Matthew Pouliot

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Top 150 Free Agents

Sunday, November 03, 2013


51. Kevin Youkilis (1B-3B Yankees - Age 35): Back problems ruined what was likely Youkilis' lone season in New York. Trending downwards since 2010, he's definitely in line for a pay cut from the $12 million he made the last three seasons, and one wonders if he's still a realistic option at third base going forward.

 

2013 stats: .219/.305/.343, 2 HR, 12 R, 8 RBI, 0 SB in 105 AB

 

52. Chris Perez (RHP Indians - Age 28): Figuring he'd be impossible to trade with an $8 million-$10 million arbitration award coming his way, the Indians simply released Perez on Thursday. It probably would have happened even if not for his dreadful September that took his ERA from 3.22 to 4.33, though maybe then they would have had some chance of trading him. Perez's performance hasn't actually taken much of a dive; he was simply never that good in the first place. He'll probably be an adequate closer for some team next year.

 

2013 stats: 5-3, 25 Sv, 4.33 ERA, 54/21 K/BB in 54 IP

 

53. Michael Morse (OF Orioles - Age 31): Morse followed up a big spring with six homers in his first nine games for the Mariners. He then hit just seven more all year, with four coming after he hurt his wrist in May. Surgery to shave down a bone in his wrist followed in October. That there are only so many right-handed hitters with 25- or 30-homer power will work in Morse's favor this winter. He's not a big OBP guy and he's a liability on defense, but he'll have bidders.

 

2013 stats: .215/.270/.381, 13 HR, 34 R, 27 RBI, 0 SB in 312 AB

 

54. Justin Morneau (1B Pirates - Age 32): The Pirates took a chance that Morneau's August surge was a sign of better things to come, but hit .260/.370/.312 with no homers and three RBI in 25 games for his new team. The playoffs were more of the same: he went 7-for-24 with just a double and no runs batted in. It's not that Morneau is a liability as a starting first baseman, but neither has been an above average regular at any point since suffering battling post-concussion syndrome in 2011. A one-year, $5 million seems suitable, though his name will probably get him a bit more.

 

2013 stats: .259/.323/.411, 17 HR, 62 R, 77 RBI, 0 SB in 572 AB

 

55. Javier Lopez (LHP Giants - Age 36): Last time Lopez was a free agent, a barren market for left-handed relievers resulted in him getting a two-year, $8.5 million deal to stay with the Giants. This time around, he could again be considered the best of the bunch, but he has a lot more competition in the form of J.P. Howell, Boone Logan, Manny Parra, Scott Downs and the rehabbing Eric O'Flaherty. The Giants are expected to attempt to retain him.

 

2013 stats: 4-2, 15 Hd, 1.83 ERA, 37/12 K/BB in 39.1 IP

 

56. J.P. Howell (LHP Dodgers, 30): 2.03 ERA, 11 Hd, 54/23 K/BB in 62 IP

57. David DeJesus (OF Rays, 34): .251/.327/.402, $6.5 million club option

58. Mark Ellis (2B Dodgers, 36): .270/.323/.351 in 433 AB

59. Boone Logan (LHP Yankees, 29): 3.23 ERA, 11 Hd, 50/13 K/BB in 39 IP

60. Jason Hammel (RHP Orioles, 31): 4.97 ERA, 96/48 K/BB in 139.1 IP

61. Bruce Chen (LHP Royals, 36): 3.27 ERA, 78/36 K/BB in 121 IP

62. Francisco Rodriguez (RHP Orioles, 32): 2.70 ERA, 10 Sv, 54/14 K/BB in 46.2 IP

63. Juan Uribe (3B Dodgers, 35): .278/.331/.438, 12 HR in 388 AB

64. Jake Westbrook (RHP Cardinals, 36): 4.63 ERA, 44/50 K/BB in 116.2 IP

65. Chris Capuano (LHP Dodgers, 35): 4.26 ERA, 81/24 K/BB in 105.2 IP

66. Carlos Marmol (RHP Dodgers, 31): 4.41 ERA, 6 Hd, 59/40 K/BB in 49 IP

67. Dioner Navarro (C Cubs, 30): .300/.365/.492, 13 HR in 24 AB

68. Kelly Johnson (2B-OF Rays, 32): .235/.305/.410, 16 HR in 366 AB

69. Ryan Vogelsong (RHP Giants, 36): 5.73 ERA in 103.2 IP, $6.5 mil club option

70. Manny Parra (LHP Reds, 31): 3.33 ERA, 16 Hd, 56/15 K/BB in 46 IP

70 1/2. Jose Veras (RHP Tigers, 33): Tigers declined $3.25 mil option

71. Colby Lewis (RHP Rangers, 34): DNP - elbow, hip surgeries

72. Eric Chavez (3B Diamondbacks, 36): .281/.332/.478, 9 HR in 228 AB

73. Michael Young (INF Dodgers, 37): .279/.335/.395 in 519 AB

74. Joe Saunders (LHP Mariners, 32): 5.26 ERA, 107/61 K/BB in 183 IP

75. Nate McLouth (OF Orioles, 32): .258/.329/.399, 30 SB in 531 AB

76. Chad Gaudin (RHP Giants, 31): 3.06 ERA, 88/40 K/BB in 97 IP

77. Mark Reynolds (1B-3B Yankees, 30): .220/306/.393, 21 HR in 445 AB

78. Scott Downs (LHP Braves, 38): 2.49 ERA, 26 Hd, 37/19 K/BB in 43.1 IP

79. Mike Pelfrey (RHP Twins, 30): 5.19 ERA, 101/53 K/BB in 152.2 IP

80. Paul Konerko (1B White Sox, 38): .244/.313/.355, 12 HR in 467 AB

81. Gavin Floyd (RHP White Sox, 31): TJ surgery, 5.18 ERA in 24.1 IP

82. Joba Chamberlain (RHP Yankees, 28): 4.93 ERA, 5 Hd, 38/26 K/BB in 42 IP

83. Eric O'Flaherty (LHP Braves, 28): TJ surgery, 2.50 ERA in 18 IP

84. Brian Roberts (2B Orioles, 35): .249/.312/.392 in 265 AB

85. Kurt Suzuki (C Athletics, 30): .232/.290/.337 in 285 AB

86. Raul Ibanez (OF-DH Mariners, 41): .242/.306/.487, 29 HR in 454 AB

87. Joel Hanrahan (RHP Red Sox, 32): TJ surgery, 9.82 ERA in 7.1 IP

88. Matt Belisle (RHP Rockies, 33), 4.32 ERA, $4.25 million mutual option

89. Oliver Perez (LHP Mariners, 32): 3.74 ERA, 8 Hd, 74/26 K/BB in 53 IP

90. Rafael Furcal (SS Cardinals, 36): TJ surgery

91. Geovany Soto (C Rangers, 31): .245/.328/.466, 9 HR in 163 AB

92. Jason Kubel (OF-DH Indians, 31): .216/.293/.317 in 259 AB

93. Chris Carpenter (RHP Cardinals, 38): DNP - shoulder, expected to retire

94. Franklin Gutierrez (OF Mariners, 31): .248/.273/.503 in 145 AB

95. Jamey Wright (RHP Rays, 39): 3.09 ERA, 6 Hd, 65/23 K/BB in 70 IP

96. Edinson Volquez (RHP Dodgers, 30): 5.71 ERA, 142/77 K/BB in 170.1 IP

97. Rajai Davis (OF Blue Jays, 33): .260/.312/.375, 45 SB in 331 AB

98. Shaun Marcum (RHP Mets, 32): Thoracic outlet surgery, 5.29 ERA in 78.1 IP

99. John Buck (C Pirates, 33): .222/.288/.365, 15 HR in 392 AB

100. Matt Thornton (LHP Red Sox, 37): 3.74 ERA, 19 Hd, 30/15 K/BB in 43.1 IP

101. Lance Berkman (DH Rangers, 38): .242/.340/.359 in 256 AB, retirement likely

102. Roberto Hernandez (RHP Rays, 33): 4.89 ERA, 113/38 K/BB in 151 IP

103. Jeff Baker (INF-OF Rangers, 32): .279/.360/.545 in 154 AB

104. Kevin Gregg (RHP Cubs, 35): 3.48 ERA, 33 Sv, 56/32 K/BB in 62 IP

105. Takashi Toritani (INF Japan, 32): .282/.402/.410, 15 SB in 532 AB

106. Erik Bedard (LHP Astros, 35): 4.59 ERA, 138/75 K/BB in 151 IP

107. Skip Schumaker (2B-OF Dodgers, 34): .263/.332/.332 in 319 AB

108. LaTroy Hawkins (RHP Mets, 41): 2.93 ERA, 13 Sv, 55/10 K/BB in 70.2 IP

109. Tim Stauffer (RHP Padres, 31): 3.75 ERA, 7 Hd, 64/20 K/BB in 69.2 IP

110. Ryan Madson (RHP FA, 33): DNP - TJ surgery

111. Clint Barmes (SS Pirates, 35): .211/.249/.309 in 304 AB

112. Willie Bloomquist (INF Diamondbacks, 36): .317/.360/.367 in 139 AB

113. Delmon Young (OF-DH Rays, 28): .260/.307/.407 in 334 AB

114. Ted Lilly (LHP FA, 38): 5.09 ERA, 18/10 K/BB in 23 IP

115. Luke Scott (OF Rays, 35): .241/.326/.415 in 253 AB

116. Jose Molina (C Rays, 38): .233/.290/.304 in 283 AB

117. Brendan Ryan (SS Yankees, 32): .197/.255/.273 in 319 AB

118. Johan Santana (LHP Mets, 35): DNP - shoulder surgery

119. Michael Gonzalez (LHP Brewers, 35): 4.68 ERA, 11 Hd, 60/25 K/BB in 50 IP

120. Nick Punto (INF Dodgers, 36): .255/.328/.327 in 294 AB

121. Chad Qualls (RHP Marlins, 35): 2.61 ERA, 15 Hd, 49/19 K/BB in 62 IP

122. Brayan Pena (C Tigers, 32): .297/.315/.397 in 229 AB

123. Aaron Harang (RHP Mets, 35): 5.40 ERA, 113/40 K/BB in 143.1 IP

124. Luis Ayala (RHP Braves, 36): 2.90 ERA, 10 Hd, 22/13 K/BB in 33 IP

125. Jerry Hairston Jr. (INF-OF Dodgers, 37): .211/.265/.275 in 204 AB

126. Juan Carlos Oviedo (RHP Rays, 32): DNP - TJ surgery, Rays hold $2 mil option

127. Kyle Farnsworth (RHP Pirates, 37): 4.70 ERA, 2 Sv, 28/10 K/BB in 38.1 IP

128. Barry Zito (LHP Giants, 35): 5.74 ERA, 86/54 K/BB in 133.1 IP

129. David Aardsma (RHP Mets, 32): 4.31 ERA, 4 Hd, 36/19 K/BB in 39.2 IP

130. Yuniesky Betancourt (INF Brewers, 32): .212/.240/.355, 13 HR in 391 AB

131. Alfredo Aceves (RHP Red Sox, 32): 4.86 ERA, 24/22 K/BB in 37 IP

132. Placido Polanco (3B Marlins, 37): .260/.315/.302 in 377 AB

133. Daisuke Matsuzaka (RHP Mets, 33): 4.42 ERA, 33/16 K/BB in 38.2 IP

134. Wilson Betemit (3B Orioles, 32): Knee surgery, 0-for-10 in Aug./Sept.

135. Brett Myers (RHP Indians, 33): Sore elbow, 8.02 ERA in 21.1 IP

136. Jeff Karstens (RHP Pirates, 31): DNP - shoulder surgery

137. Roy Oswalt (RHP Rockies, 36): 8.63 ERA, 34/9 K/BB in 32.1 IP

138. Juan Pierre (OF Marlins, 36): .247/.284/.305, 23 SB in 308 AB

139. Octavio Dotel (RHP Tigers, 40): Sore elbow, 13.50 ERA in 4.2 IP

140. Frank Francisco (RHP Mets, 34): Sore elbow, 4.26 ERA in 6.1 IP

141. Clayton Richard (LHP Padres, 30): Shoulder surgery, 7.01 ERA in 52.2 IP

142. Reed Johnson (OF Braves, 37): .244/.311/.341 in 123 AB

143. Wil Nieves (C Diamondbacks, 36): .297/.320/.369 in 195 AB

144. Grady Sizemore (OF FA, 31): DNP - knee surgery

145. Tsuyoshi Wada (LHP Orioles, 33): Tommy John rehab, 4.03 ERA in AAA

146. Yorvit Torrealba (C Rockies, 35): .240/.295/.285 in 179 AB

147. John Lannan (LHP Phillies, 29): 5.33 ERA, 38/27 K/BB in 74.1 IP

148. Andres Torres (OF Giants, 36): .250/.302/.342 in 272 AB

149. Jamey Carroll (INF Royals, 40): .211/.267/.251 in 227 AB

150. Rich Hill (LHP Indians, 34): 6.28 ERA, 13 Hd, 51/29 K/BB in 38.2 IP



Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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