2011 Top 50 Free Agents

It's time for the fifth annual MLB Trade Rumors Top 50 Free Agents list!  The entire list of available free agents can be found here.

A note before we begin – this is a complicated puzzle, and I'll be satisfied if I'm correct on a quarter of these guesses.  If your favorite team seems under-represented, keep in mind that the list doesn't account for trades or every single free agent.  The linked player names go to our free agent stock watch pieces.

1.  Cliff Lee – Yankees.  I could be swayed toward the Rangers, but it seems the Yankees are more desperate for Lee.  The Nationals make an interesting dark horse.  I can see Lee getting a seventh year, as crazy as that sounds.

2.  Carl Crawford – Angels.  The Tigers and Red Sox should also be in the mix for the speedy left fielder, who is vying to become the first $100MM man without a 20 home run season on his resume.

3.  Adrian Beltre – Red Sox.  The Angels are a candidate, though I have a hard time seeing them win the bidding on the Boras client if they get Crawford.  If the Red Sox are not able to re-sign Beltre, I see them moving Kevin Youkilis to third base and finding a stopgap first baseman.

4.  Jayson Werth – Red Sox.  The Sox would have a crowded outfield, but they are known to like Werth and could view him as J.D. Drew's long-term replacement.  The Red Sox have already contacted Boras about Werth, according to ESPN's Gordon Edes.

5. Adam Dunn – Cubs.  The Nationals have held to a three-year offer.  Dunn doesn't want to DH, leaving the Cubs as the only other NL team I can see spending big at first base.  The question for the Cubs might be whether they can move Kosuke Fukudome's contract before Dunn signs.  The White Sox and Orioles may also have first base openings and Dunn on the radar.  Perhaps Dunn's unwillingness to DH will be tested by the Tigers, or they'll offer left field time. 

6.  Victor Martinez – Tigers.  They seem committed to Alex Avila behind the plate, but there aren't a ton of viable left-handed middle of the order bats out there.  Adding V-Mart might take the Tigers out of the market for a full-time DH type.

7.  Rafael Soriano – Angels.  As the best available reliever and a Boras client, Soriano should require a three or four-year deal.  I don't love the Angels-Soriano prediction, but I can't find a great match for the righty.  The Diamondbacks seek a closer, but this kind of expenditure doesn't seem like Kevin Towers' style.

8.  Mariano Rivera – Yankees.  Mo is still unstoppable as he approaches his 41st birthday, though it is outlandish to pay a reliever north of $15MM for 65 innings.

9.  Paul Konerko – White Sox.  Another tough one, if the Orioles look elsewhere and the Diamondbacks opt for someone cheaper.  The Nationals and Cubs will be seeking first basemen, but Konerko may not accept a pay cut on his $12MM salary after such a fantastic season.

10.  Derek Jeter – Yankees.  The most interesting part of Jeter's free agency may be the contract details.  I'll say four years, $65MM.

11.  Hiroki Kuroda – Pirates.  The Bucs are not typically big game hunters in free agency, but Kuroda represents a chance to add one of the better available arms with perhaps only a two-year commitment.

12.  Jorge De La Rosa – Royals.  Though De La Rosa at least gets groundballs, some consider him another Oliver Perez waiting to happen.  Much will depend on whether De La Rosa requires more than three years or $10MM annually.  The Pirates and Nationals seem like potential suitors as well, if he can't find common ground with the Rockies.

13.  Carl Pavano – Twins.  It's still strange to call Pavano dependable, but he's tallied 433 1/3 American League innings over the past two seasons.  He'd be a big loss for the Twins.

14.  Jake Westbrook – Cardinals.  There's optimism for a deal, which would really solidify the Cards' rotation.

15.  Aubrey Huff – Giants.  There is mutual interest for Huff and the Giants to strike a new deal.  If the Giants want to quit while they're ahead with him, both sides will have plenty of alternatives.

16.  Juan Uribe – Dodgers.  Uribe could be the Dodgers' new full-time second baseman assuming they non-tender Ryan Theriot.  But his versatility means he could also fit with the Twins, Mariners, Mets, Astros, Cardinals, Padres, Orioles, Reds, and of course back with the Giants.

17.  Carlos Pena – Nationals.  Quite a first base carousel could develop this winter, but Pena is a fit with Washington as they look to improve their first base defense.  Who knows – perhaps his first extended look at National League pitching will allow him to match Adam Dunn's 38 homers.

18.  Jim Thome – Rays. Thome, Vlad, and Manny should all find full-time DH jobs.  I can see the Rangers, Rays, and Athletics being the most aggressive in seeking a regular at the position.  The Tigers are a good fit for Thome if they miss out on V-Mart.

19.  Vladimir Guerrero – Rangers.  True, the Rangers already declined Vlad's mutual option, but that was a formality.  He is comfortable in Texas, and isn't going to find a huge offer elsewhere. 

20.  Manny Ramirez – Athletics.  Manny makes sense for Oakland on a make-good contract.  He had one of the better off-years I've seen, with his .409 OBP ranking second only to Thome among free agents.  Durability will be the bigger question.

21.  Magglio Ordonez – Blue Jays.  Maggs belongs in the AL.  The Blue Jays can make some room at DH if they move Adam Lind to first base, while still giving Ordonez some time in right field.

22.  Orlando Hudson – Cardinals.  He'd help the Cards improve on Skip Schumaker without breaking the bank.

23.  Derrek Lee – Brewers.  I can see the Orioles or Diamondbacks for Lee, who will have to settle for a one-year deal.  But Lee could land in Milwaukee as Prince Fielder's replacement and remain close to home.

24.  Lance Berkman – Diamondbacks.  If Berkman aims for a place he can DH part-time, the Rays, Blue Jays, or Rangers could work.

25.  Andy Pettitte – Retirement.  If the Yanks miss out on Cliff Lee, they could be scrambling if Pettitte retires.

26.  Jon Garland – Rockies. He's best-suited on an NL team looking for bulk innings.  The Rockies could be that club if De La Rosa departs.

27.  A.J. Pierzynski – Marlins.  They fit all of Pierzynski's preferences and are known to be in the catching market.  He also mentioned the Padres, Rangers, Rays, and Red Sox as potential fits if he doesn't re-sign with the White Sox.

28.  Miguel Olivo – Rangers.  The Red Sox, White Sox, Angels, Marlins, Reds, and Dodgers may also be looking for a catcher, so there's plenty of potential combinations.

29.  John Buck – Red Sox.  Buck has a supporter on the Sox in assistant GM Allard Baird.  They seem unlikely to hand the starting gig to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

30.  Javier Vazquez – Nationals.  Vazquez has already expressed interest in pitching for the Nats.  His 2010 season was alarming, but there's still the upside of his fantastic 2009 with the Braves.

31.  Scott Downs – Red Sox.  Downs has the AL East experience to slot into a late inning role for the Red Sox or Yankees.  The Phillies and Angels could also be among his suitors, though a draft pick will have to be surrendered.

32.  J.J. Putz – Tigers.  Putz is officially back after a very strong season with the White Sox.  He may seek another shot at closing, but a chance to pitch for the Tigers close to home could be tempting.

33.  Brian Fuentes – Diamondbacks.  Fuentes will likely go where he has the opportunity to rack up saves.  The Braves could be another match if they don't stay internal for the ninth inning.

34.  Adam LaRoche – Orioles.  The Orioles are going to find a corner infielder one way or another; LaRoche is just one of many free agents they'll probably consider.

35.  Hisanori Takahashi – Phillies.  He's strong against southpaws and could spot start if need be, so the Phillies are a reasonable match.

36.  Pat Burrell – Padres.  Burrell had a nice run with the Giants, aside from the playoffs.  He could theoretically draw interest from the Braves, Reds, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers as well.

37.  Joaquin Benoit – Rays.  His numbers for the Rays this year were so absurd, they might be willing to offer him a chance to close in 2011.  He'll probably draw interest from a dozen teams, so that could be the difference-maker.

38.  Kevin Millwood – Padres.  Perhaps Millwood will get a shot at being the Jon Garland of 2011.  The Padres will probably bring in one veteran starter, and it's a coveted place to pitch.  Millwood could be a match for the Pirates as well.

39.  Kevin Correia – Brewers.  I like Correia as a sleeper this year.  The Brewers could make a big rotation upgrade by way of trading Prince Fielder, and then add Correia at the back end of the rotation cheaply.

40.  Arthur Rhodes – Reds.  The Reds and Rhodes have mutual interest in a new deal, but the 41-year-old southpaw will be popular on the open market.

41.  Pedro Feliciano – Angels.  The Phillies and Angels are two teams that seem highly likely to import free agent lefty relievers.

42.  Grant Balfour - Yankees.  Balfour would be a solid addition at the back of anyone's bullpen.  The Yankees will have options, though Balfour has AL East experience.

43.  Kerry Wood - Cubs.  He wasn't eager to leave after the '08 season, and now the Cubs can fit him into their budget.

44.  Scott Podsednik – Reds.  Pods fills the Reds' left field and leadoff needs at what should be an affordable price. 

45.  Yorvit Torrealba – Dodgers.  After five seasons as the Dodgers' primary catcher, it seems likely that they'll move on from Russell Martin.

46.  Hideki Matsui – Mariners.  His choice will probably come down to playing time, and the Mariners need a few quality bats.

47.  Johnny Damon – White Sox.  They had interest a year ago, and Damon's price should be lower this time around.  He's not an ideal DH but he's still an upgrade for the Sox.

48.  Kevin Gregg – Braves.  I expect they'll add some kind of late-inning veteran with Billy Wagner retiring, and Gregg may be inclined to chase the save opportunities.

49.  Koji Uehara – Mets.  Uehara, 36 in April, was fantastic in 44 relief innings this year for the Orioles.  His price should be held down by the 200+ DL days he logged over the past two seasons.  The market is flush with interesting right-handed relievers, but Uehara may still have a dozen suitors.

50.  Brandon Webb - Nationals.  Interest appears mutual.  Unlike last year's Chien-Ming Wang experiment, Webb may require upward of $5MM.

Honorable mentions: Miguel Tejada, Vicente Padilla, Takashi Saito, Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, Brad Penny, Nick Johnson, Bill Hall, Frank Francisco, Jason Frasor, Jose Contreras

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  1. Pods to the Reds…or for godsakes no. Explain to me how he’s an upgrade over Chris Heisey…?

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      In the Dusty Baker School of Player Evaluation, he is.

  2. Ben_Cherington 5 years ago

    Very good list!

    How about a list of the top trade candidates as well, which would be very difficult, but fun to look at!

  3. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    No way Tigers only get Victor Martinez and JJ Putz. They will resign Magglio. And they will trade for Dan Uggla since he rejected the Marlins 4-year extension. Tigers will trade Crosby and Furbush for him and extend him 5 or 6 years. Leyland will have a rotating DH spot with Magglio/VMart and Guillen to keep the older guys healthy.

    CF)A-Jax
    Lf//DH) Guillen/Boesch/Wells/Raburn
    1b) Cabrera
    2b) Uggla
    C/DH) VMart
    RF) Magglio
    3b) Inge
    SS) Peralta
    DH/C) Avila/Boesch/Raburn

    • Boz 5 years ago

      way to read Tim’s “disclaimer”you’re obviously going to be a a genius future gm with your amazing reading comprehension skills.

      fyi…you’re updated post isnt any better

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      Yep, the Tigers are going to trade a guy with a bum elbow and a 24 year-old who just put up a 6+ ERA in Triple-A for a top-five second baseman. Makes sense….in bizarro world.

      • BravesRed 5 years ago

        Calling Uggla a top-5 second baseman is laughable as that trade offer.

        • Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

          How is Uggla not top 5? Utley and Cano are about the only 2 I can think of that are as good.

          • souldrummer 5 years ago

            Because he is a butcher in the field.

          • Don’t forget about Pedroia and maybe even Kinsler when healthy.

          • moonraker45 5 years ago

            maybe kinsler? especially kinsler.

          • InTheKZone 5 years ago

            I’d also throw Rickie Weeks into the conversation.

          • armyredsfan 5 years ago

            Brandon Phillips should be on that list as well. The only only thing Uggla provides is some Power and some Uggly defense

          • Boz 5 years ago

            “as good” implies that you think Uggla is actually better…which is hilarious

            going by WAR Uggla is 5th behind Cano Weeks Johnson and Utley.

            also Uggla is the 3rd worst fielding 2nd baseman

            so taking into consideration offense and defense, top 5 2nd baseman is laughable

          • This doesn’t make any sense. WAR factors in both defense and offense. So, assuming the defensive numbers aren’t too fluky and everyone had reasonably representative seasons, Uggla is definitively in the top 5.

          • Boz 5 years ago

            i wasnt aware that WAR factored in defense as well.

            seems strange to me that he would be that bad defensively and still be top 5. does WAR heavily favor offense or something?

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

            no, he is just a very good offensive 2B…

          • $1529282 5 years ago

            Wait wait wait.

            So you actively cite WAR and say that Uggla ranks 5th in that department… and then two sentences later call his candidacy for Top 5 second basemen laughable? WAR factors in offense and defense.

            Whatever you’re on… I want some.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 5 years ago

            Even with all the 2nd Baseman brought into the conversation by yourself and other people, there are only a total of about 7 second baseman, so I’m not really sure how it’s laughable that someone thinks he’s in the top 5…

          • Mike 5 years ago

            I like Uggla and if you need a power bat, he’s a nice choice. But if we’re talking overall second basemen, fielding, running, hitting, power, I can think of several more well-rounded players than Uggla:

            Robinson Cano (better runner, better hitter, similar power)
            Chase Utley (similar power, better fielder, better hitter)
            Ian Kinsler (better hitter, better runner, better fielder)
            Brandon Phillips (better hitter, better runner, best fielder)
            Brian Roberts (better hitter, better runner, better fielder)
            Dustin Pedroia (better hitter, better fielder, better runner)

          • Shoman5 5 years ago

            Pedroia???? Kinsler???? Roberts????

        • vtadave 5 years ago

          Why is that laughable? Even with an iron glove, he was still fifth in WAR among 2B this year behind Cano, Weeks, Johnson, and Utley.

        • I can see “debatable”, but it’s not “laughable”. He’s one of the best hitting 2Bs in a long time. Yes, I know his defense is terrible, but WAR takes that into account (I believe).

    • HAHAHAHAHAH. Sorry. HAHAHAHAHA

    • dc21892 5 years ago

      Keep dreaming.

    • ToledoFan 5 years ago

      I agree that there is no way the Tigers get only VMart and Putz. Way too much money available and way to much need + an average farm system that DD has finally got back to “respectable” status = at least 1 more Top 50 guy.

      However, I highly Doubt that they will get Uggla. They have cheaper talent in Rhymes and Sizemore and Sizemore is a highly touted prospect who has an off debut year due to a broken ankle. When he came back in September he started looking very good down the stretch.
      Plus, there is Carlos Guillen to consider and you have Raburn who has all but deserves a starting job in the OF.

      So unless you want to put together a package of Turner Oliver, Crosby, Sizemore and Guillen just so the marlins will take Guillen off our hands, I highly doubt they get him.

      If the Tigers are going to try to trade for a bat, Its going to be The Fat Prince of Milwaukee, but that would all but rule out VMart coming here because you NEED to let VMart take some shifts at DH.

      I see the Tigers as serious players for Crawford or Werth is they land VMart. If they can’t get those two they will desperately try to resign Maggs.

    • ToledoFan 5 years ago

      I agree that there is no way the Tigers get only VMart and Putz. Way too much money available and way to much need + an average farm system that DD has finally got back to “respectable” status = at least 1 more Top 50 guy.

      However, I highly Doubt that they will get Uggla. They have cheaper talent in Rhymes and Sizemore and Sizemore is a highly touted prospect who has an off debut year due to a broken ankle. When he came back in September he started looking very good down the stretch.
      Plus, there is Carlos Guillen to consider and you have Raburn who has all but deserves a starting job in the OF.

      So unless you want to put together a package of Turner Oliver, Crosby, Sizemore and Guillen just so the marlins will take Guillen off our hands, I highly doubt they get him.

      If the Tigers are going to try to trade for a bat, Its going to be The Fat Prince of Milwaukee, but that would all but rule out VMart coming here because you NEED to let VMart take some shifts at DH.

      I see the Tigers as serious players for Crawford or Werth is they land VMart. If they can’t get those two they will desperately try to resign Maggs.

    • oh yeah and they’ll sign Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Beltre along the way. Keep dreaming!!!!

    • I can see them signing Vic Martinez but trading for Uggla and resigning him for 5/6 years? Come on. He’s 30 years old and has less than average defense. I believe he stays in Florida. But I do think that they are in the mix for a Rafael Soriano. Not many people have been talking about Detroit as a destination for Soriano but I think that they spend some cash on a quality closer since Joel Zumaya is injury prone.

  4. craig s (ManusBret) 5 years ago

    John Buck This Years Marco scutaro!

    • 0bsessions 5 years ago

      From a Sox fan perspective, I’d take it. Scutaro regressed and everyone saw it coming, but he has still performed well enough to justify his deal as a stopgap measure.

      Heck, even better that he doesn’t cost a prospect.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        It’s true, scutaro isn’t going to be an allstar any time soon, but as a stop gap you cant really complain.

  5. Pirates412 5 years ago

    Pirates getting kuroda?? lol

    • BlueSkyLA 5 years ago

      I don’t get that one either. I’d handicap him to come back to the Dodgers, or one of the other west coast teams, on a two-year contract. One of the intangibles for Kuroda is that he speaks very little English. If he wants to continuing playing in this country he’s going to be the most comfortable in a city with a large Japanese population and a much shorter flight home. And what’s with this idea of Torrealba replacing Martin? This is hardly an upgrade at this position, and requires the Dodgers to sell Martin low.

      • Dodgers could bring in a FA catcher on a one-year, $3MM move and it’d be pretty much a lateral move that would save money. Not sure Martin will even be tendered a contract. Picking the Pirates for anyone is typically a long shot.

        • BlueSkyLA 5 years ago

          I see your point, but nobody outside of the organization knows where Martin stands in terms of recovering from his injury. If the Dodgers aren’t convinced that he can come back at some point next season, then they might not tender. They’d be giving up an experienced major league player under team control and getting nothing in return, except maybe a small salary savings. I’d like to think that management isn’t that short-sighted.

          • BrocNessMonster 5 years ago

            Not a small salary savings. A few million bucks actually. And with the owners, nothing’s more important.

          • BlueSkyLA 5 years ago

            Maybe my point wasn’t clear. If Martin is replaced and cut loose this winter, and it turns out he can play, then the Dodgers have lost an experienced position player, which is a tradable commodity. It’s unlikely that the $2-3 million they might save this year (assuming they can sign a reasonable replacement for cheap) would offset the loss of a trading chip. With Martin being under team control for a couple more years, I think management has to consider the loss of trade value, and won’t be inclined to release him unless they don’t see him coming back from the injury.

        • jwsox 5 years ago

          Tim i respect your opinion and on this one I hope you are right, I hope martin is non-tendered and Kenny Williams goes after him. Martin had a down year and a broken hip, but the kid can call a game, hit for average and power, and throw runners out and is surprisingly fast for a catcher. Plus very young. still.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

            everything but the average and power I agree with. 2007 Martin was killed by Joe Torre…

  6. Interesting list, I always like “predictions”. Will this list still be around once the players have signed, possibly with the original prediction and the eventual team they signed with?

    • BravesRed 5 years ago

      Usually he keeps it under “MLBTR Features”.

    • fitz 5 years ago

      Of course. Tim isn’t afraid to be wrong, it is after all, just predictions. Last year didn’t work out too well for him but it’s still fun to see what he thinks and then compare that to everything shakes out.

      • It’s so inter-related…if you miss on five guys it trickles down to a bunch of teams.

      • That is what I was wondering about… its fun to compare reality to what some people have to say in their predictions. Its just like the “Team X will win the World Series because ____” type predictions. Some of those are hysterical.

      • I agree. Last year he only got 6 out of 50 right & he got all the top 5 wrong but it’s still nice read his opinion & reason.

  7. Pirates412 5 years ago

    I can see garrett jones go to rays for garza people u agree??

    • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

      i think garza is worth more than just jones.

      • Jason_F 5 years ago

        It’s not even close. Garza could potentially dominate in the NL. His value is much, much greater than that of Jones. Plus, Garza is under team control for only two more years and the Pirates definitely aren’t contending by then, so whatever you gave up for him in trade would deplete the theoretical team in the future that has actually has a chance at contending.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      No, zero people here agree.

    • BravesRed 5 years ago

      I’m with ThinkBlue. Huntington has already said he’s looking for a platoon partner for Jones. No way Rays give up a proven big situation pitcher for someone that will be only in a platoon.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Garret Jones was one of the worst 1B in Baseball last season. Matt Garza is one of the best young starters in Baseball…

    • Fail. Why in the he!! would the Rays do this?

    • $1529282 5 years ago

      The Rays would probably have to throw in Hellickson too. GI Jones gots skiiiiillls.

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      Negative. Going to have to beef that package up.

    • BrocNessMonster 5 years ago

      No. I don’t agree. I don’t think anyone does.

    • Beachbummer 5 years ago

      lol, the Rays will get a haul for Garza but it may be nearer to next trade deadline! The Rays are gonna get like 8 extra high picks this year…love it!

  8. mkorpal 5 years ago

    Yuck, do not want Garland. The Rockies have 20 million to spend, and thats all they get?

    • bleedrockiepurple 5 years ago

      You should be surprised that the Rockies are even on this list.

      Garland isn’t all that bad…seen him pitch in CO a few times but he is no De La Rosa. He did throw 200 innings this year which is something JDLR cant say hes done.

  9. Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

    As a Jays fan, I’d rather have Ramirez over Maggie. Ramirez has a much higher career .iso, age doesn’t seem to be slowing him down any, he gets on base more often and both are Scott Boras clients so it doesn’t really matter which route you go between the 2 with that variable. Ordonez is also coming off the busted ankle that ironically the Jays gave him.

    • Bombastic_Dave 5 years ago

      That they’re both Boras clients means neither will be signed by the Jays. Why would AA want either of them? They’re both injury-prone and thus unlikely to still be good when the Jays will need them in 2-3 years. Lind would have to be moved to 1B for either of them which would likely make E3 common on the scoresheet — not good for a developing team dependent on defense.

      The Jays are simply not on the above list for free agent candidates. They don’t want to spend money or, more importantly, give up the draft picks they’ve been buying.

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

        I don’t think you’ve been paying attention to the Jays much, so I’ll let it slide. They can spend money however they wish, and the White Sox won’t offer arbitration because they’ll grant him $20mil when he’s worth $10mil at most – hence giving up no pick. Ramirez would also DH so injuries would be avoided.

        According to UZR/150, Lind had above average defense last year at 1B.

        A window for the Jays could be next year with the Rays potentially losing Crawford, Soriano and Pena, and the Red Sox and Yanks a year older.

        • jwredsox 5 years ago

          Lind only had 11 games at 1B. Not anywhere near enough for a good enough sample size.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            Agreed. I most certainly don’t think he’s an above-average defensive 1B, but if they put up with Delgado’s defense for many years, I think Lind should be adequate.

        • Bombastic_Dave 5 years ago

          Telling me I haven’t been paying attention to my hometeam isn’t exactly “letting it slide.”

          Also, 11 games played in a position for the entirety of a player’s career does not a reliable stat make. Adding on the single game played during his minor league career won’t help, either. I don’t know he’ll make a ton of errors there, but without the practice an actual 1B has, it seems likely.

          I’d love to see the Jays get some big, expensive bats. I just think buying up expensive free agents seems contrary to how AA is playing his game. And by the attention I’ve been paying to my Jays, I don’t think he expects to for another year or two.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            Well now that I know you’re a Jays fan I won’t make such an outlandish claim about you.

            But Anthopoulos has stated that he’s both not afraid to trade prospects and to sign a free agent, surrendering a pick. It just has to make sense, and having Lind at 1B while signing Ramirez to DH for 1 year does make sense to me. It’s much better than Lind DHing and resigning Overbay.

            As for my statement about Lind’s defense, read my reply to jwredsox.

          • Lind played 1B exclusively in college. It’s not professional experience but he does have a fair bit of familiarity with the position.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      It all comes down to Lind being able to play at 1st. . that frees up the DH spot, and ya clearly Man Ram is the better choice for the DH spot as he is a far superior bat.

      but again, thanks to cito, we don’t know if Lind can atleast be an average 1st basemen.

      • Lind doesn’t need to be average at 1B for moving him there to make sense. Kinda like how Bautista being “better” in RF doesn’t mean it’s wrong to put him at 3B.

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          apples and oranges…

          The jays don’t have a particularly strong infield.. If Lind isn’t atleast decent you cant move him there. With young pitch to contact starters on the mound you need someone who isn’t going to commit too many errors, and eliminate a few errors as well..
          I’m not saying he has to be Texeira or Gonzalez.

          I’m saying he has to atleast be a Delgado to move him there.. at this point we really don’t know what he is.

          • heres an interesting though. just looking for an opinion. what about keeping Lind in the DH spot and taking a run at Victor Martinez to play first exclusively. and maybe catch a few games. he getting old and cant catch forever plus it couldn’t hurt to even having him around to help with Arrencibia’s growth along with Jose. He would look nice in the middle of our lineup around Lind, Wells, and Jose [once we resign him]. Plus the jays got a nice selling point by hiring the soxs pitching coach last year as our new manager.

          • 0bsessions 5 years ago

            Likely not feasible considering the potential pay difference. Somebody’s likely going to offer him catcher money on a four to five year deal (Tigers). His bat is elite for a catcher, but only really good for a first baseman, so he’ll seek a full time catching position as he’ll get less money to play first base. Only way he’ll play first base full time is if the team signing him to do so overpays substantially, which doesn’t seem like something AA is apt to do in this circumstance.

          • 0bsessions 5 years ago

            Likely not feasible considering the potential pay difference. Somebody’s likely going to offer him catcher money on a four to five year deal (Tigers). His bat is elite for a catcher, but only really good for a first baseman, so he’ll seek a full time catching position as he’ll get less money to play first base. Only way he’ll play first base full time is if the team signing him to do so overpays substantially, which doesn’t seem like something AA is apt to do in this circumstance.

  10. I can’t see the Reds signing Podsednik. They already have four useful outfielders. I think the Dodgers or Diamondbacks are more likely. I agree Berkman is probably the second choice for the Diamondbacks behind Konerko. Besides the Reds need a shortstop because I doubt theyll give the job to Janish or Valaika.

    • Gunner65 5 years ago

      I am just thrilled the Reds are even mentioned in a free agency thread … but with the raises coming to all their arb eligible young guys this off season, they will be lucky to upgrade at the Bat Boy position

  11. fabiani1233 5 years ago

    Uribe a Dog and Burrell a Pad but who will play LF and SS for the Giants? Will the Pads and Dogs have the money? If Uribe and Burrell go, that will leave the Giants a lot of money to spend on someone like Crawford. You can’t have it both ways. Is this list a prediction or what you would ideally like to happen?

    • Jason_F 5 years ago

      Theoretically, DeRosa will be playing left for the Giants next year. Uribe made $3.25M and Burrell made the pro-rated minimum, so combining those salaries does not a Carl Crawford signing make. And the list is obviously a prediction…why would it be what he would like to happen?

      • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

        If Kung-Fu Panda doesn’t hold up his end of the bargain, DeRosa will be playing third.

    • After arbitration raises and bringing Huff back at a higher salary, they’ll basically be at last year’s payroll.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      Dog? Stay classy my friend

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        Tell me you’ve NEVER said Red Sux in your life.

        • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

          Not since I was 13, and I’m guessing he is at least that age…

        • Beachbummer 5 years ago

          Red Sux Red Sux Red Sux

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        Tell me you’ve NEVER said Red Sux in your life.

  12. vtadave 5 years ago

    Hopefully this means a Zack Greinke to the Dodgers deal, as winding up with zero of the starting pitchers in the top 50 is just not good. I can see Carl Pavano being Ned Colletti’s next Jason Schmidt. Three-year $30 million deal.

    • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

      i think a pavano signing would be good for the dodgers. but i would love for the dodgers to go after greinke.

      • EVERYBODY wants their team to go after Greinke.

        • I don’t want my team to go after Greinke… He would cost way too much in prospects with the possibilty he won’t return to his 2009 form.

          • fair enough – I was wrong.

          • neoncactus 5 years ago

            I see the Rangers aggressively going after Greinke, especially if they lose out on Cliff Lee.

          • bleedrockiepurple 5 years ago

            Rangers already dished out some big time prospects in getting Lee. If they lose out on him, i don’t see them unloading the minors again for Greinke.

          • LordD99 5 years ago

            Hmmm, I don’t know about that. Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox have the resources to always be competitive. Bring in new, high-priced talent as their old guard fades. The Rangers are built to win now, so they can’t wait two or three more years and hope they’ll still be one of the top teams. They need to maximize that opportunity now. They have a deep farm system, and a farm system serves two purposes: players to help the MLB club, or players to trade. They don’t have large gaps on the MLB roster, so it makes sense to use that talent for a key trade. If they lose Lee, they will need another front-line stud. Greinke is it, and Texas seems like the type of market he could handle being traded to.

    • I’d be sort of surprised to see the Twins bring Pavano back, despite his successes in MN. They have enough cheap starting pitching to contend and payroll will be tight even without him. Also, the draft picks…

      • I’d love for the Twins to give Pavano a 2 yr deal. But unfortunately I think he wants 3 years and the Twins will take the draft picks.

  13. fabiani1233 5 years ago

    Uribe a Dog and Burrell a Pad but who will play LF and SS for the Giants? Will the Pads and Dogs have the money? If Uribe and Burrell go, that will leave the Giants a lot of money to spend on someone like Crawford. You can’t have it both ways. Is this list a prediction or what you would ideally like to happen?

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      I would imagine most any team would have the money for the likes of a Pat Burrell. Hopefully the Dodgers are aiming a bit higher.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Coletti has already said he’ll have money to play with this offseason, so it isn’t far-fetched to think that he’d make a run at Uribe and screw up the Giants. As Sabean said about both Huff and Uribe, it will come down to length and dollars. With Uribe, he really wants, and thinks he deserves three years, and if Coletti offers it to him, Sabean will let Uribe walk. And even for the Padres, Burrell at 2/$4 million is affordable, so Tim’s suggestions aren’t unreasonable.

      If the Giants lose out on Uribe because they wouldn’t go a third year or over $6 million, Sabean would have to pivot to someone like J. J. Hardy for SS for a couple of years, with DeRosa at 3B next year. So they would still need a left-handed stick for LF by way of trade.

      • The Giants wouldn’t need to trade for a LF. It’d be as simple as Huff in LF and Belt at 1B.

        • BrocNessMonster 5 years ago

          I think Belt needs another year in the minors. Looked good at the futures game though, even though all he did was take a few walks.

  14. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    Great list, Tim. Here are some thoughts:

    – I hope the Red Sox go after Crawford rather than Werth.
    – John Buck is a good call. I don’t think they are ready to hand the keys to Saltalamacchia yet.
    – Great call on Jeter. Yankees want to pay less than $20M. Jeter will insist on a 4th year.
    – I don’t see Manny as a good fit for Oakland. Manny quits when the team is losing. Oakland always gets off to a slow start. Dangerous combination.
    – I agree on Beltre. The Sox will overpay him to be able to keep Youkilis at first. If he stays and Iglesias comes up in 2012, it could be the best infield in baseball.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      Oh yeah, and I don’t think Jed Hoyer would pick up Burrell to play in that huge park. My guess is the Nationals or he re-ups with the Giants.

    • scatterbrian 5 years ago

      I agree with you that Manny is not a good fit for Oakland. They’ll likely accept comparable-to-slightly-less production from a much cheaper Jack Cust, or they will hand the reigns to Chris Carter (which isn’t as likely). But “Oakland always gets off to a slow start” doesn’t really hold water. That was a characteristic of the A’s of the early 2000s, but the only guy left from those teams is Mark Ellis. As personnel changes, so does the idea that a team plays a certain way…

  15. grant77 5 years ago

    Tim,

    The Blue Jays seem certain to add a relatively big bat on a short term deal for their open 1B/DH spot. Ordonez and Berkman are certainly reasonable choices, but would you also lump Ramirez, Lee, or possibly Matsui in that group?

    • briantalletsmoustache 5 years ago

      With his knees, there’s no way Matsui would want to play on that turf, and there’s no way the Jays would want him to, either. With the Jays needing to (and having explicitly said they’re going to try to) improve in OBP, any 1B that can get to first when batting as well would fit the bill.

      • If there’s a merciful God, Matsui’s feet only ever touch dirt from here on out.

        • roberty 5 years ago

          So how is he supposed to get from the dugout to the batters box?

          • 0bsessions 5 years ago

            Handstands. After the 2006 “break my arm in half and throw the ball in BEFORE acknowledging the pain” situation, I consider Matsui to have the biggest stones in the MLB currently.

          • 0bsessions 5 years ago

            Handstands. After the 2006 “break my arm in half and throw the ball in BEFORE acknowledging the pain” situation, I consider Matsui to have the biggest stones in the MLB currently.

    • Bombastic_Dave 5 years ago

      If the Jays get a new bat, it won’t be a big name and certainly not through top-tier free agency. The Jays are buying draft picks, not selling.

      AA has been saying as much anyway.

  16. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I don’t get why the Jays would sign Magglio Ordonez instead of Manny, who will cost a lot less than Mags and isn’t worse. Manny will also put more fans in to Rogers seats.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      it’s all about the future of adam lind, damn cito. WE LEARNED NOTHING!!!

  17. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Kevin Gregg – Braves ?!?!?!? Oh for the love of god I hope not !!!!!

    • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

      Lol, he always helped us win before maybe he can continue that.

  18. TheHotCorner 5 years ago

    You mention Soriano going to the Angels because you can’t find a match. Any chance you could see Soriano going to the Rangers. With Cliff Lee presumably going to the Yankees would the Rangers give Feliz a chance to start? I realize there is an innings issue going from relieving to starting. Just curious what others think.

    • Soriano to the Angels is one I don’t see happening. He wants 5 years and Boras is his agent.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        ya but realistically, no team is going to get that. Most free spending teams already have a closer already.

      • coachofall 5 years ago

        I see Soriano accepting arbitration again

        • roberty 5 years ago

          I think he had too good of a season to accept arbitration. His 2010 was the kind of contract year that all closers, and Boras clients, dream about.

    • I dont think the Rangers would be making a good choice doing that, its a risk but i think they should focus on signing a back end starting pitcher if Lee goes. I see Sorino going to the Angels or Dbacks.

  19. moonraker45 5 years ago

    If a lot of these end up being right, the red sox looked poised for a return back to the top of the AL east

  20. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    Why are the Blue Jays so intent on adding a Big Bat? They were among the league leaders in homers last year. If anything, they should be looking to upgrade their bullpen. With an elite bullpen, their young crew of starting pitchers, and their offense, its hard to see them not contending. There are so many DH-types out there, its hard to see the Jays needing to overpay for one

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      because bautista isn’t going to hit 50+ HR’s again.
      Who knows which vernon will show up

      and getting on base for the team collectively was probably their biggest downfall.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      The Blue Jays getting rid of Tallet is an upgrade in itself.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        my men’s softball team losing tallet would be an upgrade

    • I assume they want to add a big bat because the other manager would complain about the 7 man batting order. (Probably not so much about the 2 man outfield.)

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      They were the league leaders.

  21. ze3 5 years ago

    Tim got 4 out of 50 right last year, I really hope he does better this year! I’d love to see a lot of these signings happening!

    • LordD99 5 years ago

      If he got 25% right like he hoped it would be amazing number of correct predictions. The problem is once one free agent signs with another team it has a cascading impact. If Lee doesn’t sign with the Yankees, they might turn around and sign Crawford, and then package one of their OFers for a starter, so one wrong guess impacts several other moves, and then it keeps building. Always fun to try and guess, though.

  22. Do the Red Sox have THAT much money coming off the books that they can afford the massive contracts of Werth AND Beltre? With Buck and Downs on top of that? I’d like to think the Tigers would make a big play on one of Werth/Beltre.I’d like the Nationals to shell out for V-Mart and/or Magglio Ordonez as well.

    • No they don’t have that much money to spend and stay under the CBT. I think it’s one of Werth/Beltre/Crawford, plus Downs(if its Werth/Crawford) and Buck/Olivo.

    • Alright, I took a more extensive look. If my math is correct, the Boston Red Sox, after picking up Ortiz’s option, have about $125 million in obligations for 2011. This means that they most likely have about ~40 million to spend this offseason to reach 165 mil, which was about what they paid last year. Now, considering Beltre put up a 7.1 WAR season last year and the limited market for third basemen this year, he is most likely going to get a pretty big contract, AT LEAST 22-23 mil/year. Fangraphs has his value for last season at $28.3 mil, but I figure teams will make offers for less than that.Now Jayson Werth will probably see around 18-20 mil/year. Giving the Red Sox the benefit of the doubt, lets say they sign Beltre for 22 mil/year and Werth for 18 mil/year. That’s 40 million dollars a year in salary right there not even including adding John Buck or Scott Downs.Is my logic incorrect here?

      • wolf9309 5 years ago

        if you’re looking at the Cot’s numbers, that $113 million already includes Ortiz.

        You’re WAY overestimating the amount/year Beltre and Werth will make.

        • It’s 113 including Ortiz, but its another ~12 million in arbitration raises between Papelbon (11 million) and Ellsbury (1 million). (This is coming from NECN article from September 30th, I can’t post the link without having the comment be approved by a moderator)Can you please elaborate on why you think I’m overestimating what Beltre and Werth will make, and what you actually do think they will get?

          • wolf9309 5 years ago

            ok yeah, we agree on the 125 million number then, I just wasn’t sure if you were saying that was before arb.

            No way Beltre will get $22 million a year from anyone because he just hasn’t consistently played like he did last year at all, and will be likely declining towards the end of a contract. This year he assured that he’ll get a good multiyear deal, but I’d say $14-16 million a year.
            For Werth I think you’re closer, but I have trouble seeing him getting that much more than Bay did. I’d guess he’d absolutely top out at $16 million for 5 years or maybe 18 for 4.

          • Hm, it makes sense, and it does seem plausible, but this is all operating in a vacuum. You can’t account for the external forces like a bidding war with another team or even another team swooping in with an offer that the Red Sox would have to overpay to acquire.

          • 0bsessions 5 years ago

            I simply don’t see the Sox overpaying by THAT much to keep him. That’s money that would be better spent on someone like Adrian Gonzalez next year. I absolutely LOVED Beltre from signing straight through to the end of the season, but I would be VERY wary of a contract like that.

      • You’re saying Beltre is going to get $22-23 million a year at least? I don’t believe that’s going to happen, probably only you and Beltre think he’s worth that much. He’s more likely to be a $15 million dollar player and not much more.

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        Nobody is going to pay $22-23 million a year for Beltre. He’ll be lucky to get $15 million per.

        Werth’s likely going to go in that same range.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        The Fan Graphs salary estimation software was clearly written by Scott Boras and bears no relation to the real world. Beltre will sign for about $16M per year.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        The Fan Graphs salary estimation software was clearly written by Scott Boras and bears no relation to the real world. Beltre will sign for about $16M per year.

      • LordD99 5 years ago

        The Red Sox have the money to spend, but they try not to go above the luxury tax line where they have to pay a 40% penalty. In 2010, the Red Sox’ opening day payroll was $162,447,333 opening day, while the luxury tax threshold was $170 million. So they’re taking it close to the threshold at the start of the season, and they’re leaving some flexibility to add salary if need be without triggering the tax. The luxury tax threshold increases every year, and will rise to $178 million in 2011. Based on that, figure the Red Sox would be comrortable raising their opening day payroll to about $170 million.

    • wolf9309 5 years ago

      Looks to me like $113 million committed, with maybe another $15 million after arb numbers are in, which leaves them a bit over $40 million to spend this year if payroll remains the same. If it made the difference between getting someone like Beltre back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them decide to say that Scutaro is expendable, give the starting shortstop job to Lowrie, and basically send Scutaro away as a salary dump. Chances are, they could make this happen without resorting to that, though.

    • wolf9309 5 years ago

      Looks to me like $113 million committed, with maybe another $15 million after arb numbers are in, which leaves them a bit over $40 million to spend this year if payroll remains the same. If it made the difference between getting someone like Beltre back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them decide to say that Scutaro is expendable, give the starting shortstop job to Lowrie, and basically send Scutaro away as a salary dump. Chances are, they could make this happen without resorting to that, though.

  23. JohnnyBravo2011 5 years ago

    It amazes me that so many people have the Angels cleaning up this winter. This is a team with 95mill already committed, plus another 20-25mill coming in arbitration. So, if Moreno would like to increase the payroll to 135max… you do the math. That doesn’t even land you Crawford, especially when the Tigers and Sox are surely MUCH more capable of driving that price out of Angels’ territory, yet so many people have the Angels buying up more than one big name FA? No chance… but, sure, go for it. To sign Crawford means the Angels still don’t win their division, as the OF is hardly their weakest link, and they would have no money left over to sign anyone else if they can land Crawford. But, by all means…

    • The figure I heard the Angels are looking at after arbitration is somewhere between 110-115 million. Now, this isn’t taking into consideration the strong possibility that both Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could be traded, along with the possible non-tenders of players such as Jeff Mathis, Alberto Callaspo, and Kevin Frandsen. Since Rivera is owed about $5 million next season and Napoli will make anywhere from 5-8 mil after arbitration, this could bring the Angels’ payroll down to around $100 million, leaving them with $35 mil to play with, which could be more than enough to net a combination of Crawford/Werth/Beltre/Soriano. Not to mention they’ve got at least another $35 mil coming off the books next year, too…

      • But I do agree with JohnnyBravo2011 that the OF isn’t the Angels weakest link, which is why if it comes down to it, I’d rather see them sign Beltre over Crawford. Brandon Wood is a complete bust who needs a change of scenery, Alberto Callaspo should be a utility player, and Maicer Izturis just can’t be counted on to stay healthy as a full-time position player. The Halos NEED to upgrade at 3rd. As far as left field goes, I’m actually okay with Reggie Willits being given a full-time shot. True, he won’t hit ANY home runs, but that’s not what you’re signing Crawford for anyway. The Angels need a leadoff man who can work counts, get on base, steal more bases, and play defense. Willits can do all of those. Plus, with the money you’d be saving, you could easily net Beltre and Soriano without having to trade Napoli, thus keeping his bat in the lineup as well.

        Not to mention, you’ve got Mark Trumbo supposedly learning to play the OF in winter ball.

      • I really doubt the Angels non-tender Callaspo. Its only his first year of arbitration. Now Willits is a different story, and IMO Mathis should absolutley be non-tendered as well as Wood.

    • I believe it’s already been put out there that Moreno is going to raise payroll this year given the year the Angels just had. He recognizes that he’s going to have to spend if they’re going to get back in contention. I don’t know what they’re raising payroll to but I don’t doubt they can afford Crawford if they want him.

  24. rangersvoice 5 years ago

    I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that you predict the Yankees spend over 200M this offseason…. They are the Yankees and why shouldn’t they spend that much every offseason, right? Barf.

    I don’t see the Rangers only signing Olivo and Vlad?

    They are out of financial difficulties. The new ownership has pledges to start pouring money back into the team. They have also said they will get their yearly payroll over 100M. (Its around 70M rightnow).

    I’m not saying its a lock they sign Lee. But don’t count them out. And if the Yankees truly make a desperate over the top bid for Lee and he walks… then I don’t see any way the Rangers don’t sign Pavano.

    They will get either Lee or Pavano. Write it down.

    • rangersvoice 5 years ago

      Not to mention you seem to think that the Angels will go on a signing/spending spree. The Rangers won’t let the Angels just have the division back without making a few moves as well…

      • As an Angels fan I hope the Rangers back up the Brinks truck to sign Cliff Lee.

        • rangersvoice 5 years ago

          And signing Crawford, Soriano, and Feliciano won’t cost that much?

          • I agree, Crawford will take a heft toll almost as much as Lee, then to add Soriano and Feliciano…thats like a $35 mil spending spree at the least.

          • I don’t think Soriano or Feliciano will be Angels, just Crawford.

      • I hope you enjoyed the WS trip that your team purchased on credit last year. When do you think you guys will be paying off those contracts? 2020?

        I don’t know how the Rangers are now out of financial difficulties. They still have AROD on payroll (along with a handful of other late 90s contracts).

        • rangersvoice 5 years ago

          That is perhaps the stupidest comment I have seen in awhile…

          The whole point of the Rangers going into Bankruptcy was to satisfy all the debts. The contingency on any bid was that the bid had to be large enough to satisfy the creditors!

          Do some homework before you comment, hack.

          Or did you even know that the Rangers were in fact sold?

          • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

            Actually I think you’re wrong.

            “A group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan won control of the Rangers in August, 2010, at auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court with a bid of $593M, including $385M in cash and $208M in assumed liabilities. Former owner Tom Hicks had purchased the club for $250M in 1998.Forbes magazine valued the club at $451M in April, 2010″.- cots

            They paid $385 mil and ASSUMED $208 in debt. They didn’t pay it off but simply assumed the debt. Then there’s this…

            “Bob DuPuy, the president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, said that he had no regrets about staunchly supporting Ryan and Greenberg — even facing down angry lenders who believed that other, higher bids were available”.

            So the people who are owed the 208 were upset because the Rangers had higher bids that would’ve paid $500 mil in CASH instead of $385 plus assumed debts which simply means the ppl owed the $208 mil could’ve been paid out already.

            Then for the guy below……

            “Those still waiting around for the bankrupt team to make good on the money also include players from past and present.

            The most noteworthy of the crop is, of course, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez(notes), who is owed $24.9 million by his previous team. He just filed an objection to the upcoming auction of the Rangers because he’s not sure the sale price would include settling up on the combined $204 million that’s owed to him and all of Texas’ other unsecured creditors”.

            other players still owed include….

            • Mickey Tettleton, $1.4 million (right): Using that memorable narcoleptic stance, Tettleton hit 59 homers for the Rangers over two-plus seasons from 1995-97. Thirteen years later, the bill for his services rendered still hasn’t come off the books.

            • Mark McLemore, $970,051.97 (and not a penny less!): The old utility man has been retired since 2004 and hasn’t put on a Ranger uniform since playing for the franchise’s division winner in 1999. But he’s still due a nice sum that’s just a bit bigger than the Social Security check he won’t be seeing for awhile.

            • Kevin Millwood(notes), $12.9 million: The pitcher was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in the offseason. But let’s presume he left behind a forwarding address just in case anyone found an extra $13 million lying around.

            • Vicente Padilla(notes), $1.7 million: Padilla was painted as a bad teammate when he was released by Texas in 2009. But whether it was true or not doesn’t mean the Rangers don’t have to settle with him. They can find him with the Los Angeles Dodgers these days.

            • Michael Young(notes), $4 million: One might think this would be uber-awkward, considering Young still plays for the Rangers. But what you see as awkward, I see as leverage. The Rangers sure would hate for one of their stars to come down with a Manny Ramirez(notes)-special hamstring pull just before the playoffs, wouldn’t they?*

            ***Currently their debts are considered “funded” but it doesn’t mean they are all paid off.

          • Bud Selig’s man crush on Nolan is the only reason why you made it to the WS with the team full of rentals you had.

        • A-rod has been payed off. Also, the Rangers only have like $6 mill left to pay, thats not that much all considering. The Rangers have the money, not a huge amount, but enough to make a big splash this offseason, and to continue to be a contender.

    • TwinsVet 5 years ago

      Pavano accepted arbitration last year. He could very well do it again.

      • rangersvoice 5 years ago

        His ability was still in question last year. This year is completely different. The guy wants a big contract again, and he will get it.

        • TwinsVet 5 years ago

          I think the only difference this year is the lack of front-of-the-rotation pitching available. Chances are he walks, but I certainly wouldn’t “write it down” that he’ll be available if you guys can’t lock up Lee.

    • 0bsessions 5 years ago

      Eh, not a guarantee I would make. The big problem is that I wouldn’t be surprised by Pavano signing before Lee. Lee is the marquee free agent and he’s going to be a battle. Pavano could very well wait as he’ll be about the best plan B on the market, but a team with no delusions of signing Lee could make him a solid offer before Lee signs.

    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      Lee, Rivera and Jeter?

      They’d be spending like 22 million a year in salaries not already theirs….Jeter and Rivera figure to lose about 5 million between the two of them anyway. Plus Javier/Pettitte.

      The Yankees have about 29 million freed up even without factoring in any savings on Jeter and Mo’s new contracts. Stop making a big to do because you’re prematurely upset if the Yankees take your rental.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      do you want some cheese to go with that wine?

  25. If this list is accurate, Dave Dombrowski should be fired. These moves would result in a downgrade to the Tiger lineup, a downgrade to the rotation, a downgrade to the team defense, and a downgrade to the bullpen.
    The lineup is losing its’ 2 and 3 hitters in Damon and Ordonez, who put up OBP’s of .356 and .378, respectively. Magglio was on pace for 20 homers and 100 RBI when he went on the DL. They had allocated $ 26 million to these two spots in 2010, and they need to replace those TWO bats somewhere ahead of or behind Cabrera in the lineup. One is not good enough.
    The team had the 12th best team ERA of 14 teams in the league in 2010. Simply moving Phil Coke to the rotation is not only insufficient to shore up a shaky rotation, but it takes the only reliable reliever other than Valverde out of the pen, that has had ANY history of late inning success. They need to add one late inning reliever from the 2010 team, not subtract one, or simply replace Coke with Putz. If Coke goes to the rotation, they’re still short one starter and two relievers. $ 34 million is coming off the books that was spent for Bonderman, Robertson, and Willis. A starting pitcher is needed if they’re going to contend.
    There are no in house solutions for any of the positions of need. Simply signing V Mart and Putz would be a failure.

    • TwinsVet 5 years ago

      The challenge is that Magglio provided premiere (but not elite) talent. Acquiring that kind of talent on the FA market this year really means Crawford, Werth, or Dunn. And those are premiere guys, who will probably cost elite dollars (there’s really no Cliff Lee equivalent for bats this year).

      And after Lee, the talent really drops off for SP. Tim has Kuroda ranked as the #2 SP – and I think we can all agree that the dropoff between the two is massive. You’ve got 1 ace to be had, then a bunch of 3-5 type pitchers. I can see most every pitcher on this Top-50 list getting far more in dollars and years than they probably should in an average year.

  26. yazpik 5 years ago

    Matsui can´t play in the same team with Ichiro, rule out this possiblity, maybe Berkman or Vlad are more probables

    • MSUcorner 5 years ago

      I’ve heard a lot about how Ichiro is jealous of Matsui. I don’t think Ichiro would let Matsui on his team. There isn’t enough room for Matsui, Ichiro’s Ego is filling that clubhouse.

      I could see them making a push for Vlad, I got the sense the M’s wanted him last year. Berkman makes more sense though, since he can play a little at 1B.

      • It goes back all the way to Japan. I remember seeing this video once, when Ichiro was a pitcher, he faced the Yioumuiri(spelt it wrong, sorry) Giants. He was facing Hideki Matsui, and right on the first pitch, Matsui hits a Home run. I think Ichiro used to idolize Matsui actually.

  27. As a Red Sox fan living in Philly, I can tell you that we DO NOT (or at least SHOULD NOT) want Werth. He’s crap! His numbers look good, but he is terrible when the AB matters, and strikes out way too much to be a good Sox player. Of course, this is the reason I was surprised they signed Cameron when they did, so who knows?

    • TwinsVet 5 years ago

      “Clutch hitting” is a myth.

      • It happens, I’ve seen it personally.

      • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

        I agree it’s overused but why would you call it a myth? Is the idea that some hitters “bare down” better than others in pressure situations false? Is the idea that a hitter becomes a lot more selective w/ 2 strikes that when he’s up 3-0?

        Look at Reggie Jackson. Career bat/obp/slug of .262/.356/.490 but in 5 WS and 116 PA a .357/.457/.755 slash.

        • richphillies 5 years ago

          What he’s talking about though isn’t even “clutch.” RISP isn’t a clutch scenario necessarily. You could strike out with the bases loaded but if you’re already winning 10-1, it doesn’t matter. Plus he’s tied for the MOST HR in postseason history.

          .987 OPS in the posteason

          Also if RISP stats were important, why would they differ so much year to year? Werth’s overall numbers have been very similar the past four seasons, and he was very good to great with runners in scoring position 07-09, and pretty bad in 2010. You know why? Because it’s randomly small size

    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      13 playoff homers? I sense Werth has had a couple of big hits before.

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      Because Sox players all have low strike out numbers. Excellent argument and assessment of one of the best OFers on the market.

  28. longtimepadrefan 5 years ago

    Tim – Another great job. You got us all thinking and talking baseball during the off season. Keep it up, February will be here before we know it.

  29. firealyellon 5 years ago

    I could live with this:
    Pierre LF
    Damon RF
    Rios CF
    Konerko 1B
    Quentin DH
    Ramirez SS
    Beckham 2B
    Castro C
    Morel/Teahen 3B

    • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

      What about Tyler Flowers? Isn’t he major league ready yet?

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

        No. Next question.

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          Have you seen Alex Rios’s girlfriend?

          Only reason I miss him in Toronto

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          dbl post.

          • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

            My safesearch at work cannot find her… meaning she must be hot.

    • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

      ugh… Sox fans need to stop banking on Quentin repeating 2008. Damon only if he gets 5+ years younger over the off-season. Castro isn’t built to be a starter. He’s perfect being one of the best backups in the league, his limited at-bats ensure him more fastballs. I’m okay with Morel taking over.

      • firealyellon 5 years ago

        Quentin is a capable DH but an awful fielder. He’s relatively cheap and can hit lefties well. He has very little trade value. It less a matter of ‘banking’ or wishful thinking as it is a matter of economics.

    • TwinsVet 5 years ago

      In other words, you’re going to stand pat on an offense that couldn’t win a series since the All-Star break?

      • firealyellon 5 years ago

        just pray Capt’n Canada doesn’t end up in the puzzle factory…

      • firealyellon 5 years ago

        just pray Capt’n Canada doesn’t end up in the puzzle factory…

    • coldgoldenfalstaff 5 years ago

      Ugh, really, Johnny Damon is the best they can do here? He had a subpar declining season for Detroit, why would they sign him when it’s obvious they need a middle of the order bat? And if Quentin looks bad in RF, how would Damon look?

      I see the Sox losing out on Konerko, going after Dunn and failing that, Laroche and trading a starter for a better RF bat, moving Quentin to DH.

  30. TheBunk 5 years ago

    If the Jays relievers all decline arb, look for the Jays to be in on relievers like Putz, Fuentes, Benoit, Wood, Uehera etc, relievers who won’t cost picks.

  31. studio179 5 years ago

    The Cubs currently have no money to afford Dunn or even Wood right now. Granted, Hendry has to move money. That is assuming Hendry can move a Fukudome and/or Zambrano contract, not eat much money and not take back a bad contract in return.

    That is a Tall order.

  32. dc21892 5 years ago

    If the Nationals are able to add Vazquez and Webb, and they bounce back to half of what they are capable of, they are going to have a very solid pitching staff.

  33. mikeclyne 5 years ago

    I am suprised that the Braves only predicted FA would be Kevin Gregg. I see Gregg as a good pick up for them, but I really think they are going to be a sleeper pick this year. Guys like Crawford and Dunn fit their need of more pop in OF and 1B. I know you guys keep saying Freddie Freeman, but I just do not think it is wise to expect a lot from a 20 year old in power production.

  34. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    I hope Tim gets more than 4 correct this year. I think he’s got a pretty good chance. Let me try:
    Cliff Lee-Rangers
    Carl Crawford-Angels
    Adrian Beltre-Dodgers
    Jayson Werth-Red Sox
    Adam Dunn-Rays
    Victor Martinez-Tigers
    Rafael Soriano-Angels
    Mariano Rivera-Yankees
    Paul Konerko-White Sox
    Derek Jeter-Yankees
    Hiroki Kuroda-Rockies
    Jorge De La Rosa-Blue Jays
    Carl Pavano-Yankees
    Jake Westbrook-Phillies
    Aubrey Huff-Giants
    Juan Uribe-Giants
    Carlos Pena-Diamondbacks
    Jim Thome-Twins
    Vladimir Guerrero-Rangers
    Manny Ramirez-Athletics
    Magglio Ordonez-Tigers
    Orlando Hudson-Mets
    Derrek Lee-Astros
    Lance Berkman-Cubs
    Andy Pettite-Yankees
    AJ Pierzynski-Reds
    Miguel Olivo-Marlins
    John Buck-Red Sox
    Javier Vasquez-Reds
    Scott Downs-Yankees
    JJ Putz-Rangers
    Brian Fuentes-White Sox
    Adam Laroche-Athletics
    Hisanori Takahashi-Phillies
    Pat Burell-White Sox
    Joaquin Benoit-Rays
    Kevin Millwood-Reds
    Pedro Feliciano-Mets
    Grant Balfour-Braves
    Kerry Wood-Yankees
    Scott Podsednik-Padres
    Yorvit Torrealba-Dodgers
    Hideki Matsui-Mariners
    Johnny Damon-Braves
    Kevin Gregg-Athletics
    Koji Uehara-Mets
    Brandon Webb-Mets

    God knows I’ll be wrong on most but hey worth a shot right?

    • Carl Pavano back on the Yankees? Can I please have whatever you are smoking?

      • Haha, I was about to say the same thing. Pavano will NEVER EVER be in pinstripes again. And this is coming from a Yankees fan. The feeling of never working together must be mutual.

        • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

          You guys said the same thing about Vasquez. It sounds crazy but my honest opinion is that Lee will return to the Rangers and Pavano is the best available. He’s better than De La Rosa and Kuroda. I guess Westbrook is an option but I’m standing by Pavano.

          • nhsox 5 years ago

            Yeah. This is just like Yankees fans claiming that the Yankees won’t make a run for Carl Crawford. It could easily be a Mark Tiexiera situation all over again. The quick dismissals of the Yankees connections to free agents always senseless as a general rule.

      • ze3 5 years ago

        Such a platitudinous answer…

    • While I disagree with some of your pics, the on that is undoubtedly the most ridiculous is Pavano going to the Yankees. Never in a million years would that happen again, though I said the same thing about Vazquez and they went ahead and proved me wrong then. Maybe Pavano to the Rangers and Lee to the Yankees. Switch those and my issue with the list becomes benign.

    • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

      Pat Burrell to the White Sox? Please Gawd no….

    • RealityGM 5 years ago

      I thought the Rays were cutting payroll? How will they add Dunn?

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

        I think losing all the guys they are losing will get in the way of that. Cutting payroll is all well and good but the Rays don’t just want to fall off of the face of the earth. I think Dunn is a safe guess.

    • Pirates412 5 years ago

      u dont think pirates arent going to get a top 50 free agent? Pirates might just be the sleeper of theis offseason u will see..

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

        I was considering the Pirates for Brandon Webb, Javier Vasquez or Jake Westbrook.

        • Pirates412 5 years ago

          vasquez isnt good webb if he got back to were he pitched before wow what a steal i remember reading something a while ago he wanted to pitch for the pirates to help them win im not making that up i just cant remeber were i got that from westbrook no thanks webb and bonderman be good for me francis maybe

          webb
          bonderman
          mcdonald
          francis
          lincoln
          or a trade it could be a good offseason for pirates maybe??

    • i’d be pretty mad if the Cardinals just sat on their hands and did nothing this offseason

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      de la rosa jays?

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      I don’t see the Dodgers getting anyone costing as much as Beltre. There’s other weird ones (Derrek Lee to the Astros?) but, the Beltre one seems a little off. He may go across the way to the Angels.

    • Oh yeah, you really think the Cardinals wont sign anyone in the top fifty? Yeah right.

  35. daveineg 5 years ago

    Why on earth would the Brewers go for Derrek Lee to replace Fielder and make their entire lineup right handed hitters? Especially with a number of lefty swinging guys available to play first? No, they’d look either internally (Gamel) or for guys like LaRoche, Overbay, or Berkman before they’d even think of Lee.

  36. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    Pavano and Thome return to Minnesota.

    Not being a homer here, I just think their stated interests and the club’s stated interests match up well. They’ll find a way to make the money work.

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      Homerism is fine when you don’t go overboard.

  37. marshen 5 years ago

    The Angels are not looking for a catcher. If anything they are more likely to trade away a catcher. They already have Napoli, Mathis, Conger, Budde, and Wilson. The Angels needs are at third base and left field. Possibly a new closer but I doubt they will spend big this year for one.

    • ze3 5 years ago

      I agree. No need for a catcher.I do hope, however, that Beltre re-signs with the Red Sox or somebody else. I can see the Angels regretting giving Beltre too many years and too much money in the development of his contract. Too bad there aren’t many good 3B available out there

      • So since the Angels are in dire need of a 3B you hope that Beltre signs with the Sox?

        I would argue that Beltre is worth “overpaying” this year because there are such grim alternatives. They should offer him 4/45, more years or money than that would be excessive.

        • ze3 5 years ago

          I’m saying the Angels should look for other options before settling in on Beltre. If the Angels do sign Beltre, there’ll be a lot of complaining like there is already with GMJ’s contract. Dude, remember Scott Boras is his agent. No way he signs for 4/45. You can start complaining now if you want. The deal WILL BE excessive.

        • ze3 5 years ago

          I’m saying the Angels should look for other options before settling in on Beltre. If the Angels do sign Beltre, there’ll be a lot of complaining like there is already with GMJ’s contract. Dude, remember Scott Boras is his agent. No way he signs for 4/45. You can start complaining now if you want. The deal WILL BE excessive.

  38. Pena would be a terrible idea for Arizona they got rid Of LaRoche to reduce strikeouts. They’d be better of resigning him because at LaRoche can make contact without hitting into the shift.

    • Yeah exactly, I think Paul Konerko or Lance Berkman would be nice fits. The young club could use a veteran leader in the clubhouse. Also I think Fuentes or Soriono would be great fits as the closer.

  39. justincb 5 years ago

    Really can’t see Twins resigning Pavano considering the paycheck he is going to command and the Twins’ limited resources with Mauer’s contract extension kicking in. Also, Uribe is way over-valued on this list.

  40. Tigers94 5 years ago

    There is no way the Tigers only get VMart and Putz. I see them getting Putz, but hope they don’t get Vmart, unless they DH him. I see the Tigers getting Adam Dunn (4 years, 60 million) who should DH for the money and the 4th year he wants. I see them getting Putz, for like 2 years, 6 million. Maggs wants to be a Tiger, and will resign for 2 years, 12 million. Tigers will settle for a Catcher like Buck or Olivo until they can find a permanent catcher
    CF- Austin Jackson
    LF- Ryan Raburn
    RF- Magglio Ordonez
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    DH- Adam Dunn
    SS- Jhonny Peralta
    C- Miguel Olivo/John Buck
    3B- Brandon Inge
    2B- Sizemore/Guillen/Rhymes
    or if Dunn decides he would rather play 1st
    CF- Austin Jackson
    LF- Carl Crawford
    DH- Magglio Ordonez
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    RF- Casper Wells/Ryan Raburn
    SS- Jhonny Peralta
    C- Miguel Olivo/ John Buck
    3B- Brandon Inge
    2B- Sizemore/Rhymes/Guillen

  41. Tigers94 5 years ago

    Tigers need to find a 2B this year until Cano becomes a FA in 2012. Once Guillen leaves that year, Tigers should easily have enough money to sign Cano, and maybe Prince/Gonzo to DH

    • Tough to sign Cano when he is obviously gonna be property of the Yankees…there is no chance he hit’s FA

    • over… my… dead… BODY!!!

      • rakan711 5 years ago

        tigers will get anyone they have the most money coming in to free agency

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      if Cano ever hit the market pretty much everyteam would be scrapping it out for him.. but lets be realistic. .. its not gunna happen.. I think at this point he could sleep with steibrenner’s wife and still not be let go

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        The Yankees have a policy of not extending players, as I recall, so he will likely hit free agency and anything’s possible there. Given, I don’t think he’ll ever play anywhere else, but it COULD happen.

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        The Yankees have a policy of not extending players, as I recall, so he will likely hit free agency and anything’s possible there. Given, I don’t think he’ll ever play anywhere else, but it COULD happen.

  42. Tigers94 5 years ago

    2012 Projected Lineup
    CF- Austin Jackson
    LF- Carl Crawford (6 years, 96 million)
    DH- Prince Fielder (5 years, 75 million)
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Robinson Cano (6 years, 108 million)
    RF- Magglio Ordonez (2 year, 12 million)
    C- Yadier Molina (3 years, 24 million)
    SS- Jhonny Peralta
    3B- Brandon Inge
    Between now and 2012, the Tigers are saving over 90 million dollars with contracts coming off. With 10 million going to Inge and Peralta, the Tigers have 80 million to spend. 16 million to Crawford, 18 million to Cano, 15 million to Fielder (49mil to all 3), 6 million to Magglio, and 8 million to Molina, the Tigers will spend 63 million between now and 2012. Assuming they spend some on pitchers, the Tigers should break even with the original 90 million. This equals a 140 million dollar payroll and the World Series champions

    • ze3 5 years ago

      Ludicrous. Crawford 96/6? Cano? Molina? Its called fantasy baseball, I believe

    • Pirates412 5 years ago

      ur high ur not the yankees here no way not even close but good try haha

    • O my god there is no way the Tigers could afford that. That’s ridiculous omg. Cano isn’t leaving the Bronx and Crawford’s going to the Angels. Why didn’t you add a rotation of:

      1. Cliff Lee
      2. Zack Grienke
      3. Justin Verlander
      4. Carl Pavano
      5. Matt Garza

    • Cano isn’t leaving the Yankees… They will pick up all of his options which would leave him at age 30-31, and then will sign him long-term, he’s a Yankee forever… And like hell will the owners or Cashman would let him get away….

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      Molina will never leave StL.

  43. FelixTheKing15 5 years ago

    It’s insane how this list doesn’t have the Mariners making ANY signings besides Matsui (which I don’t see happening anyway). You’ve got to think the M’s will make a few big moves to try to get back in contention. They desperately need some bats…

    • Redbirds16 5 years ago

      Don’t forget trade possibilities. There are some big DH/1B bats available via trade (I don’t think Smoak is ready full time quite yet). Not saying I necessarily agree with Tim’s assessment entirely, but the Mariners really need a DH/1B power hitter and they should be looking at Fielder and AGon, among others.

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      They have so much room on their roster open that I can’t see just one move happening either. Plus, with that offense, if you don’t make changes, you don’t deserve to be a GM.

  44. I would be somewhat surprised of Putz doesnt reup with the White Sox. He enjoyed being there and I recall reading somewhere that his best friend is Matt Thornton. Plus since the Sox will likely non tender Jenks, it leaves the closer position up for grabs. Putz, Thornton and Santos can fight it out. I think that unless JJ gets a guaranteed closers spot elsewhere, he will come back to the South Side for a 2-3 year deal(hopefully 2)

  45. Interested in your rationale for Pettitte retiring. Do you really think such a fierce competitor would hang it up with so much still obviously left in the tank?
    Also….Rivera is the best available reliever, unless you meant Soriano is the best available to all teams.
    Bummer Dunn won’t DH. His bat would play perfectly in Yankee Stadium.

    • 0bsessions 5 years ago

      “Bummer Dunn won’t DH. His bat would play perfectly in Yankee Stadium. ”

      His bat would play perfectly anywhere, but the Yankees already have a DH for next season in Posada anyway with the team likely having to rotate DH duties between A-Rod, Jeter and Montero once Posada’s contract is up.

  46. bosoque 5 years ago

    So the Braves just get Old Gregg?

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      I see what you did here and I like it.

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      And Old Gregg makes his first MLBTR cameo.

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      And Old Gregg makes his first MLBTR cameo.

    • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

      Like I said earlier, he always helped us in the past, maybe he can keep it up!!!

    • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

      Like I said earlier, he always helped us in the past, maybe he can keep it up!!!

    • IHateJoeBuck 5 years ago

      Easy now fuzzy little man peach. Ever drink Baileys from a shoe?

    • IHateJoeBuck 5 years ago

      Easy now fuzzy little man peach. Ever drink Baileys from a shoe?

  47. I’d like to see the yankees sign Lee, randy Choate and kerry wood this offseason along with Jeter and Rivera

  48. Dunn to Cubs is kind of a ridiculous statement to anyone watching the Cubs try to cut costs despite a bunch of huge contracts, combined with no-trade clauses. They’ve come out and said they aren’t spending a lot of cash.

    If there’s a something the White Sox have going for them, though, is Ozzie’s “revolving DH” plan–it didn’t work last year because the goal seemed to be finding at-bats for Mark Kotsay and Andruw Jones. But if Dunn wants to keep his glove, Ozzie could promise him playing time in left and at first, depending on whether Konerko goes or stays.

  49. Gurvir Nijjar 5 years ago

    nationals will sign carlos pena and magglio ordonez along with a solid pitcher and re-sign adam dunn which will make them better than last year

    • Pirates412 5 years ago

      and the nationals would still suck.. lol

      were is strasburg at oo thats right not going to be back for a while haha

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

        As odd as it is to see a Pirates fan busting on anyone I will have to agree with you on that

        • Pirates412 5 years ago

          Thanks for agreeing because its not going to be long for us to compete again the light is appearing at the end of the tunnel. Just think for a second u think this losing is going to keep going? no its going to end sometime and in a year most at two will compete thats a fact not a opinion..

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

        As odd as it is to see a Pirates fan busting on anyone I will have to agree with you on that

  50. Ctdub 5 years ago

    What about Jorge Cantu?

  51. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    AJ at 27? lmao

  52. Will32 5 years ago

    Theres only one of your predictions I dont understand a few that I just dont think have a chance of happening.

    The one I dont understand is Podsednik to Cincinnati. Theyre going to exercise Gomes’ 2011 option they’d be stupid if they didnt. So unless you think they would platoon Podsednik and Gomes, I just dont see that happening.

    The ones I just dont see happening are Uribe to Los Angeles, Guerrero to Texas, and Burrell to San Diego.

    The free agent list for shortstops is so thin the Giants will throw money at Uribe. Also if the team that just won the World Series and is in a great posistion to repeat has interest in you, which they do, why wouldn’t you re-sign?

    Texas has a very right handed heavy lineup. I think Texas brings in the switch hitting Berkman to DH.

    If Burrell goes to SD it will be the end of his career. He will not hit at all. Also why would they bring in Burrell if they alread have Ludwick an Venable, who are pretty much already guarenteed jobs. Also Cunningham looked pretty good in his short time the majors and I think even if they sign Burrell he’ll win the job out of Spring Training.

  53. Zuidvogels 5 years ago

    Youk training for 3B signals to me that the team is pretty certain Beltre isn’t in the teams plans for next season. They will get s a stop gap 1B for this season and pursue one of the big 3 next off season.

    Also Werth is unlikely to end up in Boston. Yes it makes sense on the surface. But if you take into consideration that Werth has already turned down 4/66M to stay in Philly. Does anyone here really think the Red Sox are going to top that? And considering he turns 32 in May, do they really want to? If they can’t get Crawford, I think they will try and get someone like Beltran to fill LF for next season. Beltran, Ellsbury, Drew is a solid OF with Cameron taking on 4th OF duties.

    • missyae 5 years ago

      They won’t go after Beltran and Werth just fits for them. He can take over for Drew after next season and they can go after a first baseman to help in the middle of the lineup. I look for another off season like last years, no big major moves. Okay you wanna say Lackey was big, fine. But all these names getting kicked around will end up being John Buck and Jayson Werth. They might pull a trade with Florida for Uggla or sign a first baseman like Pena who could be moved to DH after they get a bigger first baseman next season. LaRoche would not surprise me.

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        The Red Sox have one of the game’s best second basemen, why exactly would they trade for Uggla?

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        The Red Sox have one of the game’s best second basemen, why exactly would they trade for Uggla?

  54. ATLBraves95 5 years ago

    Wth. Kevin Gregg Braves? Oh lord the last thing we need is another Dan Kolb. If they sign that failure i’ll get my buddies and i to have an uprising against the FO

  55. Some might want to consider that a major factor to whether Cliff Lee signs in New York might depend on whether or not he signed a prenup…

  56. YourBase 5 years ago

    Seeing where they put Uribe made me die a little inside.

  57. soxxxxx 5 years ago

    not saying they wont get him, but are the angels really a Carl Crawford away from making a run in the playoffs?

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      In that division, yes

    • YourBase 5 years ago

      I think so, especially if the Rangers do not get Cliff Lee or someone of his caliber in the rotation. The Angels have a great 1-2 punch now (Haren and Weaver). Plus, Kendry Morales will be back good as new with probably Crawford, Werth, or Beltre added to the lineup. I’m sure there are more reasons why, but, I don’t know enough about what their prospects are doing other than Mike Trout is awesome.

  58. magglio to the jays. we got enough outfielders who underpreform. thanks though

  59. Call it the homer in me, but I think Carl Crawford ends up patrolling LF next to Andres Torres in San Francisco. I think the Giants resign Huff, have him open the season at 1B with Ross playing RF, then shift Huff to RF, promote Brandon Belt to play 1B and use Ross as the 4th OF capable of backing up each of the OF positions. I think they retain Uribe to play SS as well. I’d expect DeRosa to be used in a super utility role as the 5th OF, backup 2B and 3B as well as emergency SS (this assuming they decline to tender Mike Fontenot). Call this even crazier, but with Sanchez in ability to stay healthy at 2B, and Nick Noonan struggling to deliver on his high draft pick status, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants deal for a long term answer at 2B, namely Rickie Weeks, with Brett Lawrie behind him in Milwaukee. All the talk is of Prince being dealt, but there likely isn’t a better sell high time on Weeks, and the Giants could always dangle Sanchez. Nothing substantiated, just thinking out loud of course.

  60. worship1 5 years ago

    You mean to tell me that as bad as the braves need players that they wont get anything but a pitcher that they dont need.
    somebody didnt do their homework on the braves.

  61. worship1 5 years ago

    The braves are 2 outfielders down. No utility players at this time for infield. No bench players either.

    • 14 Rocks 5 years ago

      Omar Infante will still be the utility infielder for next year. But, I agree….looking at that list as a Braves fan makes me sad.

  62. ERC37 5 years ago

    There seems to be a considerable misunderstanding of the Rangers’ ability to spend. The bankruptcy was to clear up Tom Hicks’ Rangers obligations, so that the sale could account for all legit debt. The real estate around the Ballpark had to be omitted from the final sale transaction due to those obligations. Further, the selling price to the Greenberg-Ryan group does not represent the whole of the capital available to that group. Shoot, Bob Simpson alone could buy the entire American League if it were up for sale. Please be reluctant to view the Rangers as terribly limited financially – they aren’t. That said, the Ryan-Daniels management will spend what they think is justified, and not make expenditures they don’t view as “in the plan”.

  63. MikhelB 5 years ago

    Anybody in the AL East would be dumb if they sign Balfour, he has been horrible in his career against winning teams, specially AL East teams:

    Vs Bosox
    5.34 ERA in 32 inn, 1.594 WHIP, 20 walks, 28 K’s

    Vs. Yankees
    4.15 ERA in 21 2/3 ip, 1.385 WHIP, 9 walks, 16 K’s

    Vs. teams above 0.500 in winning percentage
    4.76 ERA in 141 2/3 ip, 1.419 WHIP, 0.272 BAbip

    Vs. teams below 0.500 in winning percentage
    2.80 ERA in 132 ip, 1.152 WHIP, 0.309 BAbip

    This year he was “good”, but still had a 0.296 BAbip from teams above 0.500 in winning percentage.

    Then again… the Yankees traded for Javier Vázquez after his disastrous 2004 season with them, and was by far worse, altough he didn’t pitch in the playoffs this year because he was considered the worst pitcher in the team this year.

  64. burritolikethesun 5 years ago

    If the Brewers sign Derek Lee I will commit violent acts against Doug Melvin. That’s a threat, Melvy.

  65. manny would look amazing in green and gold

  66. hunterboy 5 years ago

    hear is the mariners line up for 2011 1.ichero,2.guti,3.wearth,.4.vlad,.5.paul,6.bengie,7.hudson,8.jo.wilson,9.tuie starting piching staff will be king,gerankie,harden,vargus,doug. are bullpen will be soriono rodes funtes and we will call up josh filds ms

  67. hunterboy 5 years ago

    This is the Mariners line up for 2011…first Ichiro, then Guitee, Werth, Vlad, Konerko, Molina,Hudson, JO.Wilson, Tuie…. for the starting pitching staff… King, Granke, Harange, Vargus, and Harden. For bullpen… Fuentes, Rhodes, Soriano, and we will call up Josh Fields. GO M”S!!!!!!!!!

  68. Braves22 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Scott Podsednik in center for Atlanta. The Braves need to do something better than hoping “Nate the Great” rebounds back into form. Atlanta is also in desperate need of a speed threat and true leadoff hitter so they can move Martin Prado back into an RBI spot in the lineup.

  69. Braves22 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Scott Podsednik in center for Atlanta. The Braves need to do something better than hoping “Nate the Great” rebounds back into form. Atlanta is also in desperate need of a speed threat and true leadoff hitter so they can move Martin Prado back into an RBI spot in the lineup.

  70. thegrayrace 5 years ago

    I’d be pretty disgusted if the Dodgers don’t pick up at least one pitcher on this list, as Tim suggests they won’t…

  71. Which McCourt?

  72. Is this where the Mensa meeting is being held?

  73. mess with Al, he throws you in the Brigg!

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