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An updated top 50 free agents

Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix Reuters

Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No. 25.

(A note: this is more a list of how I believe teams view the free agents than how I view them myself. Personally, I’d slide Carlos Beltran and Josh Willingham above Michael Cuddyer.)

Top 50 Free Agents

1. Prince Fielder (1B Brewers)
2. Yoenis Cespedes (OF Cuba)
3. Jimmy Rollins (SS Phillies)
4. Ryan Madson (RP Phillies)
5. Edwin Jackson (SP Cardinals)
6. Michael Cuddyer (OF Twins)
7. Carlos Beltran (OF Giants)
8. Hiroki Kuroda (SP Dodgers)
9. Josh Willingham (OF Athletics)
10. Roy Oswalt (SP Phillies)
11. Jorge Soler (OF Cuba)
12. Javier Vazquez (SP Marlins)
13. Joe Saunders (SP Diamondbacks)
14. Carlos Pena (1B Cubs)
15. Francisco Cordero (RP Reds)
16. Paul Maholm (SP Pirates)
17. Wei-Yin Chen (SP Japan)
18. Derrek Lee (1B Pirates)
19. Hisashi Iwakuma (SP Japan)
20. Jason Kubel (OF Twins)
21. Coco Crisp (OF Athletics)
22. Casey Kotchman (1B Rays)
23. Tsuyoshi Wada (SP Japan)
24. Johnny Damon (OF Rays)
25. Joel Pineiro (SP Angels)
26. Bartolo Colon (SP Yankees)
27. Cody Ross (OF Giants)
28. Vladimir Guerrero (DH Orioles)
29. Ryan Ludwick (OF Pirates)
30. Jason Marquis (SP Diamondbacks)
31. Wilson Betemit (3B Tigers)
32. Darren Oliver (RP Rangers)
33. Luke Scott (OF Orioles)
34. Brad Lidge (RP Phillies)
35. Rich Harden (SP Athletics)
36. Hideki Matsui (DH Athletics)
37. Kerry Wood (RP Cubs)
38. Hong-Chih Kuo (RP Dodgers)
39. J.D. Drew (OF Red Sox)
40. Jeff Francis (SP Royals)
41. Jeff Keppinger (2B Giants)
42. Yuniesky Betancourt (SS Brewers)
43. Casey Blake (3B Dodgers)
44. Chad Qualls (RP Padres)
45. Juan Pierre (OF White Sox)
46. Kosuke Fukudome (OF Indians)
47. Brad Penny (SP Tigers)
48. Andruw Jones (OF Yankees)
49. Mike Gonzalez (RP Rangers)
50. Chris Snyder (C Pirates)

A few notes:

– The 19-year-old Soler comes in at No. 11 even though he’s likely a couple of years away from contributing. There’s talk of the power-hitting outfielder getting a deal worth more than $20 million. Cespedes, on the other hand, will be expected to make an impact immediately.

– Vasquez is still believed to be leaning towards retirement.

– Non-tenders come in at No. 13 (Saunders), 33 (Scott), 38 (Kuo) and 41 (Keppinger). Ryan Theriot was a near-miss. I also like Clay Hensley and would have put him in a personal top 50, but he may have to settle for $1 million or less after his rough year.

  1. evanwins - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Funny, 3 of the top 10 are Philies, they will re-sign 1 and not miss a beat next year losing the rest.

    • nogoodtomedead - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Your right- they can lose two of those guys and not win the World Series again.

    • protius - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      The thoughts of dreaming sheep.

  2. jlinatl - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I wonder if some of the delay on Beltran and Cuddyer signing is based on teams waiting to see what happens with Cespedes.

  3. riverace19 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Matthew, what does bold text mean? Also, 2 Cubans in the top 11… are they that proven = can’t miss or a few years away?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      The bold texting is just links back to each player’s page on Rotoworld. It’s something the blog automatically does for us. Unfortunately, in this case, there’s a few players not getting linked, which makes it look odd.

      Cespedes is 26 and is proven to an extent. All of the likely bidders for him think he’ll come in and start right away. Soler, on the other hand, seems likely to start off in high-A ball or Double-A. But I’m basically ranking the players based on the kind of contracts they’re expected to get. Most seem to think Cespedes will receive $60 million and Soler at least $20 million.

      • riverace19 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Yes the allure of a player with an unknown ceiling like Cespedes will be too much to resist. And in this era of Carl Crawford sized contracts he comes about 1/2 price. Might be a huge bargain if all the details work out. Cubs have money. Time for Theo to make a move.

  4. lionsplayoffs - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    I really wish the Tigers would come to their senses, sign Cuddyer and put him at third base. It seems like such a no-brainer.

    • kjkulsrud - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Hahahaha Good luck with that. You’ll need a net behind Cuddy at 3rd… and he’s one of my favorite players.

  5. gallaghedj311 - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    What’s with the Cuban “few years away”. U know u gotta tack on a few years to how ever old they say they are….

    • Bryz - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM

      If Cespedes was going to do that, I bet he’d be saying that he’s 24 and not 26.

  6. lembeck4 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Jimmy Rollins the past 4 seasons: (BA/OBP) .277/.349, .250/.296, .243/.320, .268/.338 – WAR 3.6, 1.0, 2.0, 3.7, OPS .786, .719, .694, .736, missed 19.5% of team games.

    Oh, and he’s 33 years old now.


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