ESPN’s Keith Law has his top 50 free agents ranked. As always, it’s a must-read. Law has never been afraid to go against the grain. For example, when he wrote his 2006 list he called Barry Zito, "a third or fourth starter with the reputation of a one or two." Anyway a few highlights from this year’s list:
- Possible upside plays: A.J. Burnett, Oliver Perez, Kerry Wood, Jeremy Affeldt, Juan Cruz, Felipe Lopez, Edgar Renteria, Gabe Kapler, Juan Rivera, Mike Hampton, and Brad Penny.
- Law’s reliever rankings are sure to get people talking, but they are justified with scouting reports. Wood is ranked #13, then Affeldt at #15, then Francisco Rodriguez at #16, and then Brian Fuentes at #18.
- Law ranks Koji Uehara well ahead of Kenshin Kawakami.