I’m not going to roll out a comprehensive list quite yet, but let’s take a look at some of the bigger names who will be eligible for free agency after the 2009 season. Some of these players may be trade candidates this winter. Reminder: these players can be free agents after the 2009 season, not this winter.
Ramon Hernandez – $8.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Victor Martinez – $7MM club option with a $250K buyout
Freddy Sanchez – $8MM club option with a $600K buyout
Carl Crawford – $10MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
Coco Crisp – $8MM club option with a $500K buyout
Jermaine Dye – $12MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Ken Griffey Jr.
Magglio Ordonez – $15MM club/vesting option with a $3MM buyout
Josh Beckett – $12MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Tim Hudson – $12MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Cliff Lee – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Brandon Webb – $8.5MM club option with a $500K+ buyout
J.J. Putz – $8.6MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Billy Wagner – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Obviously it’s tough to say who will hit the market. Sluggers like Bay, Holliday, and Ankiel stand a good chance. Among starters, Bedard, Myers, and Harden are possibilities.