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
Rajai Davis - Signed with Detroit Tigers
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
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 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 regular season.
Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.
1. (1) Detroit Tigers – 4.19
2. (2) Boston Red Sox – 4.16
3. (3) Atlanta Braves – 4.05
4. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.97
5. (6) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.91
6. (7) Oakland Athletics – 3.89
7. (8) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.83
8. (5) Cincinnati Reds – 3.80
9. (9) Texas Rangers – 3.73
10. (10) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.63
11. (13) Cleveland Indians – 3.55
12. (11) Washington Nationals – 3.51
13. (12) Kansas City Royals – 3.49
T14. (15) Baltimore Orioles – 3.24
-- (17) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.24
16. (14) Arizona Diamondbacks – 3.23
17. (16) Los Angeles Angels – 3.20
18. (19) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.04
19. (20) San Francisco Giants – 3.02
20. (18) Colorado Rockies – 2.97
21. (22) New York Mets – 2.95
22. (21) Chicago Cubs – 2.93
23. (23) New York Yankees – 2.89
24. (T24) San Diego Padres – 2.88
25. (T24) Chicago White Sox – 2.82
26. (27) Seattle Mariners – 2.64
27. (26) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.58
28. (29) Miami Marlins – 2.56
29.(28) Minnesota Twins – 2.37
30. (30) Houston Astros – 1.95
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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.
In a little more than a month, the Dodgers have jumped seventeen spots in RealGM's rankings.
The Tigers were without Miguel Cabrera last week, but still surpassed the Cardinals for first place in our rankings.