Who Will Be Free?

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Special Year-End Free Agent Edition

Special Year-End Free Agent Edition

by Bruce Herman

A little scheduling twiddling has accelerated the free agent process somewhat this year. Within five days after the World Series (instead of 15), you’ll know who’s on the market — except for the non-tenders, which must be revealed by December 2 (instead of the 12th). If you’re in the wait-’til-next-year (or the year-after-that) crowd, it’s not too late to start window-shopping. Here’s a handy-dandy chart compartmentalizing the available merchandise.

 

 

2011 Difference-makers

2011 Potential Front-Liners

Other 2011 Notables

Free in 2012

C

Victor Martinez

John Buck

 

Rod Barajas

 

Ryan Doumit*

 

 

Gerald Laird

 

Ramon Hernandez

 

Yadier Molina*

 

 

Miguel Olivo*

 

Bengie Molina

 

Jorge Posada

 

 

A.J. Pierzynski

Yorvit Torrealba*

Dioner Navarro

1B

Adam Dunn

Lance Berkman*

Troy Glaus

Prince Fielder

 

Paul Konerko

Russ Branyan*

Ty Wigginton

Michael Cuddyer

 

Carlos Pena

Jorge Cantu

Xavier Nady

Adrian Gonzalez

 

Albert Pujols*

Adam LaRoche*

 

 

 

Aubrey Huff

Derrek Lee

 

 

 

 

Lyle Overbay

 

 

2B

 

David Eckstein

Jerry Hairston Jr.

Robinson Cano*

 

 

Mark Ellis*

Felipe Lopez

Aaron Hill*

 

 

Cristian Guzman

 

Kelly Johnson

 

 

Bill Hall*

 

Brandon Phillips*

 

 

Orlando Hudson

 

Dan Uggla

 

 

Omar Infante*

 

Rickie Weeks

SS

Derek Jeter

Juan Uribe

Omar Vizquel

Jason Bartlett

 

Jose Reyes*

Orlando Cabrera

Edgar Renteria*

Yuniesky Betancourt*

 

 

Alex Gonzalez*

 

Rafael Furcal*

 

 

Cesar Izturis

 

J.J. Hardy

 

 

Jhonny Peralta*

 

Jimmy Rollins

 

 

Nick Punto*

 

Marco Scutaro*

 

 

Miguel Tejada

 

 

3B

Adrian Beltre*

Pedro Feliz

Eric Chavez*

Jose Lopez

 

Aramis Ramirez*

 

Melvin Mora

Casey Blake*

 

 

 

 

Edwin Encarnacion

RF/LF

Carl Crawford

Pat Burrell

Willie Harris

Nick Swisher*

 

Jayson Werth

Johnny Damon

Marcus Thames

Jose Bautista

 

 

Jonny Gomes*

 

Carlos Guillen

 

 

Austin Kearns

 

Conor Jackson

 

 

Jason Kubel*

 

Raul Ibanez

 

 

Corey Patterson

 

Juan Pierre

 

 

Manny Ramirez

 

Juan Rivera

 

 

Jose Guillen

 

Josh Willingham

 

 

Brad Hawpe

 

David DeJesus

 

 

Andruw Jones

 

Bobby Abreu*

 

 

Magglio Ordonez

 

J.D. Drew

 

 

Scott Podsednik*

 

Jeff Francoeur

 

 

 

 

Ryan Ludwick

CF

 

Rick Ankiel*

 

Carlos Beltran

 

 

Coco Crisp*

 

Grady Sizemore*

DH

Vladimir Guerrero*

Jim Thome

Nick Johnson*

Jack Cust

 

David Ortiz*

Hideki Matsui

 

Milton Bradley

SP

Cliff Lee

Bronson Arroyo*

Bruce Chen

Mark Buehrle

 

 

Erik Bedard*

Kevin Correia

Chris Carpenter*

 

 

Jeremy Bonderman

Doug Davis*

Aaron Cook*

 

 

Dave Bush

Freddy Garcia

Ryan Dempster*

 

 

Jorge de la Rosa

Rich Harden*

Edwin Jackson

 

 

Justin Duchscherer

Jeff Suppan

Scott Kazmir*

 

 

Jeff Francis*

 

Paul Maholm*

 

 

Jon Garland*

 

Roy Oswalt*

 

 

Aaron Harang*

 

Joel Pineiro

 

 

Hiroki Kuroda

 

CC Sabathia*

 

 

Ted Lilly

 

Adam Wainwright*

 

 

Kevin Millwood

 

C.J. Wilson

 

 

Vicente Padilla

 

 

 

 

Carl Pavano

 

 

 

 

Andy Pettitte

 

 

 

 

Javier Vazquez

 

 

 

 

Brandon Webb

 

 

 

 

Jake Westbrook

 

 

 

 

Chris Young*

 

 

RP

Mariano Rivera

Hisanori Takahashi

Grant Balfour

Heath Bell

 

Rafael Soriano

Octavio Dotel*

Chad Qualls

Jonathan Broxton

 

 

Frank Francisco

Jon Rauch

Matt Capps

 

 

Brian Fuentes

Jesse Crain

Francisco Cordero*

 

 

Kevin Gregg*

Jason Frasor

Ryan Franklin

 

 

Trevor Hoffman*

Matt Guerrier

Bobby Jenks

 

 

Kerry Wood*

Aaron Heilman

Brad Lidge*

 

 

Joaquin Benoit

Chan Ho Park

Joe Nathan*

 

 

J.J. Putz

Kyle Farnsworth

Jonathan Papelbon

 

 

Koji Uehara

Dan Wheeler*

Francisco Rodriguez*

 

 

Scott Downs

Pedro Feliciano

Jose Valverde*

 

 

Arthur Rhodes

 

Fernando Rodney

 

 

Matt Thornton*

 

 

 

* either player, current club or both hold an option for 2011

 

HIT AND RUN

 

Two of the three players who’ve played the most regular-season games without sniffing the playoffs will be off the list by tomorrow night: Michael Young and Aubrey Huff. Randy Winn, at 1,717, clings to the top spot.

 

This news is six weeks old, but I doubt you’ve heard it. Braves pitching prospect Brett Oberholtzer worked a game in the low-Class A South Atlantic League in which he threw 93 of his 109 pitches for strikes. I did the math; that’s 3.3 pitches per batter faced and 0.5 balls per batter faced. And the most amazing part was that none of those batters was Jeff Francoeur.

 

Before packing up for the winter, Brandon Inge set the Tigers franchise record for strikeouts, passing Lou Whitaker (1,099), who played in 1,102 (!) fewer games.

 

In a remarkable achievement that will go overlooked, the Mets’ Jonathan Niese made 30 starts and did not allow a stolen base. Only four runners even tried.

 

Pedro Feliciano broke the Mets record for pitching appearances for the third consecutive season, escalating from 86 to 88 to 92. In the process he set major league marks for outings over a three-season (266) and four-season (344) span.

 

Here’s how the White Sox negated their midseason surge and suddenly plummeted out of contention: In 18 games between September 5 and 24, their starting pitchers went 0-9 with an ERA of 6.45.

 

 

QUOTABLES

 

“As soon as I got out of the game, we started getting everybody out, so I must have been doing something wrong.” — Zack Greinke after a stinker in Cleveland.

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A little scheduling twiddling has accelerated the free agent process somewhat this year. Within five days after the World Series (instead of 15), you’ll know who’s on the market — except for the non-tenders, which must be revealed by December 2 (instead of the 12th). If you’re in the wait-’til-next-year (or the year-after-that) crowd, it’s not too late to start window-shopping. Here’s a handy-dandy chart compartmentalizing the available merchandise.
Bruce Herman