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Who are the top free agents still available?

Jan 11, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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Most of the big-name free agents are off the market with a little over a month to go before pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training, but based on Matthew Pouliot’s ranking of the top 111 free agents here are the best players still available:

1. Carl Pavano (RHP, Twins)

2. Andy Pettitte (LHP, Yankees)

3. Rafael Soriano (RHP, Rays)

4. Vladimir Guerrero (OF, Rangers)

5. Brian Fuentes (LHP, Twins)

6. Manny Ramirez (OF, White Sox)

7. Johnny Damon (OF, Tigers)

8. Jeff Francis (LHP, Rockies)

9. Grant Balfour (RHP, Rays)

10. Jon Rauch (RHP, Twins)

11. Chris Young (RHP, Padres)

12. Jim Thome (DH, Twins)

Those dozen players are the only names still available from Pouliot’s top 50.

Of the 12 players, four (Guerrero, Ramirez, Damon, Thome) are viewed primarily as designated hitters, four are relievers (Soriano, Fuentes, Balfour, Rauch), two are starters coming back from injury (Francis, Young), and one is a starter leaning toward retirement (Pettitte).

And then there’s Pavano, who’s been the top free agent starting pitcher on the market since Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies in mid-December, yet still hasn’t decided whether or not to re-sign with the Twins.

  1. BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    He has Fuentes ahead of Manny and has Thome ranked 12th? What is he smoking and may I have some?

    • tribescribe - Jan 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      Manny can still play the field .

      • Jack Marshall - Jan 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Baloney. Manny is the bottom of the barrel. I wouldn’t be surprised if nobody signed him. He won’t play for what he’s worth, he can’t play the field or stay healthy, and he’ll poison the team if he’s unhappy. Why bother?

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        Mmmm…baloney…D’OH!!!!

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    I would remove Pettitte from the list. He’ll go back to the Wankers. Or he won’t be back. Free agency generally means choice right? Those are his.

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