By RealGM Staff Report
With free agency beginning on Tuesday, we have compiled a complete list of Major League free agents. The players are separated by position and alphabetical order. As players reach agreements with team, we will do our best to update the list.
If you are aware of an agreement that has somehow slipped through the cracks please send us a Tweet (@RealGMBaseball).
Brian McCann - Signed with New York Yankees
Jose Molina - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Dioner Navarro - Toronto Blue Jays
Wil Nieves - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Brayan Pena - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
A.J. Pierzynski - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Carlos Ruiz - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Signed with Miami Marlins
Geovany Soto - Signed with Texas Rangers
Paul Konerko - Signed with Chicago White Sox
Justin Morneau - Signed with Colorado Rockies
Robinson Cano - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Nick Punto - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Skip Schumaker - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Willie Bloomquist - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Rafael Furcal - Signed with Miami Marlins
Jhonny Peralta - Signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan - Signed with New York Yankees
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Nate McLouth - Signed with Washington Nationals
David Murphy - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Jacoby Ellsbury - Signed with New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson - Signed with New York Mets
Chris Young - Signed with New York Mets
Marlon Byrd - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Chris Carpenter - Retired
Scott Feldman - Signed with Houston Astros
Dan Haren - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Tim Hudson - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Phil Hughes - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Josh Johnson - Signed with San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Hiroki Kuroda - Signed with New York Yankees
Colby Lewis - Signed with Texas Rangers
Ted Lilly - Retired
Ricky Nolasco - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Jason Vargas - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Ryan Vogelsong - Signed with San Francisco Giants
P.J. Walters - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Edward Mujica - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Joe Nathan - Signed with Detroit Tigers
Brian Wilson - Signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers
LaTroy Hawkins - Signed with Colorado Rockies
Juan Carlos Oviedo - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Joe Smith - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Javier Lopez - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Manny Parra - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Information for this was gathered from MLB Trade Rumors and Cot's Baseball Contracts.
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By Andrew Perna
As he prepared to begin his 12th Major League season this past winter, Jake Peavy had his eyes on one thing: a World Series title.
Peavy and the Chicago White Sox were both coming off successful seasons. The veteran right-hander had a 3.37 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and averaged 8.0 K/9 and 3.96 K/BB. He was an All-Star and took home a Gold Glove.
The White Sox finished just three games back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, adding much optimism to the South Side of Chicago.
"The longer you play and you come up short and come up short, you think gosh," Peavy said. "This winter when I was trying to decide which team I was going to go to that was the deciding factor. Where do I think I can go win a World Series? I certainly felt we had a good group assembled in Chicago, we came close to knocking off Detroit last year, but this is what I've played for since I've played – to be a champion."
Ironically enough, Peavy signed a contract extension with the White Sox -- two years, $29 million with a player option for 2015 ($15M) if he reaches innings requirements – on Oct. 30, 2012, exactly a year to the day he would finally win a championship.
"There are no words for what this moment means to me, to my family, to so many people that have helped along the way," he said. "This is the culmination. This is it. There is nothing any more gratifying than the feeling I have right now."
We now know that things didn't work out for the White Sox. They won just 63 games, fewer than only the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. The reversal of fortune was enough for Rick Hahn to move Peavy at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, nine months after he labeled him as one of the top pitchers in baseball and someone Chicago hoped to keep "at the top end of our rotation and his influence in our clubhouse for at least the next two years."
The Red Sox gladly took on Peavy in a three-team deal that also included the Tigers, who acquired Jose Iglesias from Boston. Peavy turned out to be a perfect addition to this year's Red Sox team, who relied more on chemistry and grit than supreme talent.
Peavy won the National League Cy Young award with the San Diego Padres in 2007, but his stuff has diminished in the years since. Over his first six Major League seasons, he led the NL in strikeouts and ERA twice. He won the pitching Triple Crown the same season in which was took home the Cy Young.
He gets by with determination and perseverance. Much like his teammates.
"It's all about the attitude. This team had great players, but they fell on hard times. I was on a good team in spring training this year that fell on rough times," Peavy said. "We've got 25 guys in there that believe, we've got a front office that believes and in the city of Boston, you're never out of it. No matter how bad, or good, the year is before there is one goal here."
Peavy made 10 regular-season starts for the Red Sox, posting a 4.04 ERA and 1.160 WHIP while averaging 6.3 K/BB and 2.37 K/BB. He was far from dominant and allowed 10 runs in three postseason appearances, but made starts that John Farrell would have had to give to a less proven pitcher.
The Red Sox won just 69 games last season, but with a new manager (Farrell) and a host of mid-level signings (Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Ryan Dempster) they owed the AL East. Peavy helped push them over the edge.
"From the first time I walked into the clubhouse, I certainly didn't think anything else was going to happen but this. People say that's crazy, but there are 24 other guys that will tell you the exact same thing," Peavy said with a smile.
"When I stepped into that clubhouse on August 1 it became very evident to me that we had one goal and we were going to do everything we could to be here. Not to say that I guaranteed success, but I promise you this is what every guy expected to happen."
With far fewer baseball years ahead of him than are behind, Peavy has finally reached the top of his profession. As the Red Sox cruised to a Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, he relished the moment.
"I was in the dugout for the whole game. The feeling is something I'll never forget. We pretty much had it wrapped up there, especially with Koji [Uehara] on the mound. I cried during the ninth inning," he admitted.
"Those emotions came out of me and I had tears rolling down my face. You flash back to 12 years in the Major Leagues and all the years prior to that."
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By Andrew Perna
When you arrived at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, you got an immediate feeling of inevitability. Michael Wacha, on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals, had been nearly unhittable in the postseason, but with a chance to clinch their third World Series title since 2004, the Boston Red Sox weren't going to let it get to a seventh game.
By the third inning, the party had begun in Boston.
Wacha, who had been 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 27 innings, was tagged for six runs (twice as many as he had previously allowed in the entire playoffs) in less than four innings as he failed to extent the Cardinals' season.
"I think a couple of things, one, you have a more educated team that's faced him before, and you got a kid that's been out there and so impressive to keep doing what he's been doing," Mike Matheny said when asked to explain Wacha's ineffectiveness.
"The game is going to catch up with everybody. Today was one of those days where he got a little more plate on a few pitches, but this kid has been absolutely fantastic. I just told him a few minutes ago, we're not here if he doesn't do what he's done for us over this postseason.
The trouble started with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when Wacha hit Jonny Gomes, loading the bases. Up came Shane Victorino, who hadn't recorded a hit since his pennant-clinching grand slam against the Detroit Tigers nearly two weeks ago.
Victorino, bothered by a bad back, wasn't even in the lineup for the last two games of the series, but that didn't seem to matter. He put the Red Sox on the board with a three-run double off the Green Monster, providing all the runs John Lackey and the pitching staff would need.
Already forever a postseason hero in Boston, Victorino came to the plate with the bases loaded again in the fourth inning. He further padded the lead with an RBI single.
The Cardinals finally decided to formally pitch around David Ortiz, the World Series MVP, and it turned out to be too late. Ortiz walked four times, intentionally three times, and struck out in his only at-bat of the game. Even without a hit in the final game of the series, Ortiz had an absurd .688/.760/1.188 line. Prior to Game 6, he accounted for a third of Boston's hits in the Fall Classic.
"I know I'm one of the forces for this ball club, and I like to take things personal, you know. And that has been my whole career, a challenge," Ortiz said. "I wasn't trying to be the guy, but I know I got to get something done to keep the line moving. Thank God, everything worked out well, and I didn't even have to do anything today. The rest of the team took over."
Pitching around Ortiz might have helped St. Louis in Games 2-5, but the Boston offense came to life with blood in the water. The change in strategy backfired for Mike Matheny and St. Louis.
"Let me tell you, those guys – I was hitting well, but it wasn't like I was hitting pitches right down the middle of the plate," Ortiz explained. "They were trying their best to get me out. I was just putting good swings, I was getting away with some swings."
Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew each had two hits, including an improbable solo home run off the bat of Drew in the fourth. Drew entered the game with a single hit against the Cardinals, but timely hitting was the name of the game for John Farrell's club all postseason.
"Shane Victorino has got a little bit of a flair for the dramatic. The hits that he did record in the postseason couldn't have been bigger and couldn't have come at a more opportune time," Farrell said.
"Even though the numbers for [Victorino and Drew] in the postseason don't reflect what they did during the year, we faced very good pitching. From every team we faced, and it was almost a little poetic justice tonight given the struggles of Drew offensively. We could see his timing start to come around over in St. Louis, and for him to hit one out of the ballpark, a big night for him."
Lackey became the first pitcher ever to start and win the clinching game of a World Series with two different teams (Los Angeles Angels, 2007). Completely unreliable in 2011 and out for all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery, Lackey allowed one run and struck out five while scattering nine hits in six-plus innings.
"His turnaround mirrors that of this organization," Farrell said of the right-hander. "He's had such a good year for us, very consistent. The way he shaped his body goes right into how well he pitched."
Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman and Koji Uehara didn't allow a hit as they recorded the final seven outs.
The triumph marked the eighth World Series title for the Red Sox (1903, 1912, 1916, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007 and 2013). Only three organizations -- the New York Yankees (27), St. Louis Cardinals (11) and Oakland Athletics (9) have won more.
This championship was easily the most improbable, even more so than the incredible 2004 comeback, because they won just 69 games and occupied last place just a season ago.
"Winning this World Series is special," Ortiz, winner of three rings, reflected. "I think it might be the most special out of the World Series that I have been part of, to be honest with you."
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