The 2012 Free Agent Class

Jeff Euston of Cot's Baseball Contracts recently posted an unofficial list of players who will become free agents after the 2011 season. That free agent class will be highlighted by a trio of first basemen: Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ryan Howard, though there's a chance Albert Pujols will join them if he and the Cardinals can't work out an extension. 

Some other notable players scheduled to become free agents after 2011 include Jason Bartlett, Carlos Beltran, Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson, Heath Bell, and Jonathan Papelbon. Robinson Cano, Yadier Molina, Grady Sizemore, and Matt Cain may also become free agents if their club options for 2012 are declined. 

Obviously a lot will change between now and then, but it's never too early to look ahead!


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42 Comments on "The 2012 Free Agent Class"


Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Wandy Rodriguez is also a free agent then.

So are Dan Uggla and Corey Hart.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

Uggla and Wandy are on the list.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

edit: that was meant as a reply to Span.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

No I meant that Wandy, Corey Hart, and Dan Uggla should have been highlighted on Mike’s post because I think they stand out. I know that they are on Cot’s list. Thats what I was trying to tell you the other day when you told me that Edwin Jackson and Wandy Rodriguez weren’t free agents after next season but I guess it was a missunderstanding.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 5 months ago

Just let the man do his job, how about, and keep your opinions to your blog and the other 15,000 posts you have on here?

Taskmaster75
5 years 5 months ago

Just in case you weren’t paying attention. The comment section is specifically for that…COMMENTS. The guy voiced his opinion. Give me a break.

vtadave
5 years 5 months ago

Could you, in your infinite wisdom, please enlighten us as to what a comments section is for?

ivdown
5 years 5 months ago

Wasn’t his opinion in one of those 15,000 posts, actually literally the one that you just replied to?

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

Finally. ive been waiting for a 2011-2012 list. Thanks Mike!

the starting pitching class seems ridiculous if all options are declined but that probably won’t happen.

The closers are also something that catches your eye, Heath bell-Papelbon-Cordero whose option will probably be declined-Gonzalez-Valverde. seems exciting.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah agreed.

Thanks Mike!

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

holy crap!

did Ferrariman and Spandemonium actually agree?? must be a sign of the end of the world, how ironic, its a 2012 free agent class..hym..

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

We did actually just agree. Wow!

5 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget about Jonathan Broxton and Todd Coffey. They stand out too.

vtadave
5 years 5 months ago

I think the last time Todd Coffey “stood out” was back in High School.

ivdown
5 years 5 months ago

The thing that sucks about Broxton is he is so great, but will eventually cost too much to resign because that much money should not go to a closer. I’d love to see him sign a team friendly deal.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 5 months ago

Just doing a little cross-checking: Fielder, Beltran, and Jackson are represented by Boras.

So it’s more likely that the others could be extended by their present team or traded to a team that would extend them before they reach free agency.

VinnyG917
5 years 5 months ago

Hmm. I think I see why Omar didn’t look for a first baseman this off-season. He is waiting for the best of the best next year. Though, he probably wont end up with any of them next year because he will haggle too much, at least he has the right idea.

I have loved Beltran through the years, his balanced bat between power and average, and his above average glove covering center field, but I’m afraid with his recent injuries, if he doesn’t come back with great numbers, and stay healthy all year, the Mets wont want to re-sign him. That’ll be a huge gap to fill

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

With Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Delgado and Mike Jacobs as options, I dont think Omar has to look at Adrian, Albert or Ryan as options…Signing any one of those 3 will take at least 20 mill a year…I’d rather use that money to keep Reyes and Wright, who provide offense at hard to fill positions. I will say though that the Yankees signing Tex for 8 years pretty much screwed those 3 out of an extra 5 mil right off the bat…Can you imagine the bidding war between Boston and NYY over any one of those 3 ?

cbcbcb
5 years 5 months ago

This might be a bit nit-picky, but I don’t understand the isolation of Pujols from Howard, Fielder, and Gonzalez. I think that Pujols has just a good a chance at re-signing as Howard. It’s as if there is a foregone conclusion Howard and Fielder will hit the open market, but Pujols won’t if he signs an extension. From what I’ve seen, the Brewers need to sign Fielder to an extension.

Ferrariman
5 years 5 months ago

here’s why.

fielder’s agent is the devil and his goal is to get his players into free agency as quickly as possible. No reason fielder is any different.

Howard has set 2 records already in salaries. 1 for most 2nd year rookie salary at approx 1mil..almost double the standard. the second record was the salary record via arbitration at 10million dollars. I think he has proven he is for the money.

Gonzalez has already said he wants a “teixeria sized contract.” im not sure how realistic that is, but the best way to get the biggest buck is to go to FA.

Yankees420
5 years 5 months ago

But it is a forgone conclusioin that Pujols won’t hit the open market if he signs an extension…;)

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

A few reasons…

St. Louis has no contingency plan w/o Pujols…but with Pujols, they are almost always in the running in the NL central…

Mil – cant afford Fielder
Phil – may have to choose between werth/hamels/rollins/howard

at least 3 will be demanding 15 mil or higher…thats 45 mil between 3 players…add doc and ur at 65 mil at 4 players…add chase’s 15 mil and now ur at 70 for 5 players…rollins i assume would take 10 mil to stay…now ur at 80 mil for 6 players…u have 19 other people to pay..2 OF’s…1 3B…1 C…3 SP…6 guys off the bench and 6 guys in the pen…

payroll would be AT LEAST 130 mil…and thats if howard gives u a discount…and ur not paying out the ass for a closer…

sayhey
5 years 5 months ago

I’m in a NL-only keeper (up to 5 yrs) league and want some thoughts on whether Fielder or Howard would be the best 1B to draft this year and going forward. If a player is lost to the AL, then I only get who comes back to NL.

Utley4God
5 years 5 months ago

3052? I think that’s when A-Rods contract ends.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

well because come July, plenty of trades will be for players whose contracts end in 2012.

5 years 5 months ago

This is a useful list to have especially when considering what your team can do through free agency when making other plans or trades. When making moves in the offseason GMs have to consider what they can do in future years.

Your team’s GM might want to make a push for Cliff Lee, Javier Vazquez or Josh Beckett (if he doesn’t sign an extension) for the 2011 season. Since there aren’t really any impact pitchers aside from Mark Buehrle and Wandy Rodriguez for the 2012 season.

mattinglyfan
5 years 5 months ago

It’s not that big of a deal, it’s just a mini-preview, we’ll all forget about this post in a day or two anyway.

With that being said it will be interesting to me personally, how Edwin Jackson performs the next 2 years. Also, isn’t Mark Buehrle planning on retiring when his contract is up?

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 5 months ago

It is a stupid list, call it like you see it. 2012? Really?

alphabet_soup5
5 years 5 months ago

He said it’s possible.

5 years 5 months ago

Wow. And here I heard the New England Patriots were going after him. I really gotta check my sources.

mattinglyfan
5 years 5 months ago

Then Jackson could be the top free agent starter on the market, not counting the pitchers with options.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 5 months ago

I’m just happy that there wont be any openings at 1B for the Yankees while all this is going on, Mets should be able to pick up a few of these guys though.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 5 months ago

I’m just happy that there wont be any openings at 1B for the Yankees while all this is going on, Mets should be able to pick up a few of these guys though.

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

true, but at the very min. guys like fernando tatis and gmj have NO place on this squad…i dont mind frank catalanatto..only because ive heard he is an awesome team-mate to have…he constantly scouts opposing pitchers and COMMUNICATES what he finds with his teammates…the mets desperately need guys like this as I feel they have built mini silo’s in years past…( this had as much to do with milledge having to leave as anything else )…millz didnt fit in any group and shot himself in the foot by pissing Cliff Floyd off…when Julio Franco is ur only friend…u have problems

mattinglyfan
5 years 5 months ago

Well he can get paid, and he is a Boras client, usually those guys don’t wait around for “hometown discounts” from teams like the D-Backs.

mattinglyfan
5 years 5 months ago

But the bottom line is it doesn’t matter what plans the D-Backs had for him. Free agency is up to Jackson and knowing Boras clients and how the D-Backs spend, I don’t think they will match up for any long term deal or get into a bidding war.

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

New Blood = Murphy at 1B…Barajas at C…Blanco at C…Frenchy at RF…Bay
in LF…GMJ as 5th OF….also about 5 new relievers…and a possible new 5th
starter…
Tejada, Mejia, Davis, and F-Mart appear to be on the horizon in terms of
injecting new blood into the team as well..

i do like the intangles Barajas, Francour, and Bay appear to give..my
biggest concern has been the SP…and the pink elephant in the room is that
there was no way to upgrade the SP this off-season…if there is a starter
or 2 struggling, they may be traded along with some minor leaguers for a
starter on a financially strapped losing team….arizona ( webb ), houston (
oswalt ),

lol @ Milledge’s record company…I felt so sorry for that guy…

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

We never had the chance to trade Millz for anyone but Zito…and give Omar
credit for passing up on that bust…

I mean in general, if u look at the team this year vs last year at the same
time…the team basically has a new batch of personalities that may lead the
team. Bay/Frenchy/Barajas, F-Cat, bring something different to the table.

The reality is, the achilles heel will be the SP….Maine/Pelf/Ollie have
not shown CONSISTENCY as of yet..and until they do, that will be the
bottleneck.

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

the only logical explanation I can see is being able to have that salary
available for a mid-season acquisition.

sayhey
5 years 5 months ago

Thanks metsvilleslugger. I agree with the better Fielder upside. I was trying to anticipate whether Howard would be ‘safer’ from a ‘most likely to remain an NL guy in 2 yrs’ perspective. From recent news both could be moved after 2 yrs or sooner.

BTW, I’m also looking at Bay in my OF. Hope he does well for the Mets.

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

depends how close they are…honestly if everyone is healthy, they probably
have the most versatile overall offense in the NL…

Reyes
Beltran
Wright
Bay
are all beasts..

Castillo
Francour
are All star players when at their best
at this point the only weak links would be Murphy and Catcher..

A solid co-ace with Johan might be the difference between the playoffs and a
shot at a ring or not…

with the trade market potentially filled with lee, oswalt, webb, and others…i cant see any one team in a position to demand a boat load of prospects for a 3 month rental

Just_MLB
5 years 5 months ago

im a knicks, mets and bears fan…and i root for the jets if they’re in the hunt..i look for future wives at these games…any fan of these teams HAS TO BE A LOYAL WOMAN