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Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim Reuters

In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared.

1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million
2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million
3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million
4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers): Angels – 5 years, $77.5 million
5. Jimmy Rollins (Phillies): Phillies – 3 years, $38 million
6. Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): Phillies – 4 years, $50 million
7. Mark Buehrle (White Sox): Marlins – 4 years, $58 million
8. Carlos Beltran (Giants): Cardinals – 2 years, $26 million
9. Edwin Jackson (Cardinals)
10. Aramis Ramirez (Cubs): Brewers – 3 years, $36 million
11. David Ortiz (Red Sox): Red Sox – accepted arbitration
12. Heath Bell (Padres): Marlins – 3 years, $27 million
13. Michael Cuddyer (Twins): Rockies – 3 years, $31.5 million
14. Ryan Madson (Phillies): Reds – 1 year, $8.5 million
15. Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers): Yankees – 1 year, $10 million
16. Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers): Brewers – accepted arbitration
17. Josh Willingham (Athletics): Twins: 3 years. $21 million
18. Roy Oswalt (Phillies)
19. Jason Kubel (Twins): Diamondbacks – 2 years, $15 million
20. Javier Vazquez (Marlins)
21. Paul Maholm (Pirates): Cubs – 1 year, $4.75 million
22. Kelly Johnson (Blue Jays): Blue Jays – accepted arbitration
23. Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan): Mariners – 1 year, $1.5 million
24. Francisco Cordero (Reds): Blue Jays – 1 year, $4.5 million
25. Grady Sizemore (Indians): Indians – 1 year, $5 million
26. Erik Bedard (Red Sox): Pirates – 1 year, $4.5 million
27. Carlos Pena (Cubs): Rays – 1 year, $7.25 million
28. Tsuyoshi Wada (Japan): Orioles – 2 years, $8.15 million
29. Coco Crisp (Athletics): Athletics – 2 years, $14 million
30. Casey Kotchman (Rays)
31. David DeJesus (Athletics): Cubs – 2 years, $10 million
32. Rafael Furcal (Cardinals): Cardinals – 2 years, $14 million
33. Derrek Lee (Pirates)
34. Joel Pineiro (Angels): Phillies – 1 year, minor league deal
35. Clint Barmes (Astros): Pirates – 2 years, $10.5 million
36. Jason Marquis (D-backs): Twins – 1 year, $3 million
37. Aaron Hill (D-backs): D-backs – 2 years, $11 million
38. Johnny Damon (Rays)
39. Bruce Chen (Royals): Royals – 2 years, $9 million
40. Joe Nathan (Twins): Rangers – 2 years, $14.75 million
41. Bartolo Colon (Yankees): Athletics: 1 year, $2 million
42. Vladimir Guerrero (Orioles)
43. Cody Ross (Giants): Red Sox – 1 year, $3 million
44. Aaron Harang (Padres): Dodgers – 2 years, $12 million
45. Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): Royals – 1 year, $4.5 million
46. Ryan Ludwick (Pirates): Reds – 1 year, $2.5 million
47. Matt Capps (Twins): Twins – 1 year, $4.75 million
48. Ramon Hernnandez (Reds): Rockies – 2 years, $6.4 million
49. Mark Ellis (Rockies): Dodgers – 2 years, $8.75 million
50. Freddy Garcia (Yankees): Yankees – 1 year, $4 million
51. Wilson Betemit (Tigers): Orioles – 2 years, $3.5 million
52. Darren Oliver (Rangers): Blue Jays – 1 year, $4 million
53. Frank Francisco (Blue Jays): Mets – 2 years, $12 million
54. Juan Rivera (Dodgers): Dodgers – 1 year, $4.5 million
55. Chris Capuano (Mets): Dodgers – 2 years, $10 million
56. Hideki Matsui (Athletics)
57. Brad Lidge (Phillies)
58. J.D. Drew (Red Sox)
59. Ramon Santiago (Tigers): Tigers – 2 years, $4 million
60. Juan Pierre (White Sox)
61. Chien-Ming Wang (Nationals): Nationals – 1 year, $4 million
62. Alex Gonzalez (Braves): Brewers – 1 year, $4.25 million
63. Ryan Doumit (Pirates): Twins – 1 year, $3 million
64. Jim Thome (Indians): Phillies – 1 year, $1.25 million
65. Kerry Wood (Cubs): Cubs – 1 year, $3 million
66. Rich Harden (Athletics)
67. Casey Blake (Dodgers): Rockies – 1 year, $2 million
68. Octavio Dotel (Cardinals): Tigers – 1 year, $3.5 million
69. Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)
70. Jon Garland (Dodgers)
71. Yuniesky Betancourt (Brewers): Royals – 1 year, $2 million
72. Kosuke Fukudome (Indians)
73. Jamey Carroll (Dodgers): Twins – 2 years, $6.75 million
74. Brad Penny (Tigers)
75. LaTroy Hawkins (Brewers): Angels – 1 year, $3 million
76. Rod Barajas (Dodgers): Pirates – 1 year, $4 million
77. Chad Qualls (Padres)
78. Jeff Francis (Royals)
79. Raul Ibanez (Phillies)
80. Jon Rauch (Blue Jays): Mets – 1 year, $3.5 million
81. Chris Snyder (Pirates): Astros – 1 year
82. Jonny Gomes (Nationals): Athletics – 1 year, $1.1 million
83. Takashi Saito (Brewers) : Diamondbacks – 1 year, $1.75 million
84. Jorge Posada (Yankees): Retired
85. Mike Gonzalez (Rangers)
86. Laynce Nix (Nationals): Phillies – 2 years, $2.5 million
87. Nate McLouth (Braves): Pirates – 1 year, $1.5 million
88. Livan Hernandez (Nationals)
89. Michael Wuertz (Athletics)
90. Jason Varitek (Red Sox)
91. Jerry Hairston Jr. (Brewers): Dodgers – 2 years, $6 million
92. Andruw Jones (Yankees): Yankees – 1 year, $2 million
93. Fernando Rodney (Angels): Rays – 1 year, $2 million
94. Jason Isringhausen (Mets)
95. Willie Bloomquist (D-backs): D-backs – 2 years, $3.8 million
96. Scott Hairston (Mets): Mets – 1 year, $1.1 million
97. Kevin Millwood (Rockies): Mariners – 1 year, minor league deal
98. Todd Coffey (Nationals)
99. Kelly Shoppach (Rays): Red Sox – 1 year, $1.35 million
100. Ben Sheets (n/a)
101. Ronny Cedeno (Pirates): Mets – 1 year, $1.1 million
102. Lyle Overbay (D-backs): D-backs – 1 year, $1 million
103. Juan Cruz (Rays)
104. Aaron Cook (Rockies): Red Sox – 1 year, minor league deal
105. Reed Johnson (Cubs): Cubs – 1 year, $1.15 million
106. Guillermo Mota (Giants): Giants – 1 year, $1 million
107. Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals)
108. Zach Duke (D-backs)
109. Dan Wheeler (Red Sox)
110. Mark DeRosa (Giants): Nationals – 1 year, $800,000
111. Chris Young (Mets)

  1. purpleronin - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Where’s Yu Darvish on the list? I would drop Reyes to #9 and go #3 CJ Wilson, #4 Darvish and leave everything else the same

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Darvish wasn’t a free agent, but I put him at 3a on the original list.

    • itsacurse - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      So you think Reyes is less valuable than Beltran, Buehrle and Papelbon? Jesus.

  2. Ari Collins - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Kelly Johnson and K-Rod have contracts.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      Ari is right. They both settled before going into arbitration.

  3. Barb Caffrey - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Does anyone have an update on Ben Sheets? Is he still attempting a comeback? (I’ve been unable to find anything since the beginning of 2011, when it was announced that Sheets would miss all of ’11 as I’d fully suspected due to the types of surgery done on his arm as he has more than one thing wrong with his arm, elbow, etc.) If he is, when would he be able to pitch again? (My guess all along has been the middle of ’12 if he’s able to pitch and still willing to pitch; my guess as to who would sign him is either the Rangers or possibly the A’s.)

  4. tn16 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    What bout that cuban guy

    • Bryz - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:47 AM

      I don’t see how Mark Cuban relates to MLB free agents.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    It has not been a good year for most free agent starting pitchers.

  6. royhobbs39 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Is it just me or are more of the top spots signing in the NL? Sure there are a few Angels, Yanks, and Jays sprinkled in there, but most of the new signings are headed over to the National League or remaining there with another team. Any guesses as to why this is? Shorter contracts in the NL leading to more need to fill these contracts? NL teams more cautious on long-term contracts? Fewer major-league ready players in the minors? Any ideas?

    • Ari Collins - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Most of the premium free agents signed in the AL (3 of the top 4, and 4 of the top 5 if you throw Darvish in there). The NL is getting more, but not better.

      The AL->NL switches from the top 25:

      Papelbon
      Buehrle
      Cuddyer
      Kubel

      While the AL has gotten from the NL:

      Pujols
      Fieler
      Kuroda
      Cordero

      Plus Darvish, who didn’t come at the NL’s expense, but makes the AL stronger.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        And the three remaining Top 25 FAs are all NL-ers (Jackson, Oswalt, and Vazquez), though it sounds like Vazquez will retire.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jan 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Matthew,

    I love lists. And I loved when you broke these down earlier but I have to ask as how you came around to the top 111. Was it a random number or is there something behind it?

  8. purpleronin - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Yes but only because he is injured so often coupled with his high salary. It he doesn’t stay healthy it wont be too hard for Beltran to out contribute him. I’d put Papelbon lower if he wasn’t on a strong contender as his saves wouldn’t be worth as much to me on a team less likely to contend than the Phillies. As for Buerhle that might just be my fondness for frontline LH’s who can get you 15 wins, give or take.

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