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April 1, 2009
Top 20 Free Agents - Update
Here is an update on the top twenty free agents who had not signed until recently -- or still haven't signed.
1. Manny Ramirez
His fearsome hitting skills are matched only by his fearsome contract demands. He has already turned down the Dodgers' offers of $45 million over two years and $25 million over one year.
Update: The Manny saga is over. Manny and the Dodgers finally came to agreement on a 2-year, $45 million contract.
|Manny Ramirez Batting|
|2008||36||MLB||TOT||153||552||102||183||36||1||37||121||87||124||3||0||.332||.430||.601||1.031|2. Adam Dunn
Remarkably consistent for a power hitter, Dunn puts up 40 home runs a year, no more, no fewer. He'll also contribute well over 100 walks, and even more strikeouts.
Update: Signed with the Washington Nationals for 2 years, $20 million.
|Adam Dunn Batting|
|2008||28||MLB||NL||TOT||158||517||79||122||23||0||40||100||122||164||2||1||.236||.386||.513||.898|3. Orlando Hudson
Always a defensive star at second base, Hudson has become a real asset at the plate as well.
Update: The Dodgers have acquired his services for $3.4 million plus incentives that can make the deal worth up to $8 million total.
|Orlando Hudson Batting|
|2008||30||MLB||NL||ARI||107||407||54||124||29||3||8||41||40||62||4||1||.305||.367||.450||.817|4. Orlando Cabrera
Steady defense, good average, occasional power, some walks, and some steals...what more can you ask for from your shortstop?
Update: The A's were happy to sign him to a 1 year, $4 million deal.
|Orlando Cabrera Batting|
|2008||33||MLB||AL||CHA||161||661||93||186||33||1||8||57||56||71||19||6||.281||.334||.371||.705|5. Ben Sheets
When healthy, Sheets is an ace. He was healthy last year, but teams still seem wary.
Update: He wasn't healthy after all. Sheets had elbow surgery and will miss much of the 2009 season.
|Ben Sheets Pitching|
|2008||29||MLB||NL||MIL||13||9||.591||0||31||31||5||3||198.1||181||74||68||17||47||158||3.09||1.15|6. Randy Wolf
Wolf proved himself healthy by not missing a start last year and put up good strikeout numbers.
Update: The Dodgers signed him for 1 year, $5 million plus up to $3 million in incentives.
|Randy Wolf Pitching|
|2008||31||MLB||NL||TOT||12||12||.500||0||33||33||1||1||190.1||191||100||91||21||71||162||4.30||1.38|7. Braden Looper
Looper had a second successful season as an inning-eating grounder-inducing starter, improving on his ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Update: Looper is now a Brewer, with a 1 year, $4.75 million contract that includes a mutual option year.
|Braden Looper Pitching|
|2008||33||MLB||NL||STL||12||14||.462||0||33||33||1||1||199.0||216||101||92||25||45||108||4.16||1.31|8. Juan Cruz
The best power reliever still looking for a job, Cruz has struck out 158 batters over the last two years while allowing only 79 hits.
Update: The Royals stepped in and signed him for 2 years, $6 million.
|Juan Cruz Pitching|
|2008||29||MLB||NL||ARI||4||0||1.000||0||56||0||0||0||51.2||34||17||15||5||31||71||2.61||1.26|9. Bobby Abreu
Abreu's batting average and walks have slipped a bit, but he still scores 100 runs and drives in 100 runs like clockwork. He gives some of those back on defense, which is scaring away some potential suitors.
Update: Signed by the Angels for 1 year for about $5 million. The Phillies' signing of Raul Ibanez for $30 million, which looked terrible at the time, just continues to look worse and worse every day.
|Bobby Abreu Batting|
|2008||34||MLB||AL||NYA||156||609||100||180||39||4||20||100||73||109||22||11||.296||.371||.471||.843|10. Ivan Rodriguez
Rodriguez can still contribute solid defense and a decent average, which is more than some teams are getting from their catchers.
Update: Pudge has signed a one year deal with Houston for $1.5 million plus up to $1.5 million more in incentives.
|Ivan Rodriguez Batting|
|2008||36||MLB||AL||TOT||115||398||44||110||20||3||7||35||23||67||10||1||.276||.319||.394||.714|11. Mark Grudzielanek
Update: No one is sure where Grudz will end up.
12. Garret Anderson
Update: Anderson will play left field for the Braves for $2.5 million plus incentives. He will likely platoon with Matt Diaz.
13. Joe Crede
Update: He is now a Twin, with a deal worth $2.5 million plus incentives that can raise the value to $7 million.
14. Pedro Martinez
Update: Pedro is still hoping for $5 million or more in guaranteed money. If he wants to sign, he will have to settle for a contract for much less guaranteed money and more in incentives.
15. Nomar Garciaparra
Update: Nomar has signed with the A's, and may get significant time at third base if Eric Chavez's injury woes continue.
16. Jim Edmonds
Update: Edmonds has not garnered much interest.
17. Ken Griffey Jr.
Update: The Mariners have made their fans happy by bringing The Kid back. His deal is worth between $2 million and $4 million depending on incentive and attendance bonuses.
18. Joe Beimel
19. Dennys Reyes
20. Will Ohman
Update: Reyes has signed with the Cardinals for 2 years, $3 million. Beimel is now a Washington National for 1 year, $2 million. Ohman is now a Dodger for $1.35 million plus incentives and a team option for 2010.