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Updated: 2011 Free Agency

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Updated: Monday Feb. 7, 2:23 P.M.

DH Vladimir Guerrero and the Baltimore Orioles reached a deal this week. Should Guerrero perform close to the way he did last season, he'll be a nice trading chip to a contender by midseason. The best value in the top 10 is clearly Mariano Rivera. The following chart ranks the free agents and projected new teams for unsigned free agents for 2011. Years, $/Year and Totals are our projections for new contracts. Some 2010 Salary figures are rounded and all dollar figures are in millions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

 

Player

Team

Years

Total

2010 Salary

 

Comment

1

 

Cliff Lee

Phillies

5

120.00

9.00

 

Phillies' coup just pushed Cole Hamels to a fourth starter.

2

 

Carl Crawford

Red Sox

7

142.00

10.00

 

The prize position player of the free agent class. Crawford will turn 30 next August and scored 110 runs ad drove in 90.

3

 

Mariano Rivera

Yankees

2

30.00

15.00

 

Unlike Derek Jeter, Rivera is still performing a premium level. He's a bargain at $15 million. What a classy guy.

4

 

Jayson Werth

Nationals

7

126.00

7.50

 

Werth is coming off career highs in slugging and OPS, and turns 32 in May. But Nats will regret this one by 2014.

5

 

Victor Martinez

Tigers

4

50.00

7.70

 

Terrific signing for 2011 and 2012, but Tigers will regret the last two years of this deal, especially if they don't win now.

6

 

Rafael Soriano

Yankees

3

35.00

7.25

 

Has proven to be an elite closer when healthy. We had him valued at three years, $37 million — as a closer.

7

 

Adam Dunn

White Sox

4

56.00

12.00

 

It will be interesting to see how Dunn accepts a full-time DH role.

8

 

Paul Konerko

White Sox

3

37.50

12.00

 

Konerko, Dunn and Carlos Quentin won't provide much defense, but they'll be mashing all summer.

9

 

Adrian Beltre

Rangers

5

80.00

9.00

 

The career .275 hitter has topped .300 twice: .334 in 2004 and .321 in 2010, both contract years. Rangers beware.

10

 

Derek Jeter

Yankees

3

51.00

22.60

 

Jeter is no longer an elite player — offensively or defensively. But these negotiations were all about saving face.

11

 

Vladimir Guerrero

Orioles

1

8.00

5.50

 

Looks and acts like he's 39.While $8 million seems above market, $3 million is deferred.

12

 

Aubrey Huff

Giants

2

22.00

3.00

 

The poster child for bargains in San Francisco just cashed in big.

13

 

Carlos Peña

Cubs

1

10.00

10.13

 

Averaged dipped below the Mendoza Line, but he's excellent defensively and still drives in runs. His average will rebound.

14

 

Hiroki Kuroda

Dodgers

1

12.00

15.43

 

Seems to lose games even when putting up decent numbers. Will stay on the West Coast.

15

 

Jake Westbrook

Cardinals

2

16.00

11.00

 

Pitching coach Dave Duncan has always been enamored with this guy.

16

 

Carl Pavano

Twins

2

16.50

7.00

 

After a disaster signing with the Yankees in 2005, Pavano led the AL with seven complete games in 2010.

17

 

Joaquin Benoit

Tigers

3

16.50

 

 

He was an integral piece in the Rays' bullpen. May end up closing for Detroit.

18

 

Magglio Ordoñez

Tigers

1

10.00

17.80

 

Has made just shy of $82 million over the past five years. Now reality will set in.

19

 

Derrek Lee

Orioles

1

8.00

13.25

 

All significant offensive numbers dropped in 2010 — except whiffs and grounded into double plays.

21

 

Orlando Hudson

Padres

2

11.50

5.00

 

O-Dog was an All-Star and won a Gold Glove for the Dodgers in 2009. But his salary topped out at $6.25 mil in 2008.

23

 

Manny Ramirez

Rays

1

2.00

18.70

 

Manny brings a potent bat to the Rays' lineup when his head's on straight.

24

 

Johnny Damon

Rays

1

5.25

8.00

 

Damon has a string of 15 seasons of at least 140 games. The Rays were the only team offering steady playing time.

25

 

Hideki Matsui

A's

1

4.25

6.00

 

Swing has slowed down and Oakland is not a good park for him.

26

 

Brad Hawpe

Padres

1

3.00

7.50

 

From 06-09 he averaged .288-25-93 with a .902 OPS. At 32, he can find his stroke again, but better suited for the AL.

27

 

John Buck

Marlins

3

18.00

2.00

 

Swatted 20 homers, but walked just 16 times. Doubtful he can maintain his .281 average.

28

 

Jorge de la Rosa

Rockies

2

21.50

5.60

 

Should pitch himself into bigger money in a few years.

29

 

Juan Uribe

Dodgers

3

21.00

3.25

 

Although he doesn't look the part, he's above average at three infield positions and is cool in the clutch.

30

 

Scott Downs

Angels

3

15.00

4.00

 

Lefties hit .152 last season and righties (.243) weren't much better.

31

 

Jose Contreras

Phillies

2

5.00

1.50

 

White Sox and Rockies thought he was done, but Phillies found a role as a setup man. The third year is a team option.

32

 

Ramon Hernandez

Reds

1

3.00

3.00

 

Both Hernandez and the Reds happy to repeat last year's deal and production.

33

 

Miguel Tejada

Giants

1

6.50

6.00

 

Declining skills but showed he could still play a little short. Tejada was Giants' next option after Uribe.

34

 

Jon Garland

Dodgers

1

5.00

4.70

 

Provides a veteran presence for the Dodgers' staff. The big ballpark is perfect for him.

35

 

Jhonny Peralta

Tigers

2

10.75

4.85

 

Strong second half gave Tigers confidence he can still contribute. The third year is a team option for $6 million.

36

 

Jim Thome

Twins

1

3.00

1.50

 

The 40-year-old's OPS of 1.039 was stellar, but almost .400 higher against right-handed pitching.

37

 

Brian Fuentes

A's

2

10.00

9.00

 

Pretty good deal for the A's as Billy Beane attepts to bolster his bullpen.

39

 

Lyle Overbay

Pirates

1

5.00

7.95

 

Overbay has a three-year average of .259-17-67, which is below average for a first baseman.

40

 

Jon Rauch

Blue Jays

1

3.50

2.90

 

May not be a closer, but can be an intimidating presence on the mound. A bargain at $3.5 mil.

41

 

Austin Kearns

Indians

1

1.30

0.75

 

Made $8 million in 2009. Doubtful he'll see that number again.

43

 

Frank Francisco

Rangers

1

 

3.63

 

Accepted arbitration, so negotiations must be close.

44

 

Arthur Rhodes

Rangers

1

3.90

2.00

 

Turned 41 in October, but he was instrumental in Reds' division title in 2010.

45

 

Lance Berkman

Cardinals

1

8.00

14.50

 

Cardinals' outfield defense could be atrocious.

46

 

Marcus Thames

Dodgers

1

1.00

0.90

 

His five-year 162-game average is .254-33-83. He's coming off career highs in average and OBP.

47

 

Grant Balfour

A's

2

8.00

2.05

 

The Australian with the unfortunate surname was a key part of both of the Rays' division titles.

50

 

Matt Guerrier

Dodgers

3

12.00

3.15

 

Can pitch every day, but three-year deal is risky.

51

 

Edgar Renteria

Reds

1

2.00

10.00

 

Talked of retirement. The everyday grind wears on him, but he's a good fit with Paul Janish.

52

 

Koji Uehara

Orioles

1

3.00

5.00

 

Performed well in the closer role down the stretch.

53

 

Pat Burrell

Giants

1

1.00

9.00

 

Pat the Bat became Pat the Whiff in the postseason, but may be the best value of the offseason.

54

 

Javier Vazquez

Marlins

1

7.00

11.50

 

The durable Vazquez started 327 games from 2000-09, winning 128 with more than 2,000 strikeouts.

57

 

Jesse Crain

White Sox

3

13.00

2.00

 

It seems half of his appearances have been in extra innings.Sox pen needs a lot of help.

58

 

Adam LaRoche

Nationals

2

16.00

6.00

 

Nats must have patience with notorious slow starter.

59

 

Miguel Olivo

Mariners

2

7.00

2.00

 

Can throw, is durable and but won't display 20-home run power in Seattle.

60

 

Pedro Feliciano

Yankees

2

8.00

2.90

 

Tough on lefties, but can't get righthanders out.

61

 

Kerry Wood

Cubs

1

1.50

10.50

 

Wood took a 90% pay cut.

62

 

Chris Capuano

Mets

1

1.50

 

 

Missed all of 2008-09, but five of six starts in September were solid. Will enjoy pitching at Citi Field.

63

 

Chris Young

Mets

1

1.50

6.38

 

He could earn $4.5 million if he meets all his incentives; would be a sweet deal for Mets who desperately need pitching.

64

 

Kevin Gregg

Orioles

2

10.00

2.00

 

In four seasons as full-time closer he's averaged 30 saves, closing 82%, with a 1.295 WHIP and 3.79 ERA.

66

 

Jason Frasor

Blue Jays

1

 

2.65

 

Accepted arbitration and will combine with Rauch and Dotel for setup/closer trio.

67

 

Jeff Francoeur

Royals

1

2.50

5.00

 

Kansas City may be the last chance to revive his career.

68

 

Ty Wigginton

Rockies

2

8.00

3.50

 

Made 86 starts at first, 36 at second and 19 at third; hit 22 homers.

69

 

Yorvit Torrealba

Rangers

2

6.25

0.75

 

Too much gets by him, but he can still throw a little and he hit .271 last season.

70

 

Bruce Chen

Royals

1

2.00

 

 

Yes, he's still in the league, and it was Chen — not Greinke — who led the Royals with 12 wins.

71

 

Vicente Padilla

Dodgers

1

2.00

5.03

 

Started Game 2 and Game 5 for the Dodgers in the 2009 NLCS as well as Opening Day 2010; now he's a sixth starter.

73

 

Andruw Jones

Yankees

1

2.00

0.50

 

Anything left in the tank? Ha has another million-plus in incentives, so we say there is. Good deal for Yankees.

74

 

Jerry Hariston

Nationals

1

2.00

2.13

 

Nice "intangibles" player. Will help the Nats.

75

 

Cesar Izturis

Orioles

1

1.50

2.60

 

Can pick it at short, but gets the bat knocked out of his hands.

76

 

Dan Wheeler

Red Sox

1

3.00

3.50

 

With a sub-1.00 WHIP over the past three seasons, the right-handed Wheeler is tough on lefties.

77

 

Dennys Reyes

Phillies

1

1.10

2.00

 

Hard to believe he's only 34 in April. A classic lefty-only guy.

79

 

Rich Harden

A's

1

1.50

6.50

 

Easy risk for the A's.

81

 

Jeff Francis

Royals

1

2.00

5.75

 

Expect an incentive-laden deal.

82

 

Rick Ankiel

Nationals

1

1.50

2.75

 

Great arm, athletic, has some pop, but nowhere near an everyday player.

83

 

Matt Stairs

Nationals

1

1.00

0.70

 

Minor league deal for aging pinch hitter.

84

 

Brandon Webb

Rangers

1

3.00

8.50

 

Offseason reports of velocity and command were not promising, but this is a low-risk venture for the Rangers.

85

 

Adam Kennedy

Mariners

1

ML

1.25

 

Minor league deal. Had .400 OBP in eight September starts, but slugged just .231.

87

 

Miguel Cairo

Reds

2

2.00

0.50

 

Great attitude, accepts tough roles. Nice two-year bargain.

88

 

Kevin Correia

Pirates

2

8.00

3.60

 

The Pirates are shopping at the bargain stores.

89

 

A.J. Pierzynski

White Sox

2

8.00

6.75

 

Aging vet must accept backup role.

91

 

Brad Penny

Tigers

1

3.00

7.50

 

Penny could earn another $3 million incentives.

92

 

Rod Barajas

Dodgers

1

3.25

0.50

 

Doesn't throw well anymore. At age 35 he expects to be Dodgers' primary catcher.

93

 

Chan Ho Park

Japan

 

 

 

 

Closed the season with a strong September. Career in the States may be over.

97

 

Jason Giambi

Rockies

1

ML

1.75

 

Former MVP didn't draw much interest.

100

 

J.C. Romero

Phillies

1

1.35

4.25

 

Just completed a three-year deal that he could only dream about now.

102

 

Melvin Mora

Diamondbacks

1

2.40

1.28

 

His 2010 salary was his lowest since 2002, but he earned a slight raise.

103

 

Aaron Harang

Padres

1

4.00

12.50

 

Padres hoping a move to Petco Park from Cincinnati will be the medicine his career needs. Doubtful.

NR

 

Hisanori Takahashi

Angels

2

8.00

1.00

 

Released by the Mets in November, the Angels believe they have their lefty specialist.

NR

 

J.J. Putz

Diamondbacks

2

10.00

3.00

 

Worst bullpen in the majors in 2010 in dire need of help.

NR

 

Eric Hinske

Braves

1

1.45

1.00

 

Braves like his veteran presence — and his production.

NR

 

Melky Cabrera

Royals

1

1.00

3.10

 

Incentives could push this as high as $1.25 million.

NR

 

Matt Diaz

Pirates

2

4.25

2.55

 

Braves didn't tender him, so Pirates found a platoon partner with Garret Jones in right field.

NR

 

Scott Olsen

Pirates

1

0.50

1.00

 

With another $2.5 mil incentives and a club option for $4 million in 2012, Olsen should be motivated.

NR

 

Jack Cust

Mariners

1

2.50

2.65

 

Hitting stroke shouldn't play well at Safeco.

NR

 

George Sherrill

Braves

1

1.20

4.50

 

Lefties hit .192 last season; righties .427.

NR

 

Gerald Laird

Cardinals

1

1.00

3.95

 

Will back up Yadier Molina for about 35 games.

NR

 

Russell Martin

Yankees

1

4.00

5.05

 

Expect a resurgence from Martin.

NR

 

Henry Blanco

Diamondbacks

1

1.00

0.75

 

Enters his 14th season by joining his ninth team. Thrown out 43% of base stealers in his career, 50% last season.

NR

 

Randy Choate

Marlins

2

2.50

0.70

 

Tossed 44.2 innings in 85 games; definition of situational lefty.

NR

 

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

1

2.50

5.18

 

Jays waived him, claimed by A's, non-tendered, now back in Toronto. Just business.

NR

 

Xavier Nady

Diamondbacks

1

1.75

3.30

 

Low budget, low expectations.

NR

 

Jeremy Accardo

Orioles

1

1.08

1.08

 

Injuries limited Accardo to 6.2 innings for Blue Jays in 2010.

NR

 

Matt Albers

Red Sox

1

0.88

0.68

 

Induced 11 double plays in 172 ABs against righthanders last season.

NR

 

Tony Gwynn

Dodgers

1

0.42

0.68

 

Gwynn leaves his dad's old team.

NR

 

Dioner Navarro

Dodgers

1

1.00

2.10

 

Will split time with Barajas.

NR

 

Wil Nieves

Brewers

1

0.78

0.70

 

Coming off a career-high 3 homers, but average dipped to .203.

NR

 

Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Twins

3

10.00

Japan

 

Nishioka won a batting title in Japan's Central League in '09 and won a Gold Glove at second in 2005 and at short in '07.

NR

 

J.P. Howell

Rays

1

1.10

1.80

 

Missed all of 2010 after May shoulder surgery.

NR

 

Joel Peralta

Rays

1

0.93

 

 

Enjoyed a nice summer in Washington with a 0.796 WHIP.

NR

 

Matt Treanor

Rangers

1

0.85

0.75

 

Back for another season as backup in Texas.

NR

 

Chin-Ming Wang

Nationals

1

2.00

2.00

 

Didn't pitch in 2010 after nine bad starts in 2009.

NR

 

Bill Hall

Astros

1

3.25

8.53

 

At 31 there should be something left in the tank, but he's not good defensively at second base.

NR

 

Takashi Saito

Brewers

1

3.00

3.20

 

Just more proof the Brewers want a title now.

NR

 

Bobby Jenks

Red Sox

2

12.00

7.50

 

Saves totals have dropped and WHIP has increased every year since 2007.

NR

 

Octavio Dotel

Blue Jays

1

3.50

3.25

 

Blue Jays will give him every opportunity to close.

NR

 

Craig Counsell

Brewers

1

1.40

2.10

 

Provides a solid veteran presence on Brewers bench for a team trying to win now.

NR

 

Kyle Farnsworth

Rays

1

3.25

4.50

 

This is the Rays' answer to rebuilding their bullpen?

NR

 

Dustin Moseley

Padres

1

0.90

 

 

Yankees were 5-4 in his nine starts last season.

NR

 

Ryan Rowland-Smith

Astros

1

0.72

0.44

 

Will Compete for fifth sport in the rotation. Not a good sign for Houston fans.

NR

 

Jose Veras

Pirates

1

1.00

0.55

 

Whiffed 54 in 48 innings, but was non-tendered by the Marlins.

NR

 

Chien-Ming Wang

Nationals

1

1.00

 

 

With 0 major league hits, Wang has a Silver Slugger clause in his deal.

NR

 

Jay Gibbons

Dodgers

1

0.65

0.65

 

Played for Newark in Indy league in 2009, but slugged .507 in 80 PAs for Dodgers last season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unsigned

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

 

Player

Team

Years

Total

2010 Salary

 

Comment

20

 

Andy Pettitte

Retired

11.75

 

Pettitte announced his retirement.

22

 

Hisashi Iwakuma

Japan

Japan

 

Oakland was unwilling meet Iwakuma's demand for dollars. He'll be back as a free agent next season.

38

 

Freddy Garcia

Diamondbacks

2

11.00

1.00

 

Made just 23 starts from 2007-09, but returned from injury to start 28 games and go 12-6 for the White Sox.

42

 

Russell Branyan

Mariners

1

5.00

1.50

 

Can still rake.

48

 

David Eckstein

Royals

1

3.50

1.00

 

He keeps getting it done and inspiring teammates and fans.

49

 

Bengie Molina

Orioles

1

3.70

4.50

 

A lot of teams could use a veteran presence behind the plate.

55

 

Jermaine Dye

Retired

1

4.80

DNP

 

Received inquiries from multiple teams, but no real offers.

56

 

Kevin Millwood

Diamondbacks

1

4.00

12.00

 

Days of milk and honey are over as his five-year, $60 million deal expired.

65

 

Orlando Cabrera

Cardinals

1

2.00

2.02

 

How much will teams play for solid defense and above-average situational hitting? Mr. Showalter?

72

 

Chad Durbin

Phillies

2

10.00

2.13

 

Had 15 holds and blew just one opportunity. At age 33, he's got plenty left.

78

 

Troy Glaus

Angels

1

1.30

1.75

 

Should find a suitor at home in SoCal.

80

 

Reed Johnson

Yankees

1

1.00

0.80

 

Underrated, could be a terrific fourth outfielder.

86

 

Joe Beimel

Rockies

1

0.90

0.85

 

Since 2007 he's logged just 216.2 innings in 296 games. Always a market for lefties.

90

 

Gregg Zaun

Blue Jays

1

0.60

1.90

 

Will turn 40 just after Opening Day; old for a catcher.

94

 

Felipe Lopez

Mariners

1

0.70

1.00

 

Attitude issues could cost him a job.

95

 

Brian Bannister

Padres

1

0.70

2.30

 

Over three seasons, he's 23-40, 5.58 ERA in 81 starts.

96

 

Justin Duchscherer

Orioles

1

2.00

 

 

After missing all of 2009, he made just five starts last April before being shut down.

98

 

Erik Bedard

Mets

1

0.50

 

 

Incentives, incentives, incentives.

99

 

Jarrod Washburn

Angels

1

0.50

 

 

Ditto.

101

 

Doug Davis

Padres

1

0.70

4.25

 

Got into the seventh inning just once in eight starts.

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