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Free agents can sign starting at 12:01AM Saturday

Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT


The season is over and the hot stove is upon us. It used to be we had to wait a while until players filed for and then signed in free agency. It doesn’t work that way anymore.

Guys whose contracts have expired immediately become free agents after the season ends (i.e. last night) and signings can begin after a short, five-day team exclusivity period. That ends on Saturday at 12:01 AM, which means you should stay up late on Friday night to see the dominoes start falling.

As for those dominoes: there are 137 of them. You can read the full list at the MLBPA page.  A ton of those are subject to team or player options that will be exercised between now and midnight Friday, but they are all players who, theoretically, could switch teams.

The biggies, obviously, include Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, Michael Bourn and, of course, Ryan Theriot, who guarantees a World Series championship, apparently.

  1. El Bravo - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    “Ryan Theriot, who guarantees a World Series championship, apparently.” Yet another bash on the Cubs. Haha

    • stex52 - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      I’m sure that’s all in fun. But I think it just reflects his own good luck.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    The Cubs franchise is so bad/cursed that even 2 time World Series champion Ryan Theriot couldn’t bring one to Chicago.

    This has to be one of the shittiest Free Agent classes in recent memory. Zach Greinke, because starting pitching is always way too expensive, will get a massive (over)pay day. Josh Hamilton is already breaking down and I feel that teams will pay him more for the damage he could do as an opponent rather than him just being in-demand.

    Lincecum to the Dodgers for Andre Ethier and the remainder of Tim’s contract being picked up. Bank on it.

    • kopy - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Is it an overpay if free agent starting pitching is always way too expensive? Sure, pitchers always sign massive contracts that they often don’t live up to, but maybe it’s just time to acknowledge that it’s the true price of a free agent starting pitcher.

    • whitlockd - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      The way you write this makes it sound as if Lincecum’s contract is the bad one. You know that he has one year left on a two year deal? And that Either is owed $85MM over five years?

  3. curtis35w - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    be ready for the Dodgers to go crazy! they wanna spend like the Obama admin

  4. brownsbraves11 - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Someone is going to massively overpay for Michael Bourn.

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