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Complete List Of 2015 MLB Free Agents

By RealGM Staff Report

The San Francisco Giants have barely had time to finish celebrating their third World Series victory in five years and free agency is already upon us. Below is a list of all of baseball's free agents and their age. Once agreements are made, we'll up date the list to include each player's club.

Catchers

J.P. Arencibia (29)
John Buck (34)
Ryan Doumit (34)
Chris Gimenez (32)
Nick Hundley (31
Gerald Laird (35)
Russell Martin (32)
Wil Nieves (36)
A.J. Pierzynski (38)
David Ross (38)
Geovany Soto (32)

First Basemen

Daric Barton (29)
Billy Butler (29)
Mike Carp (29)
Michael Cuddyer (36)
Corey Hart (33)
Adam LaRoche (35)
Mike Morse (33)
Lyle Overbay (38)
Carlos Pena (37)
Mark Reynolds (32)

Second Basemen

Emilio Bonifacio (30)
Mark Ellis (38)
Rafael Furcal (37)
Jonathan Herrera (30)
Brandon Hicks (29)
Kelly Johnson (33)
Ramon Santiago (35)
Rickie Weeks (32)
Josh Wilson (34)

Shortstops

Clint Barmes (36)
Asdrubal Cabrera (29)
Stephen Drew (32)
Jonathan Herrera (30)
Jed Lowrie (31)
John McDonald (40)
Hanley Ramirez (31)

Third Basemen

Alberto Callaspo (32)
Jack Hannahan (35)
Chase Headley (31)
Kelly Johnson (33)
Donnie Murphy (32)
Chris Nelson (29)
Hanley Ramirez (31)
Mark Reynolds (32)
Pablo Sandoval (28)

Left Fielders

Melky Cabrera (30)
Mike Carp (29)
Endy Chavez (37)
Tyler Colvin (29)
Nelson Cruz (34)
Chris Denorfia (34)
Cole Gillespie (30)
Jonny Gomes (34)
Tony Gwynn Jr. (32)
Scott Hairston (35)
Reed Johnson (38)
Jason Kubel (33)
Ryan Ludwick (36)
Nyjer Morgan (34)
Mike Morse (33)
Alfonso Soriano (39)
Josh Willingham (36)
Chris B. Young (31)
Delmon Young (29)

Center Fielders

Emilio Bonifacio (30)
Endy Chavez (37)
Nyjer Morgan (34)
Colby Rasmus (28)
Chris B. Young (31)

Right Fielders

Nori Aoki (33)
Endy Chavez (37)
Tyler Colvin (29)
Nelson Cruz (34)
Michael Cuddyer (36)
Chris Denorfia (34)
Scott Hairston (35)
Torii Hunter (39)
Nick Markakis (31)
Alex Rios (34)
Nate Schierholtz (31)
Ichiro Suzuki (41)
Yasmany Tomas (24)
Chris B. Young (31)

Designated Hitters

Billy Butler (29)
Ryan Doumit (34)
Adam Dunn (35)
Jason Giambi (44)
Jonny Gomes (34)
Corey Hart (33)
Raul Ibanez (42)
Jason Kubel (33)
Victor Martinez (35)
Kendrys Morales (31)
Delmon Young (29)

Starting Pitchers

Brett Anderson (27)
Scott Baker (33)
Chad Billingsley (30)
A.J. Burnett (38)
Chris Capuano (36)
Bruce Chen (38)
Kevin Correia (34)
Gavin Floyd (32)
Jason Hammel (32)
Aaron Harang (37)
Roberto Hernandez (34)
Josh Johnson (31)
Kyle Kendrick (30)
Hiroki Kuroda (40)
Jon Lester (31)
Colby Lewis (35)
Francisco Liriano (31)
Paul Maholm (33)
Justin Masterson (30)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (34)
Brandon McCarthy (31)
Brad Mills (29)
Franklin Morales (29)
Brandon Morrow (30)
Felipe Paulino (31)
Jake Peavy (34)
Wandy Rodriguez (36)
Ervin Santana (32)
Joe Saunders (34)
Max Scherzer (30)
James Shields (33)
Misael Siverio (24)
Kevin Slowey (31)
Carlos Villanueva (31)
Ryan Vogelsong (37)
Edinson Volquez (30)
Randy Wolf (38)
Chris Young (36)

Closers

Jason Grilli (38)
Casey Janssen (33)
David Robertson (30)
Francisco Rodriguez (33)
Sergio Romo (32)
Rafael Soriano (35)

Right-Handed Relievers

Mike Adams (36)
Matt Albers (32)
Burke Badenhop (32)
Andrew Bailey (31)
Matt Belisle (34)
Heath Bell (37)
Jared Burton (34)
Joba Chamberlain (29)
Jesse Crain (34)
Kyle Farnsworth (39)
Jason Frasor (38)
Kyuji Fujikawa (34)
Luke Gregerson (31)
Matt Guerrier (36)
Luke Hochevar (31)
Jim Johnson (32)
Matt Lindstrom (35)
Jeff Manship (30)
Nick Masset (33)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (34)
Dustin McGowan (32)
Jason Motte (33)
Pat Neshek (34)
Juan Carlos Oviedo (33)
Chris Perez (29)
Sergio Santos (31)
Kevin Slowey (31)
Tim Stauffer (32)
Jose Veras (34)
Jamey Wright (40)

Left-Handed Relievers

Joe Beimel (38)
Craig Breslow (34)
Sean Burnett (32)
Phil Coke (32)
Neal Cotts (35)
Scott Downs (39)
Zach Duke (32)
Tom Gorzelanny (32)
Andrew Miller (30)
Franklin Morales (29)
Josh Outman (30)
Joe Thatcher (33)

 

This list was put together using the tremendous resource that is MLB Trade Rumors.


MLB Rankings For End Of 2014 Regular Season

By RealGM Staff Report

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). 

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.  

All statistics are through the end of the 2014 regular season.

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

(1) Washington Nationals – 4.11

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.98

(3) Baltimore Orioles – 3.91

(4) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.87

(5) Oakland Athletics – 3.78

(6) Los Angeles Angels – 3.70

(7) Seattle Mariners – 3.59

(8) Detroit Tigers – 3.56

(9) Cleveland Indians – 3.50

(10) San Francisco Giants – 3.49

(11) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.41

(T12) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.39

-- Kansas City Royals – 3.39

(14) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.36

(15) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.28

(16) Atlanta Braves – 3.27

(17) New York Mets – 3.24

(18) Miami Marlins – 3.16

(19) New York Yankees – 3.12

(20) San Diego Padres – 3.07

(21) Cincinnati Reds – 3.02

(22) Chicago Cubs – 2.93

(23) Colorado Rockies – 2.88

(24) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.86

(25) Boston Red Sox – 2.83

(26) Houston Astros – 2.81

(27) Chicago White Sox – 2.79

(28) Minnesota Twins – 2.56

(29) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.52

(30) Texas Rangers – 2.40

 

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At $153 Million, Jacoby Ellsbury Has Been New York's Best Expenditure

By Andrew Perna

The New York Yankees are often fiscally irresponsible with a penchant for signing older stars to expensive, long-term deals. That has been one of the few constants over the last two decades as pitchers have returned to dominance, prospects have risen in value and the implementation of drug-testing has altered the game of baseball.

So it didn't surprise anyone when the Yankees spent more than $500 million on free agents this past offseason after sitting out the playoffs with an 85-77 record. They finished 12 games back of the rival Boston Red Sox in the American League East and more than six games back of a Wild Card spot. However, after spending half a billion dollars, New York is on pace for fewer wins (84) and a playoff-less end to Derek Jeter's career.

Health has certainly been an issue, but almost every Major League team has to deal with a significant injuries. It just so happens that New York's injured players are among the highest-paid in baseball. CC Sabathia ($23 million) has only logged 46 innings and Ivan Nova ($3.3 million) has been limited to fewer than 21 frames. Masahiro Tanaka ($22 million) hasn't pitched since July 8 because of troublesome elbow issues.

The offense has been healthy, but not much more productive.

Brian McCann, signed away from the Atlanta Braves for $85 million over five years, is having the worst offensive season of his career. In his age-30 season, the catcher is hitting .234/.287/.384. He hasn't hit for average for several seasons, but owns a career .809 OPS.

Carlos Beltran, who landed a three-year, $45 million contract, is seven years older than McCann and a perfect example of the stereotypical New York signing. He has a disappointing slash line of .240/.303/.420 in 412 plate appearances. He is putting together the worst season of his 17-year career, by far. Age was an obvious concern, but Beltran hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals just last season.

While the contract was more ceremonial than indicative of his true value, the Yankees are paying Jeter $12 million on a one-year pact in his final season. He has remained healthy, which was a significant question mark at 40, but is having the worst full season of his career (sensing a theme?) with a .261/.308/.312 line.

Thanks to the struggles of McCann, Beltran and Jeter, three of Joe Girardi's key offensive pieces are getting on base less than a third of the time. It's surprising the Yankees (.695) don't rank lower than 18th in team OPS.

When looking at the money Brian Cashman spent this past offseason, the most exorbitant contract handed out was the seven-year, $153 million deal given to Jacoby Ellsbury in both the length and cost. The speedy outfielder came to New York with a history of inconsistency and health issues. He played in just 250 games between 2010-12 and his oWAR in the five seasons before leaving the Red Sox were 3.2, -0.3, 7.4, 0.8 and 4.1.

Would he become complacent? Was he due for a poor season? Would be play in enough games to provide a return on New York's investment?

All those concerns have been tabled for now as Ellsbury has been not only the Yankees' best hitter, but also most valuable player overall. Brett Gardner has accumulated more WAR (4.3 to 3.5) than his new outfield partner, but Ellsbury has done more to jumpstart an anemic offense.

Ellsbury leads the club in batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.348) and trails only Gardner in slugging (.435, by a mere eight percentage points). It goes to show you how badly the Yankees have struggled to score runs when you see Gardner and Ellsbury leading them in power.

For the first time since winning the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2008 and following it up with another strong season in 2009, Ellsbury, who will turn 31 next week, has put together consecutive above-average seasons. That's good news for the Yankees, who have $166 million already committed to next year's roster.

When you remove Ellsbury's $21 million from that total, it will cost New York $143 million to employ Alex Rodriguez, Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Tanaka, McCann, Gardner, Beltran and Martin Prado. That's barely a third of a Major League roster.

Where would they be without their center fielder?



MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 28

The Athletics still have the best record in baseball and top spot on our rankings, followed by the Nationals, Dodgers, Angels and Tigers.


MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 21

The Angels and Tigers have swapped spots in our weekly Major League rankings as Los Angeles continues to chase Oakland for the best record in baseball.


MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 14

The A's are first in our rankings for the eighth-straight week, but the Angels are threatening. Oakland leads the AL West by less than two games.


MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 7

The Athletics continue to dominate, but the Dodgers and Nationals have made up ground in this week's rankings.


Be The GM: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Miguel Cabrera

There are just eight players left standing in RealGM's 'Be The GM' contest. Would you rather build a roster around Masahiro Tanaka or Miguel Cabrera?


MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning June 23

The Dodgers are making a run at the top spot and Josh Beckett has been one of the many reasons why. His 2.28 ERA is the best of his Major League career.