2013 Top 50 MLB Free Agents and Tracker, #3

Posted: December 6, 2012 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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Maybe it’s the quiet before the storm or the set up of a masterful game of chess, because the majority of the last day and a half as been comprised of role player signings and big name trades, almost. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians have been swapping names for the next big mega deal, but the this may be the rumor mill spinning off it’s axis. But tis the season for such talk

But what is more than just talk is the top of the market coming together, and a few destinies aligning along the way. While the Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton remain unsigned, the Texas Rangers could be bringing them together. In the last day, they have entered discussions with both of the top two stars on the market, that if coupled with dealing some of their stockpile of top prospects to move on Justin Upton as well. In other words, the Rangers are steadily moving along to become the juggernaut of the winter.

But it could also be just more talk, which is 90% of what’s happening right now really. But the smoke has to lead to fire eventually, and the time is coming. The LA Dodgers have money to end the Rangers designs on Greinke, but the decision is his. Not one for the spotlight, the developing star show in LA may not have the lure for him. Perhaps the proven quantity in Dallas takes the coup of the winter. At any rate, everything will fall into place in the coming hours….perhaps within the next 12.

The Rangers have taken center stage, and not only a return of Hamilton, but perhaps a coup of Greinke as well.

The power of Two: The Rangers have taken center stage, with not only a potential return of Hamilton, but perhaps a coup of Greinke as well.

But for now, here is what is: the top 50 free agents on the board as of this morning, with the closest teams pursuing them. Recent signings since the last Cut The Check update are in bold. Full signings, ranked by their original standing on the Top 75 Free Agents board are below.


  1. Zack Grienke (RHP): Dodgers, Rangers
  2. Josh Hamilton (OF): Rangers, Mariners, Red Sox
  3. Michael Bourn (CF): Mariners, Cubs, Phillies, Reds
  4. Anibal Sanchez (RHP): Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels, Royals, Tigers
  5. Nick Swisher (RF/1B): Orioles, Mariners
  6. Adam LaRoche (1B): Nationals, Red Sox
  7. Kyle Lohse (RHP): Dodgers, Angels, Red Sox, Orioles, Rockies, Tigers, Mets
  8. Rafael Soriano (RHR): Tigers, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Rockies
  9. Edwin Jackson (RHP): Angels, Brewers, Royals, Orioles
  10. Kevin Youkilis (3B/1B): White Sox, Indians, Yankees
  11. Stephen Drew (SS): Tigers, Athletics
  12. Brian Wilson (RHR): Red Sox, Giants
  13. AJ Pierzynski (C): White Sox
  14. Ryan Dempster (RHP): Brewers, Angels, Red Sox, Royals, Cubs
  15. Cody Ross (LF/RF): Yankees, Phillies, Giants, Indians
  16. Ryan Ludwick (LF/RF): Reds, Yankees, Mariners, Mets
  17. Brandon McCarthy (RHP): Twins, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Cubs, Royals, White Sox
  18. Mark Reynolds (1B/3B): Cubs, Marlins, Yankees, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Rays
  19. Carlos Zambrano (RHP):
  20. Ichiro (CF): Yankees, Phillies
  21. Sean Burnett (LHR)—Signed w/ Los Angeles Angels: 2 yrs/$8 million
  22.  Kelly Johnson (2B):
  23. Scott Hairston (CF): Yankees, Cardinals, Indians, Mets, Giants
  24. Brett Myers (RHP): Twins, Indians, Angels, Padres, Brewers
  25. Mike Adams (RHP): Angels, Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, White Sox, Rockies, Blue Jays
  26. Kyle Farnsworth (RHR): Tigers, Rockies
  27. Lance Berkman (1B/DH): Astros, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox
  28. Shaun Marcum (RHP): Royals
  29. Luke Scott (1B/DH):
  30. Delmon Young (LF/DH): Mariners
  31. Colin Balester (RHP):
  32. Casey Kotchman (1B):
  33. Randy Choate (LHR)—Signed w/ St. Louis Cardinals: 3 yrs/$7.5 million
  34. Carl Pavano (RHP): Red Sox
  35. Francisco Liriano (LHP):
  36. Andruw Jones (OF):
  37. Eric Chavez (3B)—Signed w/ Arizona Diamondbacks: 1 yr/$3 million
  38. Matt Capps (RHR):
  39. Jeff Keppinger (SS/2B)—Signed w/ Chicago White Sox: 3 yr/$12 million
  40. Nate McLouth (CF)—Signed w/ Baltimore Orioles: 1 yr/$2 million
  41. Joe Saunders (LHP):
  42. Joe Blanton (RHP)—Signed w/ Los Angeles Angels: 2 yrs/$15 million
  43. Francisco Rodriguez (RHR):
  44. Ryan Theriot (2B/SS):
  45. Dallas Braden (LHP):
  46. Casey McGehee (3B):
  47. Derek Lowe (RHP):
  48. Jason Bartlett (SS): Cardinals
  49. Carlos Lee (1B):
  50. Jose Valverde (RHR):

On Deck: Ty Wigginton, Aubrey Huff, Yuniesky Betancourt, Juan Carlos Oviedo


Off The Board

4. BJ Upton (CF)—Signed w/ Atlanta Braves: 5 yrs/$75 Million

8. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP), New York Yankees: 1 yr/$15 million

10. Dan Haren-Pitcher: Signed with Washington Nationals, 1 year/$13 million

12. Mike Napoli-Catcher/First base: Signed with Boston Red Sox, 3 years/$39 million

13. Torii Hunter (RF), Detroit Tigers: 2 yrs/$13 million

15. Mariano Rivera (RHR) –Resigned w/ New York Yankees: 1 yr/$10 Million

18. Angel Pagan-Centerfield: Resigned with San Francisco Giants, 4 years/$40 million

21. Melky Cabrera (LF), Toronto Blue Jays: 2 yrs/$16 million

24. Joakim Soria-Pitcher: Signed with Texas Rangers, 2 years/$8 million

25. Marco Scutaro—Second Base: Resigned w/ San Francisco Giants: 3 yrs/$20 million

26. Shane Victorino-Outfield: Signed with Boston Red Sox, 3 years/$39 million

30. Andy Pettitte (LHP)—Resigned w/ New York Yankees: 1 yr/$12 Million

33. Russell Martin (C) –Signed w/ Pittsburgh Pirates: 2 yrs/$17 Million

28. Jeremy Guthrie (RHP), Kansas City Royals: 3 yrs/$25 million

29. Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP), Seattle Mariners: 2 yrs/$14 million

31. Jonathan Broxton (RHP), Cincinnati Reds: 3 yrs/$21 million

32. Jeremy Affeldt (LHP), San Francisco Giants: 3 yrs/$18 million

36. Ryan Madson (RHP), Los Angeles Angels: 3 yrs/$3.25 million

46. Scott Baker (RHP), Chicago Cubs: 1 yr/$5 million

53. Jonny Gomes (LF), Boston Red Sox: 2 yrs/$10 million

60. Juan Pierre (LF), Miami Marlins: 1 yr/$1.6 million

61. James Loney-First Base: Signed with Tampa Bay Rays, 1 year/$2 million

69. Scott Feldman-Pitcher: Signed with Chicago Cubs, 1 year/$6 million


For more on the day’s happenings as baseball’s winter meetings conclude, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.


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