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.
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
Nick Punto - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Skip Schumaker - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Willie Bloomquist - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Jhonny Peralta - Signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan - Signed with New York Yankees
Jerry Hairston Jr.
David Murphy - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Jacoby Ellsbury - Signed with New York Yankees
Chris Young - Signed with New York Mets
Marlon Byrd - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Chris Carpenter - 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
Colby Lewis - Signed with Texas Rangers
Ricky Nolasco - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Jason Vargas - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Ryan Vogelsong - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Joe Nathan - Signed with Detroit Tigers
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
The Mariano Rivera Retirement Tour is alive and well.
Nearly a month after the reliever's final appearance with the New York Yankees, Rivera was honored by commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday night in Boston. He is the 13th recipient of the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award and the first since Ken Griffey, Jr. was honored in 2011.
Rivera, who saved a record 652 games, was the final player to wear No. 42, which was retired by Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997.
"This is a night that I have looked forward to for a long time," Selig said. "Tonight I'm proud to present the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award to Mariano Rivera.
"I'll get right to the heart of the matter, clearly and unequivocally, he's the greatest relief pitcher of all time and he did it in a way that was remarkable."
In 1,115 regular-season appearances, all with the Yankees, Rivera posted a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He averaged 4.1 K/BB over his 19 seasons and broke countless bats and just as many hearts with a pitch hitters knew was coming.
In 96 playoff appearances, Rivera had a 0.70 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. Saves? 42, of course.
"I've been blessed. I've been blessed," Rivera said. "And it's an honor and a privilege to receive this award with such dignity and class because that's the way I respect the game. I still will continue loving the game the way I did when I played the game. For me and my family, this award means a lot."
The native of Panama was gracious as always and pointed out that he was lucky to play for nearly two decades and have one commissioner.
"[This award] will be in a special place. Not in my corner, but in a special place, in a special place," Rivera said. "It means that I had a chance to play for one commissioner, you know."
His playing career has been over for four weeks, but Rivera admitted that his retirement won't truly kick in until the spring arrives. In doing so, the right-hander had some fun with Selig.
"I'm good, but I continue to say that I'm not retired yet. I'm in the offseason," he said with his trademark smile. "Since [I had a retirement tour] in the whole American League and all the time with my family traveling with me, I'm going to give it another shot in the National League."
Rivera was joking with those in attendance, but is well aware that baseball will tempt him in a few months.
"You aren't talking about retirement anymore, you're talking about temptation," he explained. "So I'm going to go as far as I can go to where people don't play baseball."
A known family man and devout in his faith, Rivera plans to enjoy his wife and three sons as he transitions away from pitcher and before he jumps back into a possible role with the game that made him famous.
"I've been away from them for so many years, I have to give them time," he said. "I'm the chauffeur right now for taking them to school and bring them back from school. Also, I have my wife that is the pastor of the church that I congregate with. So I have to give a lot of time on that. I'm not sure I'll have time left. I'm okay with that. I'm busier now than I was playing baseball. I'm okay. I'm happy. We enjoy our time."
New York Yankees
By Andrew Perna
The New York Yankees surrender to no one, but are in an unenviable position this offseason as longtime second baseman Robinson Cano prepares to hit the open market.
The 2013 season didn't go as planned for the Yankees, who watched their star-studded lineup inhabit the disabled list for a majority of the year, but things worked out perfectly for Cano, who will turn 31 later this month.
Turned off by the 10-year contract they handed Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees are hesitant to give Cano a similar deal. Hal Steinbrenner told Michael Kay as much on Tuesday when he said, "I don't feel this organization is ready to do something like that."
Cano is not only looking for a contract that will stretch beyond his 40th birthday, but also one north of $300 million, according to sources. The Yankees, who have been working the $189 million luxury tax threshold into payroll conversations for the better part of the last two years, may have no choice but to show Cano the money.
There are a few obvious reasons why Brian Cashman will have to concede to Cano's demands.
The Yankees finished this season 85-77, with a losing mark within the American League East and a comfy seat at home for the playoffs. Cashman continues to defy the odds with shrewd veteran additions and New York flirted with contention longer than they should have, but it will soon be another nine-figure contract that becomes the story.
The Boston Red Sox are headed to the ALCS after hitting on a handful of mid-level free agents last winter and the Tampa Bay Rays are forever stocked with young talent. The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays may have disappointed this season, but New York's threats aren't only within their division. The Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics all look strong, which has removed the AL East's hold on one or both of the Wild Card berths.
Meaningless October baseball won't fly in Yankeeland for long, if at all. Steinbrenner already appears to have softened on the mandate that Cashman must construct a winning roster under the tax threshold, sounding more like his father than he has ever before. The Steinbrenners would love to win and save themselves a few million, but they want to win above all else.
Cano knows that and sees how much Rodriguez is getting paid to strikeout when it matters most and tarnish the integrity of the game.
More importantly, Cano proved in 2013 that he truly is an elite talent. He has always been an above-average hitter -- with a .309/.355/.504 career slash line -- but this past season he dominated pitchers without protection in the lineup. Anyone who thought Cano was a creation of the New York lineup was proven to be very wrong.
Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis and Rodriguez combined to play in 166 games this season. Alfonso Soriano provided some help late, but Cano was consistently strong at the plate.
Cano led the Yankees in batting average, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage, hits and oWAR. He hit .314/.383/.516 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs while playing in 160 games. Not only is he productive, he's durable. Cano has missed a total of 14 games over the last seven seasons. He posted the highest on-base percentage of his career without big guns surrounding him, while also continuing to play a great second base.
Whether they want to or not, the Yankees have to go the extra mile to re-sign Cano. Magic Johnson claims the Los Angeles Dodgers won't pursue him, but there will be other suitors.
He isn't an All-Star made elite by those around him; Cano is the centerpiece of the aging Yankee lineup. Losing him at this point would only lead to more losing.
New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor
The Tigers finished the regular season atop our rankings, followed by the Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers and Cardinals.
Mariano Rivera pitched over three decades, coinciding with many of the author's major life events.
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.