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Oct 24, Giants president Farhan Zaidi talks A's relationship, MadBum He was the third base coach this past season. . from his eight seasons pitching for the rival Angels, from to , although he's about to turn 36, MLB Rumors: A's expressed interest in free agent DJ LeMahieu (via @KleinschmidtJD). Nov 4, This is the third year for our free agent prediction contest, which allows you Choo posted a robust on-base percentage this year, leading all free agents and Boras' relationship with owner Mike Ilitch will lead to a conversation. He has given the Bucs 1/3 innings of ball from and. Notes players granted free agency between Oct 1 and Dec 31 of Signings are for signings within six months of free agency being granted. Free Agents are .
Many factors will conspire to hold down interest, however: Some feel Morales could accept the qualifying offer, but that's not a typical Boras move. Carlos Ruiz — Phillies. Chooch had an off year, beginning with a suspension for using Adderall and also missing time with a hamstring strain.
Josh Johnson — Royals. Johnson, 30 in January, was limited to 15 starts this year for Toronto due to triceps and forearm injuries, culminating in October elbow surgery. The Blue Jays didn't spring for a qualifying offer, but should have interest in bringing Johnson back.
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Tim Hudson — Braves. A fractured ankle ended Hudson's season in July, so the year-old groundballer seems in line for a one-year deal this winter.
The Braves may require a discount, but they're likely Hudson's first choice. Otherwise, teams such as the Yankees, Nationals, Phillies, and Pirates could get involved, and the Angels and Giants if he's amenable to the West Coast.
Fernando Rodney — Astros. He saved another 37 this year, though his walk rate spiked back to its previous, dangerous rate of nearly five per nine innings.
That seems likely to be out of the Rays' range. The Tigers and Angels are contenders with potentially available closing jobs, but they may not seek a reunion with Rodney. That could leave the Yankees, plus the Indians and Rangers if they don't fill their openings internally or more affordably. Rodney could expand his market by considering closing for non-contenders like the Astros or Cubs, or by taking on a setup job for teams like the Phillies or Rockies.
At age 37 in December, Pierzynski might not be many teams' first choice at catcher, but he's still a durable player who makes good contact and hits for power. Dan Haren — Giants. Haren, 33, had strong peripheral stats this year but posted his highest ERA in many years with a 4. He put together a 3. The California native would be a good fit for the Giants, Athletics, or Padres on a one-year deal, while a dozen other teams could show interest.
Jason Vargas — Angels.
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Vargas came to the Angels a year ago in a trade for 28 on this list, Kendrys Morales. The southpaw did respectable work until a blood clot in his left armpit knocked him out for nearly two months. With a strong track record as an innings eater, Vargas may get a three-year deal.
The Halos would like to hang onto him, though the Orioles, Royals, Phillies, and any of the other teams named in Scott Feldman's blurb would make sense.
Yoon isn't as good as Ryu, and may not even profile as a starter for some teams. The Boras client could still be a bargain on a modest two-year deal if he does profile as a mid-rotation arm. James Loney — Twins. Loney, 30 in May, resurrected his career in Tampa Bay as several other first basemen have before him.
A one-year deal seems likely for Loney, who doesn't have the typical power profile for his position but is regarded as a slick fielder. I haven't found a great fit for Loney, though the Twins could work.
The Brewers could be a fit if they don't re-sign Corey Hart. Phil Hughes — Padres. Hughes will pitch next year at 28, so he's the youngest domestic free agent starter.
On a one-year deal, he could have some upside for a pitcher-friendly NL team like the Padres. Recovery from offseason surgery on one knee bled into Hart injuring his other knee and requiring surgery on it as well. Now he enters free agency after missing all of He's said he'll take a discount to remain with the Brewers, the only organization he's ever known, and the team still has a need at first base.
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The Rockies and Twins are other possibilities. Edward Mujica — Phillies. Despite the poor finish to his season, there's still plenty in Mujica's favor: Though the saves in boost his earning potential, Mujica may still be open to set-up work, so he could work for many teams.
Nate McLouth — Orioles. This year McLouth played in more than games for the first time since his banner season with the Pirates. He seemed stretched a little thin as an everyday left fielder, hitting. McLouth still provides quiet value, especially against right-handed pitching, and it should be enough to get him a Jonny Gomes type of contract.
If a return to Baltimore doesn't work out, teams like the Mets and Astros have outfield openings McLouth could help fill at a reasonable cost. Juan Uribe — Marlins. Uribe quietly ranked sixth among all free agent position players in FanGraphs wins above replacement this year with 5. He's played the middle infield in his career, but spent most of at the hot corner, amassing stellar fielding numbers that account for much of that WAR.
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While Uribe has always posted strong defensive numbers at third base, those heights are not likely repeatable. More detrimental to his market value is his replacement level play for the first two years of his Dodgers contract, from The year-old is probably looking at a one-year deal, though a modest two-year pact is possible.
It's difficult to place any decent free agent in Miami these days, but they could offer Uribe a nice opportunity. The Yankees, White Sox, and Cubs could be other options. Paul Maholm — Brewers.
Maholm is a groundballing year-old southpaw who fits in the back of a team's rotation, most likely on a one-year deal. Joe Smith — Rockies. Smith, 30 in March, is a sidearming righty reliever with a 2. Smith isn't amazing in terms of missing bats or avoiding free passes, but he's proven to be tough to hit with 7. Justin Morneau — Rays.
Morneau hasn't been the same elite hitter since suffering a severe concussion in If baseball card stats matter to any teams, Morneau looks a bit better, since he approached 20 home runs and 80 RBI in each of the last two seasons. Someone will be willing to throw him a one-year deal to see if he can rediscover the magic or at least be a decent complementary piece.
Morneau values playing for a contender, so if he doesn't return to the Pirates, the Rays could make sense. Jesse Crain — Astros. Crain's fantastic first half resulted in an All-Star selection, but he didn't pitch after June 29th due to a shoulder injury. The year-old reliever should come on an affordable one-year deal with incentives due to the health concern.
Zaidi's main focus early in the offseason has been adding depth and talent to the man roster, giving his manager the ability to mix it up and give guys a break against tough matchups. Zaidi already has said he would like a platoon partner for Steven Duggar and Joe Panik could find himself splitting time with a right-handed hitter.
There are others on the roster with splits that lend themselves to scheduled off days. Belt's OPS was about points lower against lefties than righties last year, which could lead to Buster Posey getting more starts at first base against lefties. Switch-hitters Pablo Sandoval and Alen Hanson were virtually unplayable against left-handed pitchers, but both mashed right-handers, and that could lead to increased time for them next season.
Could you see Sandoval at third more often against tough right-handed starters? Hanson in left field on those days? Zaidi hopes to give Bochy additional options.
You've seen us move guys around, but to have a guy that's a good athlete -- to the point where he can play second and short and play the outfield -- those guys are invaluable for a team during the course of a season.
There were no scouts in the room. But there certainly was a different vibe in the room, members of the front office said. Conversations were not as structured. For one huge list, we have a free agent tracker with every position included. We've also ranked the best options at catcherfirst baseand middle infield.
Now, let's run through a poor third-base class. Top free agent catchers Mike Moustakas Free Agent 3B Moustakas is a two-time all-star coming off a season in which he hit 38 home runs and showed he was completely over the ACL injury that cost him almost all of Oh, and he turned 28 in September, meaning he's relatively young for a free agent.
Opinions on his defense vary, but make no mistake: He'll turn 32 before the season begins, and there's a fair chance his contract runs into his mids. Some team will pay for those plausibly lean years in order to get Frazier in their lineup for the next season or two, during which he seems likely to be an asset. Frazier is a league-average hitter or thereabout, but one who is capable of playing a respectable third base while launching plus homers a season.
That's a solid player.