2012 MLB Free Agent Projections/Signings

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<p> The 2012 Free Agency fun has begun, but the dominoes we all are waiting to fall — Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson — have yet to show signs of the slightest wobble.</p>

The 2012 Free Agency fun has really begun now. The Angels opened the Disney vault for Pujols and Wilson, while the Marlins make headlines on the other coast. Teams listed for Unsigned players are projections for 2012. The chart is updated daily. Some salary figures are rounded and all salary numbers are in millions.

Updated Dec. 8, 5:00p

 

                 
    Signed            
Rank   Player Team Years Total 2011 Salary   Comment
1   Albert Pujols Angels 10 254.00 14.50   Angels must put together a team to win now, because in six years this contract will be an albatross.
2   Jose Reyes Marlins 6 106.00 11.00   Exciting offensive catalyst and flashy defender must prove he can play every day.
3   CJ Wilson Angels 5 77.50 7.00   Stealth Angels reeled in their slugger and pitcher.
6   Mark Buehrle Marlins 4 58.00 14.00   As consistent as anyone, the lefty will be reunited with manager Ozzie Guillen.
9   Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 4 50.00 12.00   Closing games wasn't a problem for the Phillies in 2011, and shouldn't be in 2012.
15   Heath Bell Marlins 3 27.00 7.50   Marlins begin buildking process from back of bullpen.
20   Mark Ellis Dodgers 2 7.75 6.00   Brings solid defense, but has played in 135 games just twice.
21   Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 2 11.00 5.00   Serendipity at the trade deadline for Hill leaving Toronto for first-place Arizona.
22   Clint Barmes Pirates 2 10.50 3.93   Good money for Barmes; Pirates active in secondary market.
25   Bruce Chen Royals 2 9.00 2.00   Chen has led the Royals in wins the last two seasons.
38   Ramon Hernandez Rockies 2 6.50 2.95   Part-time catcher offers intangibles and veteran presence.
39   Ryan Doumit Twins 1 3.00 5.20   His bat and defense suggest he belongs in American League.
41   Ramon Santiago Tigers 2 4.20 1.35   Utility infielder stays put in Detroit.
44   Rod Barajas Pirates 1 4.00 3.25   Pirates needed a catcher, Barajas needed a job.
47   Aaron Harang Dodgers 2 12.00 3.50   Always seems to be underrated, but not worth this investment.
49   Jerry Hairston Dodgers 2 6.00 2.00   Should have an opportunity to play at second and third.
51   Alex Gonzalez Brewers     2.50   Shortstop market getting a bit thin and Brewers actually improved this position.
52   David DeJesus Cubs 2 10.00 6.00   Just your typical $4.25 mil outfielder. Total includes a $1.5 mil buyout if $6.5 mil option isn't picked up.
53   Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 2 3.80 .90   Goes from full-time shortstop to utility role.
63   Jamey Carroll Twins 2 6.50 2.29   Twins may not like this deal when they see Carroll's range at short.
65   Frank Francisco Mets 2 12.00 4.00   Mets' bullpen getting a total makeover.
69   Grady Sizemore Indians 1 5.00 7.67   Indians declined $9 million option, then added $4.5 million in incentives to this deal.
71   Juan Rivera Dodgers 1 4.00 5.25   Inexpensive complement to Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp in L.A. outfield.
72   Jim Thome Phillies 1 1.25 3.00   Will keep the position warm until Ryan Howard return from Achilles injury.
73   Joe Nathan Rangers 2 14.50 11.25   Is there anything left in his rebuilt arm?
75   Henry Blanco Diamondbacks 1 1.20 1.00   Blanco, who turns 41 in August, has nabbed 44% of base stealers since 2008.
76   Matt Capps Twins 1 4.75 7.15   Will once again have the opportunity to close.
82   Jonathan Broxton Royals 1 .80 7.00   Does he still have it? We think so. Will set up for Royals then get traded at deadline.
83   Chien-Ming Wang Nationals 1 4.00 1.20   If fully healthy, he'll be the best bargain of the winter.
85   Jose Molina Rays 1 1.50 1.20   Should fits Rays' system very well.
86   John McDonald Diamondbacks 2 3.00 1.50   I guess you never have too many middle infielders if you're Arizona.
88   Mark Kotsay Padres 1 1.25 .80   Had three of his best seasons in San Diego from 2001-03, but he was in his mid-20s.
91   Gerald Laird Tigers 1 1.00 1.00   Solid backup to giet Alex Avila badly needed rest.
96   Nate McLouth Pirates 1 1.75 7.00   Returns to only city where he found success.
97   Laynce Nix Phillies 2   .70   After four years of minor league contracts, Nix finally gets a guaranteed deal.
103   Adam Kennedy Dodgers 1 .80 .75   Veteran infielder landed a major league deal with Dodgers.
112   Matt Treanor Dodgers 1 .85 .85   Still not as accomplished (or attractive) as his wife.
153   Brian Schneider Phillies 1 .80 1.63   Offense was woeful last season, defense was sub-par.
NR   Chris Capuano Dodgers 2 10.00 1.50   Two-time Tommy John patient should love pitching at Dodgers Stadium.
                 
    Unsigned            
Rank   Player Team Years Total 2011 Salary   Comment
4   Prince Fielder Cubs 5 100.00 15.50   Fielder will become the fresh Prince of Chicago.
5   Carlos Beltran Giants 2 20.00 19.30   Injuries and spotty production will scare off most would-be suitors.
7   Aramis Ramirez Diamondbacks 4 60.00 14.60   What a year for a third baseman, especially a good one, to hit the market.
8   David Ortiz Red Sox 2 24.00 12.50   Can Big Papi actually leave Boston?
10   Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers 2 27.00 11.77   Best fit would be West Coast ballparks and should feel at home in L.A.
11   Jimmy Rollins Phillies 3 35.00 8.50   J-Roll is asking for five years, but he'll likely get only three.
12   Roy Oswalt Nationals 2 22.00 16.00   Would love to pitch for St. Louis, but Cardinals rotation has no vacancy.
13   Yu Darvish Yankees 4 35.00     Shouldn't expect a posting fee anywhere close to $51 million for Dice-K.
14   Ryan Madson Reds 4 40.00 4.83   Thought he had a deal with Philadelphia, but Cincinnati needs a closer as well.
16   Francisco Rodriguez Orioles 3 25.00 12.17   Many teams may be nervous to commit to K-Rod as closer, but O's won't mind.
17   Johnny Damon Rays 1 7.00 5.25   Questions of Hall of Fame worthiness begin as his career winds down.
18   Edwin Jackson Mets 3 27.00 8.75   Ultra-talented Jackson always seems to slip below expectations.
19   Javier Vazquez Marlins 1 8.00 7.00   Retire, or go one more year in Miami?
23   Kosuke Fukudome Indians 2 15.00 14.50   With Grady Sizemore gone, Fukudome could become Tribe's full-time CF.
24   Francisco Cordero Blue Jays 2 18.00 12.13   Cordero has averaged 39 saves over the last five seasons.
26   Michael Cuddyer Braves 3 27.00 10.50   Only bright spot for Minnesota last season appears to be a good fit in Atlanta.
27   Freddy Garcia Rangers 1 7.00 1.50   Garcia out to prove last season was no fluke in New York.
28   Carlos Pena Rangers 1 8.00 9.96   The Ballpark at Arlington should suit Pena well.
29   Yoenis Cespedes Marlins 5 30.00     Escaping the Marlins' grasp would be a major surprise.
30   Koji Uehara Rays 2 14.00 3.00   Koji had an incredible 23.0 SO/BB ratio, but allowed 2.5 homers per nine innings.
31   Casey Kotchman Rays 1 6.00     In successive years, he was traded for Mark Teixeira, Adam LaRoche and Bill Hall.
32   Josh Willingham Orioles 2 15.00 6.00   Willingham would love hitting at Camden Yards.
33   Kelly Johnson Rockies 2 11.00 5.85   Johnson would love hitting in Colorado, the question but could Rox stomach all those Ks?
34   Paul Maholm Twins 1 6.00 6.25   Needs a one-year deal to prove himself worthy of more.
35   JD Drew Nationals 1 5.20 14.00   Nats could be latest team to be duped by Drew's "talent."
36   Coco Crisp Tigers 1 4.80 5.75   Tigers needs a leadoff hitter and Crisp swiped 49 bases last season.
37   Rick Ankiel Reds 1 4.50 1.50   Consummate fourth outfielder brings speed, defense and occasional pop.
40   Joel Peralta Red Sox 2 13.00 .93   Another good arm who "found it" in Tampa Bay.
42   Chris Young Nationals 1 3.20 1.00   Needs a one-year deal to prove himself.
43   Rafael Furcal Brewers 1 3.80 13.00   His defense is unquestioned, but his health and offense are uncertain.
45   Jeff Francis Angels 1 4.40 2.00   Could benefit from starting over out west.
46   Jason Kubel Orioles 2 8.20 5.25   Lots of pop for Camden Yards.
48   LaTroy Hawkins Dodgers 1 4.30 4.25   Stuff of a closer, mindset of a setup man.
50   Derrek Lee Nationals 2 7.00 7.25   Nationals will finish fourth or fifth in first baseman derby.
54   Jon Garland Royals 2 6.00 4.44   Can he resurrect his career?
55   Wilson Betemit Royals 1 2.80 1.00   Role will be a super utility man in K.C.
56   Brad Lidge Twins 1 4.00 12.00   Lidge still wants to be a closer; little pressure in Minnesota in 2012.
57   Octavio Dotel Cardinals 2 7.00 3.00   Meant too much to Redbirds' late-season surge not to be re-signed.
58   Darren Oliver Rangers 1 4.50 3.25   Another season in Texas for the ageless lefty.
59   Kevin Millwood Padres 1 3.20     Will find a job by spring training.
60   Andruw Jones Yankees 1 2.10 1.50   Yankees actually like him in the clubhouse.
61   Cody Ross Twins 1 2.50 6.30   His 45 days of fame in San Francisco in 2010 now a distant memory.
62   Yuniesky Betancourt Phillies 2 7.50 4.30   Not as much of a downgrade at short as you might think for Phils.
64   Jack Wilson Braves 1 2.00 5.00   Still has something to offer as an everyday player.
66   Jamey Wright Cardinals 1 2.00 .90   Relishes the opportunity to reunite with Mike Matheny.
67   Vladimir Guerrero Blue Jays 1 3.00 7.60   Vlad's return to Canada could be his final stop.
68   Ivan Rodriguez Cardinals 1 1.50 3.00   Pudge and Yadier would be fun to watch.
70   Chris Snyder White Sox 1 2.50 6.25   Made $11.5 mil over the last two years, won't get near that in 2012-13.
74   Kerry Wood Rays 2 5.50 1.50   Maybe the new regime in Chicago can convince him to stay.
77   Nick Punto Cardinals 1 2.00 .75   Must find a team in need of utility role and must accept the role.
78   Kelly Shoppach Indians 1 1.30 3.00   He'll find a job as a backup somewhere, like in AL.
79   George Sherrill Rays 1 2.00 1.20   Nice lefty setup man for Joe Maddon?
80   Ryan Ludwick Blue Jays 1 1.50 6.78   Still living off one magical season in St. Louis.
81   Edgar Renteria Brewers 1 1.50 2.00   Would be a nice complement to Furcal in Milwaukee.
84   Marcus Thames 1 ML 1.00   Will have to make a team in spring training.
87   Hideki Matsui Yankees 1 2.00 4.25   Return to Gotham?
89   Mike Gonzalez Cubs 1 .90 6.00   Can be an effective situational guy.
90   Rich Harden Cardinals 1 1.00 1.50   Dave Duncan's next reclamation project?
92   Aaron Miles Dodgers 1 1.00 .50   Likely return to L.A.
93   David Aardsma Mariners 1 .80 4.50   After Tommy John Surgery in July, he's not likely to pitch until late in the season.
94   Ronny Cedeno Phillies 1 .90 1.85   Some team could use a veteran backup infielder.
95   Austin Kearns 1 ML 1.30   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
98   Jonny Gomes A's 1 1.00 1.75   Can still drive in runs.
99   Cesar Izturis 1 ML 1.50   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
100   Brandon Webb 1 ML     Wouldn't surprise to see him sign a rich, incentive-laden deal.
101   Casey Blake 1 ML 5.50   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
102   Lyle Overbay Padres 1 1.20 5.00   Padres could use a cheap veteran pinch-hitter/first baseman.
104   Ramon Castro 1 ML 1.20   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
105   Jason Marquis 1 ML .75   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
106   Juan Cruz 1 ML .85   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
107   Jon Rauch 1 ML 3.50   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
108   Mark DeRosa Phillies 1 1.00 6.00   Can be a valuable piece if completely healthy.
109   Nori Aoki Dodgers 2 1.90     Japanese star should debut on West Coast.
110   Carlos Guillen 1 ML 12.90   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
111   Raul Ibanez Indians 1 1.00 12.17   Will never see $12 million per season again.
113   Jason Varitek Rockies 1 .90 2.00   Rox could use a mentor like Varitek.
114   Brad Penny 1 ML 3.00   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
115   Juan Pierre 1 ML 8.50   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
116   Arthur Rhodes 1 ML 3.90   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
117   Livan Hernandez 1 ML 1.25   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
118   Todd Coffey 1 ML 1.35   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
119   Pat Burrell 1 RET 1.00   Retirement seems to be in order.
120   Scott Linebrink 1 ML 5.50   Minor league contract with invite to spring training.
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 

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