Remaining Top 50 Free Agents

MLBTR's Top 50 Free Agents list was published on November 9th.  25 of those 50 players have signed.  Here's a list of the remaining 25, with fresh guesses on where they might land.

1.  Matt Holliday – Cardinals.  The market for Holliday this winter proved smaller than expected, making a reunion with the Cards likely.

7.  Jose Valverde – Athletics.  This is a stretch, but I am looking for a team that could offer $6MM and a closing job and not have to surrender their first-round pick.  The Pirates seem to have set their sights on lesser relievers.

9.  Adrian Beltre – Red Sox.  As with J.D. Drew, the Sox seem the team most likely to value this Scott Boras client the way Boras does.  Mike Lowell and the luxury tax stand in Boston's way, but they still appear more likely to offer, say, two years and $18MM than the Orioles, A's, or Mariners are.

12.  Johnny Damon – Yankees.  They're still a logical fit, on a one-year deal in the $6-7MM range.  That's not what Damon and Boras are looking for, but it's hard to find a match beyond possibly the Braves even at that price.

13.  Orlando Hudson – Nationals.  I still like the Nats for Hudson, partially because unlike the Mets and Mariners, they wouldn't have to move an incumbent second baseman to make room.

14.  Miguel Tejada – Twins.  The Orioles, Angels, A's, Astros, and Cardinals strike me as other potential matches for Tejada, who could be a bargain in 2010.

15.  Joel Pineiro – Mets.  Pineiro might be the best available starting pitcher, at least considering only those who were healthy in 2009.  Maybe given the lack of bidders the Mets could get him on a two-year deal.

17.  Aroldis Chapman – Blue Jays.  So much for this being a Red Sox-Yankees battle.  It makes sense for the Jays to continue stocking up on young arms by splurging on Chapman.

19.  Vladimir Guerrero – Orioles. Vlad and Dye have not generated interest outside of the Rangers.  Perhaps the O's will trade Luke Scott and sign Guerrero, but I really can't find a match I like if Dye goes to Texas.

20.  Felipe Lopez – Cardinals.  The market for Lopez has been quiet despite his fine 2009.  Even with a Holliday signing I feel that the Cardinals will spend a few million on a veteran they can plug in at third base.

21.  Adam LaRoche – Mariners.  Andrew Baggarly's December 12th report that LaRoche sought three years and $31.5MM from the Giants has been repeated enough that it almost seems like fact rather than rumor.  That may be unfair to LaRoche.  He's the best available first baseman, but this isn't 2006, and his ultimate price will be much more reasonable.

23. Jon Garland -  Dodgers.  I'm sticking with my original prediction, despite recent interest from the Mets, Rangers, and Twins.  The Dodgers need bulk innings, and they figure to sign one veteran starter.

26.  Erik Bedard – Orioles.  They know him well, and could use a high-upside starter to pair with their Kevin Millwood acquisition.

28.  Bengie Molina – Mets.  It seems fitting that Molina's talks with the Mets would move slowly.  They still seem to be the most interested club, even if they're trying to avoid guaranteeing two years.

33.  Ben Sheets – Angels.  Given the Rangers' signing of Rich Harden, I can't see them adding another big injury risk like Sheets.  Sheets would fit nicely into the Angels' rotation, though you never know if the Mariners will swoop in.

34.  Doug Davis – Twins.  The Mets, Twins, and Brewers could stand to add a back-end innings guy, with lefties Davis and Washburn candidates for one-year deals.

35.  Jarrod Washburn – Brewers.  The Brewers signed Randy Wolf, but would probably like to add one more starter.

36.  Russell Branyan -  Athletics.  Branyan, Delgado, Thome…take your pick on where these 1B/DH types could land.  All three ought to be AL-bound.  Branyan could play first base for the A's when Jake Fox is at DH.

39.  John Smoltz – Mets.  Smoltz fits with many clubs as an intriguing swingman.  The Nationals may be maintaining interest, but I imagine Smoltz wants to play for a competitor.

40.  Jermaine Dye – Rangers.  If the Giants aren't interested, it's difficult to find another match for Dye.

43.  Carlos Delgado – Mets.  Delgado played Sunday night in the Puerto Rican winter league.  The Orioles and Mets seem to have him on the radar.

44.  Orlando Cabrera – Astros.  The Reds and Astros are among few teams that can offer a starting shortstop position.  The Astros seem a little more willing to spend this winter than the Reds.

46.  Jim Thome – White Sox.  He could sign pretty cheaply to return to Chicago.

48.  Xavier Nady - Pirates. The idea of Nady as a regular outfielder seems to be giving teams pause.  A return to the Pirates is one scenario where he could play first regularly and the outfield occasionally.

49.  Kiko Calero – Cubs.  A dozen teams could use Calero, who has generated surprisingly little interest.  I expect the Cubs to add a late-inning arm.


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  1. TheBunk 6 years ago

    Yeah I think that’s a major stretch for the athletics, just seems like a very anti beane move.

  2. striker 6 years ago

    Tim,

    You have to post a review of your previous predictions and tell us what your accuracy is.

  3. arock1234 6 years ago

    As a Blue Jay fan, I would love to see the jays sign Chapman and stick it to the red sox and yankees!

    • thedocjon 6 years ago

      As a Yankee fan, i hope someone else wastes their money on this guy.

  4. cookmeister 6 years ago

    isn’t Bailey going to be the closer for the A’s?

    • arock1234 6 years ago

      yeah i know eh? winning the rookie of the year is apparently not good enough….

  5. MorrisParkMetfan 6 years ago

    Smoltz to the Mets??? No Thank you that ship has sailed

    • Mitch_Cole173 6 years ago

      Yeah I see him going to Washington instead of the Mets. What the Mets needed was a john Lackey type. They already landed Bay, they could use Pineiro, Garland or even both would be good for their rotation. Having it headed by Santana, Garland and Pineiro would look pretty good.

  6. Michael Brown 6 years ago

    No love for the Braves in finding another OF bat with our 7-10 million we still have free…I want Heyward here as much as the next fan but a little veteran insurance never hurt anyone.

    • Satch10 6 years ago

      we need another bat still i like nady or dye

      • I think the Braves will add an OF, I just didn’t like the FAs on this list for it. Nady would have to play OF regularly because of Glaus, and they’ve never seemed that into Dye. Damon I can see.

        • NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

          It would be somewhat of a disappointment to see the Braves not sign another one of these guys. The Braves have a reputation of being a team that likes guys who can play lots of different positions and do a number of different things (including the pitchers. Lowe and Kawakami can hit, Medlen and Jurrjens can run). So Nady makes alot of sense but if he ends up somewhere else, Johnny Damon wouldn’t kill me. Good speed, veteran presence, solid #2 in the lineup guy. Just try to forget about his wet noodle of an arm.

        • Satch10 6 years ago

          Won’t Damon b 2 much $$$$ unless he takes a smaller deal

          • NYBravosFan10 6 years ago

            I’m telling you right now, Boras has another thing coming if he thinks anyone is gonna wanna sign Damon for the price he is asking. He isn’t as young as he used to be. Still useful but not for that price. It’s gonna get to the point where he won’t have a choice but to agree with one of the smaller market teams that need a left fielder, mainly the Giants and Braves. I personally do believe that Dye is going to the Rangers and Damon and Nady will do the same thing Griffey and Anderson did last year where one will go with one of two teams and the other will go to the other. It was either Griffey or Anderson will go to either the Braves or Mariners. This year I think either Damon or Nady will go to either the Braves or the Giants.

          • S8P7W 6 years ago

            “He isn’t as young as he used to be.”

            Classic quote! I love it! 😀

    • atlbraves312 6 years ago

      I read one of the articles about the Braves OF’s from Bleacher report and they made a poll of which OFs they wanted. Dan Uggla lead the poll while Nady is in second. 31% Uggla 26% Nady 15% Damon (I think) and Dye was the least.

      I like Dan or Nady. Dan might be expensive. Don’t know. 7$ is pretty good but Marlins trading him to a rivalry team in their division. They’re gonna ask for more.

    • Brad426 6 years ago

      I still predict Dye will be the starting LF (although I hope it is Nady).

      • Peet29 6 years ago

        I would like to see the Braves take a chance on Rick Ankiel, a left handed bat with power to platoon with Diaz. If they could sign him for 1yr 2-3 million he could be a low risk high reward player like Glaus. I think he plays better defense than Dye too.

  7. Michael Brown 6 years ago

    Even though all teams (Braves excluding) in the NL East could find a role, either starting or late inning relief, for Smoltzie I just don’t see him signing in the NL East…Is it out of the question to make a return to St. Louis?

  8. opusyoungblood 6 years ago

    There’s no logical reason for the A’s to sign Valverde. Their bullpen is already one of the best, if not the best in MLB right now. Bailey, Ziegler, Wuertz, and Kilby all being very good relievers. Devine will be returning from injury. They also have Meloan, Breslow, Rodriguez who all figure to be okay at least, and guys like Demel in AAA.

    I don’t see any reason the A’s would throw that much money at a closer when they already have a bullpen that good.

    • That’s true, but if they think he’s a bargain and they could flip him in the summer, he could fit. But yeah I’m not thrilled with my choice. I just couldn’t think of a better one.

      • jdkladsjl 6 years ago

        Yes that makes perfect sense. Sign him for cheap and trade him by allstar break

  9. Sampsonite168 6 years ago

    “28. Bengie Molina – Mets. It seems fitting that Molina’s talks with the Mets would move slowly.”

    I see what you did there.

    • Jayzz 6 years ago

      Ah, when he was a Jay we called him ‘dump truck’. Memories…

  10. ChiefTomahawk 6 years ago

    I think Atlanta is a possibility for Nady.

  11. Pseudonymus Bosch 6 years ago

    Not sure I understand why if Smoltz was looking for a “competitor” he would choose the Mets over the Nationals. Signing Jason Bay is not enough to change the fact that these two teams are in a race for the bottom, or that Smoltz is nowhere near adequate as a #2 starter behind Santana. If they get Pineiro, and a first baseman, and a second baseman, then maybe Smoltz makes sense as the signed-in-March icing on the Mets’ cake.

    • I think that when the season begins the Mets will have a much better chance of contending than the Nationals.

      • Aranathor 6 years ago

        I think its a joke to have either the Mets or Nats in the ‘competitors’ discussion.

        • I don’t know why you’d say that, unless you are certain the Mets are done this offseason and their stars who lost a ton of time to the DL in 2009 will do that again this year.

          • Aranathor 6 years ago

            A think there a too many limiting factors for Mets success in 2010. The Phillies really do prevent the Mets from winning the NL East, there is no way, even if everything goes right for the Mets next year (no significant injuries, Reyes and (to a lesser extent) Wright back to their old selves, sign a starter who performs a) better than a no.5 and b) isn’t called Johan). The Wild Card is a stretch as well, too many other good teams.Nobody left to significantly improve the team this offseason, might be too little too late by the trade deadline in July. Overall, the Mets are too reliant on their superstars (i read a piece during the season which discussed the Mets lack of Players as opposed to Superstars, no depth etc. Cannot remember the author), of course every team is only 1 or 2 big injuries away from a catastrophy but i think the Mets are more susceptible. Do you think that either Beltran or Reyes will play 140/150 Games next year? Overall, too many question marks, too many potential stumbling blocks.

  12. jhawk90 6 years ago

    I’d rather have Lopez for the Twins than Tejada.

    I’d rather have Hudson for 2B over Punto as well, but I’d also like a hovercraft and a pony.

    • connorburke 6 years ago

      Watch the twins sign a bunch of washed up veterans like they always do. I hope they do get Hudson or lopez and bensheets.

  13. Couldn’t Tejeda fit in with the Cubs? Starlin Castro is coming up quickly and could be ready by the all star break or sooner. Could a one year deal for 5-6 mil intrigue Tejada? I would say that would be a nice fit, obviously we would have to move Theriot to 2nd (his more natural position). I am not sure what Tejada is looking for as a contract.

    • Not the wildest idea, but I am not sure how much the Cubs have to spend. I think they could be considered for Valverde if all his options dried up and they didn’t mind having Marmol set up.

      • I wouldn’t mind a Felipe Lopez deal either! But from what I have heard we may be trading for a 2nd baseman. Is that what your hearing? What about Cubs trade Sean Marshall, Mike Fontenot, and Tyler Colvin for Alberto Callaspo?

        • Yeah I looked and saw Tejada’s name on the remaining FA’s list and was wondering why we have heard nothing about him linked to any team this offseason. He had a quiet but good year in ’09 and would make a good buffer between now and when Castro is ready…but perhaps the reason we haven’t heard much is that he is asking for too much in either years or money at this part of his career.

          Orlando Hudson would probably be more feasible and not much less of a player than Tejada. God knows it would be better than Baker/Fontenot/Scales. Once Castro is ready you tell Theriot to eff off back to 2B.

          I would like to keep Marshall because of…

          a) pretty good in LOOGY in ’09
          b) emergency Soriano defensive sub (to confuse Joe Morgan and Tony LaRussa)

        • Yeah I looked and saw Tejada’s name on the remaining FA’s list and was wondering why we have heard nothing about him linked to any team this offseason. He had a quiet but good year in ’09 and would make a good buffer between now and when Castro is ready…but perhaps the reason we haven’t heard much is that he is asking for too much in either years or money at this part of his career.

          Orlando Hudson would probably be more feasible and not much less of a player than Tejada. God knows it would be better than Baker/Fontenot/Scales. Once Castro is ready you tell Theriot to eff off back to 2B.

          I would like to keep Marshall because of…

          a) pretty good in LOOGY in ’09
          b) emergency Soriano defensive sub (to confuse Joe Morgan and Tony LaRussa)

  14. DempseyK 6 years ago

    I cant see the pirates going after Nady. From what I understand, Jeff Clement/Garret Jones/Steve Pearce are all going to see some time at first until someone takes the job. Best guess is that Jones will be in RF, Clement will *try* to play first, and Pearce will be outrighted to Indy, a bench player, or traded. But if Clement struggles early, Pearce may be kept around.

    I also am under the impression that Neal Huntingdon is going to sign a large amount of borderline MLB talent to Minor League deals, invite them to camp and hope that a few make the team.

  15. Aranathor 6 years ago

    As with all other Cards fans i just want a resolution to the Holliday situation, and would gladly see him sign at pretty much any price. But on the off chance we have some spare cash after the (seemingly inevitable) signing, i would jump at the chance to pick up a/some reliever(s). Valverde would be good, though the FO still seems to think that Franklin can pitch like its May, not October, for a whole season. Kiko Calero would be good but Smoltz would be ideal, won’t be as good as he was against the Padres, won’t be as bad as he was in the AL East, can fight Garcia for starts. The Mets can have Piniero, the whole league has his number.

  16. Guest 6 years ago

    i’m liking what the jays have done so far, especially if they get chapman. that would give them chapman, morrow, drabek, stewart, litsch, marcum, mcgowan, rzep, cecil, and romero to build a rotation from. that’s 10 pitchers! add a controllable core of position players like lind, hill, snider, wallace, a couple nice catching prospects, and wells….makes for a decent team. once they get their rotation in order, they can deal the extra pitchers to fill in some holes or sign a free agent or two.

  17. ronnyronron9 6 years ago

    It would be shocking to me to see Beltre sign with the Sox for anything more that 8 per year. I think that if he does sign with the A’s it is a one year deal with inentives up the ___.

    I can’t believe that there isn’t a bigger market than there is for one of the best defensive 3rd baseman in the league (who can hit a little).

    Why wouldnt the twins, angels, cards among others who think they are a contender be willing to pony up 20 million for him. DIDN’T MARLON F”IN BYRD JUST GET 15 MILLION FOR GODS SAKE????

  18. Jiujitsu411420 6 years ago

    Cubs need to sign O- dog he would defenitely help balance out the top of the order and improve the defense up the middle. A switch hitter in the # 2 hole would be perfect. Calero also sounds like the rh setup man they have been looking for. So get it done Hendry….redeem yourself

  19. Remaining Top FA’s: Guestimated Destinations w/ Contract proposals!

    1) Matt Holliday(OF)- Orioles 6yr 108mill w/buyout P.O for year 3 & 5.

    2) Jose Valerde(RHP)- Mets 1yr 3.5-4.0mill

    3) Adrian Beltre(3b)- Cardinals 2yr 15.0 mill

    4) Johnny Damon(OF)- Yankees 2yr 15.5mill

    5) Orlando Hudson(2b)- Twins 3yr 18mill

    6) Miguel Tejada(3b/SS)- Twins 2yr 15mill

    7) Joel Piniero(RHP)- Mets 3yr 25mill

    8) A.Chapman(RHP)- Marlins 5yr 13.5mill

    9) Vlad Guerrero(DH)- Rangers 2yr 19mill

    10) F.Lopez(IF)- Dodgers 1yr 3.5mill

    11) A.Laroche(1b)- Athletics 2yr 15mill

    12) Jon Garland(RHP)- Dodgers 1yr 4 mill w/incentives

    13) E.Bedard(LHP)- Orioles 1yr 5.5mill w/incentives

    14) D.Davis(LHP)- Brewers 2yr 13.0mill

    15) J.Washburn(LHP)- Twins 1yr 5.5mill w/incentives

    16) R.Branyan(1b/DH)- Mariners 1yr 5.5mill

    17) Jon Smoltz(RHP)- Tigers 1yr 4.5mill w/incentives

    18) J.Dye(OF)- Reds 2yr 15 mill.

    19) C.Delgado(1b/DH)- Orioles 1yr 5.5 mill w/incentives

    20) O.Cabrera(IF)- Nationals 2yr 13.5 mill

    21) J.Thome(1b/DH)- Blue Jays 1yr 4.5 mill w/incentives

    22) X.Nady(1b/OF)- D Backs 1yr 4 mill w/incentives

    23) K.Calero(RHP)- Rays 1yr 3mill

    24) B. Sheets(RHP)- Royals 1yr 5.5 w/incentives

    • S8P7W 6 years ago

      I’m guessing Chapman will get more than $13.5M over 5 years.

    • jdkladsjl 6 years ago

      Why would LaRoache go to Oakland? doesnt make sense. He will go to Seattle and Branyon to Oakland.

    • MeTsOwNyOu 6 years ago

      Why would the Mets get Valverde? We already got Escobar, Everts, and Igarashi for the pen which Escobar and Igarashi will be fighting for the set-up role.

    • lovetohate 6 years ago

      sheets to the mets. Royals sign Bob Hamelin.

  20. BoSoxSam 6 years ago

    I think watching the Beltre negotiations will be important for Red Sox fans, as it will show whether the team thinks it has a good chance to nab AGon or not. If they sign Beltre (especially for 2-3 years), it will be a signal telling us that we are NOT going to be getting a big first baseman bat, as that will block Youkilis from ever moving over. If instead they stick with the current infield plan, and give Youk the majority of playing time over at third over Lowell, it could be a big indicator that a deal with San Diego is in the works. Therefore, I personally am NOT excited about the prospect of Beltre being a Red Sock, not because he’s bad, but because the other options are much more exciting.

  21. goldenglove002 6 years ago

    I think the Braves will sign someone. If they don’t it makes the Javy Vazquez trade look even worse.

    • Peet29 6 years ago

      I think they take a chance on Rick Ankiel for 2mm or so to platoon with Diaz.

  22. I’d think Bedard would rather go elsewhere then the AL East despite his pervious success there. If I were him, I’d rather sign in San Diego and use Petco to get my next big contract then to fit the Yankees/Sox for 8+ starts next season.

  23. wallyball 6 years ago

    I think that Beltre goes to the Angels, 2 yrs + vesting option at $8m per.

    Why couldn’t Tejada play 2b? Range has decreased but should be less noticeable at 2B. I could see nats scoop him up for 2/$15m if they thought he could play 2B adequately.

  24. wallyball 6 years ago

    I think that beltre goes to the Angels – 2 yrs + vesting option at $8m/year.

    Why can’t Miggy play 2B? If the Nats thought that he could, I could see them go for 2 yrs/$12m. Not sure if he bites, though.

  25. I know the Yankees signed N. Johnson to be their DH, but I wonder if they ever considered Thome? He could have a monster year @ Yankee Stadium w/ short RF porch! He would easily cover the HRs lost from Matsui and we don’t need him to play 1B.

  26. BrianSabeanLOL 6 years ago

    The Giants need to really push harder for Adam LaRoche. If they can’t lock him up, we need to look at bringing in either Russell Branyan or Xavier Nady. That doesn’t really give the lineup the power that they needed so badly, but going into the 2010 season only having signed Mark DeRosa is not acceptable. The following lineups would be a vast improvement from the 2009 season:

    1. Velez CF
    2. Sanchez 2B
    3. DeRosa LF
    4. Sandoval 3B
    5. LaRoche 1B
    6. Uribe SS
    7. Rowand RF
    8. Posey C

    1. Velez CF
    2. Sanchez 2B
    3. DeRosa 3B
    4. Sandoval 1B
    5. Nady LF
    6. Uribe SS
    7. Rowand RF
    8. Posey C

    1. Velez CF
    2. Sanchez 2B
    3. Branyan 3B
    4. Sandoval 1B
    5. DeRosa LF
    6. Uribe SS
    7. Rowand RF
    8. Posey C

    Of course Posey would move higher in the lineup once he has proven himself. He will be more of a 5th or 6th spot man once he can hit the ball.

    • S8P7W 6 years ago

      I’m going to have to agree with Leland, minus the know-it-allness and jerky attitude.

  27. sjberke1 6 years ago

    I would think the Nats would sign one of the pitchers still on this list. I am not so sure about Hudson (why not sign the guy who beat out Hudson for the Dodger second-base job, Rafael Belliard?)

  28. Tim – for once I actually disagree with most of your predictions highlighted by beltre to the red sox, valverde to the A’s, and LaRoche to the Mariners.

    -I think A’s nab Beltre, D’backs give Valverde a one year deal, and Giants get LaRoche for something like 2 yr. 12-18 mil. I think the M’s will resign Branyan for two years of Nick Johnson type money.

  29. Love to see Laroche to the M’s.

    • dmsr015 6 years ago

      I would really like LaRoche in a Mets uniform. Im not too confident in Murphy’s ability and Adam could be a back-up plan if we don’t get Carlos Delgado.

  30. Braves need protection behind Chipper. The only quasi available protection we might could afford is Uggla.With Uggla you give up prospects. Why not go give Dye a shot instead of giving up prospects. He could rebound and have a good year. Let Dye play first two months and then let Heyward “arrive”. Compairing opening day roster to last years Opening Day roster you have upgrades in a lot of areas.

    091st Casey K 10 Glaus
    2nd Kelly J Prado
    lf Garret A Dye
    cf Jordan S McClouth

  31. Bernaldo 6 years ago

    “5) Orlando Hudson(2b)- Twins 3yr 18mill

    6) Miguel Tejada(3b/SS)- Twins 2yr 15mill”

    John
    ———————————————————————
    Not a chance that the Twins sign both of these guys for that kind of money! Three reasons:
    1) Signing Joe Mauer is going to consume a big chunk of remaining payroll.
    2) Every Twin fan knows about Ron Gardenhire’s man love for Punto. He will be a starter at either 2B or 3B (I’d rather it be at 2B myself).
    3) The Twins will never give a journeyman 2B like Hudson a three year deal when they can put cheaper alternatives on the field. They will shell out multi year contracts and competitive money to keep home grown players but I could never see them do that for a 2B.

    I hope they do sign Tejada to play 3B (though I wish they would pursue Beltre) but it will likely be for a one year deal unless they have decided that Danny Valencia won’t be ready for another two years.

    • S8P7W 6 years ago

      I like the idea of the Twins signing Tejada to play 3B. Then let Casilla, Punto and Harris battle for the 2B and backup IF jobs.

  32. ronnyronron9 6 years ago

    JOHN,

    Interesting destination choices. What is your team? were you able to put that your a fan of that team aside when making those choices??

    • stl_cards16 6 years ago

      I believe Tim is a Cubs fan, but I do not believe he really ever shows any bias towards his team on the site. If you go back in the archives it seems like he used to defend them a bit more. But as his site has grown so has Tim as a business person. I think he runs the site very well and very fair.

  33. cderry 6 years ago

    Thome wants to come back…he’s said he does. His family loves it in Chicago and that’s where his extended family are. He will sign for next to nothing to play another year or two with the pale hose.

  34. I’d rather get a higher reward guy in Ben Sheets, than a pitcher who may be a higher risk, in terms of stats, in John Smoltz.

  35. Would be super stoked if the Cards got Holliday and Lopez, really hope this comes true (but the last predictions weren’t very good at all so this my be a bad sign.)

    • dire straits 6 years ago

      Yeah, it’s like the curse of Tim’s predictions. Forget about it if Tim predicts your team will sign a player. haha

  36. jdkladsjl 6 years ago

    I would love for he A’s to get verlade it would make the A’s bullpen even stronger then it was last year. I am very confused why boston wants Beltre are they just gonna let Lowell rot on the bench? If the A’s dont get Beltre, Miggie must be gotten. I would love to get Russell Branyon perfect DH or even play 1b. The A’s could do so much.

  37. Gunner65 6 years ago

    How sad is it to be a Red fan? … they aren’t even favored to get any of the left over garbage lol

  38. I’d love to see O’cab in Houston. I was a fan of him in minnesota and him on my home team would be better then Manzella.

  39. expos94 6 years ago

    i think that if they can still get at bats for wallace and they can dump overbay, delgado coming back to the T-dot makes a lot of sense

  40. 7. Jose Valverde – Athletics. This is a stretch, but I am looking for a team that could offer $6MM and a closing job and not have to surrender their first-round pick. The Pirates seem to have set their sights on lesser relievers.I agree this is a big stretch – but I can see Beane picking him up for a cheap price and shopping him later in the season.But this one:11) A.Laroche(1b)- Athletics 2yr 15millI don’t know how or why you would think they will do that? They have a quite a few options that are probably better and way cheaper then LaRoche for 7M+ a year.

  41. daveineg 6 years ago

    Davis is not going to get 2yrs/13.5 million from the Brewers or anyone else. I think they’d like either Washburn or Davis though my gut tells me they would prefer Washburn of the two. Either way, they will want to structure a 2 year deal where they can defer a larger percentage to year 2 (when Suppan and Bill Hall will be off their books). I don’t see them going beyond $11 million total though.

  42. TheGodfather 6 years ago

    I hope Damon will re-sign for 1 year 12 mil at most.

  43. Will32 6 years ago

    I don’t know about Johnny Damon re-siging with the Yankees. The Giants are in desperate need of veteran hitter who can hit in front of Sandoval, so if a 1 year 6-7M contract is their best offer, Im sure that the Giants would be able to offer more.

    Also I know about his defense, but come on! We need offense!

  44. eyesmyster27 6 years ago

    you only have 49 free agents down

  45. Yankees27thChampions 6 years ago

    Damon to the Yankees 2yrs 16MM

  46. andrewmets9 6 years ago

    This is where you are wrong. Left field in Citi Field is far from huge. Its not Yankee Stadium or Citizens Bank Bark small, but the reason why everyone is saying Bay will do well at Citi Field is because he is a dead pull power hitter and Citi field is a pull hitters park. Roy Halladay is good, ill give you that, but I still think they lost in the Halladay deal, giving up Lee and Drabek. I think that as long as the Mets stay healthy, they can compete with anyone.

  47. jbello 6 years ago

    I don’t understand these baseball analysts, How can you imagine that Vicente Padilla is not in the 50 best free agents this off season?, Padilla is by far best pitcher than Joel Pineiro, Jarod Washburn, Kiko Calero, Jon Garland, Doug Davis. Before the 2009, what have been Pineiro stats?, Please !!!!

  48. sallen22 6 years ago

    Hey Tim,
    Good list, you really put yourself out there with some of those predictions. One specifically that stood out to me was Ben Sheets to the Angels. The Angels are already going to be at the same budget as last year once all the arbitration eligible players are signed. Meaning the Angels would have to seriously expand their budget to incorporate Sheets if what you are reporting is accurate (multiple years, 10+ million a year).

    The Angels don’t have any great in house options for the 5th spot since Adenhart’s passing. But it would appear they’ll use any combination of Matt Palmer, Trevor Bell, Sean O’Sullivan, Anthony Ortega, Trevor Reckling or Jordan Walden. Most of those guys are young and are going to be 5th starters at best (Palmer, SOS, Ortega, Bell) and others have mid/front of the rotation stuff but are still too young for the bigs (Reckling 20. Walden 22).

    THe Angels just have far too many options for the 5th spot, and are too limited in their payroll (Reagins admitted losing money last season). Sheets has high upside, but are the Angels a team than can afford to pay 10 million for a DL spot when they could get 5th starter results for 425K?

    Best wishes in the New Year to you and your family.

  49. wilchiro 6 years ago

    I like the idea of Vlad going to the O’s alot. They have the money, and they have a pretty good hitter’s ballpark. Seems like a good destination for him. Not much more than a 2y deal thought, 3y at the MOST. Btw, why do you have Tejada going to the Twins, when they traded for JJ Hardy? The Brewers seriously got the best of that deal.

  50. wilchiro 6 years ago

    I like the idea of Vlad going to the O’s alot. They have the money, and they have a pretty good hitter’s ballpark. Seems like a good destination for him. Not much more than a 2y deal thought, 3y at the MOST. Btw, why do you have Tejada going to the Twins, when they traded for JJ Hardy? The Brewers seriously got the best of that deal.

  51. opusyoungblood 6 years ago

    That’s a lot of money coming out of Oakland’s pocket. I could see the A’s sign Beltre or Chapman (though at this point any offer Oakland could muster would probably be on the low end for Chapman), but not both.

  52. Chapman seems unlikely to oakland especially after the huge bonus they gave Ynoa, but I think Beltre and someone like Delgado, Thome, Vlad, or maybe even Dye could be a possibility.

    I think the Rangers will get vlad though, so a reunion with Dye actually makes a lot of sense to me.

  53. melonis_rex 6 years ago

    I’d much rather Beane go get relievers off the scrap heap like Breslow and Ziegler than go give mediocre relievers multi-year deals (see: Fernando Rodney, Danys Baez, and Brandon Lyon).

    Not worrisome at all. Actually very very smart.

  54. Beane has paid good money for a closer before (Foulke) and spent on FAs as well (offer to Furcal, deal given to Loaiza come to mind). My thinking here is that they’d be flexible if the price fell enough. I think a lot of teams would start looking at Valverde for $5-6 mil if their first-rounder is protected, and that he’d lean toward a team that would let him close. Nothing against Bailey or Wuertz, but they are not paid such that they absolutely must close.

  55. jdkladsjl 6 years ago

    So your saying Dye to Oakland? Im guessin as DH?

  56. jdkladsjl 6 years ago

    Branyon playing 3b? lolol

  57. BrianSabeanLOL 6 years ago

    I’m not saying that Aaron Rowand isn’t going to be a starter. He will, and he will start in center, but the organization is going to need to train someone else to play center soon to take his place as he gets older. Velez has the speed and he’s shown much improvement in the outfield.

    Shierholtz will only start the season if the Giants don’t sign another free agent. He’s got a great bat and he’s shown promise, but he doesn’t have what we need to make it to the playoffs.

    Uribe has never been a day to day guy… at least for the Giants he hasn’t. But Uribe sparked much interest by Giants fans and organization alike last year. He hit far better than Renteria did. Only reason Renteria gets the every day job is if he has a great spring. He definitely has a better glove than Uribe does, but not the pop.

  58. andrewmets9 6 years ago

    The Mets were predicted the World Series champs last year by many people, but due to injuries they were unable to contend. This is the same team plus Jason Bay and either Ben Sheets or Joel Piniero that was picked to win the World Series, so this team only got better. If you think that Beltran, Bay, Wright, Reyes and Johan is a bad core of a team, then you obviously dont follow baseball.

  59. I hear what you are saying, but velez is simply not the answer. If we were to sign an outfielder, for example Nady, he would probably play LF with DeRosa shifting to 3B.

    Rowand and Renteria are opening starters not b/c I like them or any other giants fans for that matter like them, but as a team we simply cannot afford to have 21.5 million tied up in two bench players.

    I agree though, I would much rather see Uribe out there.

    I would like to see this linuep:

    RF Torres
    2B Sanchez
    1B LaRoce
    3B Sandoval
    LF DeRosa
    SS Uribe
    CF Sheirholtz
    C Posey
    P

    Because Right now this lineup, simply aint cuttin’ it:

    LF Velez
    2B Sanchez
    3B DeRosa
    1B Sandoval
    RF Sheirholtz
    CF Rowand
    C Posey
    SS Renteria
    P

    The difference in those two lineups is simply the difference between the giants making or not making the playoffs. plain and simple.

  60. certainly a possibility as the market dries up for him.

  61. BrianSabeanLOL 6 years ago

    I agree with you… I think Adam LaRoche is a must at this point. As far as I know there isn’t much of a market for him and he’s probably gotten his biggest offer from us. I hope we see LaRoche sign by the end of next week.Here is food for thought though… Randy Winn played a killer right field for the Giants at AT&T park last year. Schierholtz did an excellent job coming in and playing right field almost as well as Winn did. Why not keep him in right field if we are going to have him on the starting roster? It’s not easy to play right field and I gauarantee you that Velez and Torres would both have a hell of a time out there… P.S. I like that you put Torres out there as the leadoff man. Velez could do great things for us, but I’ve always loved Torres in the lineup. He hit quite a few leadoff homeruns/doubles while he was out there. He didn’t get as much time in the lineup as I would have liked to see.What’s going to determine the Giants’ run this year on the playoffs is going to be riding on whether or not Posey busts out like Joe Mauer did.

  62. BrianSabeanLOL 6 years ago

    Although I’d like to see the lineup you’ve posted… I think you’ll definitely see Bruce Bochey put Rowand out there instead of Torres OR Velez…

    Don’t you think? We’ve paid too much for him to have him sit on the bench, come out to pinch-hit, and strikeout on the low and away breaking ball.

    Sucks, but it’s definitely the way he manages.

  63. its a decent lineup but to say they are a contender is being over zealost, being a contender for the wildcard is more like it, pinero is no saving grace, and outside johan the rotation is mediocre at best

    and Id take Roy over Johan any day of the week

    Im glad the mets signed bay, just wait till he hits 11 hr this year and everyones gonna wonder why his power numbers are down

    left field is hugeeee

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