, is an interesting acquirement. He has only played 97 games, at the major league level, but has struggled to maximize his power potential.
“…(Jimenez) has huge power. We will be working and watching his swing closely this spring in hopes to harness that power,” says the Titans hitting coach.
This is a team that went 87-67 last season, earning a wildcard playoff birth, but lost to the division rivals and eventually champions, Boston Braves. Hard to imagine, but I believe this New York team has gotten better and are favorites to win the Atlantic.