Poll: Next Big Name Free Agent To Sign

Two big name free agents came off the board within the first three weeks of the offseason, as CC Sabathia signed an extension with the Yankees and Jonathan Papelbon joined the Phillies. The two power-hitting first baseman are still on the market (Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder), as are the high-end shortstops (Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes) and left-handed starters (Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson). Looking for pure offense? There’s also Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz.

The Thanksgiving weekend has traditionally been a slow few days for the baseball hot stove, but think of it as the calm before the storm. The winter meetings are just over a week away, and clubs want to start patching the major holes on their rosters before the calendar flips to January. A full list of unsigned free agents can be found with our Free Agent Tracker, but only a select few qualify as big names. Which of those guys do you think will be the next to sign?


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71 Comments on "Poll: Next Big Name Free Agent To Sign"


3 years 9 months ago

Have a feeling that CJ decides soon. If not him then I can see Ortiz signing.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

I had the same feeling but then it turned out to be gas.

John
3 years 9 months ago

Smoking Kush Blunts

Steven D
3 years 9 months ago

It’s hard to tell since there has been little to no activity. All I know is that Wilson will be touring a couple of ballparks out East and perhaps in other locations as well. 

guydavis
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t care. Just want SOMETHING to happen soon.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I know, right? What’s with the holdup? We want action! 

The best sport is MLB. The 2nd best sport is the MLB offseason.

3 years 9 months ago

The wait over the new CBA probably made GM’s nervous.

JST1331
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed been pretty disappointed this offseason. Seems like everyone is sitting back.

abes_seed
3 years 9 months ago

it’s still just november….

3 years 9 months ago

This is the first comment you have ever said that makes sense. 

Christopher David
3 years 9 months ago

Pujols, Fielder, Reyes, and Wilson are all highly sought after, and I can’t imagine any of them will sign before mid-December.

For some reason, even though I think they’ll both ultimately re-up w/ the Sox and Phils, respectively, I could see the Ortiz and Rollins deals taking forever.

Beltran could literally end up anywhere, I feel like, but he’s a Boras client, and will not be making any quick decisions. I could see him waiting until Christmas to sign.

That leaves Buehrle, who seems sought after enough to be getting plenty of offers, but low enough on the totem poll to know that he should snatch up a good offer ASAP. Hence why he is my pick.

j6takish
3 years 9 months ago

Beltran dropped Boras

Alex
3 years 9 months ago

I think Ortiz re-upping with the Red Sox is obvious and will happen pretty soon. Buehrle will probably be next, once he decides where to go. I can see Rollins holding out for more money from the Phils.

JST1331
3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz’s 2 year deal has to come soon!

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

Its going to be a reliever, since paps already set the market for them..

guys like fielder, buerhle, rollins aren’t going to sign until pujols, reyes and wilson lock on somewhere

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed, unless Ortiz finds an offer before 12/7 out there and signs. Otherwise he will accept arbitration.

Dynasty22
3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz, since he’s the only one in the list to likely accept arbitration.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Imagine Ortiz to Texas? That’ll be deadly

3 years 9 months ago

Where would they play him? Unless he regresses to a power bat off the bench. The Rangers need to replace CJ with a front line veteran starter, if they lose him. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

They already did.

3 years 9 months ago

Who? Feliz? 

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

yes

baschkar
3 years 9 months ago

How is Feliz “a front line VETERAN starter”?

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

He’s a front line starter, and he’s not exactly a rookie. The fact that he’s not a veteran aka old is completely irrelevant in replacing cj

3 years 9 months ago

“The Rangers need to replace CJ with a front line veteran starter”

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 yah, thanks got it.. repeating it doesn’t make it true.

rangers need to replace CJ’s performance, not his intangibles.

sports33
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t care that he’s not a veteran, but I don’t know how you can say that Feliz is a front line starter at this point.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

a career 3.10 FIP… its good enough that even if you factor his stats slip due to a change to the starting rotation that he will still be effective..

He’s the best arm on the rangers staff and now he will be pitching double the amount of innings. thats a no brainer

sports33
3 years 9 months ago

I agree 100% that he should be in the rotation, but without any proof in the major leagues of his ability to start, you can’t really say that he’s gonna be a frontline starter. (I’m comparing throughout the league, maybe you’re just comparing to his team, though.)

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

I’m strictly talking about him replacing CJ wilson’s performance. He’ll atleast be close

sports33
3 years 9 months ago

Eventually, it’s possible that he’ll get close. Another concern with Feliz that I have is whether he needs to go back to the minors to stretch his arm out.

3 years 9 months ago

Dont you want a frontline starter to go 200 innings a season? Whats the chance of that happening? 10 percent?

0vercast
3 years 9 months ago

No offense, but am I the only one here who thinks it’s a little premature to project Neftali’s ability as a starter based on what he’s done it the pen in just a little over two years?

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

the guy he needs to replace took the same path. and neftali is younger and with better stuff.

is it a guarantee? of course not.  but he was a starter before, he’s just going back to his regular roll.

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz has the easiest decision. 

3 years 9 months ago

In my opinion, take it for what it is worth(Everything). Buehrle is the best available FA pitcher, and I am not a Buehrle fan.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

he might end up the best bargain, but I find it hard to put Buehrle over Wilson

mike292929
3 years 9 months ago

Still would rather have Buehrle over Wilson.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

based on…?

dc21892
3 years 9 months ago

I’ll answer for him. Consistency & durability.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

Cj hasn’t been consistent and durable over the last 3 seasons?? add to that the much better performance, and its really odd to put wilson 2nd.

dc21892
3 years 9 months ago

Over 3 seasons? BIG WOOP.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 lol k

mike292929
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not doubting Wilson is the better pitcher, I would rather have Buehrle because of his durability, leadership and his overall cost and years. Wilson is not worth what he is going to earn.

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t think he’ll be much of a bargain.  Some of the “experts” are putting him in line for 4 years and $56 million.  $14 million per season seems like a pretty large overpay for Buehrle, though, as a Cardinal fan, I’d rather have him over Wilson at 5 years and $85 million, or the remains of Roy Oswalt, or Edwin Jackson at 4 years and $48 million. Gio Gonzalez and Jair Jurrgens are the  real prize SP’s available this offseason.

FunkyTime
3 years 9 months ago

You’re crazy.  Take one look at their numbers the past two years.  They aren’t even close.

Buehrle may end up a better value, but he’s not the best pitcher available.

Shu13
3 years 9 months ago

It WON’T be a borASS client…

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

ahhh…I see what ya did there..

Mario Saavedra
3 years 9 months ago

Which canadian single player will marry first? Which latin american player has the best smile? these questions are getting pretty boring…

coolstorybro222
3 years 9 months ago

I think Reyes will be the first to sign.

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

I think he’ll be the first to sign out of the big 4 (Pujols, Fielder, Reyes, Wilson).  He’s probably eager to sign and take a physical before he blows out his knee or pulls a hammy on an exercise bike or while out jogging.

grownice
3 years 9 months ago

Yawwwwnn.

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe you should start your own site and come up with more creative questions?  I’m sure you’d enjoy constantly monitoring twitter, and 30 different citites newspaper sites, as well as foxsports, espn, 30 mlb team sites, tons of blogs, etc. etc. etc….while nothing of significance is happening.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

while nothing of significance is happening.

RE: “Yawwwwnn.”

The poll isn’t boring, the beginning to every off-season is. Things will pick up once the Winter Meetings start.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

pretty sure he was taking a shot at the slow developments this offseason, not the website

grownice
3 years 9 months ago

 Way to overreact.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Yawwwwwn.. thats me yawning at your comment.

3 years 9 months ago

..

stewie75
3 years 9 months ago

i don’t believe this rumor for a second!

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Reyes to the Astros, Fielder to the Royals, Wilson to the Padres, Beltran to Rockies, Buehrle to the Reds, and Pujols to the Pirates.

Oh and the Redsox get a manager. Those are my predictions.  

orneryfish
3 years 9 months ago

 That’s funny. The Birds as a s/n fits you.

You seeing birds in your sleep ?

Whatever you’re smoking…..I wanna hit.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 9 months ago

What happens first. The redsox hire a manager or one of these guys signs?

sports33
3 years 9 months ago

Neither?

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

red sox manager