Free Agent And Trade Market For Left Fielders

The Indians, Twins, Athletics, Braves, Padres and Giants could find themselves pursuing left fielders this offseason. Here's a preliminary look at which players will be available at the position:

Starting Left Fielders Available In Free Agency

No free agent left fielder will command Carl Crawford money this offseason. Josh Willingham, the top left fielder available, appears to be in line for a two or three-year deal.

Ryan Ludwick could draw interest, though his homer total and OPS have fallen for three consecutive seasons. Raul Ibanez and Laynce Nix also have power, but it's unclear if teams will see them as a viable everyday options. Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer have both have played left field before, although they didn't play much of it in 2011. Similarly, Johnny Damon isn't an everyday defender. Juan Pierre will likely find an everyday job. 

Quality Backups

Jonny Gomes, Juan Rivera and Bill Hall are useful bats against left-handed pitching and Wily Mo Pena and Marcus Thames have also had success against southpaws. Scott Hairston, Travis Buck, Willie Harris and Reed Johnson can add value off of the bench. Mark DeRosa and Carlos Guillen spent considerable time on the disabled list in 2011. Pat Burrell would only play for the Giants and the Braves may exercise their club option for Eric Hinske.

Non-Tender Candidates

Luke Scott, Jeremy Hermida, Steven Pearce, Ryan Spilborghs and Delmon Young are all non-tender candidates to one degree or another. Young may be a non-tender candidate in name only after his powerful stint in Detroit.

Thinking Outside The Box

Free agent David DeJesus has played left field before, though not in 2011. Scott Boras clients Carlos Beltran and J.D. Drew could be fits in left field, despite their inexperience at the position. Ryan Doumit could be worth a shot in left field and if might be easier on Grady Sizemore's knees to play left, rather than center.

Other Trade Candidates

Ed Wade and Theo Epstein may hope to move Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano and their generous contracts. Chris Heisey and Yonder Alonso may come up in trade talks as the Reds look to acquire a top starter. Logan Morrison appears to have displeased his bosses at times and could be on the block. The Angels could move Bobby Abreu and clear their outfield logjam. Younger left fielders, such as Josh Reddick, could also be available this offseason.

Check out the full free agent list, as well as our articles on the markets at catcherfirst basesecond base, third base and shortstop.


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28 Comments on "Free Agent And Trade Market For Left Fielders"


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slider32
3 years 8 months ago

I could see the Reds trading Alonzo and Grandel for Shields.

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angryredmenace
3 years 8 months ago

I can see one of those going in a trade for shields, but not both.

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bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

I wish someone would take Abreu. We’ll kick in a few million to sweeten the pot. Between Trumbo, Bourjos, Wells, Hunter, Morales, and Trout we should have enough coverage for DH, 1B, and the outfield.

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3 years 8 months ago

Bill Hall LOL….

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3 years 8 months ago

For the record, Carl Crawford shouldn’t have commanded Carl Crawford money last season either.  

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3 years 8 months ago

Not sure if Carlos Lee would waive his no-trade clause, but I might swap Derek Lowe for Lee.

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Amish_willy
3 years 8 months ago

Crazy, according to B-R Lee was worth 4.6 wins in 2011, 2.5 offensively and 2.1 defensively. Yeah, I agree with the noise that WAR isn’t the end all say all.

The money is similar for those two vets (Astros would probably split the difference) and the Braves have way too many arms in need of big league starts to not seriously ponder this type of move.

For Lee’s sake, man I hope he’d waive his N/T clause to go to a really good team with a good shot at the playoffs after finishing no higher then third place in his five years at home (er Houston).