22 Triple-A Players Elect Free Agency

A total of 22 players that finished the year in Triple-A elected free agency after the end of the regular season according to the transaction pages of the Pacific Coast and International Leagues. All but one of those 22 players (Matt Carson, formerly of the Rays) played in the big leagues this season. Here's the full list:

Dusty Brown (Pirates), Travis Buck (Indians), Armando Galarraga (D'Backs), Jay Gibbons (Dodgers), Edgar Gonzalez (Rockies), Steve Holm (Twins), Wil Ledezma (Blue Jays), Andy LaRoche (Athletics), Felipe Lopez (Brewers), Lastings Milledge (White Sox), Pat Misch (Mets), Pat Neshek (Padres), Mike O'Connor (Mets), Matt Palmer (Angels), Felix Pie (Orioles), Brad Snyder (Cubs), Brett Tomko (Rangers), Wyatt Toregas (Pirates), P.J. Walters (Blue Jays), Randy Williams (Red Sox), and Reggie Willits (Angels).

29 Responses to 22 Triple-A Players Elect Free Agency Leave a Reply

  1. Tacho Bill 4 years ago

    Wow, the catching depth for the Pirates just took a huge hit. How will they replace Brown and Toregas?

  2. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Felix Pie a free agent! Who will collect our helmets after touchdowns!

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      he will go back to the cubs and never be traded because of his potential again

      • Rabbitov 4 years ago

        You are 100% right, he outplayed our bat boy on helmet pickups. The Cubs will be set there for years.

  3. cubsfan97 4 years ago

    Damn, is this a Free Agent list, or a failed prospects list?

  4. goredsgo 4 years ago

    milledge is the best one on the list no question

    • goner 4 years ago

      Milledge actually did well at AAA in 2011… you’d expect that given his age, of course, but it says volumes that the White Sox still couldn’t be bothered to call him up in September

  5. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    That right there is one hefty crop of mediocrity. Fortunately free agency cuts both ways; teams are free not to sign them.

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Says a lot that the Dodgers chose to try Thames, Gibbons, Gwynn, etc. in LF than give Milledge a shot.

  6. hscphillyboy 4 years ago

    Would not mind taking a look at Reggie Willits…..an upgrade over Ben Francisco next year. Fast, base stealer, good defensive outfielder, works the count  well

    • hoagiebuchanan 4 years ago

      Same with Milledge…..he had a decent season in AAA, and he’s still only 26.

  7. Calvnhobs 4 years ago

    Milledge also played in 2 games this year with Chicago. 4-ab, 1-hit

  8. stewie75 4 years ago

    neshak & willits look solid.

  9. Milledge deserves a spot on an MLB roster. 

  10. Jonathunder 4 years ago

    I always felt like Milledge still had potential

    • Blue387 4 years ago

      Potential to do what?

      • Tmandolfan 4 years ago

        He’s got the potential to beat out Prince Fielder and maybe a few catchers in a 100 yard dash.  It’s not a lock by any stretch.  But he has THAT potential.  He also *might* have the potential to hang around longer than Willy Mo Pena.  Again, not a given.  What he doesn’t have is the potential to win an everyday job in the majors.

  11. BobOfArslan 4 years ago

    Willits is a “gamer” who gives his all, every game. Sprints to the outfield and then sprints to the dugout after the third out. I think he just needs the right batting coach (which Mickey Hatcher was NOT) to bring his BA up. Has a great eye, patience in the box, great speed on the bases. He will be an asset to any team which has room on their roster for an outfielder.
    Good luck Reggie. Angels fans will miss you, but will always appreciate your level of committment.

    • Matt 4 years ago

      couldnt agree more not just a great player but a great person saw his son a few times on the field with him when i would go to batting practice hes just a great family guy any team would be grateful to have his hustle and determination on their team if only we didnt have trout bourjos abreu wells and hunter on the team

  12. southpawryno 4 years ago

    is there any where I could find a complete list of minor league free-agents?

  13. Galaragga, Lopez, and Milledge have all been known for bad attitudes

  14. Pete 4 years ago

    They should just make their own team.

  15. I think that although Galarraga had a bad season, he might end up on the Red Sox, due to their pitching problems. If Lackey can pitch in the upcoming year, Armando may be a no-go, but the odds of him succeeding is slim. Bedard, Buchholz, Beckett, and Lester look good, but there’s no definitive #5. Lackey, Miller, Doubront or Bowden don’t look promising as a starter. Aceves as a #5 mighyt work, but it is too improbable.

  16. Matt Galvin 4 years ago

    More will be added.

  17. TeamCropDusters 4 years ago

    I like Reggie Willits… he’s a ballplayer.

  18. Willits would be a good backup for Cards in center. They are looking for a RH bat to sub for Jay in CF against lefties.

  19. Edgar Gonzalez came from the Giants, not the Rockies. Also, he will be in the bigs as a utility guy somewhere next year. That’s what happens when you go .315/.378/.457 with 14 HR and can play all over the field.

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