2012 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions

The sixth annual MLB Trade Rumors Top 50 Free Agents list is here!  The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position and signing team with our free agent tracker here.

This year, I'm excited to introduce a new contest that will allow you to test your free agent prediction abilities against those of the MLBTR writing team as well as other readers.  After players start signing, we'll have a leaderboard showing the contestants with the best "batting averages" on their picks.  Once everyone has signed, the winners will receive sweet prizes.  Here are the top 50 free agents for which you'll be making predictions, along with my guesses.

1.  Albert Pujols – Cardinals.  The Cubs, Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, Rangers, Marlins, Nationals, and Dodgers are other potential suitors, but a significant premium would be required to lure away the longtime Cardinal.  $225-230MM over nine years seems a fair compromise for the Cardinals and their superstar first baseman.

2.  Prince Fielder – Mariners.  Fielder has the same potential suitors as Pujols, with the Brewers also a possibility.  The Scott Boras client is a tough free agent to place, as there are good reasons for every team to avoid a potential $150MM+ commitment.  The Mariners and Cubs are the most likely matches for me.  Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik drafted Fielder in '02 with the Brewers, and his team lacks a premium bat.

3.  Jose Reyes – Brewers.  Reyes is another difficult top free agent to predict.  The Nationals, Braves, Phillies, Giants, Pirates, Reds, Twins, Rays, and Cardinals could have a need at shortstop, but not all of those teams can or should spend $100MM+ on Reyes.  The Mets will entertain re-signing Reyes, but the Brewers seem more likely to approach Ryan Braun's speculated $120MM price range.

4.  C.J. Wilson – Nationals.  Wilson's poor postseason may have damaged his stock slightly, but in his defense he racked up 250 innings over 39 starts this season in total and started 37 games in 2010.  $100MM is still possible for Wilson, though 78% of MLBTR readers think he'll fall short.  Front-of-the-rotation starting pitching is a big need for many teams, including the Nationals, Marlins, Royals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs.

5.  Yu Darvish – Blue Jays.  Darvish is not technically a free agent, and in fact he hasn't even decided about being posted at this point.  If he does come over from Japan, a $100MM commitment will likely be required.  The Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Mariners, and Royals could put in bids, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a few "mystery teams" enter the fray.

6.  Edwin Jackson – Marlins.  Jackson, a Scott Boras client, could also make sense for the Nationals and several other teams looking for a 200-inning starter with upside.  Since Jackson is only 28, Boras could seek a four-year deal.

7.  Jimmy Rollins – Phillies.  Rollins probably won't find the five-year deal he seeks, but the Phillies have the need and the means to reach a new agreement with him.

8.  Aramis Ramirez – Orioles.  Ramirez seeks a multiyear deal, and as the best available free agent third baseman he's justified.  He could give the Orioles a powerful corner bat on a three-year deal.  

9.  Carlos Beltran – Red Sox.  Beltran is a tough player to place, if the Giants are unable to re-sign him.  He's a 34-year-old Scott Boras client who's likely to seek at least three years despite significant injury concerns in 2009-10 and a disinterest in being a designated hitter.  It'll take a team with a right field opening and a tolerance for risk.

10.  Jonathan Papelbon – Red Sox.  I can picture the Red Sox going as high as three years and $39MM to retain Papelbon, though the closer will test the market.  A half-dozen teams could seek closers this winter, but the list is short on big spenders and it's been a while since we've had a $40MM+ reliever.

11.  Michael Cuddyer – Twins.  Cuddyer would fit with the Rockies, Red Sox, or Cubs, but he's spent his entire career with the Twins and may prefer to stay.

12.  Mark Buehrle – White Sox.  Buehrle is another player who is difficult to picture with another club. The lefty finds the National League enticing, however, and he could join Ozzie Guillen in Miami since the Cardinals don't have an opening.

13.  David Ortiz – Blue Jays.  Ortiz backed off from his comments about Red Sox drama, and there's a limited market for an expensive player with no ability to play defense.  Still, he'd give Toronto's offense a nice boost without requiring more than a two-year deal.  That might leave Edwin Encarnacion having to play a significant amount of first base, however.

14.  Ryan Madson – Phillies.  If the Phillies don't re-sign Madson, and the Red Sox keep Papelbon, who would give Madson big money to close?  As a Scott Boras client, Madson could seek a four-year deal with a salary approaching $10MM.

15.  Hiroki Kuroda – Dodgers.  Kuroda doesn't want to play anywhere else, according to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti.

16.  Carlos Pena – Pirates.  Pena is a nice fit for the Pirates on another one-year deal, assuming they don't re-sign Derrek Lee.

17.  Francisco Rodriguez – Marlins.  K-Rod, a Scott Boras client, would like to return to the closing role on a three-year deal.  The Marlins would have the opening and the money, if they non-tender Juan Carlos Oviedo.

18.  Roy Oswalt – Rangers.  Oswalt could return to Texas for a winning team, and he'll require a much shorter commitment than C.J. Wilson.

19.  Javier Vazquez – Retirement.  There's a strong sentiment that Vazquez will retire, but he'd be in demand if not after posting a 1.92 ERA and 6.05 K/BB ratio since mid-June.

20.  Heath Bell – Padres.  Bell hopes and expects to return to the Padres, perhaps on the first multiyear deal of his career.

21.  Coco Crisp – Giants.  Though he posted a low on-base percentage in 2011, Crisp could fill the Giants' need for a center fielder and leadoff man.

22.  Hisashi Iwakuma – Twins.  The Twins bid on Iwakuma last year when he was posted, and this year they can simply sign him as a free agent.

23.  Kelly Johnson – Dodgers.  Johnson could provide the Dodgers some offense from second base, though the Blue Jays and Tigers could also be in the mix.

24.  Josh Willingham – Reds.  As one of few affordable right-handed power sources on the market, Willingham could fit with the Reds, Rockies, Indians, and others. 

25.  Paul Maholm – Rockies.  Though Maholm does not appear to be on the Rockies' radar at the moment, he's coming off a decent season and won't require a huge commitment.

26.  Grady Sizemore – Marlins.  Sizemore is a classic risk/reward case, and the Marlins don't seem interested in playing it safe this winter.  

27.  Bartolo Colon – Red Sox.  Colon had an excellent comeback season, but he will still have a hard time finding a two-year deal.  Perhaps he could take an incentive-based contract and remain in the AL East with the Red Sox.

28.  Erik Bedard – Blue Jays.  If the Blue Jays hit on a wild card like Bedard and also land Darvish, they'd have a fearsome rotation.  Bedard is a healthy free agent for the first time, and perhaps he'll lean toward his native Canada.

29.  David DeJesus – Cubs.  DeJesus could be an asset for the Cubs at the outfield corners on a one-year deal.

30.  Jason Kubel – Dodgers.  Kubel could improve the Dodgers' offense as their left fielder, unless they go with Jerry Sands at the position.

31.  Ramon Hernandez – Pirates.  Hernandez would give the Pirates offense out of the catcher spot, though GM Neal Huntington may balk at giving up a second-round pick to sign him.

32.  Jeff Francis – Pirates.  Francis is one of many starting pitchers who could add depth to the Pirates' rotation at a reasonable cost.

33.  Chris Capuano – Mariners.  After subtracting Doug Fister this summer, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik seems likely to add a piece to his rotation.

34.  Tsuyoshi Wada – Orioles.  Wada is expected to come to MLB as a free agent, though one question is his ability to handle a full rotation workload.

35.  Clint Barmes – Twins.  Barmes provided good value this season, and the Twins have a clear middle-infield need.

36.  Casey Kotchman – Rays.  Kotchman posted a fine 2011 season after signing a minor league deal, but his price should remain reasonable as teams wonder whether he can do it again.

37.  Freddy Garcia – Yankees.  Even with Sabathia in the fold, the Yankees will need additional rotation depth.  Another stint with Garcia makes sense if his price remains reasonable.

38.  Aaron Hill – Diamondbacks.  Hill's stellar 142 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks this year provided hope he can bounce back in 2012.

39.  Johnny Damon – Orioles.  Damon probably requires a designated hitter opening, yet his level of offense doesn't justify a full-time spot.  He's a difficult free agent to place.

40.  Aaron Harang – Angels.  Would Harang accept a below-market deal to stay close to home?

41.  Jamey Carroll – Tigers.  The versatile Carroll fits at the top of the Tigers' order, playing mostly second base.

42.  Rafael Furcal – Cardinals.  The Cardinals and Furcal are known to have mutual interest in a new deal; he showed promise in his Cards stint this year.

43.  Juan Pierre – Reds.  Pierre will have to take a more reduced role next year, perhaps under Dusty Baker again.

44.  Frank Francisco – Mariners.  Francisco was homer-prone this year, but he's still an asset in the late innings.

45.  Jason Marquis – Mets.  Marquis may have to take a one-year deal with the Mets to realize his goal of playing in New York.  

46.  Joel Pineiro – Cubs.  Pineiro had great success in '09 in the NL Central, and could be a bargain if he rights the ship.    

47.  Jonathan Broxton – Mets.  Broxton had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his elbow in September and expects to be ready for Spring Training.  Though he may not be the Broxton of old, I expect incentive-laden offers to be plentiful.

48.  Joe Nathan – Twins.  Nathan is excited about free agency, but after so many successful years closing for the Twins he may want to return to the role full-time in 2012.

49.  Kerry Wood – Cubs.  It's Cubs or retirement for Wood, and there's no reason not to bring him back.

50.  Bruce Chen – Royals.  As long as Chen's price tag doesn't get excessive, he's a good fit back with the Royals.


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407 Comments on "2012 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions"


diesel2410
3 years 10 months ago

Mariners? I LOL’d…just because

MB923
3 years 10 months ago

Being that they are the worst offensive team in the game, they surely could use a bat like his. But I don’t see it happening.

nestleraisinets
3 years 10 months ago

kj

dshires4
3 years 9 months ago

They don’t operate with Oakland sized payrolls, have a hole in their lineup that you could drive an 18 wheeler through, and the guy who runs the team drafted Fielder.

Now, I can’t IMAGINE why the Mariners are a logical fit, right?…..

I wouldn’t pony up the money he’ll command for that body that is surely a DH in two or three years, but there’s definitely a good logic behind the Mariners and Fielder.

王威評
3 years 9 months ago

I cant wait to see a King and Prince commercial if the Ms do get him.

3 years 9 months ago

There is this player that somewhat kinda sorta basically more or less completely headlines the Cliff Lee package named Justin Smoak. Why such a smart franchise would have fans so willing to sell off such a good pick…I do not know. I am a devout Nationals fan and am less than happy about selling a much more valuable pick, but I do not have a player like Smoak that can make my rotation compete with Halladay, Lee, and Hamels. Seriously, can someone please give Justin a shot, he has only had everyone from BA on down the list banter about his potential…if he gets blocked and somewaht forgotten I will ever less understand the baseball world. 

3 years 9 months ago

i just wonder who would give prince protection, their lineup is putrid.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

How many of these were right last year? I’m too lazy to go back and check

3 years 10 months ago

like 9, and the right ones were almost all slam dunk obvious like jeter and rivera.

3 years 10 months ago

It was 10.  The best on our writing team last year was 12.  But that is the beauty of our contest tomorrow…free to play and try to beat us.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 10 months ago

Prize?

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

comment immunity!

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Moderator for a day?  I’d have too much fun effin around with BleacherCreature…

3 years 10 months ago

Really cool prizes, you will see tomorrow.

grownice
3 years 10 months ago

 Death

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 10 months ago

I want to win!

stolenmonkey86
3 years 10 months ago

I meant cake!

Madman2TX
3 years 10 months ago

You get to decide which rumors come true for the whole season.

Steve_in_MA
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think you got that many right this year.  Kerry Wood and Kuroda are slam dunks.

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

I’ll shoot myself if all we get is Coco Crisp!

3 years 10 months ago

Torture!!!

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

I’ll jump off of the RenCen if all we get is Jamey Caroll.

3 years 10 months ago

I agree with almost none of these signings. Pretty bad list in my opinion.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah let’s just say someone’s list is bad without offering any sort of analysis as to why. Nice work.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think Tim’s choices are all that bad, but the list of available free agents certainly is.  Juan Pierre? Clint Barmes? Aaron Hill?  All top 50?  Egads.

Going to be a busy offseason for trade rumors that’s for sure.

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, I think you hit it right on the head.  I can see a lot of starting pitchers changing uniforms via the trade market.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Counterpoint: you stink.

Brian Roth
3 years 10 months ago

Very little Mets activity, to no surprise here, they have no money to work with. Hopefully (according to this list) the Mets don’t spend too much on Marquis and Broxton and hopefully have enough to offer Reyes a competing deal

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

What’s the story with Rafael Soriano. I understand everyone including me expects him to remain in contract, but even so, doesn’t it require an official announcement of not opting out?

3 years 10 months ago

They don’t need to announce it. He’ll be here, obviously. Unless he wants to make 6 million on another team.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Got it. Fine with it either way, but was curious if an official announcement was necessary. 

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

No announcement’s necessary because his contract is already in place. An announcement would only be necessary should his contract change by him opting out.

3 years 10 months ago

Really? Top 50 FAs and the Yankees with their bottomless pit of money re-sign Freddy Garcia?  Bad work.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

It’s just his opinion, which is only one opinion. If you think the Yankees are going to be involved in more transactions then voice that opinion of your own when the contest begins.

aricollins
3 years 10 months ago

They already resigned Sabathia, this is a weak crop with no good fits for their roster, and they don’t have any real money coming off the books that’s not going to raises for their current roster.

I wouldn’t be shocked if they added Darvish or Wilson, but it’s not “bad work” to assume they stick with the team that had the best record in the AL last year and dive into the stronger FA pool next year.

3 years 10 months ago

As top heavy and weak as this class of FA SPs are, Cashman knows he need to upgrade the staff…I’m betting he overpays Wilson or Darvish.  Not saying it’s a good move, I’m saying that’s where it probably heads.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

I’m willing to bet a fairly sizable amount of money that Cashman pulls off a few trades this off season. I’m not going to speculate on what and where, but he’s already got it all mapped out. Bet on it. 

Steve_in_MA
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed.  He’s not going to bank on the F/A market and get reamed for questionable quality.  I’m sure he’s got 2 to 3 targets in his head and prices mapped out for them.  Look for indications of his direction at the winter meetings.

3 years 10 months ago

Have to remember trades.  There are so many scenarios at the beginning of each offseason.

3 years 10 months ago

It’s a possibility, but Cashman has shown an unwillingness to part with his top prospects for big name starters, and the Yankees could definitely use a number two to slot nicely in between Sabathia and Nova.  They could trade for a modest starter, but Felix Hernandez isn’t coming in without Montero and a lot more and I doubt Cashman would do that for a possible rental.

Yankees420
3 years 10 months ago

Felix wouldn’t be a rental, he’s signed for the next 3 seasons. 

Not that it matters because the M’s aren’t going to trade him.

Matt Talbert
3 years 10 months ago

IDK – Nunez, Swisher, Montero, and a pitching prospect might get them at least thinking….

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Euw. No. A backup infielder, an expensive outfielder who’s only got one year left, one solid prospect who may not even stick at his position? I know the Yankees have some solid pitching prospects, but none of them are close to being enough to get Felix when combined with that package. Unless that pitching prospect is a clone of Pedro Martinez you guys have been developing, I don’t see them touching that deal with a ten foot pole.

The starting point would be Gardner, Montero and two of their top three pitching prospects. Anything less would be an underpay. I’ll be the first to admit that that’s too much to give up for just about anyone, which is why Hernandez is staying put. No one would be willing to part with the haul he should realistically command.

Yankees420
3 years 10 months ago

It would get them thinking no.  They have no need for Swish for 1 year and no reason to trade Felix with 3 years left on his deal.  

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

he already overpaid for a pitcher today 

3 years 10 months ago

I’d much rather see the Tigers sign CJ Wilson and trade Porcello AND Turner for a second baseman, than see the Tigers sign Jamey Carroll, and I hope they hang on to both of those pitchers.  They need a better 2nd baseman than Carroll.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

you wont get anywhere close to fair value for porcello, trading him now could end up a massive mistake.

3 years 10 months ago

you’re right and i want them to hold on to Porcello. I think he could develop into more of a #3, since he has shown the ability before.

Matthew Mueller
3 years 10 months ago

Gladly trade you Kelly Johnson (after we sign him to a multi-year deal) and Brett Cecil for Porcello and Turner.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

i got a couple 2B I’d do that deal for.

– N. Colletti

azdsnd
3 years 10 months ago

Detroit’s going to get their preferred guy of Johnson and Hill IMO, likely Johnson.  There’s a hole and the money to get it done.

MattCMoore
3 years 10 months ago

Who runs better, Hill or Johnson? They will sign the one with better speed… Im almost positive.

Yankees420
3 years 10 months ago

Johnson has the better speed rating on fangraphs, while Hill has the better baserunning rating.  Although I’m not sure of the value of either stat.  

Matt Talbert
3 years 10 months ago

Problem – KJ can disappear for flashes and then carry a team for a week.  Aaron Hill is past his prime and what not.  KJ would be the better choice if someone can work out some consistency in him.

tdot32
3 years 9 months ago

aaron hill has no speed and johnston has average speed.

Chuck Hildebrandt
3 years 9 months ago

Well, you got part of your wish.

bennygb07
3 years 10 months ago

I think Doug Melvin will make some big moves, but there is no way he will sign Reyes, especially at that money…I can see him targeting Carlos Pena and either CJ Wilson or Aramis Ramirez

aricollins
3 years 10 months ago

What was his offer for Fielder? Reyes is a pretty great fit for their team. Not saying it’s gonna happen, but it’s fairly logical.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

shortstop is a better position to build around than 1B, that’s for sure. but a long-term big-money commitment to either player in a market like that is moderately terrifying

SunsetStripper
3 years 10 months ago

I doubt the Brewers will look at Carlos Pena.  They have some internal options for First Base like Casey McGehee, Corey Hart, and Matt Gamel.  I don’t really see CJ Wilson either.  The Brewers have all five of their starters returning next year.  Aramis Ramirez could be a possibility if the price is right.  Reyes scares me.  He’s going to want a lot of money and he’s been injury prone throughout his career.

Matt Talbert
3 years 10 months ago

You have a Casey Kotchman, Adam Laroche in FA that would come cheaply and allow Brewers to fill other holes on team.   Just saying.  Pena@3m or less for one year would be a worthwhile investment.  I think Pena ends up with Pittsburgh.

SunsetStripper
3 years 10 months ago

Adam LaRoche is still signed to the Nationals for 8 mil next year.  Carlos Pena will probably get more than 3 mil.  He got 10 last year.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 10 months ago

I really hope Albert goes somewhere else. Not because I’m a Cards hater or anything, but just because it would be that much more fun to see the best player in the game on a new team and in a new setting.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 10 months ago

Is that you Lebron?

Andy_B
3 years 10 months ago

notice the miller light logo.  Then think about where Miller is brewed.  Then figure out why he’d like to see Albert play some where else.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 10 months ago

Wrong you are. I’m a Braves fan; it’s just that none of the players had names conducive to my two favorite things in life, baseball and beer.

3 years 10 months ago

Miller Lite is beer?

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

From a certain point of view.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 10 months ago

You people are really missing the point here. I challenge you to come up
with a better baseball & beer name. In the meantime, I’ll take it
over “Raphe” and “ChiefTomahawk.”

Coollet
3 years 10 months ago

Not in Canada, too weak

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Labatt’s Blue is any better?

ChiefTomahawk
3 years 10 months ago

I dont think you can consider Miller Lite to be a legit beer. Try some craft beers like Dogfish, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Victory.. 

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 10 months ago

You people are really missing the point here. I challenge you to come up
with a better baseball & beer name. In the meantime, I’ll take it
over “Raphe” and “ChiefTomahawk.”

ChiefTomahawk
3 years 10 months ago

Love the name, the beer sucks though. 

MetsMagic
3 years 10 months ago

Jason Marquis to the Mets? Are you a troll? 
 

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

He has always wanted to come back to New York. I used to work with his sister (she’s pretty hot and probably married by now) and I imagine he would like to be close to home. The Met’s are a good fit for a $3.5mm – $4mm deal for a year. 

3 years 10 months ago

Does his sister have big slobber knockers,hehe

MattCMoore
3 years 10 months ago

Hahaha!

Andy_B
3 years 10 months ago

he’s got the yankees only signing free agent and that’s freddy Garcia seems unlikely to me unless they make a big trade.

3 years 10 months ago

Well, they did already sign a free agent for $122MM.

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

He never actually opted out.

3 years 10 months ago

Yes he did

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

He wasn’t eligible to until after he signed. He didn’t. There’s a difference between being expected to opt out and actually opting out.

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

He wasn’t eligible to until after he signed. He didn’t. There’s a difference between being expected to opt out and actually opting out.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Who are they going to sign? The Yankees don’t really have any position player holes and there’s very little on the pitching market. They’ll probably have to drastically overpay to get Wilson away from Texas and Darvish may just cost a small fortune.
There’s simply not much on the free agent market of any significant use to the Yankees. People seem to forget this, but despite having boatloads of cash, the Yankees don’t generally go out there and sign a free agent for the sake of signing a free agent. Sure, if they have a hole they need to fill and that hole can be fixed via free agency, they will throw oodles and oodles of money at it, but their biggest problem is the same one as last year, a flimsy rotation, and the market is possibly even worse off than last year for pitching.

Andy_B
3 years 10 months ago

Definitely not a lot of good options, but why would the Yankees be worried about over paying Wilson or paying a small fortune for Darvish?

Currently the Yankees have an ace in CC maybe a number 3 pitcher in Nova.   If they resign Garcia then they have their number 5.  Why not go after Jackson to be their 4th starter?   Or try to lure Oswalt to New York.  ( I don’t think that one would happen).   Still though with that many holes in their rotation to not make some moves this offseason.

Also I think they could use an upgrade of Gardner in left but I’m not seeing who could really do that in this list.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Here’s how you upgrade over Gardner:

Move Granderson to left, move Gardner to center. Defense is improved at both positions and Gardner’s bat plays much better as a center fielder.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

So the Jays add Ortiz, Darvish and Bedard. ..hopefully Ortiz can play 2B

3 years 10 months ago

Honestly I see absolutely NO way that the Jays sign Ortiz.  He doesn’t fit AA’s type of player (someone who has SOME defense and speed), and I don’t see Ortiz coming to Toronto.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

 Either does EE, and his option was picked up today..

I think the interest in Ortizedepends solely on him being offered arbitration and/or if they sign a higher ranking free agent.

Jamie Sayer
3 years 10 months ago

EE was mostly for DHing role though, if they sign Ortiz then it seems like a useless signing.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

EE can play first sometimes.. its pretty much been determined that Lind can’t hit lefties

Sniderlover
3 years 10 months ago

EE and Lind splitting time at 1st with Ortiz DH would certainly make our offense better. I would look to do that if I was AA. There will be some injuries and EE can fill in fine at 1st/DH/maybe even a bit of 3rd base. 

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t really see it either, and it would kinda suck every time he did something good against the Sox, but I really hope he does end up in Toronto.  That would be a pretty nice draft pick to have.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

 shhhhhhh

Andy Mc
3 years 10 months ago

No way AA gives the Sox a 1st rounder. Never.

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

I already said I don’t see it happening, but if Ortiz ends up on the Jays (which is the premise that my statement was based on) AA doesn’t have a choice unless he also signs one of Philips, Pujols, Fielder, or Wilson.

Yankees420
3 years 10 months ago

The Reds picked up Phillips option by the way.

saithe1975
3 years 10 months ago

In interviews earlier this autumn AA stressed his mode of operation at this time will be trades and not free agency.  So, taking his word as truth, Darvish is an excellent possibility being that he’s not a FA.  I am also praying AA doesn’t pick up Ortiz: short term gain for long term loss.

Matt Talbert
3 years 10 months ago

Toronto does not need another bat, they need pitching (top to bottom!)