CSP’s Top 50 MLB Free Agents – Rankings and Rumors (Updated)

Posted: December 6, 2013 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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Cano didn't flinch once the Mariners presented a figure in his expected ballpark, and now is the among the richest ballplayers ever.

Cano didn’t flinch once the Mariners presented a figure in his expected ballpark, and now is the among the richest ballplayers ever.

Business picked up to the highest levels it can over the last few days, and this morning it hit a pinnacle. The season’s top prized shocked the world by spurning the New York Yankees and taking his talents to the furthest imaginable outpost from the bright lights of the Bronx, the Seattle Mariners. Last night, Cano and company visited the M’s, who proposed the first real and tangible counter offer the Yankees’ original offer to their incumbent superstar, and after some back and forth negotiations, he leveraged the best possible deal that he could imagine, an air tight career spanning deal covering 10 years and returning a reported $240 million over the life of it.

This deal changes the landscape of the free agent season, as the top guy always does, and puts a few new scenarios into motion. Lets take a look around the league at those dominoes, as well as what else is rounding into place…

  • The Mariners deal with Cano, which equals the epic sum that Albert Pujols netted in December 2011, reportedly will not take them out of the mix for further acquisitions.  The club is still interested in Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz and Shin-Soo Choo among other free agents, and is also interested in pursuing David Price as well.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers could be a candidate to get involved in the first base market
  • Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball league reached an agreement on the posting fee to negotiate with Japanese league members of $20 million. This potentially allows for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to enter into the free agent scene for MLB teams to bid on soon, which could also finally start the market moving for the other top rated US free agent starters as well.
  • After moving on from a few of their free agents from a year ago, the Red Sox have been engaged in returning Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli, while still eyeing an extension for Jon Lester
  • Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski stated he does not anticipate the team making another high-profile signing this offseason, after agreeing to terms with Joe Nathan on Wednesday.
  • St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak saw his closer for much of the previous season, Edward Mujica, sign with the Red Sox yesterday, and also did not tender a contract to John Axford either, but stated that the depth of young arms on his current roster makes it unlikely the team will add anything else to its bullpen.
  • Early in the week, it was reported that Carlos Beltran had a pending offer in hand that covered three years, but since that has been refuted and his still available.
  • First Baseman James Loney is seeking  a reported three year deal that would be worth a total of $25-$30 million total. This would be a much larger deal than the one that Justin Morneau received from the Rockies earlier this week.

With those points and tips out of the way, here’s where the current free agent landmark sits, with recent signing highlighted with terms. An updated ‘Cut The Check’ signing recap will follow this weekend covering those deals and what they mean for both the new and previous club.

  1. Robinson Cano-2B: Signed w/ Mariners (10 yrs, $240 million)
  2. Shin-Soo Choo-RF: Yankees, Tigers, Rangers, Mariners
  3. Matt Garza-RHP: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Nationals
  4. Carlos Beltran-RF/DH: Yankees, Royals, Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Indians, Reds
  5. Ubaldo Jimenez-RHP: Yankees, Nationals, Angels
  6. Nelson Cruz-RF/DH: Rangers, Mets, Mariners, A’s, Orioles
  7. Mike Napoli-1B: Red Sox, Rockies, Marlins, Mariners
  8. Ervin Santana-RHP: Angels, Yankees, Twins, Royals
  9. Masahiro Tanaka-RHP: Yankees, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Japan
  10. Stephen Drew-SS: Dodgers, Nationals, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox
  11. Curtis Granderson-LF: Signed w/ Mets (4 yrs, $60 million)
  12. Hiroki Kuroda-RHP: Resigned w/ Yankees (1 yr, $16 million)
  13. Grant Balfour-RHP: Yankees, Rockies, Tigers, Rays
  14. Kendrys Morales-1B: Mariners, White Sox, Indians, Mets
  15. Fernando Rodney-RHP: Indians, Rays, Cubs
  16. Omar Infante-2B: Yankees, Cubs
  17. Joaquin Benoit-RHP: Phillies, Tigers
  18. Brian Wilson-RHP: Resigned w/ Dodgers (1 yr, $10 million)
  19. Edward Mujica-RHP: Signed w/ Red Sox (2 yrs, $9.5 million)
  20. AJ Burnett-RHP: Pirates
  21. Nate McLouth-LF: Orioles, Yankees
  22. Bronson Arroyo-RHP: Angels, Twins, Giants, Phillies
  23. Bartolo Colon-RHP: Marlins, Angels
  24. Jesse Crain-RHP: Red Sox, Rockies, Cubs
  25. Corey Hart-1B/RF: Brewers, Mets, Pirates
  26. James Loney-1B: Rays, Rockies, Pirates
  27. Chris Perez-RHP: Astros, Athletics, Tigers
  28. Raul Ibanez-DH: Yankees
  29. John Axford-RHP (New, non-tendered): Orioles
  30. Boone Logan-LHP: Yankees
  31. Gavin Floyd-RHP: Twins, Orioles
  32. Jason Kubel-OF/DH:
  33. Michael Morse-OF:
  34. Scott Downs-LHP:
  35. Matt Albers-RHP:
  36. Scott Feldman-RHP: Orioles
  37. J.P. Howell-LHP:
  38. Rafael Furcal-SS: Signed w/ Marlins (1 yr, $3 million)
  39. Scott Baker-RHP: Cubs,
  40. Jose Veras-RHP:
  41. Garrett Jones-OF (new, non-tendered):
  42. Jason Hammel-RHP: Giants
  43. Kevin Gregg-RHP:
  44. Juan Uribe-3B: Dodgers
  45. Chris Capuano-LHP: Twins
  46. Paul Konerko-1B: White Sox, Retirement
  47. Barry Zito-LHP:
  48. Joba Chamberlain-RHP: Royals, Braves, Giants, Astros
  49. Francisco Rodriguez-RHP:
  50. Mark Ellis-2B: Orioles

 

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