Schwimer Shipped Off With Being Out Of Favor And A Bullpen Glut

Phils acquire first baseman Charles for Schwimer

 

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 02/23/2013 6:31 PM ET

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is more to the Michael Schwimer trade than just a glut of relief pitchers in Phillies camp.

 

Michael Schwimer

Michael Schwimer (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

 

The Phillies announced Saturday that they traded Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for Minor League first baseman Art Charles. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said they shipped Schwimer to Toronto because they had depth in the bullpen, they needed to anticipate future roster moves and they needed power at the Minor League level. But Schwimer had fallen out of favor with the organization after he disputed the Phillies’ decision to send him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, claiming he was injured, although there also had been other issues.

 

It might be more accurate to call this trade addition by subtraction.

 

“He’s a great kid,” said Amaro, when asked if last season’s dispute sparked the trade. “There’s nothing wrong with Schwim.”

 

Schwimer said he agreed, but added one caveat.

 

“The Phillies want to win, period, so they’re not going to let any petty differences affect them wanting to win,” he said. “So, in my opinion, I think that had absolutely zero effect.”

 

English: Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phill...

Cole Hamels

 

Major League Baseball rules prevent a team from sending a player to the Minor Leagues while injured. The Phillies optioned Schwimer to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 23. He said he was hurt and should have been placed on the disabled list, but the Phillies disagreed. Schwimer didn’t report to the team immediately as he sought a second opinion. And while no formal grievance has been filed, Schwimer said, “As far as I’m concerned it’s an open issue. Nothing has been filed. Nothing has been done. But it’s still definitely an open issue.”

 

“There’s a lot of things I can’t get into with that,” he added. “What I will say was there was definitely a disconnect in communication from what I … that’s all I’m going to say. It was nothing personal against them, it was nothing personal against me. As a young player, you really don’t know how to handle certain things, and in their opinion I handled things the wrong way, and in my opinion they handled things … it was just a communication difference.”

 

Schwimer also got into trouble earlier in the season when he tweeted roster moves before they became official. And while there was a personality conflict at times, Schwimer was highly complimentary to the organization Saturday.

 

“This is a business,” Schwimer said. “Everybody has to do what they think will make the team better. I respect their decision completely. I absolutely loved my time with the Phillies. They drafted me in 2008, called me up to the big leagues and … if I wasn’t a Phillie I would never have met my wife, so there’s a lot of life things and a lot of both on and off the field things that would never have happened if I wasn’t a Philadelphia Phillie. I loved the teammates and the team. I hope we meet in the World Series. It’s been a great time and a great ride.”

 

Even with a plethora of relievers in camp, it is unusual to trade a pitcher like Schwimer, who has plenty of potential. He had a 7.56 ERA through nine appearances last season, but a 3.46 ERA in his final 26 appearances. He also has options remaining, which makes him valuable.

 

“It’s an arm that should pitch in the big leagues,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “He’s got plenty of talent to pitch in the big leagues. He’s got to get some presence. He’s got to get some composure on the mound. He’s got to understand who he is and what he is as a pitcher. But he’s got to stick to doing things the right way instead of trying to be too macho at times and coming out of his delivery.”

 

Asked if he felt like he needed to make this trade now, Amaro said, “No, we didn’t have to. We could have waited, but we felt like it was the right thing to do right now for us.”

 

Charles, 22, hit .236 with 15 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .909 OPS combined with Rookie level Bluefield and Class A Vancouver.

 

“Charles is a guy that has got big pop,” Amaro said. “Whether he is going to be a Major League hitter at some point, we don’t know. But we know he has a lot of power and is a pretty decent athlete. He’s a big kid, and we’ll see — a lot of home runs, a lot of strikeouts, a lot of walks. We’ll see. We’re taking a chance on a guy.”

 

Hamels feeling urge to accept leadership role

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Nobody has said a word to Cole Hamels about Opening Day, which is fine with him.

 

Pitching the season opener would be nice, but …

 

“I’ve never really thought about it,” he said after pitching two scoreless innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against Houston at Bright House Field. “It’s one game, one appearance and then you’re back into the normal baseball atmosphere. I’ve never really looked at it as this big sort of ordeal. I’ve always valued the playoffs. When you have to lead off the playoff game and a series, I think that’s pretty important. I think that’s kind of where it’s at. If you do get that honor, you just go out and stick to business and try to win a ballgame.”

 

Hamels is expected to start Opening Day on April 1, but that is more than a month away. Saturday simply represented the first step toward what Hamels hopes is a late run into October. That is what he is preparing for, and that is what is on his mind.

 

It is why he said he declined to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

 

“I don’t think it’s the smartest thing for pitchers to do,” he said. “Ultimately, I think a lot of the pitchers have the right idea, too. You don’t see any of the big-time guys up there. I think ultimately our goal is to win a World Series, not the WBC. That’s something I’m always going to keep on track, that’s first and foremost — winning the World Series. I’m going to do everything I can for the Phillies and this organization and my teammates.”

 

So Hamels also acknowledged he could step into more of a leadership role this season. Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay said earlier this week it’s Hamels’ time to start Opening Day. He also said it’s time for him to become more vocal as a leader. Those comments came before closer Jonathan Papelbon said he hadn’t seen any leadership in the clubhouse since he has been here.

 

“I’m almost 30, so I should probably kick it in gear with the leadership role,” Hamels said. “I have been here for a long time and I’ve seen some leaders leave, like Pat [Burrell], [Jamie] Moyer and Jayson Werth and Aaron Rowand — those guys were big-time leaders. You can’t expect new guys to come in and lead a team. They have to feel it out. I agree with Pap. Last year, I wasn’t fulfilling my end of the bargain either. We are all guilty. We all have to step up and take a role and a presence in this team and get back to what we’re capable of doing, which is winning.”

 

Hamels used to talk about throwing perfect games and winning Cy Young Awards, but that is on the back burner. He said he sees a sense of urgency in the clubhouse this spring as some players sense the window of opportunity to win closing.

 

So the Cy Young Award? Eh, that would be a nice bonus.

 

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it would be nice to have one,” he said. “I would trade Cy Youngs for World Series rings any day of the week, and I think [Cliff Lee and Halladay] would, too. That’s the reason why we play baseball — to win championships, not a plaque to put on the wall.”

 

Utley steps right up in game action, feels ‘perfect’

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It had been a couple years of setbacks and soreness, but Chase Utley is finally back on the field.

 

He played three innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. It was his first Spring Training game since 2010 because of problems with chronically injured knees. Utley went 1-for-2 with one RBI, ripping the first pitch he saw from Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell up the middle in the first inning to score a run in the 8-3 loss.

 

“It was a good first step,” Utley said.

 

Utley isn’t sure how much he will play this spring or if he will be on a routine schedule like other players in camp, but he will not play Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland. He is expected back in the lineup Monday against the Tigers in Clearwater.

 

“To be honest, I forgot what a normal Spring Training schedule is,” he said. “No, what Charlie [Manuel] and I have planned, there will be plenty of games under my belt. So far so good. Things are progressing well. … The last couple of Spring Trainings I was just trying to figure out a way to get on the field, and that didn’t work. This year, the stuff I did in the offseason has worked so far. Hopefully it will give me a chance to not only know what I need to do to get on the field but to actually make some progressions while playing.”

 

But the biggest question is: no pain in the knees?

 

“I feel good,” he said. “Perfect.”

 

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

Phils Sign OF Delmon Young To 1 Year Deal

Phillies sign Delmon Young to deal for one year

Right-handed slugging outfielder was ALCS MVP last year, had 108 RBIs in 2010

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 01/22/2013 2:56 PM ET

Delmon Young comes up clutch for the Tigers during the ALCS with four go-ahead hits against the Yankees

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies found a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder with power.

But this one comes with baggage.

The Phillies and free agent Delmon Young agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $750,000 plus potential performance bonuses. The signing screams low-risk, high-reward for the Phillies. Young, who is 27, earned 2012 American League Championship Series MVP honors with the Detroit Tigers and hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs in the regular season. He also had a career-high 112 RBIs in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins and has a career .824 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

But Young also has battled consistency issues on the field and has had several notable off-the-field problems, including an April arrest in New York on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. Police said an intoxicated Young hurled anti-Semitic slurs at four men, and Major League Baseball suspended him for seven days as a result.

He was suspended twice in his Minor League career, for three games in 2005 for making contact with an umpire and for 50 games in 2006 for flinging a bat at an umpire.

However, the Phillies are comfortable with the risks, especially considering they made only a one-year commitment to him.

If Young plays well, the Phillies could have a productive corner outfielder at a remarkable bargain.

If he causes problems, well, the Phillies always can cut him loose without taking a significant payroll hit.

“Delmon is an experienced Major League bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies had been looking for a corner outfielder since the beginning of the offseason. But how much outfield can Young play? And how effectively? He played just 31 games in the outfield last season, appearing in 113 games as Detroit’s designated hitter.

Young, listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has had conditioning issues in the past, and last season he played with bone spurs in his ankle. He had surgery to remove the spurs in November and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Young’s arrival creates an interesting outfield situation for the Phillies. Ben Revere will be the team’s everyday center fielder. Young presumably will take one of the corner outfield spots, potentially as an everyday player. That could result in Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. sharing time in the other corner spot with Laynce Nix a reserve and Darin Ruf possibly opening the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get more seasoning.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.\

Delmon Damarcus Young

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 240 lb.

Born: September 141985 in Birmingham, AL (Age 27)
High School: Adolfo Camarillo HS (Camarillo, CA)
Drafted
 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.
Signed September 8, 2003. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 29, 2006 (Age 20)
Teams (by GP): Twins/DevilRays/Tigers 2006-2012
2013 Contract Status: Free Agent (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2013): 6.034, Free Agent: 2013 [*], Agents: Arn Tellem [*]
Relatives: Brother of Dmitri Young

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2006 TBD 30 126 16 40 9 1 3 10 1 24 .317 .336 .476
2007 TBD 162 645 65 186 38 0 13 93 26 127 .288 .316 .408
2008 MIN 152 575 80 167 28 4 10 69 35 105 .290 .336 .405
2009 MIN 108 395 50 112 16 2 12 60 12 92 .284 .308 .425
2010 MIN 153 570 77 170 46 1 21 112 28 81 .298 .333 .493
2011 TOT 124 473 54 127 21 1 12 64 23 85 .268 .302 .393
2011 MIN 84 305 26 81 16 0 4 32 18 55 .266 .305 .357
2011 DET 40 168 28 46 5 1 8 32 5 30 .274 .298 .458
2012 DET 151 574 54 153 27 1 18 74 20 112 .267 .296 .411
7 Yrs 880 3358 396 955 185 10 89 482 145 626 .284 .317 .425
162 Game Avg. 162 618 73 176 34 2 16 89 27 115 .284 .317 .425
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2013.

 

Phillies Insider

Larry Shenk, Vice President of Alumni Relations, shares his notes, quotes and anecdotes from the world of baseball.

One Streak Ends

Everything has an ending, except promises by politicians.

The longest sellout streak in NL history ended last night, 257 regular-season games since 7/7/09.  During the incredible streak, the Phillies averaged an amazing 45,082.  That’s a real tribute to passionate Phillies fans.  So, thanks, thanks, thanks.

Only streaks longer are 772 by the current Red Sox (Fenway capacity 37,493) and 455 by Cleveland, 1995-2001.

One streak that hasn’t ended is the Braves’ spell over the Phillies.  Atlanta made it seven in a row last night. Phillies haven’t beaten the Braves at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/11. During the seven games, Atlanta has outscored the Phillies, 35-11.  Braves also have fewer errors, 7-0.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley ended six straight games against Pawtucket with a 7-1 loss.  Two home game and then four in the road.  One of the strange schedule quirks.  2B Cesar Hernandez had half of LV’s 4 hits.  Since his promotion to AAA, he’s hitting .333.  Remember the name.

Reading and Clearwater were not scheduled.

Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak by beating West Virginia, 8-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 3 hits, 4 RBI.  Win went to 19-year-old Lino Martinez (6-5), who matched his career high set a year ago at Williamsport.

Williamsport lost its fourth in a row to Connecticut, 7-1.  19-year-old SS Roman Quinn, single, 5th double, league-leading ninth triple and an RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their third straight, 4-2, to the Braves.  LV CF Derrick Mitchell, rehabbing in Clearwater, hit a home run. So, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia on the major league level and rookie league ball in the same day.

Alumni Weekend.

A Phillies tradition in which stars from the past return is right around the corner.  It starts with a Thursday noon luncheon for Seniors and ends on Sunday afternoon, when Alumni will surprise fans several times.  Check everything at http://www.phillies.com.alumni.

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Out of the cellar

Weekend in review…………..

**By winning the series, the Phillies now have done that back-to-back which is good enough to get them out of the cellar.

**Shutout on Saturday night was the Phillies first at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.

**Doc’s win was his first since May 17.

**Cliff is winless in his last 10 starts at home.  But, back-to-back strong outings by Doc and Cliff bodes well for the future.

**Ryan’s walk-off single was the eighth of his career, most of anybody on the team.

**Five of the Phillies last six wins at home have come in their final at-bat.

**In this season of disbelief, yet another injury, Chooch, their most consistent player. The All-Star catcher could miss the rest of the season.

**Given an opportunity, Kratz has stepped up big time behind the plate.

**J-Roll moved into third place ahead of Larry Bowa for games played in Phillies history.  He trails only Richie Ashburn (1,794) and Mike Schmidt (2,404).  Sometime next week, Jimmy will pass Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history.

**Chase’s homer on Sunday was his 195th, tying former teammate Bobby Abreu for ninth place on the all-time list.  Dick Allen is eighth, 204.

Phlashback

Del Ennis became the second Phillie to reach 1,000 RBI 57 years ago. Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of Del and three teammates acknowledging that accomplishment.

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Pennant Races In Full Tilt Boogie | MLB.com: News

The Week Ahead: Pennant drives kick into high gear

By Doug Miller / MLB.com | 08/06/12 10:00 AM ET

via The Week Ahead: MLB pennant drives kick into high gear | MLB.com: News.

We’re moving into the second week of August. The dog days are upon us. September isn’t that far away. That means October isn’t, either.

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

In baseball terms, this means things are getting serious, and this week, we’ll start seeing how serious. This is the first full week of play after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and the second week of the open period in which we might see a few juicy waiver deals.

This means new faces in old places, and a whole lot of eyes on just how effective these marriages will be.

The Angels might be wondering more than anyone, having brought in the pitching prize of the trade season, starter Zack Greinke. Mike Scioscia‘s club gets a stern test of its mettle early this week in tough road games against the division-rival A’s, and Greinke’s contributions every five days won’t matter much if Scioscia’s bullpen can’t get it together better than it has in recent days.

“We’ve had a rough three weeks as far as our starters, and what our starters do obviously has an impact on your bullpen roles,” Scioscia said after watching his relievers struggle again Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

“These guys are good. It’s not going to take long to reset, but we need to get our starters getting deeper into games and we have arms down there [in the bullpen] that will get the outs. It didn’t happen this afternoon, but it will.”

Meanwhile, the Dodgers, who are right there with the Giants and the surging D-backs in a wide-open National League West, did more than anyone at the Deadline, landing Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Brandon League. Then they got starter Joe Blanton in a waiver deal with Philadelphia.

So of course Blanton did his job Sunday, turning in six innings of two-run, five-strikeout ball in a no-decision, and Ramirez did his, winning the game against the Cubs with a walk-off hit.

Now they head into the new week with a revamped roster, three home games against struggling Colorado, and only a half-game division deficit. Things are looking up.

“I think this time of year we’re not so much worried about one game to the next,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re worried about getting a win and you try to get a win that day.”

Mattingly’s sentiments are shared among a number of clubs, including the team right there with the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy’s San Francisco Giants, plus the red-hot Reds, the first-place Rangers, the first-place Nationals, the AL East-leading Yankees and other contenders in an increasingly intriguing drive toward pennants.

For Cincinnati, which lost for the first time in six games on Sunday but remains in charge in the NL Central, the week will bring a road test: three games at Milwaukee and four at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. But the Reds are hungry.

“You get greedy, and you start winning every ballgame, and two out of three all of a sudden doesn’t appear to be good enough,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. “We’ll take a 5-2 homestand. We want more; you always want more.”

Indeed.

The Chicago White Sox want more, now that they’re back in control of the AL Central. Their early big trade acquisition, Kevin Youkilis, homered again Sunday and is looking more and more like the Kevin Youkilis of 2007 and 2008. Their new reliever, Brett Myers, is fitting in.

This week, Robin Ventura‘s gang, which just took a series from the Angels, stays home for three against the Royals and three against the A’s. Lefty Chris Sale will be back on the mound after 10 days of rest. They hope to keep things rolling on the South Side.

“We’ve had a lot of games in the past couple months where we’ve swung the bats well, scored a lot of runs,” club leader Paul Konerko said. “But you like to see yourself win those close ones, especially against real good ballclubs.”

Contenders such as the Braves, Cardinals, Pirates and D-backs will be thinking the same things as they enter this pivotal week. So will the Orioles and Rays, a game apart for second place behind the Yankees.

What will the new week bring? More drama. More clues to what we might see in the Division Series, Championship Series and Fall Classic.

Just take it from Pirates MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, who homered Sunday in his team’s road win against the Reds, an exciting type of situation that only figures to intensify in coming weeks.

“Definitely,” McCutchen said when asked if it felt like October.

“I’ve never been in a playoff, but I’m sure it kinda feels like that.”

American League
Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
NY Yankees 63 44 .589 5-5 W1 8/5 vs SEA, W 6-2 8/6 @ DET, 7:05 PM
Texas 63 44 .589 5-5 L1 8/5 @ KC, L 6-7 8/6 @ BOS, 7:10 PM
Chi White Sox 59 48 .551 7-3 W1 8/5 vs LAA, W 4-2 8/6 vs KC, 8:10 PM
The top two Wild Card teams from each league make the postseason and play each other in a one-game playoff.
Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Detroit 58 50 .537 5-5 W4 8/5 vs CLE, W 10-8 8/6 vs NYY, 7:05 PM
Oakland 58 50 .537 5-5 L2 8/5 vs TOR, L 5-6 8/6 vs LAA, 10:05 PM
LA Angels 58 51 .532 0.5 54 4-6 L1 8/5 @ CWS, L 2-4 8/6 @ OAK, 10:05 PM
Baltimore 57 51 .528 1.0 54 6-4 W2 8/5 @ TB, W 1-0 8/6 vs SEA, 7:05 PM
Tampa Bay 56 52 .519 2.0 53 5-5 L2 8/5 vs BAL, L 0-1 8/7 vs TOR, 7:10 PM
Boston 54 55 .495 4.5 50 5-5 W1 8/5 vs MIN, W 6-4 8/6 vs TEX, 7:10 PM
Toronto 53 55 .491 5.0 50 4-6 W2 8/5 @ OAK, W 6-5 8/7 @ TB, 7:10 PM
Seattle 51 59 .464 8.0 46 8-2 L1 8/5 @ NYY, L 2-6 8/6 @ BAL, 7:05 PM
Cleveland 50 58 .463 8.0 47 1-9 L9 8/5 @ DET, L 8-10 8/6 vs MIN, 7:05 PM
Minnesota 47 61 .435 11.0 44 7-3 L1 8/5 @ BOS, L 4-6 8/6 @ CLE, 7:05 PM
Kansas City 45 62 .421 12.5 43 4-6 W1 8/5 vs TEX, W 7-6 8/6 @ CWS, 8:10 PM
National League
Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Cincinnati 66 42 .611 8-2 L1 8/5 vs PIT, L 2-6 8/6 @ MIL, 8:10 PM
Washington 65 43 .602 6-4 W2 8/5 vs MIA, W 4-1 8/6 @ HOU, 8:05 PM
San Francisco 59 49 .546 4-6 W3 8/5 @ COL, W 8-3 8/6 @ STL, 8:15 PM
The top two Wild Card teams from each league make the postseason and play each other in a one-game playoff.
Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Atlanta 62 46 .574 8-2 W1 8/5 vs HOU, W 6-1 8/6 @ PHI, 7:05 PM
Pittsburgh 61 46 .570 6-4 W1 8/5 @ CIN, W 6-2 8/6 vs ARI, 7:05 PM
St. Louis 59 49 .546 2.5 53 7-3 W3 8/5 vs MIL, W 3-0 8/6 vs SF, 8:15 PM
LA Dodgers 59 50 .541 3.0 52 6-4 W3 8/5 vs CHC, W 7-6 8/6 vs COL, 10:10 PM
Arizona 55 53 .509 6.5 49 6-4 L2 8/5 @ PHI, L 4-5 8/6 @ PIT, 7:05 PM
NY Mets 53 56 .486 9.0 46 5-5 L1 8/5 @ SD, L 3-7 8/7 vs MIA, 7:10 PM
Philadelphia 49 59 .454 12.5 43 5-5 W2 8/5 vs ARI, W 5-4 8/6 vs ATL, 7:05 PM
Miami 49 60 .450 13.0 42 4-6 L2 8/5 @ WSH, L 1-4 8/7 @ NYM, 7:10 PM
Milwaukee 48 59 .449 13.0 43 4-6 L3 8/5 @ STL, L 0-3 8/6 vs CIN, 8:10 PM
San Diego 46 64 .418 16.5 38 4-6 W1 8/5 vs NYM, W 7-3 8/6 vs CHC, 10:05 PM
Chi Cubs 43 63 .406 17.5 39 3-7 L5 8/5 @ LAD, L 6-7 8/6 @ SD, 10:05 PM
Colorado 38 68 .358 22.5 34 2-8 L3 8/5 vs SF, L 3-8 8/6 @ LAD, 10:10 PM
Houston 36 73 .330 26.0 29 2-8 L1 8/5 @ ATL, L 1-6 8/6 vs WSH, 8:05 PM

x – clinched playoff berth

MLB’s #1 Ranked Prospects Of 2012

Number 1 Ranked Prospects by Position

Carolina League

CATCHER- Toronto Blue Jays
Travis d’Arnaud Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2013 Position: C Age: 23, DOB: 02/10/1989 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 195 Drafted: 2007, 1st (37)

When Toronto traded Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, d’Arnaud may not have been the top prospect in the deal, but he might end up being the best. He has terrific all-around skills that surpass those of current young big league catcher J.P. Arencibia. He started truly fulfilling his offensive potential in 2011, showing the ability to hit for both average and power. Behind the plate, d’Arnaud is agile and athletic, and he has plenty of arm to help control the running game. A torn thumb ligament suffered while playing for Team USA isn’t an issue, and he started the Triple-A season on schedule, but he’ll miss a large chunk of the season after a torn ligament in his left knee landed him on the disabled list in late June.

1ST BASE- Chicago Cubs (Currently with club)
Anthony Rizzo Rank: 1 ETA: 2012 Position: 1B Age: 22, DOB: 08/08/1989 Bats: L, Throws: L Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 220 Drafted: 2007, 6th (204)
Rizzo’s big league debut in 2011 may not have gone very well, but that didn’t mean his left-handed bat wasn’t still in high demand. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, who helped draft Rizzo in Boston and then traded for him while the GM in San Diego, acquired him in Chicago during the offseason. A solid defender at first, it’s Rizzo’s power bat (51 homers and 200-plus RBIs over the past two seasons in the Minors) that is his calling card. Look for him to make some adjustments and hit the big leagues in 2012. He started the year in Triple-A and was called up on June 26.
2ND BASE- San Diego Padres
Cory Spangenberg Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2013 Position: 2B Age: 21, DOB: 03/16/1991 Bats: L, Throws: R Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 185 Drafted: 2011, 1st (10)
Spangenberg became a great example of the benefits of signing early, getting out and racking up 330 plate appearances while many of his fellow first-rounders were sitting around and waiting to sign. He also showed reports of his ability to hit were spot on, as he put up impressive numbers in average and on-base percentage. He also has plus speed that will allow him to continue to steal bases. He’s already made the move to second base full time and should be just fine there. He’s on the fast track already and to see him in Double-A at some point in 2012 seems very reasonable. Spangenberg was placed on the disabled list on June 22 with concussion-like symptoms, after being hit on the side of the head.
3RD BASE- Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado Rank: 1 Tulsa Drillers (AA) ETA: 2013Position: 3B Age: 21, DOB: 04/16/1991 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 205 Drafted: 2009, 2nd (59)
Some players get knocked unfairly because of their surroundings. It’s not Arenado’s fault he played in the hitting-friendly California League and then the equally cozy Arizona Fall League in 2011. He deserves credit for raking in both places. He led the Minors in RBIs with 122 and struck out just 53 times all season. Arenado won the AFL MVP award, finishing among the leaders in a host of offensive categories. He should hit for average and will be a run-producer even if he doesn’t hit a ton of homers. There was concern about his defense at third, but he’s worked to improve and those worries are gone. It might not be too long before Arenado is spotted in Coors Field.
SHORTSTOP- Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado Rank: 1 Bowie Baysox (AA) ETA: 2013 Position: SS Age: 20, DOB: 07/06/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 185 Drafted: 2010, 1st (3)
Machado was the first high school player taken in the 2010 Draft, and for good reason. Although his first full season had its ups and downs, including dealing with a knee injury that forced him out of action for a month, he did get promoted and went to the Futures Game. Machado is right where he should be defensively, playing solid shortstop despite his size. The time away from the field did show in his hitting a bit once he was up in the Carolina League, as he needs to improve his approach at the plate. That will come in time and Machado should hit for average and some power.
OUTFIELD- Kansas City Royals
Bubba Starling Rank: 1 Burlington Royals (R) ETA: 2015 Position: OF Age: 19, DOB: 08/03/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 4″, Weight: 180 Drafted: 2011, 1st (5)
As top athletes go, there are few in baseball better than Starling. Kansas City signed him away from a scholarship to quarterback at the University of Nebraska and Starling has all five tools in his toolbox. He has plus speed that should allow him to both steal bases and play an outstanding center field. His strong throwing arm is a plus defensively as well. He has excellent raw power and has shown enough pure hitting skills where there’s confidence he’ll tap into that power consistently and hit for average as well. It might take him a little time to put it all together, but the payoff could be huge.
LH Pitcher- New York Yankees
Manny Banuelos Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2012Position: LHP Age: 21, DOB: 03/13/1991 Bats: L, Throws: L Height: 5′ 11″, Weight: 200 Signed: March 30, 2008
The stuff is definitely there for Banuelos to be successful at the Major League level. All he has to do is learn how to harness it more consistently. He has three pitches that can be above-average or better with his fastball, curve and changeup. He’s struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings throughout his Minor League career and his pure stuff has gotten better in recent years, so that should continue. His command is what’s holding him back. He walked nearly five batters every nine innings in 2011 and often didn’t command his fastball well within the strike zone. He’s shown the ability to do it and once he finds consistency, he could be ready to help out full time.
RH Pitcher- Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran Rank: 1 Gwinnett Braves (AAA) ETA: 2012 Position: RHP Age: 21, DOB: 01/27/1991 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 175 Signed: July 2, 2007
Teheran was at the lowest full-season rung, the South Atlantic League, at the beginning of 2010. He made his Major League debut a year later in May, and spent more time in Atlanta in September 2011. In between callups, Teheran was dominant in Triple-A, using outstanding stuff and mound presence to excel. He has three above-average-or-better offerings with his fastball, curve and changeup, and commands them all well. He’ll be just 21 for all of the 2012 season and should continue to add strength to his frame. The Braves have a ton of good young pitching, and Teheran has a chance to lead them all. He made a spot start for the Braves in early June.

Arizona Fall League

Wild Card Expansion This Season? Looks Likely

Wild Card expansion for 2012 talks ongoing

 By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward a Thursday deadline to expand the playoffs by adding two additional Wild Card teams overall, creating a one-game first-round playoff in each league, beginning with the 2012 postseason.

The new format was set late last year for a 2013 inception in the new five-year Basic Agreement between the owners and union. The two sides had a deadline of about two months to negotiate the logistics of beginning it a year early.

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A report on Wednesday that the deal is nearly complete could not be confirmed. A highly placed source said negotiations between the two sides were ongoing and that work still had to be done.

The agreement expands the Wild Card by adding two additional teams, one each in the American and National Leagues. The three division winners in each league would await the survivor of the one-game Wild Card playoff, establishing the Division Series field. The subsequent DS, League Championship Series and World Series formats would remain the same.

This has been the logistical problem: The regular season ends this year on Wednesday, Oct. 3, leaving only two days for travel, weather problems, plus season-ending tiebreakers for division titles and Wild Card berths and the Wild Card play-in games prior to the start of playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 6. The World Series is slated to start on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

This year’s schedule was long set before collective bargaining ended with a new agreement on Nov. 21.

The expanded playoffs were linked this past November to the sale of the Astros by Drayton McLane to Houston businessman Jim Crane and their move from the NL to the AL, effective for the 2013 season. The Commissioner’s Office and the union collaborated on those developments during last year’s months of collective-bargaining negotiations.

The Astros’ shift from the NL Central to the AL West will give each league 15 teams and all six divisions five clubs.

MLB has been studying how to expand the playoffs for at least two years, and it became a hot topic of discussion in Commissioner Bud Selig‘s 14-man special committee that has been studying on-field improvements of the sport.

The playoff and realignment matters had to be collectively bargained because they involve scheduling, and the union made it clear that any playoff expansion would be tied to moving a team from the six-team NL Central to the four-team AL West to create better competitive balance.

Michael Weiner, the union’s executive director, ultimately said that the playoff expansion wouldn’t have happened without the Astros’ move into the AL.

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The current Wild Card format and three divisions in each league were adopted in 1994. From 1969-93, there were two divisions in each league and a League Championship Series between the first-place teams as a prelude to the World Series. Prior to 1969, only the pennant winners in each league met in the World Series.

The new format means that 10 of the 30 teams make the postseason. The additional Wild Cards will place a premium on winning the division title for several reasons: The division winner will get at least a couple of days to breathe before the start of each Division Series, plus it won’t have to burn up perhaps its best starting pitcher to win a play-in game.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow@boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun Wins Appeal, Not Guilty.

Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

Panel votes 2-1 to overturn NL MVP’s suspected violation

By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com

PHOENIX — The verdict is in for National League MVP Ryan Braun: Not guilty.

Ryan Braun

The Brewers outfielder on Thursday became the first Major Leaguer to successfully appeal a suspected violation of MLB’s Drug Treatment and Prevention Program. The 2-1 ruling from a three-member special panel spared Braun a suspension that might have covered as many as 50 games and positions him to man left field when the Brewers begin their defense of the NL Central crown.

Braun called it the “first step in restoring my good name and reputation,” and he will report to camp Friday and address the media at an 11 a.m. MT news conference that will air live on MLB.com, brewers.com and MLB Network. Major League Baseball was swift to respond to the ruling.

“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute,” read part of a statement from MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred. “While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Das cast the deciding vote on a panel that also included Manfred and MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. According to multiple reports, Braun called into question the chain of custody of the sample when it wasn’t immediately sent in via Fed Ex as required by the testing policy.

It would have been far more difficult, experts say, for Braun to fight the result based on supposedly inadvertently taking a supplement or medication that included a banned substance, even if it truly had been prescribed for a purpose not related to performance enhancement. So a challenge based on improper protocol stands to reason as Braun’s best chance to have gotten the appeal honored.

“We were able to get through this, because I am innocent and the truth is on our side,” Braun said in a statement. “We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances. I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.”

The MLBPA took the unusual step of releasing news of Braun’s successful appeal, which under normal circumstances would have remained confidential.

Given the high-profile nature of the case, which leaked in December and became national news, the MLBPA and MLB agreed to announce the result.

Ryan Braun

“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field,” Manfred said in MLB’s statement. “It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.”

Several Brewers teammates said they were elated at the news. Left-hander Chris Narveson, the Brewers’ union representative, was playing golf with fellow starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum when he got the news.

“It’s huge, getting a bat like that back in your lineup,” Narveson said. “This is what we thought we were going to get all along.”

Narveson declined to address what he knew about the specifics of Braun’s defense, but dismissed the idea that Braun’s case hinged on a technicality.

“If somebody mishandles a sample, that’s not just a technicality, that’s an error,” Narveson said. “I don’t know all of the details, so I don’t want to comment too much. But put it this way: This isn’t the first time we’ve had issues with the people [in charge of testing] in Milwaukee. There have been other issues with timing.”

General manager Doug Melvin focused on the bottom line: “I don’t know anything about it other than my job and responsibility as a general manager is to put the best team on the field, and the decision allows me to do that a little bit better.”

Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio released a statement Thursday night on behalf of the Brewers.

“Since joining our organization in 2005, Ryan Braun has been a model citizen and a person of character and integrity,” the statement read. “Knowing Ryan as I do, I always believed he would succeed in his appeal. “I also want to reiterate my support for Major League Baseball’s strict substance testing program. It is unfortunate that the confidentiality of the program was compromised, and we thank our fans and everyone who supported Ryan and did not rush to judgment. “The team is looking forward to seeing Ryan in camp tomorrow. With this now behind us, we return our focus to the ballpark and defending our NL Central Division title.”

This day had been looming since October, when Braun was required to submit a urine test during the playoffs that reportedly contained a very high level of testosterone. Typically, such findings remain secret while a player exhausts his appellate rights, but in Braun’s case the result was leaked in a Dec. 10 report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

In the meantime, Braun had become the Brewers’ first league MVP in 22 years, edging the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and former Brewers teammate Prince Fielder in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Braun batted .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in a charmed 2011 season. He signed a club-record-shattering contract extension in April that made him Brewers property through at least 2020, was voted an All-Star Game starter for the fourth straight season — though he was forced to withdraw because of a leg injury — and led Milwaukee to a club-record 96 regular-season wins and its first division crown in nearly three decades. He then became the Brewers’ first league MVP since Robin Yount won the American League award for a second time in 1989, a triumph that seemed to promise a dream winter for Braun, who was sitting on the balcony of his oceanside home in Malibu, Calif., when a BBWAA official called with the news.

What no one other than Braun, his closest advisers and a handful of MLB officials knew at that time was that the specter of a suspension loomed. Two weeks later, the rest of the world knew.

Ryan Braun

The night the news broke, a Braun spokesperson released a statement citing “highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program.” Braun replied in a text to MLB.com that night saying he was eager to state his case, but more than a month would pass before he got his chance.

An appeal began Jan. 19 before Weiner, Manfred and Das. Two days later, with the panel’s ruling pending, Braun accepted his NL MVP Award from the BBWAA at a dinner event in New York.

Now he’ll get a chance to defend it. Braun will report to camp one day before the team’s first full-squad workout on Saturday.

“This is not just about one person, but about all current and future players, and thankfully today the process worked,” Braun said in his statement. “Despite the challenges of this adversarial process, I do appreciate the professionalism demonstrated by the panel chair and the Office of the Commissioner. As I said before, I’ve always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball. Everything I’ve done in my career has been with that respect and appreciation in mind.

“I look forward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Friday and then returning the focus to baseball and working with my Brewers teammates on defending our National League Central title.”

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at@AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phils Pitchers & Catchers Report For Spring Training 1 Week From Today

IT WON’T BE LONG NOW…

MLB announces Spring Training workout dates

MLB.com

Following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs:

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American League
(Pitchers & catchers | full squad)

BALTIMORE: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
BOSTON: Tuesday, Feb. 21 | Saturday, Feb. 25
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Thursday, Feb. 23 | Tuesday, Feb. 28
CLEVELAND: Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Saturday, Feb. 25
DETROIT: Monday, Feb. 20 | Friday, Feb. 24
KANSAS CITY: Tuesday, Feb. 21 | Saturday, Feb. 25
LOS ANGELES ANGELS: Monday, Feb. 20 | Monday, Feb. 27
MINNESOTA: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
NEW YORK YANKEES: Monday, Feb. 20 | Saturday, Feb. 25
OAKLAND: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Saturday, Feb. 25
SEATTLE: Sunday, Feb. 12 | Saturday, Feb. 18
TAMPA BAY: Tuesday, Feb. 21 | Sunday, Feb. 26
TEXAS: Thursday, Feb. 23 | Sunday, Feb. 26
TORONTO: Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Saturday, Feb. 25

The first pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Feb. 19. (Getty Images)


National League
(Pitchers & catchers | full squad)

ARIZONA: Tuesday, Feb. 20 | Sunday, Feb. 25
ATLANTA: Monday, Feb. 20 | Saturday, Feb. 25
CHICAGO CUBS: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
CINCINNATI: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
COLORADO: Monday, Feb. 20 | Monday, Feb. 27
HOUSTON: Monday, Feb. 20 | Sunday, Feb. 26
LOS ANGELES DODGERS: Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Tuesday, Feb. 28
MIAMI: Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Sunday, Feb. 26
MILWAUKEE: Monday, Feb. 20 | Saturday, Feb. 25
NEW YORK METS: Wednesday, Feb. 22 | Monday, Feb. 27
PHILADELPHIA: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
PITTSBURGH: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
ST. LOUIS: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
SAN DIEGO: Monday, Feb. 20 | Saturday, Feb. 25
SAN FRANCISCO: Sunday, Feb. 19 | Friday, Feb. 24
WASHINGTON: Monday, Feb. 20 | Saturday, Feb. 25

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuban Defector Cespedes Awaiting Legal Clearance

Cespedes awaiting clearance to sign contract

 By Zack Meisel / MLB.com

Yoenis Cespedes is not yet ready to sign with a Major League team after all.

Despite being declared a free agent on Jan. 25, the Cuban defector, who established temporary residency in the Dominican Republic in January, has not been legally cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Office of Foreign Assets Control, his agent, Adam Katz, told MLB Network Radio.

“I have never gone through this process before,” Katz said. “It is onerous and unpredictable. You just sort of have to breathe into it and not have too many expectations.”

The 26-year-old outfielder said he has narrowed his list of suitors to the Marlins, Tigers, Orioles, Cubs, White Sox and Indians. Katz said Cespedes can agree to terms with a club, but cannot officially sign a contract until the Office of Foreign Assets Control gives its approval.

“We still need to have him unblocked in order to execute a contract and have him play,” Katz said.

Katz remains optimistic that such a scenario will play out soon enough to allow Cespedes to arrive at Spring Training on time.

Marlins president David Samson was hopeful that the five-tool player will visit Miami in the coming weeks.

“If it can be arranged, and he wants to come to Miami and see our ballpark, it would be great,” Samson said. “From our standpoint, we are aggressively negotiating a contract, but there is no way of knowing if we will be a high bidder.”

In a brief stint in winter ball in the Dominican Republic, Cespedes went 5-for-35 (.143) with a home run and 10 strikeouts. He hit .333 with 33 home runs and 99 RBIs in 90 games in Cuba during the 2010-11 campaign. Cespedes was Cuba’s starting center fielder during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HOT STOVE Still Afire Before Spring Rains Reign

Free Agent Pool Still Dripping With Talent

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The Babe

All 2011 Free Agents Still Unsigned and Available

PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Rick Ankiel CF 32 Free Agent Washington NR
Luis Ayala RP 34 Free Agent New York NR
Miguel Batista RP 40 Free Agent New York NR
Mike Baxter RF 27 Free Agent New York NR
Andrew Brackman SP 26 Free Agent New York NR
Pat Burrell LF 35 Free Agent (B) San Francisco NR
Orlando Cabrera 2B 37 Free Agent San Francisco NR
Shawn Camp RP 36 Free Agent (B) Toronto NR
Fabio Castillo RP 22 Free Agent Texas NR
Ramon Castro C 35 Free Agent Chicago NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Eric Chavez 3B 34 Free Agent New York NR
Pedro Ciriaco SS 26 Free Agent Pittsburgh NR
Todd Coffey RP 31 Free Agent Washington NR
Brooks Conrad 2B 32 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Aaron Cook SP 32 Free Agent Colorado NR
Alex Cora 3B 36 Free Agent Washington NR
Dan Cortes RP 24 Free Agent Seattle NR
Craig Counsell 2B 41 Free Agent Milwaukee NR
Juan Cruz RP 33 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Johnny Damon DH 38 Free Agent Tampa Bay 27
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Greg Dobbs 3B 33 Free Agent Florida NR
J.D. Drew RF 36 Free Agent Boston 47
Zach Duke SP 28 Free Agent Arizona NR
Chad Durbin RP 34 Free Agent Cleveland NR
Willie Eyre RP 33 Free Agent Baltimore NR
Jeff Francis SP 31 Free Agent Kansas City 35
Kosuke Fukudome RF 34 Free Agent Cleveland NR
Jon Garland SP 32 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Cole Garner RF 27 Free Agent Colorado NR
Chris Gimenez C 29 Free Agent Seattle NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Ross Gload 1B 35 Free Agent Philadelphia NR
Mike Gonzalez RP 33 Free Agent Texas NR
Vladimir Guerrero DH 36 Free Agent (B) Baltimore NR
Carlos Guillen 2B 36 Free Agent Detroit NR
Rich Harden SP 30 Free Agent Oakland NR
Willie Harris LF 33 Free Agent New York NR
Brad Hawpe 1B 32 Free Agent San Diego NR
Jeremy Hermida RF 28 Free Agent San Diego NR
Livan Hernandez SP 36 Free Agent Washington NR
Koyie Hill C 32 Free Agent Chicago NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Rich Hill RP 31 Free Agent Boston NR
Raul Ibanez LF 39 Free Agent (B) Philadelphia NR
Conor Jackson 1B 29 Free Agent Boston NR
Edwin Jackson SP 28 Free Agent (B) St. Louis 11
Jason Jaramillo C 29 Free Agent Pittsburgh NR
Kelly Johnson 2B 29 Free Agent (A) Toronto 17
Andruw Jones LF 34 Free Agent New York 37
Jason Kendall C 37 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Casey Kotchman 1B 28 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Hong-Chih Kuo RP 30 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Hiroki Kuroda SP 36 Free Agent (B) Los Angeles 13
Aaron Laffey SP 26 Free Agent Kansas City NR
Derrek Lee 1B 36 Free Agent (B) Pittsburgh NR
Scott Linebrink RP 35 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Rodrigo Lopez SP 36 Free Agent Chicago NR
Ryan Ludwick LF 33 Free Agent (B) Pittsburgh NR
Damaso Marte RP 36 Free Agent New York NR
Hideki Matsui DH 37 Free Agent Oakland NR
Aaron Miles 2B 35 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Trever Miller RP 38 Free Agent Boston NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Kevin Millwood SP 37 Free Agent Colorado NR
Sergio Mitre RP 30 Free Agent New York NR
Peter Moylan RP 33 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Xavier Nady 1B 33 Free Agent Arizona NR
Magglio Ordonez RF 38 Free Agent (B) Detroit NR
David Ortiz DH 36 Free Agent (A) Boston 10
Ramon Ortiz RP 38 Free Agent Chicago NR
Roy Oswalt SP 34 Free Agent (A) Philadelphia 22
Micah Owings SP 29 Free Agent Arizona NR
Vicente Padilla RP 34 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Corey Patterson LF 32 Free Agent St. Louis NR
Ronny Paulino C 30 Free Agent New York NR
Brad Penny SP 33 Free Agent Detroit NR
Juan Pierre CF 34 Free Agent (B) Chicago NR
Joel Pineiro SP 33 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Horacio Ramirez RP 32 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Edgar Renteria SS 36 Free Agent Cincinnati NR
Jo-Jo Reyes SP 27 Free Agent Baltimore NR
Arthur Rhodes RP 42 Free Agent (B) St. Louis NR
Will Rhymes 2B 28 Free Agent Detroit NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Francisco Rodriguez RP 28 Free Agent (A) Milwaukee 28
Ivan Rodriguez C 40 Free Agent Washington NR
Ramon Santiago 2B 32 Free Agent Detroit NR
Joe Saunders SP 30 Free Agent Arizona NR
Doug Slaten RP 31 Free Agent Washington NR
Andy Sonnanstine SP 28 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Ryan Spilborghs RF 32 Free Agent Colorado NR
Ryan Theriot SS 32 Free Agent St. Louis NR
Jason Varitek C 39 Free Agent (B) Boston NR
Javier Vazquez SP 35 Free Agent Florida 12
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Tim Wakefield SP 45 Free Agent Boston NR
Brandon Webb SP 32 Free Agent Texas NR
Dan Wheeler RP 34 Free Agent (B) Boston NR
Jamey Wright RP 37 Free Agent Seattle NR
Chris Young SP 32 Free Agent New York NR

All 2011 Free Agents Signed and Ranked By Contract Signing Amount

PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Albert Pujols 1B 32 Signed (A) St. Louis LA Angels 10 2 $250,000,000
Prince Fielder 1B 27 Agreed Milwaukee Detroit 9 1 $214,000,000
Jose Reyes SS 28 Signed (A) New York Miami 6 4 $106,000,000
C.J. Wilson SP 31 Signed Texas LA Angels 5 NR $77,500,000
Yu Darvish SP 25 Agreed Japan Texas 6 NR $60,000,000
Mark Buehrle SP 32 Signed (A) Chicago Miami 4 6 $58,000,000
Jonathan Papelbon RP 31 Signed (A) Boston Philadelphia 4 18 $50,000,058
Jimmy Rollins SS 33 Signed (A) Philadelphia Philadelphia 3 5 $38,000,000
Aramis Ramirez 3B 33 Signed (A) Chicago Milwaukee 3 7 $36,000,000
Michael Cuddyer RF 32 Signed (A) Minnesota Colorado 3 15 $31,500,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Heath Bell RP 34 Signed (A) San Diego Miami 3 40 $27,000,000
Carlos Beltran RF 34 Agreed San Francisco St. Louis 2 9 $26,000,000
Josh Willingham LF 32 Signed (A) Oakland Minnesota 3 20 $21,000,000
Jason Kubel LF 29 Signed (B) Minnesota Arizona 2 41 $15,000,000
Joe Nathan RP 37 Signed Minnesota Texas 2 42 $14,500,000
Coco Crisp CF 32 Signed Oakland Oakland 2 26 $14,000,000
Rafael Furcal SS 34 Agreed St. Louis St. Louis 2 38 $14,000,000
Frank Francisco RP 32 Signed (B) Toronto NY Mets 2 46 $12,000,000
Aaron Harang SP 33 Signed San Diego LA Dodgers 2 NR $12,000,000
Wei-Yin Chen SP 26 Signed Japan Baltimore 3 NR $11,338,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Aaron Hill 2B 29 Signed (B) Arizona Arizona 2 30 $11,000,000
Clint Barmes SS 32 Signed (B) Houston Pittsburgh 2 NR $10,500,000
Chris Capuano SP 33 Signed New York LA Dodgers 2 NR $10,000,000
David DeJesus RF 32 Signed (B) Oakland Chicago Cubs 2 21 $10,000,000
Bruce Chen SP 34 Signed (B) Kansas City Kansas City 2 34 $9,000,000
Mark Ellis 2B 34 Signed (B) Colorado LA Dodgers 2 NR $8,750,000
Ryan Madson RP 31 Signed (A) Philadelphia Cincinnati 1 16 $8,500,000
Tsuyoshi Wada SP 30 Signed Japan Baltimore 2 NR $8,150,000
Carlos Pena 1B 33 Signed Chicago Tampa Bay 1 14 $7,250,000
Jamey Carroll SS 37 Signed Los Angeles Minnesota 2 NR $6,750,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Ramon Hernandez C 35 Signed (B) Cincinnati Colorado 2 32 $6,400,000
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B 35 Signed Milwaukee LA Dodgers 2 NR $6,000,000
Luke Scott OF 33 Agreed Baltimore Tampa Bay 1 NR $6,000,000
Grady Sizemore CF 29 Signed Cleveland Cleveland 1 25 $5,000,000
Matt Capps RP 28 Signed Minnesota Minnesota 1 NR $4,750,000
Paul Maholm SP 29 Agreed Pittsburgh Chicago Cubs 1 24 $4,750,000
Erik Bedard SP 32 Signed Boston Pittsburgh 1 23 $4,500,000
Francisco Cordero RP 36 Agreed Cincinnati Toronto 1 44 $4,500,000
Juan Rivera LF 33 Signed Los Angeles LA Dodgers 1 NR $4,500,000
Alex Gonzalez SS 34 Signed (B) Atlanta Milwaukee 1 NR $4,250,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Wily Mo Pena DH 30 Signed Seattle Japan 2 NR $4,050,000
Rod Barajas C 36 Signed (B) Los Angeles Pittsburgh 1 NR $4,000,000
Jonathan Broxton RP 27 Signed Los Angeles Kansas City 1 NR $4,000,000
Freddy Garcia SP 35 Signed New York NY Yankees 1 36 $4,000,000
Darren Oliver RP 41 Signed (A) Texas Toronto 1 NR $4,000,000
Chien-Ming Wang SP 31 Signed Washington Washington 1 50 $4,000,000
Willie Bloomquist LF 34 Signed Arizona Arizona 2 NR $3,800,000
Octavio Dotel RP 38 Signed (B) St. Louis Detroit 1 NR $3,500,000
Jon Rauch RP 33 Signed Toronto NY Mets 1 NR $3,500,000
Wilson Betemit 3B 30 Agreed Detroit Baltimore 2 NR $3,250,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Ryan Doumit C 30 Signed (B) Pittsburgh Minnesota 1 29 $3,000,000
LaTroy Hawkins RP 39 Signed Milwaukee LA Angels 1 NR $3,000,000
Jason Marquis SP 33 Signed Arizona Minnesota 1 NR $3,000,000
John McDonald SS 37 Signed Arizona Arizona 2 NR $3,000,000
Nick Punto 3B 34 Signed St. Louis Boston 3 NR $3,000,000
Cody Ross OF 31 Signed (B) San Francisco Boston 1 39 $3,000,000
Kerry Wood RP 34 Agreed Chicago Chicago Cubs 1 NR $3,000,000
Laynce Nix OF 31 Signed Washington Philadelphia 2 NR $2,500,000
Norichika Aoki OF 30 Signed Japan Milwaukee 2 NR $2,250,000
Yuniesky Betancourt SS 29 Signed (B) Milwaukee Kansas City 1 NR $2,000,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Casey Blake 3B 38 Signed Los Angeles Colorado 1 NR $2,000,000
Fernando Rodney RP 34 Signed Los Angeles Tampa Bay 1 NR $2,000,000
Nate McLouth OF 30 Signed Atlanta Pittsburgh 1 NR $1,750,000
Takashi Saito RP 41 Signed (A) Milwaukee Arizona 1 NR $1,750,000
Jeff Keppinger 2B 31 Signed San Francisco Tampa Bay 1 NR $1,525,000
Endy Chavez OF 33 Signed Texas Baltimore 1 NR $1,500,000
Hisashi Iwakuma SP 30 Signed Japan Seattle 1 NR $1,500,000
Jose Molina C 36 Signed Toronto Tampa Bay 1 NR $1,500,000
Kelly Shoppach C 31 Signed Tampa Bay Boston 1 NR $1,350,000
Henry Blanco C 40 Signed Arizona Arizona 1 NR $1,250,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Mark Kotsay OF 36 Signed Milwaukee San Diego 1 NR $1,250,000
Jim Thome 1B 41 Signed Cleveland Philadelphia 1 43 $1,250,000
Reed Johnson RF 35 Agreed Chicago Chicago Cubs 1 NR $1,150,000
Chad Qualls RP 33 Signed San Diego Philadelphia 1 NR $1,150,000
Scott Hairston RF 31 Signed New York NY Mets 1 NR $1,100,000
George Sherrill RP 34 Signed Atlanta Seattle 1 NR $1,100,000
Jonny Gomes OF 31 Signed Washington Oakland 1 NR $1,000,000
Gerald Laird C 32 Signed St. Louis Detroit 1 NR $1,000,000
Brad Lidge RP 35 Signed (B) Philadelphia Washington 1 NR $1,000,000
Mike MacDougal RP 34 Signed Los Angeles LA Dodgers 1 NR $1,000,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Guillermo Mota RP 38 Signed San Francisco San Francisco 1 NR $1,000,000
Jack Wilson SS 34 Signed Atlanta Atlanta 1 NR $1,000,000
Jose Mijares RP 27 Signed Minnesota Kansas City 1 NR $925,000
Bartolo Colon SP 38 Agreed New York Oakland 1 33 $900,000
Matt Treanor C 35 Signed Texas LA Dodgers 1 NR $850,000
Dontrelle Willis SP 30 Signed Cincinnati Philadelphia 1 NR $850,000
Joel Zumaya RP 27 Signed Detroit Minnesota 1 NR $850,000
Mark DeRosa OF 36 Signed San Francisco Washington 1 NR $800,000
Adam Kennedy 2B 36 Signed Seattle LA Dodgers 1 NR $800,000
Brian Schneider C 35 Signed Philadelphia Philadelphia 1 NR $800,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Clay Hensley RP 32 Agreed Florida San Francisco 1 NR $750,000
J.C. Romero RP 35 Signed Colorado St. Louis 1 NR $750,000
Eli Whiteside C 32 Signed San Francisco San Francisco 1 NR $600,000
Josh Bard C 33 Signed Seattle LA Dodgers NR Minor Lg
Ronny Cedeno SS 28 Signed Pittsburgh NY Mets 1 31
John Grabow RP 33 Signed Chicago LA Dodgers NR Minor Lg
Cesar Izturis SS 31 Signed Baltimore Milwaukee NR Minor Lg
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B 30 Signed Colorado Kansas City NR Minor Lg
Jose Lopez 2B 28 Signed Florida Cleveland NR Minor Lg
Jason Michaels OF 35 Signed Houston Washington NR Minor Lg
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Lyle Overbay 1B 35 Signed Arizona Arizona 1 NR
Jorge Posada DH 40 Retired New York NR
Chris Snyder C 30 Agreed Pittsburgh Houston 1 NR
Omar Vizquel SS 44 Agreed Chicago Toronto NR
Total: $1,332,238,058

All Stats Via ESPN.com
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Roy Oswalt

Yankees talking with Bill Hall The Yankees have engaged in discussions with free agent Bill Hall about a possible utility role, the New York Daily News reported.

Citing a person with knowledge of the situation, the newspaper reported that Hall is considering “a couple of teams.” The Yankees would likely only offer Hall a Minor League contract with a chance to make the club in Spring Training.

Hall, 32, batted a combined .211 last season with the Astros and Giants. The Yankees currently have Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena in line as bench candidates who can play multiple infield positions and some outfield.

— Bryan Hoch

Angels bring back Rodriguez on Minors deal The Angels previously inked reliever Francisco Rodriguez (not K-Rod) to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Rodriguez, the Mexico native who was signed as an amateur free agent by the Angels in 2005, will make $481,000 if he makes the big league club.

The 28-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment this offseason, then slipped through waivers and became a free agent. During his rookie season in 2010, Rodriguez put up a 4.37 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP in 43 appearances. Last season, though, shoulder woes limited him to 13 2/3 innings in the Majors and 10 innings in the Minors.

In seven seasons in the Minors, Rodriguez has gone 25-37 with a 5.27 ERA in 215 games (47 starts).

— Alden Gonzalez

Rangers to meet with Oswalt Monday; What about Cardinals? Roy Oswalt remains one of the biggest names on the free agent market this offseason, and it looks like the Rangers have some interest in adding him to their already-loaded pitching staff.

The club is planning to meet with Oswalt and his agent, Bob Garber, on Monday for a get-together that is “exploratory,” MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. The addition of Oswalt could be costly, particular for a club that has three arbitration cases remaining and not much opportunity in the starting rotation.

“He’s somebody we’ve talked about, but we’re happy with our rotation and our pitching staff,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’s intriguing, but I’m not sure exactly how it fits.” Oswalt lives in Mississippi and has a long-standing relationship with Rangers club president Nolan Ryan. The Cardinals are also interested, and are high on Oswalt’s list, but St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak denied this weekend that a deal is in the works.

The Cardinals, who are also pretty well set in terms of starting pitching, are reportedly at least seriously in the running for Oswalt. MLB Network Radio reported Friday night that a deal was very close, and ESPNBoston.com reported that night that Oswalt has “elected to stay in the National League” and that he is “likely” to sign with the Cardinals “soon.”

But, as MLB.com’s Matthew Leach reported, Mozeliak wrote in an e-mail that reports were “not true.”

— Joey Nowak

Greinke, sans agent, open to extension  Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke, who is currently operating without an agent, told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that he would still consider a contract extension.

Greinke is preparing to enter his second season with Milwaukee and the final year of his four-year, $38 million extension he signed in January 2009. He cut his ties with CAA Sports last year, after the Brewers acquired Greinke in a trade with the Royals.

“It’d be me in charge as of right now,” he said. “So, we’ll see how long that lasts.”

Greinke, who was 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA and 201 strikeouts last season with the Brewers, had this to say about a possible extension: “I’ll talk to them about it. I don’t really want to talk to anyone else about it. But I like the business of baseball. It’s exciting for me. It’s not like I plan on being my agent, but it is exciting being able to know what’s going on behind the scenes.”

— Joey Nowak

Indians’ deal with Lugo is off The Indians reached an agreement on a Minor League contract with veteran infielder Julio Lugo more than a week ago, but MLB.com has learned that the proposed deal is no longer expected to come to fruition.

Lugo, 36, was going to receive an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club with a shot at competing for a bench job. His chances of making the Opening Day roster appeared thin, and now he will re-enter the free-agent pool.

In parts of 12 Major League seasons — including stops with the Astros, Rays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cardinals, Orioles and Braves — Lugo has hit .269 over 1,352 career games. Last year, he signed a Minor League contract with Atlanta in May, but was ultimately released in September.

Lugo hit .231 (12-for-52) in 13 games for Triple-A Gwinnett and .136 (6-for-44) in 22 games with the Braves during the 2011 season. The  infielder hits right-handed and has experience at second base, shortstop, third base and in the outfield.

Right now, the Indians have 20 non-roster invitees in the fold for this spring.

–Jordan Bastian

Reds add Jeff Francis Looking to supplement their rotation with extra depth, the Reds reached a Minor League deal late Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com last week that his club was interested in adding Francis, a free agent.

Francis, 30, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts last season with the Royals.  Most of his career had been spent with the Rockies from 2004-10. He was a 17-game winner in 2007.

Lifetime, Francis is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA in 181 games (180 starts).

— Mark Sheldon

Betancourt contract with Rox goes official Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt passed his physical, which makes his new contract official. The Rockies picked up his 2013 option and added an option for ’14 for Betancourt, who became the team’s closer late last season.

In addition, Betancourt and new Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez were boyhood friends and state all-star teammates in Venezuela. Hernandez’s history with young pitchers should help the Rockies’ staff.

— Thomas Harding

Angels extend offer to Ayala, nothing imminent The Angels are one of a handful of teams that have tendered a formal offer to Luis Ayala, but a source familiar with the negotiations said the free-agent reliever is still weighing his options and a decision is not imminent.

It’s unclear at this point whether the Angels have offered a Major League or a Minor League contract, but they are believed to be in the mix along with the Orioles, Yankees, Astros and perhaps others. Considering he’s coming off a bounceback season with the Yankees, one that saw him post a 2.09 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP in 56 innings, the 34-year-old right-hander would likely command a Major League deal.

The Angels were among four teams interested in adding Francisco Cordero, but he wound up agreeing to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Cordero is reportedly headed to Toronto to serve as a setup man — a pretty clear indication that the Blue Jays’ offer trumped that of the Angels and other suitors.

— Alden Gonzalez

Cespedes declared a free agent Yoenis Cespedes is now a free agent.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball sent out a notice to the clubs advising them that Cespedes, as a resident of the Dominican Republic, is not subjected to the Amateur Draft and may now sign as a free agent.

On Tuesday, the outfield prospect established residency in the Dominican Republic.

Cespedes, who just finished a stint with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, recently said the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and Indians have expressed the most interest in signing him. He is expected to command a contract greater than the one received by Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who signed a six-year, $30.25 million deal with the Reds in January 2010.

The Marlins are on record saying they believe Cespedes’ best fit is in Miami, with its strong Cuban community. The club is prepared to make a substantial offer — between four and six years — for the power-hitting outfielder.

Reports that he is not interested in signing with the Marlins are not true, an industry source said.

Cespedes hit .333 with 33 home runs, 99 RBIs and 11 stolen bases over 90 games in Cuba during the 2010-11 season, and many believe he can be inserted into the 2012 Opening Day starting lineup for the team that signs him.

He hit .143 with one home run and 10 strikeouts in 35 at-bats for the Aguilas.

— Jesse Sanchez

Reds get Valdez, sign Masset Bypassing the free-agent market for backup infielders that can play shortstop, the Reds executed a trade Wednesday that brought utility infielder Wilson Valdez from the Phillies for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez spent the last two seasons in Philadelphia and batted .249 with a .294 on-base percentage, one home run and 30 RBIs over 99 games in 2011. A lifetime .243 hitter, the 33-year-old Valdez has also spent time with the White Sox, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers and Mets.

Out of Valdez’s 342 career big league games, 190 have been played at shortstop where he owns a .980 fielding percentage. Many might remember him doing the Reds in as the winning pitcher of the May 25, 2011 game that lasted 19 innings at Citizen Banks Park. With his team out of pitchers, Valdez moved from second base and pitched a scoreless top of the 19th inning.

Also, Nick Masset signed a two-year contract to avoid arbitration. Terms were not immediately known.

— Mark Sheldon

Reports: Red Sox have made offers to Oswalt, Jackson The two most alluring starting pitchers who remain free agents have both received offers from the Red Sox, according to reports Wednesday.

Roy Oswalt’s received a “significant” offer, according to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, while Jim Bowden of ESPN reported via Twitter that the Sox have made an offer to Edwin Jackson, whom they prefer over Oswalt.

Oswalt was limited by back problems last year, so Jackson could be viewed as a more sure thing, at least in terms of innings. Oswalt reportedly is being selective with possible destinations, turning down an offer from the Tigers.

— Evan Drellich

Marlins primed to bid on Cespedes Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes is on the verge of becoming a free agent, and the Marlins are expected to make a strong push for the 26-year-old outfielder.

Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic, which had kept him in a holding pattern for months. Now, the outfielder is awaiting approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent.

Recently, Cespedes said the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Indians had expressed the most interest. The Marlins are on record saying they believe Cespedes’ best fit is in Miami, with its strong Cuban community. They are prepared to make a substantial offer — between four and six years — for the power-hitting outfielder.

There is a feeling within the organization that another impact bat is needed to reach the postseason, and Cespedes is a five-tool player. The Marlins also feel Cespedes can handle center field, but some wonder if that is his best position. Because of his size, he may profile more as a corner outfielder. But he has the speed to play all three positions.

In recent weeks, Cespedes got some game experience while playing with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League. He showed glimpses of his power, but he’s also rusty.

If he signs with Miami, he certainly would get a strong look in Spring Training, but chances are he would open the season at either Triple-A New Orleans or Double-A Jacksonville.

If everyone is healthy and Cespedes wins the center field job for Opening Day, Emilio Bonifacio then could go back to being a super-utility player.

The bottom line is the Marlins feel they would be a more rounded and deeper team with Cespedes.

— Joe Frisaro

Cespedes gains residency in Dominican The bidding is about to begin.

Cuban outfield prospect Yoenis Cespedes has established his residency in the Dominican Republic and is now waiting on approval from Major League Baseball to be declared a free agent, his representative, Edgar Mercedes, said.

Cespedes, who just finished a stint with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, recently said the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and Indians have expressed the most interest in signing him.

He is expected to command a contract greater than the one received by Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who signed a six-year, $30.25 million deal with the Reds in January 2010.

— Jesse Sanchez

Yankees could trade for a DH In a conference call with reporters discussing the Michael Pineda trade, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he’d be more inclined to trade from his pitching depth to acquire a designated hitter than to sign one on the free-agent market.

When the Yankees officially announced the signing of right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, they’ll have seven starters vying for five spots. CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Pineda, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia are the other six.

“Maybe I use our excess pitching to find a bat,” Cashman said. “That’s a possibility. … We stretched the payroll to get [Kuroda] done, so I’m not sure what we have financially. I think we’ll look at the trade market first and foremost and see where that takes us.”

Among the DH options out there, the Yankees have reportedly heard from Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero and Raul Ibanez, but are not thought to consider any of them an urgent priority.

— Bryan Hoch

Cuban lefty Concepcion works out for Rangers Free-agent pitcher Gerardo Concepcion worked out for the Rangers in front of a contingent that included owner Nolan Ryan at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic on Monday, and the club is among the favorites to sign the Cuban left-hander.

The Rangers, Yankees, Cubs and White Sox have expressed the most interest in signing the left-hander, according to Concepcion’s agent, Jaime Torres. The Marlins, Phillies, Giants, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Royals have also shown interest.

Concepcion has one offer on the table, and is expected to sign a Major League contract during the next two weeks, the agent said.

“Everything is great. I really don’t know how to describe it,” Concepcion, 18, said by phone from the Dominican Republic. “All the training and exercise I have done is paying off. I’ve worked so hard to get here. I’m so happy. It’s like a dream come true.”

Concepcion, who was named Rookie of the Year in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 2010-11, after posting a 10-3 record and a 3.36 ERA in 21 games with Industriales de la Habana, defected from Cuba last June during the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands. He later established residency in Mexico, and was declared a free agent last week.

He has been working out in the Dominican Republic and starred in a showcase for Major League scouts on the island last Thursday.

— Jesse Sanchez

Millwood reportedly signs with Mariners Nine days after making the trade that cleared out Michael Pineda’s spot in their starting rotation, the Mariners have apparently signed a possible replacement in veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood.

News of an agreement between the Mariners and Millwood came via his own family, through a posting on Facebook by his sister Erika. It was subsequently confirmed by CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, who reports that it is a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Millwood, who turned 37 on Christmas Eve, last season went 4-3 in nine starts with the Rockies, who returned him to the Majors in mid-August after he had spent most of the year in the Minors in the Yankees and Red Sox organizations.

The Mariners would be the seventh club of Millwood’s career, during which he has compiled a record of 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA. He also has a no-hitter to his credit, against the Giants on April 27, 2003 while with the Phillies.

A two-time 18-game winner with the Braves in 1999 and 2002, Millwood reportedly had a chance to remain in Colorado on a $1 million contract with an additional $1 million in incentives.

— Tom Singer

Ayala now on Angels’ radar The Angels have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Luis Ayala, a source with knowledge of the situation told MLB.com. Right now, though, it appears they’re one of four clubs interested in giving the 34-year-old right-hander a big league contract, an industry source said.

Ayala signed a Minor League deal with the Yankees last February and had a big bounce-back year, posting a 2.09 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP in 56 innings (spanning 52 appearances). For his big league career, he has a 3.47 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP in seven seasons.

Ayala has been lights out while pitching for the Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican winter league this offseason, giving up just two earned runs in 19 2/3 innings (good for an ERA of 0.92) while striking out 13 batters and walking four. A report out of Mexico said Ayala was choosing between the Angels and Orioles, but a source said that of Saturday, teams hadn’t begun tendering formal offers.

The Angels signed veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a $3 million contract in December and are looking to add more depth to a bullpen that was tied for the American League lead in blown saves last season. Ayala could be drawn to Southern California because of its strong Mexican-American presence and its close proximities to Ayala’s native country.

— Alden Gonzalez

Scutaro dealt from Red Sox to Rockies BOSTON — The Red Sox traded shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Clayton Mortensen, the clubs announced on Saturday.

Scutaro will be Colorado’s starting second baseman. For the Red Sox, the main motive of the deal was to clear some salary space, so they could add another proven starter to their rotation.

Veteran free agent Roy Oswalt is one intriguing possibility. Edwin Jackson is another candidate on the free-agent market. The White Sox are said to be dangling righty Gavin Floyd in trade talks.

Mortensen is a veteran of three seasons, who has compiled a 4-8 record and 5.12 ERA over 24 appearances (13 starts).

— Ian Browne

More moves coming for Reds?The Reds have added a closer, a left fielder, a starting pitcher and a lefty setup man. What’s next?

Infielder … maybe.

The free-agent market for infielders who can play shortstop and back up rookie Zack Cozart is rather thin. It’s thin enough that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is thinking trade rather signing someone from the open market.

“We’re still talking to a couple of clubs,” Jocketty said late Friday. “We’ll know something by next week, hopefully. I don’t think there’s a lot of guys out there free agent wise.”

Jocketty did not divulge which clubs he was chatting with.

Of the free-agent shortstops, there’s only Ryan Theriot, Miguel Tejada and former Red Edgar Renteria. In recent days, ex-Red Orlando Cabrera retired and Jack Wilson signed with the Braves.

Jocketty said that there has been some interest shown to Theriot.

“We’ve talked to him, had some conversations,” Jocketty said.

Asked if he was optimistic something could get done, Jocketty responded “not today.”

• If the Reds sign nobody and don’t pull off a trade, Jocketty said he’d be comfortable going with what is already in house. That would mean Cozart and Paul Janish would be the team’s shortstops, with Cozart on the inside track to start.

• The Reds are continuing to look at adding to their depth with possible Minor League contract offers. One player they’re taking a look at, Jocketty confirmed, is pitcher Jeff Francis.The left-handed Francis, 30, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts last season with the Royals.  He was with the Rockies from 2004-10 and was a 17-game winner in 2007.

— Mark Sheldon

A’s reportedly have strong interest in Manny Manny Ramirez is turning the heads of at least a few teams as the outfielder looks to return to Major League Baseball, but no club is more interested in the 12-time All-Star than the A’s, according to a report by ESPN.

The 39-year-old Ramirez, who retired last season after violating the league’s banned substances policy for the second time, has been working out in Miami and plans to have open workout sessions for interested teams later this month.

The Orioles and Blue Jays already have watched Ramirez hit, according to the report, but a source told ESPN that Oakland is “very interested” in Ramirez.

“The Orioles and Blue Jays saw Manny work and Baltimore liked what it saw, but Oakland has been the team that has expressed the most interest, even before having him work out,” the source told ESPN.

Ramirez, a 19-year veteran, has hit .312 with 555 home runs during his career with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays.

If Ramirez were to sign with a team, he would serve a 50-game suspension stemming from his positive test last season. Ramirez and MLB had previously agreed on lowering the suspension from 100 games, which is the typical punishment for a second positive test.

— Cash Kruth

Pena returns to Rays Carlos Pena is returning to the Rays after spending a year away, a source confirmed on Friday.

The 33-year-old first baseman’s one-year contract is worth $7.25 million. Pena spent the 2007-10 seasons with Tampa Bay before joining the Cubs as a free agent last offseason, and his two best seasons came with the Rays (46 home runs in ’07, 39 in ’09).

Pena’s home run total for the Cubs last year (28) matched his output with the Rays in 2010. He hit .225 with a .357 on-base percentage in 2011, marks that are in line with his respective .239 and .352 clips lifetime.

Pena will take a pay cut from his $10 million salary a year ago.

— Evan Drellich

Yanks have heard from Vlad, Ibanez The Yankees have heard from the representatives for free agents Vladimir Guerrero and Raul Ibanez about their opening at designated hitter, Newsday’s Ken Davidoff reports.

Guerrero and Ibanez could join a crowd of candidates vying for the Yankees’ attention in the wake of last week’s Jesus Montero trade to the Mariners. New York is known to have reached out to the representatives for Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Carlos Pena, but it is believed that the Yankees have only between $1 million and $2 million to spend on a DH.

Internally, the Yankees are touting a tandem of Andruw Jones and Minor League slugger Jorge Vazquez to tackle DH duties, while also using the spot to help rest players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira. Davidoff’s report also noted that Jack Cust’s representatives talked to the Yankees, but Cust agreed to a contract with the Astros on Tuesday.

— Bryan Hoch

Astros reach one-year deal with Cust Jack Cust, who has hit 105 home runs in a 10-year Major League career that has spanned six teams, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros that includes an option for 2013, according to a baseball source.

The deal is pending a physical and could be announced as soon as Wednesday. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow declined to comment.

Cust, 33, appeared in 67 games before being cut loose last July by the Mariners, for whom he batted .213 with three homers and 23 RBIs. He spent the previous four seasons with the Oakland A’s, hitting 97 homers and driving in 281 runs in that span. He’s played primarily left field, right field and designated hitter in his career.

— Brian McTaggart

Rockies make offer to veteran Moyer For now, the Rockies’ 2012 potential Opening Day starting rotation can be called the “under-30 club.” But that could change, considerably, with one potential signing.

Looking for a veteran to help guide the young rotation, the Rockies could be bringing in 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer. The Rockies have made an offer of a Minor League contract, and a club official told MLB.com on Tuesday morning that “it’s in his court.”

Moyer had Tommy John ligament transfer surgery in his throwing elbow in December 2010 and worked for ESPN as an analyst last year, but stated all along he oped to pitch again in 2012. He went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010.

By making the offer, the Rockies are signaling that they believe Moyer can be a help to them, not merely a novelty, although his potential signing sparks folks to go digging for trivia. For example, when Moyer made his Major League debut for the Cubs on June 16, 1986, the following competitors for the Rockies’ 2012 rotation had not been born: Jhoulys Chacin (Jan. 7, 1988), Tyler Chatwood (Dec. 16, 1989), Juan Nicasio (Aug. 31, 1986), Drew Pomeranz (Nov. 22, 1988) and Alex White (Aug. 29, 1988).

One of Moyer’s teammates on the 1986 Cubs was Rockies television color commentator George Frazier, then a relief pitcher.

The Denver Post, which reported the offer to Moyer on Monday night, also reported that the Rockies are looking at trading for a second baseman, with the Red Sox’s Marco Scutaro and the Mets’ Justin Turner as possibilities.

— Thomas Harding

Reds get Ludwick MLB.com has learned via a source Monday night that outfielder Ryan Ludwick has agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2013. The dollar figure remains unclear, but the Reds weren’t expected to spend a lot to fill their opening for a fourth outfielder.

Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports and MLB Network was first with the story.

Ludwick, 33, batted .237 with 13 home runs last season in a combined 139 games with the Padres and Pirates. He has a history with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, having played for him with the Cardinals. Ludwick spent the 2007-09 seasons in St. Louis and hit a career best 37 homers with 113 RBIs in 2008.

This fills the Reds need for a fourth outfielder that can mainly play left field in a quasi-platoon with Chris Heisey.

— Mark Sheldon

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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All 2011 Free Agents Signed and Unsigned
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Rick Ankiel CF 32 Free Agent Washington NR
Norichika Aoki LF 30 Signed Japan Milwaukee 2 NR $2,250,000
Luis Ayala RP 34 Free Agent New York NR
Rod Barajas C 36 Signed (B) Los Angeles Pittsburgh 1 NR $4,000,000
Josh Bard C 33 Signed Seattle LA Dodgers NR Minor Lg
Clint Barmes SS 32 Signed (B) Houston Pittsburgh 2 NR $10,500,000
Miguel Batista RP 40 Free Agent New York NR
Mike Baxter RF 27 Free Agent New York NR
Erik Bedard SP 32 Signed Boston Pittsburgh 1 23 $4,500,000
Heath Bell RP 34 Signed (A) San Diego Miami 3 40 $27,000,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Carlos Beltran RF 34 Agreed San Francisco St. Louis 2 9 $26,000,000
Yuniesky Betancourt SS 30 Signed (B) Milwaukee Kansas City 1 NR $2,000,000
Wilson Betemit 3B 30 Agreed Detroit Baltimore 2 NR $3,250,000
Casey Blake 3B 38 Signed Los Angeles Colorado 1 NR $2,000,000
Henry Blanco C 40 Signed Arizona Arizona 1 NR $1,250,000
Willie Bloomquist LF 34 Signed Arizona Arizona 2 NR $3,800,000
Andrew Brackman SP 26 Free Agent New York NR
Jonathan Broxton RP 27 Signed Los Angeles Kansas City 1 NR $4,000,000
Mark Buehrle SP 32 Signed (A) Chicago Miami 4 6 $58,000,000
Pat Burrell LF 35 Free Agent (B) San Francisco NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Orlando Cabrera 2B 37 Free Agent San Francisco NR
Shawn Camp RP 36 Free Agent (B) Toronto NR
Matt Capps RP 28 Signed Minnesota Minnesota 1 NR $4,750,000
Chris Capuano SP 33 Signed New York LA Dodgers 2 NR $10,000,000
Jamey Carroll SS 37 Signed Los Angeles Minnesota 2 NR $6,750,000
Fabio Castillo RP 22 Free Agent Texas NR
Ramon Castro C 35 Free Agent Chicago NR
Ronny Cedeno SS 28 Signed Pittsburgh NY Mets 1 31
Endy Chavez CF 33 Signed Texas Baltimore 1 NR $1,500,000
Eric Chavez 3B 34 Free Agent New York NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Bruce Chen SP 34 Signed (B) Kansas City Kansas City 2 34 $9,000,000
Wei-Yin Chen SP 26 Signed Japan Baltimore 3 NR $11,338,000
Pedro Ciriaco SS 26 Free Agent Pittsburgh NR
Todd Coffey RP 31 Free Agent Washington NR
Bartolo Colon SP 38 Agreed New York Oakland 1 33 $900,000
Brooks Conrad 2B 32 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Aaron Cook SP 32 Free Agent Colorado NR
Alex Cora 3B 36 Free Agent Washington NR
Francisco Cordero RP 36 Agreed Cincinnati Toronto 1 44 $4,500,000
Dan Cortes RP 24 Free Agent Seattle NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Craig Counsell 2B 41 Free Agent Milwaukee NR
Coco Crisp CF 32 Signed Oakland Oakland 2 26 $14,000,000
Juan Cruz RP 33 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Michael Cuddyer RF 32 Signed (A) Minnesota Colorado 3 15 $31,500,000
Johnny Damon DH 38 Free Agent Tampa Bay 27
Yu Darvish SP 25 Agreed Japan Texas 6 NR $60,000,000
David DeJesus RF 32 Signed (B) Oakland Chicago Cubs 2 21 $10,000,000
Mark DeRosa LF 36 Signed San Francisco Washington 1 NR $800,000
Greg Dobbs 3B 33 Free Agent Florida NR
Octavio Dotel RP 38 Signed (B) St. Louis Detroit 1 NR $3,500,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Ryan Doumit C 30 Signed (B) Pittsburgh Minnesota 1 29 $3,000,000
J.D. Drew RF 36 Free Agent Boston 47
Zach Duke SP 28 Free Agent Arizona NR
Chad Durbin RP 34 Free Agent Cleveland NR
Mark Ellis 2B 34 Signed (B) Colorado LA Dodgers 2 NR $8,750,000
Willie Eyre RP 33 Free Agent Baltimore NR
Prince Fielder 1B 27 Agreed Milwaukee Detroit 9 1 $214,000,000
Jeff Francis SP 31 Free Agent Kansas City 35
Frank Francisco RP 32 Signed (B) Toronto NY Mets 2 46 $12,000,000
Kosuke Fukudome RF 34 Free Agent Cleveland NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Rafael Furcal SS 34 Agreed St. Louis St. Louis 2 38 $14,000,000
Freddy Garcia SP 35 Signed New York NY Yankees 1 36 $4,000,000
Jon Garland SP 32 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Cole Garner RF 27 Free Agent Colorado NR
Chris Gimenez C 29 Free Agent Seattle NR
Ross Gload 1B 35 Free Agent Philadelphia NR
Jonny Gomes LF 31 Signed Washington Oakland 1 NR $1,000,000
Alex Gonzalez SS 34 Signed (B) Atlanta Milwaukee 1 NR $4,250,000
Mike Gonzalez RP 33 Free Agent Texas NR
John Grabow RP 33 Signed Chicago LA Dodgers NR Minor Lg
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Vladimir Guerrero DH 36 Free Agent (B) Baltimore NR
Carlos Guillen 2B 36 Free Agent Detroit NR
Scott Hairston RF 31 Signed New York NY Mets 1 NR $1,100,000
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B 35 Signed Milwaukee LA Dodgers 2 NR $6,000,000
Aaron Harang SP 33 Signed San Diego LA Dodgers 2 NR $12,000,000
Rich Harden SP 30 Free Agent Oakland NR
Willie Harris LF 33 Free Agent New York NR
LaTroy Hawkins RP 39 Signed Milwaukee LA Angels 1 NR $3,000,000
Brad Hawpe 1B 32 Free Agent San Diego NR
Clay Hensley RP 32 Agreed Florida San Francisco 1 NR $750,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Jeremy Hermida RF 28 Free Agent San Diego NR
Livan Hernandez SP 36 Free Agent Washington NR
Ramon Hernandez C 35 Signed (B) Cincinnati Colorado 2 32 $6,400,000
Aaron Hill 2B 29 Signed (B) Arizona Arizona 2 30 $11,000,000
Koyie Hill C 32 Free Agent Chicago NR
Rich Hill RP 31 Free Agent Boston NR
Raul Ibanez LF 39 Free Agent (B) Philadelphia NR
Hisashi Iwakuma SP 30 Signed Japan Seattle 1 NR $1,500,000
Cesar Izturis SS 31 Signed Baltimore Milwaukee NR Minor Lg
Conor Jackson 1B 29 Free Agent Boston NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Edwin Jackson SP 28 Free Agent (B) St. Louis 11
Jason Jaramillo C 29 Free Agent Pittsburgh NR
Kelly Johnson 2B 29 Free Agent (A) Toronto 17
Reed Johnson RF 35 Agreed Chicago Chicago Cubs 1 NR $1,150,000
Andruw Jones LF 34 Free Agent New York 37
Jason Kendall C 37 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Adam Kennedy 2B 36 Signed Seattle LA Dodgers 1 NR $800,000
Jeff Keppinger 2B 31 Signed San Francisco Tampa Bay 1 NR $1,525,000
Casey Kotchman 1B 28 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Mark Kotsay RF 36 Signed Milwaukee San Diego 1 NR $1,250,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B 30 Signed Colorado Kansas City NR Minor Lg
Jason Kubel LF 29 Signed (B) Minnesota Arizona 2 41 $15,000,000
Hong-Chih Kuo RP 30 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Hiroki Kuroda SP 36 Free Agent (B) Los Angeles 13
Aaron Laffey SP 26 Free Agent Kansas City NR
Gerald Laird C 32 Signed St. Louis Detroit 1 NR $1,000,000
Derrek Lee 1B 36 Free Agent (B) Pittsburgh NR
Brad Lidge RP 35 Signed (B) Philadelphia Washington 1 NR $1,000,000
Scott Linebrink RP 35 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Jose Lopez 2B 28 Signed Florida Cleveland NR Minor Lg
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Rodrigo Lopez SP 36 Free Agent Chicago NR
Ryan Ludwick LF 33 Free Agent (B) Pittsburgh NR
Mike MacDougal RP 34 Signed Los Angeles LA Dodgers 1 NR $1,000,000
Ryan Madson RP 31 Signed (A) Philadelphia Cincinnati 1 16 $8,500,000
Paul Maholm SP 29 Agreed Pittsburgh Chicago Cubs 1 24 $4,750,000
Jason Marquis SP 33 Signed Arizona Minnesota 1 NR $3,000,000
Damaso Marte RP 36 Free Agent New York NR
Hideki Matsui DH 37 Free Agent Oakland NR
John McDonald SS 37 Signed Arizona Arizona 2 NR $3,000,000
Nate McLouth CF 30 Signed Atlanta Pittsburgh 1 NR $1,750,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Jason Michaels LF 35 Signed Houston Washington NR Minor Lg
Jose Mijares RP 27 Signed Minnesota Kansas City 1 NR $925,000
Aaron Miles 2B 35 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Trever Miller RP 38 Free Agent Boston NR
Kevin Millwood SP 37 Free Agent Colorado NR
Sergio Mitre RP 30 Free Agent New York NR
Jose Molina C 36 Signed Toronto Tampa Bay 1 NR $1,500,000
Guillermo Mota RP 38 Signed San Francisco San Francisco 1 NR $1,000,000
Peter Moylan RP 33 Free Agent Atlanta NR
Xavier Nady 1B 33 Free Agent Arizona NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Joe Nathan RP 37 Signed Minnesota Texas 2 42 $14,500,000
Laynce Nix LF 31 Signed Washington Philadelphia 2 NR $2,500,000
Darren Oliver RP 41 Signed (A) Texas Toronto 1 NR $4,000,000
Magglio Ordonez RF 38 Free Agent (B) Detroit NR
David Ortiz DH 36 Free Agent (A) Boston 10
Ramon Ortiz RP 38 Free Agent Chicago NR
Roy Oswalt SP 34 Free Agent (A) Philadelphia 22
Lyle Overbay 1B 35 Signed Arizona Arizona 1 NR
Micah Owings SP 29 Free Agent Arizona NR
Vicente Padilla RP 34 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Jonathan Papelbon RP 31 Signed (A) Boston Philadelphia 4 18 $50,000,058
Corey Patterson LF 32 Free Agent St. Louis NR
Ronny Paulino C 30 Free Agent New York NR
Carlos Pena 1B 33 Signed Chicago Tampa Bay 1 14 $7,250,000
Wily Mo Pena DH 30 Signed Seattle Japan 2 NR $4,050,000
Brad Penny SP 33 Free Agent Detroit NR
Juan Pierre CF 34 Free Agent (B) Chicago NR
Joel Pineiro SP 33 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Jorge Posada DH 40 Retired New York NR
Albert Pujols 1B 32 Signed (A) St. Louis LA Angels 10 2 $250,000,000
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Nick Punto 3B 34 Signed St. Louis Boston 3 NR $3,000,000
Chad Qualls RP 33 Signed San Diego Philadelphia 1 NR $1,150,000
Aramis Ramirez 3B 33 Signed (A) Chicago Milwaukee 3 7 $36,000,000
Horacio Ramirez RP 32 Free Agent Los Angeles NR
Jon Rauch RP 33 Signed Toronto NY Mets 1 NR $3,500,000
Edgar Renteria SS 36 Free Agent Cincinnati NR
Jo-Jo Reyes SP 27 Free Agent Baltimore NR
Jose Reyes SS 28 Signed (A) New York Miami 6 4 $106,000,000
Arthur Rhodes RP 42 Free Agent (B) St. Louis NR
Will Rhymes 2B 28 Free Agent Detroit NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Juan Rivera LF 33 Signed Los Angeles LA Dodgers 1 NR $4,500,000
Fernando Rodney RP 34 Signed Los Angeles Tampa Bay 1 NR $2,000,000
Francisco Rodriguez RP 28 Free Agent (A) Milwaukee 28
Ivan Rodriguez C 40 Free Agent Washington NR
Jimmy Rollins SS 33 Signed (A) Philadelphia Philadelphia 3 5 $38,000,000
J.C. Romero RP 35 Signed Colorado St. Louis 1 NR $750,000
Cody Ross LF 31 Signed (B) San Francisco Boston 1 39 $3,000,000
Takashi Saito RP 41 Signed (A) Milwaukee Arizona 1 NR $1,750,000
Ramon Santiago 2B 32 Free Agent Detroit NR
Joe Saunders SP 30 Free Agent Arizona NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Brian Schneider C 35 Signed Philadelphia Philadelphia 1 NR $800,000
Luke Scott LF 33 Agreed Baltimore Tampa Bay 1 NR $6,000,000
George Sherrill RP 34 Signed Atlanta Seattle 1 NR $1,100,000
Kelly Shoppach C 31 Signed Tampa Bay Boston 1 NR $1,350,000
Grady Sizemore CF 29 Signed Cleveland Cleveland 1 25 $5,000,000
Doug Slaten RP 31 Free Agent Washington NR
Chris Snyder C 30 Agreed Pittsburgh Houston 1 NR
Andy Sonnanstine SP 28 Free Agent Tampa Bay NR
Ryan Spilborghs RF 32 Free Agent Colorado NR
Ryan Theriot SS 32 Free Agent St. Louis NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Jim Thome 1B 41 Signed Cleveland Philadelphia 1 43 $1,250,000
Matt Treanor C 35 Signed Texas LA Dodgers 1 NR $850,000
Jason Varitek C 39 Free Agent (B) Boston NR
Javier Vazquez SP 35 Free Agent Florida 12
Omar Vizquel SS 44 Agreed Chicago Toronto NR
Tsuyoshi Wada SP 30 Signed Japan Baltimore 2 NR $8,150,000
Tim Wakefield SP 45 Free Agent Boston NR
Chien-Ming Wang SP 31 Signed Washington Washington 1 50 $4,000,000
Brandon Webb SP 32 Free Agent Texas NR
Dan Wheeler RP 34 Free Agent (B) Boston NR
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2011 TEAM NEW TEAM YEARS RANK DOLLARS
Eli Whiteside C 32 Signed San Francisco San Francisco 1 NR $600,000
Josh Willingham LF 32 Signed (A) Oakland Minnesota 3 20 $21,000,000
Dontrelle Willis SP 30 Signed Cincinnati Philadelphia 1 NR $850,000
C.J. Wilson SP 31 Signed Texas LA Angels 5 NR $77,500,000
Jack Wilson SS 34 Signed Atlanta Atlanta 1 NR $1,000,000
Kerry Wood RP 34 Agreed Chicago Chicago Cubs 1 NR $3,000,000
Jamey Wright RP 37 Free Agent Seattle NR
Chris Young SP 32 Free Agent New York NR
Joel Zumaya RP 27 Signed Detroit Minnesota 1 NR $850,000

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Free Agent Team Spending

TEAM DOLLARS
LA Angels $330,500,000
Detroit $218,500,000
Miami $191,000,000
Philadelphia $94,550,058
Texas $74,500,000
LA Dodgers $43,900,000
Milwaukee $42,500,000
St. Louis $40,750,000
Colorado $39,900,000
Minnesota $39,350,000
Arizona $35,800,000
Baltimore $24,238,000
Pittsburgh $20,750,000
Chicago Cubs $18,900,000
Tampa Bay $18,275,000
NY Mets $16,600,000
Kansas City $15,925,000
Oakland $15,900,000
Toronto $8,500,000
Cincinnati $8,500,000
Boston $7,350,000
Washington $5,800,000
Cleveland $5,000,000
NY Yankees $4,000,000
Seattle $2,600,000
San Francisco $2,350,000
San Diego $1,250,000
Atlanta $1,000,000
Chicago Sox $0
Houston $0

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