Top Remaining 2014 Free Agents

Now that the Winter Meetings are over, here are the top ten remaining free agents from Tim Dierkes' Top 50 list, with updates on each.

3. Shin-Soo Choo. The acquisitions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran by the Yankees, Curtis Granderson by the Mets and Corey Hart and Logan Morrison by the Mariners have helped define the market for Choo. One report recently indicated he Rangers had a seven-year offer on the table. Not everyone agreed, but in any case, the Rangers remain interested. The Astros, Diamondbacks and Reds do not appear to be in the mix. The Tigers could be another possibility, although ESPN's Jerry Crasnick recently wrote that their acquisition of Rajai Davis ruled them out.

5. Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka's status will likely become clearer once an agreement on the posting system is ratified tomorrow. If Rakuten decides to post Tanaka, the Diamondbacks could be serious suitors, as could the Cubs. Tanaka is also the Yankees' "top choice." The Dodgers might also be a possibility, but their interest doesn't appear to be as strong as expected.

6. Ervin Santana. The Tigers are reportedly interested in Santana, and the Diamondbacks have met with his agent. The Mets probably dropped out of the race when they agreed to terms with Bartolo Colon. The Yankees do not appear to be interested.

7. Matt Garza. Unlike Santana, Garza didn't receive a qualifying offer, which may improve his market, since teams won't have to worry about losing a draft pick. The Angels and Twins have been connected to Garza, although Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says his team doesn't have an offer out for Garza, and the Twins don't want to give Garza a four- or five-year deal. The Diamondbacks have repeatedly been connected to Garza, and Arizona could be a good landing spot, particularly if the D'Backs don't come up with Tanaka or Santana.

9. A.J. Burnett. The Pirates still believe Burnett is deciding between re-signing with them or retiring, although the Orioles have shown interest, and Burnett's offseason home is in Maryland. It's been almost two months since Burnett said he would take "a week or so" to decide whether to continue playing or retire.

11. Ubaldo Jimenez. The Indians want Jimenez to return, but it's unclear whether they'll make a big enough commitment to re-sign him. The Orioles might also be a possibility. Note that the last five names on this list are pitchers — with Tanaka unable to sign, Burnett a question mark, and David Price and Jeff Samardzija looming on the trade market, the free-agent market for pitching has been slow to develop.

14. Stephen Drew. Drew and Jhonny Peralta were the only big names on the shortstop market, and Peralta has already signed with the Cardinals, so Drew is a huge fish in a tiny pond. The Yankees need a second baseman after Robinson Cano and Omar Infante signed elsewhere, and a return to the Red Sox would still make sense, with Drew at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts at third. The Mets don't seem to be serious contenders.

17. Nelson Cruz. Cruz rejected a qualifying offer and is reportedly looking for a deal that pays $16MM or more a year, which may be a lot to player with limited defensive ability and scary offensive indicators. Cruz wants the Rangers to offer a three-year deal, but so far, they're only offering two. The Mariners continue to be connected to Cruz, even after adding Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.

23. Bronson Arroyo. Four teams have reportedly offered Arroyo two-year deals, but Arroyo, like Cruz, seems to be holding out for three. The Twins are still a possibility even after their signings of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes and their re-signing of Mike Pelfrey. The Mets and Reds are contenders as well.

25. Grant Balfour. The Indians just agreed to terms with John Axford, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports noted (via Twitter) that one likely scenario for the rest of the bullpen market had Joaquin Benoit going to the Padres and Balfour heading to the Orioles. The Boston Herald's Jen Royle, meanwhile, reports that the Orioles have offered Balfour a three-year deal, but Balfour wants three years with a vesting option (Twitter links). In any case, the Orioles look like Balfour's most serious suitors by far right now, although Royle suggests the Mariners could also come into play.


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74 Comments on "Top Remaining 2014 Free Agents"


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AZDbacksfan1
1 year 6 months ago

I love how almost all the starters are tied with the dbacks in some way. I hope we at least get one of em.

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sgtschmidt11
1 year 6 months ago

Kinda like the Twins when it all started. Using that logic, the D-Backs should get at least one!

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Dbacksfan44
1 year 6 months ago

Just heard that market for Santana is down to Tigers and Dbacks

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Matthew Kory
1 year 6 months ago

Garza couldn’t receive a qualifying offer because he was traded mid-season.

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Tko11
1 year 6 months ago

Its really surprising that hes still available since hes not attached to draft pick compensation and is a solid pitcher.

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Eric Ritz
1 year 6 months ago

A lot of the pitchers are holding out on Tanaka

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Scott Brewer
1 year 6 months ago

My prediction: Masahiro Tanaka is posted for $20 mil and signs with Angels for a 6 yr $99 million contract.

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letsgogiants
1 year 6 months ago

I think it’s because of his high price tag and injury history these past two years.

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chris hines
1 year 6 months ago

Plus his numbers with the Rays are quite overrated, so you end up with an overrated first half of his career and injured the last two years. I think you get more innings over the life of the deal with higher upside in Ubaldo, it’s weird how the comp pick artificially inflates and deflates value having nothing to do with skill.

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LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

isn’t weird. Teams place a monetary value of that 1st round pick. Maybe some value it at $10M (11th overall pick could be) or they value it at $1M.

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Steven Russell
1 year 6 months ago

didn’t know that, I was wondering why he didn’t get one

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phillies1102
1 year 6 months ago

He could have received a qualifying offer terms of 1 year, $14.1m, but its just that this deal wouldn’t qualify as the “qualifying offer” that qualifies the team to receive compensation

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Dbacksfan44
1 year 6 months ago

Well yeah you could offer anyone 1yr 14.1 mil

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phillies1102
1 year 6 months ago

I wasn’t trying to say anything logical, I just wanted to use the word “qualify” consecutively.

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

You’d have to think that the Jays would have to be in on Bronson Arroyo… Shorter term deal on a proven reliable pitcher.

Would make a nice bridge until the kids in the minors are ready.

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JaysFan1996
1 year 6 months ago

that hr/9 will only go up in al east, and im pretty sure hes holding out for 3 years b/c Pelfrey and such got 2 yrs deal

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

He doesn’t really give up too many baserunners though.
Home runs aren’t really a big deal if you have nobody on base.

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JaysFan1996
1 year 6 months ago

WHIP of 1.292, isn’t low tho,

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

It’s not terrible… and he’s been a little lower than that over the past couple of years… But I was looking at his H/9, HR/9, and BB/9 and individually… The numbers are fine. He gives up less than 2 BBs a game and you can overlap at least 1 HR with 1 H. I’m not saying he’ll come to TO and be Roy Halladay… But if he can put up similar numbers compared to Mark B, it’s better than what they have right now for a #4 or #5

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skrockij89
1 year 6 months ago

Choo to the rangers and Cruz to the M’s. I actually see that happening.

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chris hines
1 year 6 months ago

Texas gets the best of that scenario, take Cruz’s home/road splits, remove Arlington, and add in Safeco and he is going to look awful.

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LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

He is going to look awful regardless. He can have some value in the right situations, but he isn’t the type of player that should be tied to draft pick and getting $60M guaranteed.

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Mike
1 year 6 months ago

Waiting for at least one or two of the listed FAs to sign with Texas.

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Phil Merkel
1 year 6 months ago

Hoping it is Choo…