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
Corey Hart - Signed with Seattle Mariners
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
Mike Morse - Signed with the San Francisco Giants
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
Bartolo Colon - Signed with New York Mets
Scott Feldman - Signed with Houston Astros
Roy Halladay - Retired
Dan Haren - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Roberto Hernandez - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
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
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."
Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Team Achievement
By Andrew Perna
The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most successful franchises in baseball history, but on Thursday night they evened the World Series against the Boston Red Sox thanks to a trio of youngsters.
Michael Wacha wasn't quite as sharp as we've come to expect this postseason, but the 22-year-old did enough to earn the win at Fenway Park.
"Nerves weren't too bad. Just kind of anxious to get out there," Wacha admitted. "It's the World Series, big-time game. So I just tried to use it to my advantage to go out and pitch with some adrenaline, and just try to block out the fans and the crowd. I didn't have my best stuff tonight. Definitely a little bit more wild. Didn't have the command. I tried to let my defense be behind me and pitch to contact, and they made some great plays."
The right-hander threw 114 pitches, but struggled to find the strike out. He walked four batters, while striking out six and allowing just three hits.
"A very good change-up, maintained his stuff throughout the time," Boston manager John Farrell said of Wacha. "I thought we pressed him in terms of building the pitch count, and giving ourselves opportunities. I thought he threw the ball into our guys effectively. He started flipping a curveball to get a different look. He was impressive."
The biggest hit against the rookie came in the sixth inning when David Ortiz connected on a two-run home run, furthering his lengthy October legacy. Wacha, who pitched out of a few jams throughout the night, calmly retired Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes to end that inning and his first World Series start.
With the crowd electrified by Ortiz's shot to left field, the Cardinals calmly went about their business in the next half inning. Allen Craig struck out to begin the seventh, but David Freese walked and Jon Jay singled to begin the rally. Pete Kozma pinch ran for Freese and Mike Matheny successfully executed a double-steal to put runners on second and third. Daniel Descalso then walked to load the bases.
"We've done that quite a bit this year with double-switches, getting our defense set, an opportunity to get [Kozma] in the game," the St. Louis manager said.
"Regardless of what may have happened yesterday, [Kozma] is a plus-defender and we have a lot of confidence in him. So we want to get him in the game. Also you're looking at an opportunity to increase our base-running speed, and it ended up playing in."
The momentum turned as Matt Carpenter came to the plate to face Craig Breslow, who relieved John Lackey after six-plus innings.
Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to left. Gomes fired the ball to home in an effort to throw Kozma out at the plate, but catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia couldn't field it cleanly. Breslow then made a wild throw that ended up in the seats. After an RBI single by Carlos Beltran, the Cardinals had built a 4-2 lead that would stand as the final score.
With Wacha finished after six innings, the Cardinals called upon Carlos Martinez for two innings of work with the lead in hand. Martinez, who turned 22 just a month ago, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before working out of trouble in the eighth.
Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an error by Carpenter to begin the eighth. Martinez struck out Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia before Ortiz reached on a rare infield single. With two on and two outs, Martinez got Napoli to pop up to shortstop to end the threat.
"I felt the bullpen did a great job," Matheny said. "Carlos Martinez, we saw a little bit of him yesterday, and what we saw here today is a lot more of what we've seen here recently -- just the life on the ball. He's a kid that can carry it into a couple of innings, too."
Trevor Rosenthal, 23, made quick work of the Red Sox to finish off the victory. He struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth on 11 pitches.
Wacha, who has allowed just three runs over 27 innings, improved to 4-0 this postseason. He had a streak of 19 scoreless innings between runs in the playoffs. Prior to the Ortiz home run, Pedro Alvarez was the last one to tag Wacha. He hit a solo homer in Game 4 of the NLDS.
"The kid continues to impress," Matheny said. "I don't know what else you could ask. Put him on any stage and he does a real nice job of limiting distractions. He and [Yadier Molina] work well together and make good adjustments along the way. He stuck with his strengths and really went out and was aggressive, and that's exactly what we needed him to do."
St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap
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 fortified their bullpen, while the Indians and Orioles bolstered their offenses after successfully claiming players off waivers.