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
Mike Napoli - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Robinson Cano - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Kelly Johnson - Signed with New York Yankees
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
Carlos Beltran - Signed with New York Yankees
Marlon Byrd - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Chris Carpenter - Retired
Scott Feldman - Signed with Houston Astros
Roy Halladay - Retired
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
Chad Qualls - Signed with Houston Astros
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
Stephen Drew was awful at the plate against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, but John Farrell stuck with the shortstop because of his experience on defense.
Many around the Boston Red Sox were clamoring for Farrell to bench Drew, who went 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts in six games, but instead Will Middlebrooks was removed from the lineup for the two games started by youngster Xander Bogaerts.
"It's huge," Drew told RealGM of the faith Farrell showed in him. "He's done it all year and he recognized that I was struggling at the plate, but I was playing defense really well. Him having that confidence in me, knowing he had that trust in me, it's huge."
Drew, who hit .253/.333/.443 in 124 games (501 plate appearances) during the regular season, also struggled offensively in the ALDS. He was 2-for-15 against the Tampa Bay Rays, making him an eye-popping 3-for-35 (.085) in the playoffs.
"There's been a lot of push back on a couple of guys in our lineup that have had some struggles, both [Shane Victorino] and Drew," Farrell said after Game 6. "In the seventh inning, Stephen makes a great play that shuts down an inning."
In addition to sticking with Drew, Farrell kept Victorino in the lineup and he hit the game-winning grand slam. Victorino was 3-for-24 against the Tigers.
"The playoffs are all about wins," Drew said. "Not everyone on the team hit, but we had timely hitting. That's what it was about. We picked each other up and it's fun to be a part of this team."
Drew had the second-highest fielding percentage (.984) among AL shortstop during the regular season. His defense looked even better when compared to that of Jose Iglesias, who the Red Sox traded to the Tigers as part of the three-team deal that brought Jake Peavy to Boston in July.
Iglesias had two errors in the ALCS, both leading to eventual game-winning Boston runs.
With a few days off and a fresh opponent in the St. Louis Cardinals, Drew can start anew at the plate.
"The World Series is a new series, that's the way I look at it," he said. "Hopefully I'll break out of this thing, but the main thing is, looking back, we won."
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap
By Andrew Perna
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported last week that the Detroit Tigers might trade Mac Scherzer this winter before he becomes too costly. Scherzer, the likely American League Cy Young winner, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and the second-most strikeouts in the league this season.
Scherzer can become a free agent after the 2014 season and as a client of Scott Boras, the right-hander is unlikely to sign a long-term deal this close to the open market. The Tigers would love to keep their core together going forward, but doing so wouldn't be cost efficient.
Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander all make more than $20 million and Scherzer will soon join them. He earned $6.75 million this season and could approach $20 million as soon as this spring through arbitration. Detroit's payroll is incredibly top-heavy. They have $107.8 million already committed to six players -- Cabrera, Fielder, Verlander, Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Anibal Sanchez.
It makes absolute sense that Dave Dombrowski would trade an expensive star, but is Scherzer the best option?
It wouldn't be an easy sell, and they would be selling low, but at the very least the Tigers would be better served to try and move Fielder than one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.
I'm not suggesting that Fielder would bring back the type of return Scherzer would. Even though he's under contract through the 2020 season, Detroit would have to tempter their demands given the $168 million remaining on his oversized contract.
Fielder contributed just 1.7 WAR to the Tigers this season as he hit .279/.362/.457 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs. He hurt his overall value by playing a poor defensive first base (see: Game 2 of the ALCS). Fielder flirted with 5.0 WAR in 2011 and 2012. His production this season has made his contract look atrocious.
The Tigers have one of the thinnest farm systems in all of baseball. They would benefit greatly from whatever young talent they could acquire. They traded Avisail Garcia in the Jose Iglesias-Jake Peavy deal this summer, further depleting their system. Iglesias is just 22 years old and a tremendous defensive shortstop, but wasn't in the starting lineup for three of the first four games of the ALCS because of a weak bat.
Nick Castellanos has shown promise, but the cupboard is bare behind him. If the Tigers are serious about shopping Scherzer and could get someone to listen about Fielder, it may be a matter of compensation as much as payroll savings.
With that said, Cabrera and Verlander won't be elite forever. The Tigers' chances of winning a World Series with that duo will decrease with each passing fall. The pair will both be in their age-31 seasons in 2014.
In today's game a pair of dominant pitchers atop your rotation are more valuable than two All-Star hitters in the middle of your order. Pitching has become the name of the game, even more so during the playoffs when rotations are shortened and at-bats become more meaningful.
Major League clubs scored just 4.17 runs per game this regular season, the lowest total since 1992 and nearly a full run lower than the 2000 average of 5.14. Dominant pitching has been the story this postseason as well. Heading into Tuesday's games, clubs are averaging just 3.58 runs as the strikeouts pile up at historic rates.
If the Tigers are going to make a cost-conscious trade this winter, dealing Prince Fielder makes a lot more sense than moving Scherzer. The sales job will have to be a very good one, but Dave Dombrowski hasn't guided Detroit to three-straight ALCS appearances by being conservative.
Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor
You might expect guys like David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez to deliver in clutch moments, but look out for Omar Infante, Mark Ellis and Pete Kozma as well.
The Tigers finished the regular season atop our rankings, followed by the Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers and Cardinals.
As our rankings continue to settle for the 2013 season, the top is littered with World Series contenders.
Engaged in a dogfight with the Cardinals and Pirates for the NL Central title, the Reds have moved into the top five this week.
The Red Sox, who have surged to second in our rankings, have a chance to help keep the Yankees from the playoffs this weekend.
The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds rank fifth, sixth and seventh in our rankings as they battle for supremacy in the NL Central.