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    2007 Free Agents (Updated)

    Thought some might find this interesting to view and ponder over. Who would you be interested in? Who do you think we may get?

    Unofficial Major League Baseball
    2006- 2007 Free Agents

    Jorge Posada (Team Option)
    Damian Miller (Team + Player option)
    Henry Blanco
    Doug Mirabelli
    Javier Valentin
    Vance Wilson
    Chris Widger
    Paul Bako
    Kelly Stinnett
    Gregg Zaun
    Gary Bennett
    Ken Huckaby
    Einar Diaz
    John Flaherty
    Mike DiFelice
    Alberto Castillo
    Todd Pratt
    Sandy Alomar Jr.
    Ivan Rodriguez (Poss. Void Option)
    Rod Barajas
    Javy Lopez
    Mike Redmond

    Sean Casey
    Phil Nevin
    Shea Hillenbrand
    Dmitri Young
    Nomar Garciaparra
    Doug Mientkiewicz
    Carl Everett (Team Option)
    Tim Salmon
    Robert Fick
    Brian Daubach
    John Mabry
    Derrek Lee
    Jeff Bagwell (Team Option)
    Darin Erstad
    Dimitri Young (Team Option)
    David Ortiz (Team Option)
    Craig Wilson
    Nick Johnson
    Aubrey Huff

    Luis Castillo (Team Option)
    Junior Spivey
    Mark Lorretta
    Ray Durham
    Pokey Reese
    Damian Jackson
    Damion Easley
    Ronnie Belliard
    Eric Young
    Mark Bellhorn
    Joe McEwing
    Adam Kennedy
    Jeff Kent
    Jerry Hairston Jr.
    Geoff Blum
    Juan Castro (Team Option)
    Tony Womack
    Alfonso Soriano
    Rich Aurilla

    Edgardo Alfonzo
    Aaron Boone (Mutual Option)
    Lenny Harris
    Tony Batista
    Wes Helms
    David Bell
    Vinny Castilla
    Russell Branyan
    Melvin Mora
    Tony Batista
    Pedro Feliz

    Tomas Perez (club option)
    Kazuo Matsui (can opt for either free agency or arb.)
    Craig Counsell
    Julio Lugo
    Chris Gomez
    Deivi Cruz
    Lou Merloni
    Manny Alexander
    Jose Vizcaino
    Jose Valentin
    Royce Clayton
    Alex Gonzalez

    Luis Gonzalez (Mutual Option)
    Ricky Ledee
    Barry Bonds
    Ryan Klesko (Team Option)
    Cliff Floyd
    Carlos Lee
    Rondell White (Team Option)
    Raul Ibanez
    David Dellucci

    Jim Edmonds (Team Option)
    Mike Cameron (Team Option)
    Juan Pierre
    Kenny Lofton
    Bernie Williams
    Gary Matthews Jr.
    Jay Payton
    Randy Winn
    Torii Hunter (Team Option)
    Steve Finley (Team Option)
    Milton Bradley
    Aaron Rowand (Player + Team Options)(arb.)
    Dave Roberts

    Gary Sheffield (Team Option)
    Shannon Stewart
    Jay Gibbons
    Matt Stairs
    Matt Lawton
    Moises Alou
    Jacob Cruz
    Jose Cruz Jr. (Team Option)
    Trot Nixon
    Frank Catalanotto
    Jermaine Dye (Team Option)
    J.D. Drew (Player Void Option)
    Jose Guillen

    Jeff Weaver
    Joel Pineiro
    John Smoltz (Team Option)
    Paul Wilson (Team Option)
    Wade Miller
    Tomo Ohka
    Ramon Ortiz
    Jason Johnson (Mutual Option)
    Gil Meche
    Joe Mays
    Sidney Ponson
    Tony Armas Jr.
    Kevin Jarvis
    Greg Maddux
    Brian Moehler
    Jason Schmidt
    Jeff Suppan
    Rick Helling
    Woody Williams
    Brad Radke
    Kerry Wood (Mutual Option)
    Mike Mussina (Team Option)
    Cory Lidle
    Kelvim Escobar
    Chan Ho Park
    Ryan Franklin
    Orlando Hernandez
    Jaret Wright (Team + Player Void options)
    Kip Wells
    Jason Marquis
    Vicente Padilla
    Adam Eaton
    Tim Wakefield (Annual Team Renew Option)

    Ted Lilly
    Mark Redman
    Tom Glavine
    Jamie Moyer
    Andy Pettitte
    Mark Mulder
    Barry Zito
    Doug Davis
    Randy Wolf
    Mark Buerhle (Team Option)
    David Wells
    Darrell May
    Eric Milton (Void Option)

    Arthur Rhodes
    Bruce Chen
    Aaron Fultz
    C.J. Nitkowski
    Dennys Reyes
    Mike Stanton
    John Wasdin
    Kelly Wunsch
    Darren Oliver
    Chris Hammond (Mutual Option--Likely to Retire)
    Joey Eischen
    Scott Sauerbeck (Team Option)
    Ray King (Team Option)
    Justin Speier
    Kent Mercker
    Steve Kline
    Scott Schoenweis
    Damaso Marte (Team Option) (arb.)
    J.C. Romero (Team Option)
    Ron Villone
    Trever Miller

    Solomon Torres
    Jim Brower
    David Riske
    Roberto Hernandez
    Joe Borowski
    LaTroy Hawkins
    Rudy Seanez (Team Option)
    Giovanni Carrara
    Danny Graves
    Steve Karsay
    Octavio Dotel
    Jason Grimsley
    Ramiro Mendoza
    Chad Bradford
    Doug Brocail
    Mike Lincoln
    Jose Mesa (Team Option)
    Russ Springer
    Carlos Almanzar
    David Weathers
    Mike Timlin
    Tanyon Sturtze
    Scott Strickland
    Terry Adams
    Julio Santana (possibly arb.)
    Mike DeJean (Mutual Option)
    Esteban Yan
    Ron Mahay (Team Option)
    Chris Reitsma
    Guillermo Mota
    Dan Kolb

    Mariano Rivera (Team Option)
    Troy Percival
    Francisco Cordero (Team Option)
    Keith Foulke (Mutual + Player Option)
    Dustin Hermanson (Team option)
    Eric Gagne (Team Option + Player Void Option)
    Eddie Guardado
    Bob Wickman

    Top 25 FA List:

    1) Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, Seibu Lions (Japan) – The only question about Matsuzaka concerns his pitch counts. He did once throw a 250-pitch game as a high schooler, and just this week he won his 10th game by going the distance in a 10-inning victory. Projected contract: four years, $50 million

    2) Barry Zito, SP, Oakland Athletics – A Cy Young winner at 24, Zito never gets hurt, is unfazed by the cutthroat American League and, best of all, is left-handed. He may not be the best of the class, but, at 28, he might get the most money. Projected contract: five years, $75 million

    3) Alfonso Soriano, 2B/OF, Washington Nationals – He hits home runs, he runs well and he plays two positions. Aside from that, there's plenty to nitpick about Soriano, like his fielding liabilities and low walk rates (which, admittedly, have improved this year, while his strikeouts have jumped, too). In the end, he's still the best hitter in the class, and he'll get paid as such. Projected contract: five years, $67.5 million

    4) Carlos Lee, OF, Milwaukee Brewers – The steadiest hitter in the class, Lee is good for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs every year. This season, his best yet, Lee could pass 40 and 120. Projected contract: five years, $62.5 million

    5) Nomar Garciaparra, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers – Garciaparra took a make-good $6 million deal and made great, and now he's in line to get another huge payday. It probably won't be for the four years he wants, but it could inch up to $40 million. Projected contract: three years, $35 million

    6) Jason Schmidt, SP, San Francisco Giants – After a poor 2005, Schmidt is looking more like he did in 2003, when he was the best starting pitcher in the game. While his strikeouts are down, batters are hitting just .216 against him. The one concern: He turns 34 in January. Projected contract: four years, $45 million

    7) Mike Mussina*, SP, Yankees – While the Yankees would love to keep Mussina, doing so for $17 million could be prohibitive, even with the season he's having (10-3, 3.24 ERA). Should they not pick up the option, let the bidding begin for a right-hander who will be 38 on Opening Day. Projected contract: three years, $34 million

    8) Torii Hunter*, OF, Minnesota Twins – In Hunter, teams can guarantee themselves first-rate defense (five straight Gold Gloves), decent pop and speed (he's gone 20-20 twice) and strong leadership. Just don't expect numbers that will blow you away. Projected contract: three years, $30 million

    9) Seung-Yeop Lee, 1B, Yomiuri Giants (Japan) – Lee led the WBC with five home runs – no surprise considering he set an Asian record with 56 homers in his native Korea in 2003, leads Japan's Central League with 28 home runs and is batting .322. He is a free agent after this season and, at 30 years old, should draw lots of interest. Projected contract: three years, $21 million

    10) Mark Mulder, SP, St. Louis Cardinals – Three of the worst words a pitcher can hear are "rotator-cuff injury." The eight absolute worst are "rotator-cuff injury in a free-agent season." Mulder might have lost himself $35 million, unless he comes back and proves himself healthy. Projected contract: three years, $30 million

    11) Gary Sheffield*, OF, New York Yankees – Sheffield's wrists have made him about $130 million over his career, so that his left one now is failing him – his torn tendon will make teams very leery – shouldn't make him complain too much. Someone still will take a chance on him – albeit at a lesser rate. Projected contract: one year, $9 million

    12) Julio Lugo, SS, Tampa Bay Devil Rays – He hits well, runs well and fields well, and if Lugo weren't stuck in baseball Hades, people just might know him a little better. When he gets a big-money deal this offseason, they will. Projected contract: three years, $20 million

    13) Gary Matthews Jr., OF, Texas Rangers – Nice year to break out. Matthews, on his seventh team, made his first All-Star Game and has worked himself into Gold Glove conversations. Time to cash in. Projected contract: three years, $20 million

    14) Cliff Floyd, OF, New York Mets – Not a good year to slump. Floyd was in line for his last big contract, and instead he's spent nearly a quarter of the season injured. Still, he can be great at times and is a good clubhouse presence, which will at least earn him a multi-year deal. Projected contract: two years, $12 million

    15) Barry Bonds, OF, San Francisco – He's this high because of his name, not his production. And it is name, and name alone, that will get Bonds a deal in the one-year, $10 million range if he decides to return. An early guess: He won't. Projected contract: Retired

    16) Jason Marquis, SP, St. Louis – Take away the 13-run mess of an outing he endured, followed by another seven-run debacle, and Marquis' ERA is almost a full point less than his current 5.43. The main point: He's 27 and throws 95. Someone will bite. Projected contract: four years, $28 million

    17) Kerry Wood*, SP, Chicago Cubs – Someone's going to take a chance on Wood with a one-year deal that's loaded with performance bonuses. If it works out, good for him and the team. If it doesn't … well, no one will be that surprised. Projected contract: one year, $4 million (with incentives to $8 million)

    18) Trot Nixon, OF, Boston Red Sox – Despite a small slump – Nixon took an 0-for-9 in the 19-inning game against the White Sox – Nixon is playing the best he has since 2003. He doesn't turn 33 until April and probably has a couple good years left. Projected contract: two years, $14 million

    19) Adam Eaton, SP, Texas – On the plus side: He'll be 29 on Opening Day. On the minus: He's got a career ERA of 4.34 and hasn't started a game this season because of a broken finger. Projected contract: two years, $11 million

    20) Bengie Molina*, C, Toronto Blue Jays – Molina held out for too much money last season and hasn't impressed the Blue Jays enough to merit them picking up his $7.5 million option. Projected contract: two years, $10 million

    21) Frank Catalanotto, OF/IF, Toronto – Woefully underappreciated since his days with Detroit, Catalanotto not only is versatile, he can straight hit. His OPS is .933 and his walks-to-strikeouts are a tremendous 38-to-16. Whoever signs him gets a steal. Projected contract: three years, $14 million

    22) Ted Lilly, SP, Toronto – Just two years ago, the Blue Jays were so bad that Lilly was their All-Star. He won't be back anytime soon, but he is a left-handed starter with a pulse, which pretty much guarantees him an eight-figure deal. Projected contract: two years, $12 million

    23) Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago Cubs – Because he is fast and because he is a leadoff hitter and because two years ago he hit .326, and because he will be only 29, Pierre will make far more money than he deserves. This could be the albatross contract of '06. Projected contract: three years, $24 million

    24) Shea Hillenbrand, IF, Toronto – Serviceable hitter who always will hover around .300. Seems to have a genuine fear of walks, which will scare away a score of teams in need of a bat. Projected contract: two years, $11 million

    25) Eric Gagne*, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers – Off to surgery again, Gagne essentially is missing his second straight year because of injury problems. His potential is the only reason he's on this list, and it alone will get him a deal. Projected contract: one year, $3 million (with incentives to $7 million)

    25a) Roger Clemens, SP, Houston Astros – Just in case. Projected contract: Retired

    A dozen potential bargains

    1) Rod Barajas, C, Texas
    2) Gil Meche, SP, Seattle
    3) David Dellucci, OF, Philadelphia
    4) Mark DeRosa, 2B/OF, Texas
    5) Jose Guillen, OF, Washington
    6) Scott Hatteberg, 1B, Cincinnati
    7) Tomo Ohka, SP, Milwaukee
    8) Dave Roberts, OF, San Diego
    9) Javier Valentin, C, Cincinnati
    10) Jeff Weaver, SP, St. Louis
    11) Randy Wolf, SP, Philadelphia
    12) Craig Wilson, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh

    Seven expiring big contracts that will get smaller

    1) Chan Ho Park, SP, San Diego – five years, $65 million
    2) Phil Nevin, 1B, Chicago Cubs – four years, $34 million
    3) Darin Erstad, OF, Los Angeles Angels – four years, $32 million
    4) Andy Pettitte, SP, Houston – three years, $31.5 million
    5) Mike Lieberthal, C, Philadelphia – three years, $23.5 million
    6) Javy Lopez, C/1B, Baltimore – three years, $22.5 million
    7) Brad Radke, SP, Minnesota – two years, $18 million

    A baker's dozen options that should be declined (holder of option in parentheses)

    1) Jim Edmonds, OF, St. Louis – $10 million (club)
    2) Luis Gonzalez, OF, Arizona – $10 million (club)
    3) Ryan Klesko, 1B/OF, San Diego – $8 million (club)
    4) Mike Piazza, C, San Diego – $8 million (club)
    5) Preston Wilson, OF, Houston – $24 million over three years (club)
    6) Steve Finley, OF, San Francisco – $7 million (club)
    7) Dmitri Young, OF, Detroit – $7 million (club)
    8) Jeromy Burnitz, OF, Pittsburgh – $6 million (mutual)
    9) Luis Castillo, 2B, Minnesota – $5.75 million (club)
    10) Paul Wilson, SP, Cincinnati – $5.15 million (club)
    11) Francisco Cordero, RP, Texas – $5 million (club)
    12) Jose Cruz Jr., OF, Los Angeles Dodgers – $4 million (club)
    13) Aaron Boone, 3B, Cleveland – $3.75 million (mutual)

    10 options that should be accepted

    1) Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs – $33.5 million over three years (player)
    2) Mark Buehrle, SP, Chicago White Sox – $9.5 million (club)
    3) John Smoltz, SP, Atlanta – $8 million (club)
    4) Mike Cameron, OF, San Diego – $7 million (club)
    5) Jermaine Dye, OF, Chicago White Sox – $6 million (club)
    6) Tim Wakefield, SP, Boston – $4 million (club)
    7) Keith Foulke, RP, Boston – $3.75 million (player)
    8) Casey Blake, IF/OF, Cleveland – $3.75 million (club)
    9) Damian Miller, C, Milwaukee – $3.75 million (club)
    10) Jose Mesa, RP, Colorado – $3 million (club)

    11 players who could retire

    1) Sandy Alomar Jr., C, Los Angeles Dodgers
    2) Moises Alou, OF, San Francisco
    3) Eddie Guardado, RP, Cincinnati
    4) Greg Maddux, SP, Chicago Cubs
    5) Jamie Moyer, SP, Seattle
    6) Troy Percival, RP, Detroit
    7) Tim Salmon, OF, Los Angeles Angels
    8) Matt Stairs, OF, Kansas City
    9) David Wells, SP, Boston
    10) Bob Wickman, RP, Cleveland
    11) Bernie Williams, OF, New York Yankees

    20 others worth watching

    1) Tony Armas Jr., SP, Washington
    2) Danys Baez, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers
    3) Ronnie Belliard, 2B, Cleveland
    4) Craig Counsell, 2B, Arizona
    5) Ray Durham, 2B, San Francisco
    6) Pedro Feliz, 3B/1B, San Francisco
    7) Aubrey Huff, 3B/OF, Houston
    8) Adam Kennedy, 2B, Los Angeles Angels
    9) Cory Lidle, SP, Philadelphia
    10) Kenny Lofton, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
    11) Mark Loretta, 2B, Boston
    12) Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B, Kansas City
    13) Vicente Padilla, SP, Texas
    14) Mark Redman, SP, Kansas City
    15) Shannon Stewart, OF, Minnesota
    16) Jeff Suppan, SP, St. Louis
    17) Frank Thomas, DH, Oakland
    18) Mike Timlin, RP, Boston
    19) Steve Trachsel, SP, New York Mets
    20) Todd Walker, 2B, Chicago Cubs
    Last edited by SultanOfSwing; 08-18-2006 at 12:22 PM.

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