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2012 MLB Free Agent Projections/Signings

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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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