Tagged: Free Agents

We can dream!

It sounds like it will be another off-season of “We can’t afford free agents so we will look for what we need with trades.” But that does not mean we (Reds fans) can’t dream. Here is a list of the free agents. Of course we all would love to see Shin-Soo Choo return. Who else would you like to see playing in Cincinnati if they had the money?


                        Age From Team
Carlos Beltran           37       STL
Todd Helton              40       COL
Lance Berkman            38       TEX
Roy Oswalt               36       COL
Miguel Tejada            40       KCR
Placido Polanco          38       MIA
Rafael Furcal            36       STL
Robinson Cano            31       NYY
Eric Chavez              36       ARI
Curtis Granderson        33       NYY
Kevin Youkilis           35       NYY
Mark Ellis               37       LAD
Paul Konerko             38       CHW
Brian Roberts            36       BAL
Carlos Pena              36       KCR
Michael Young            37       LAD
Travis Hafner            37       NYY
Mark Kotsay              38       SDP
A.J. Pierzynski          37       TEX
Justin Morneau           33       PIT
Jhonny Peralta           32       DET
Shin-Soo Choo            31       CIN
Brian McCann             30       ATL
Raul Ibanez              42       SEA
Mike Napoli              32       BOS
Juan Pierre              36       MIA
Lyle Overbay             37       NYY
Carlos Ruiz              35       PHI
Corey Hart               32       MIL
Marlon Byrd              36       PIT
Brendan Ryan             32       NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury          30       BOS
Franklin Gutierrez       31       SEA
Kelly Johnson            32       TBR
Omar Infante             32       DET
Chris Young              30       OAK
Jerry Hairston           38       LAD
Juan Uribe               34       LAD
Clint Barmes             35       PIT
Austin Kearns            34       MIA
Stephen Drew             31       BOS
Nick Punto               36       LAD
Luke Scott               36       TBR
Kurt Suzuki              30       OAK
Reed Johnson             37       ATL
David Murphy             32       TEX
Nelson Cruz              33       TEX
James Loney              30       TBR
Kelly Shoppach           34       CLE
Kendrys Morales          31       SEA
Andres Torres            36       SFG
John McDonald            39       BOS
Mark Reynolds            30       NYY
Ramon Santiago           34       DET
Rajai Davis              33       TOR
Chad Tracy               34       WSN
Cesar Izturis            34       CIN
Mike Morse               32       BAL
Jason Kubel              32       CLE
Javier Lopez             36       SFG
Yorvit Torrealba         35       COL
Nate McLouth             32       BAL
Endy Chavez              36       SEA
Jose Molina              39       TBR
John Buck                33       PIT
Skip Schumaker           34       LAD
Chris Snyder             33       BAL
Dan Johnson              34       BAL
Matt Diaz                36       MIA
Alexi Casilla            29       BAL
Jarrod Saltalamacchia    29       BOS
Chris Dickerson          32       BAL
Dioner Navarro           30       CHC
Delmon Young             28       TBR
Willie Bloomquist        36       ARI
Humberto Quintero        34       SEA
Quintin Berry            29       BOS
Adron Chambers           27       STL
Brayan Pena              32       DET
Brandon Snyder           27       BOS
Munenori Kawasaki        33       TOR
Corky Miller             38       CIN
Yuniesky Betancourt      32       MIL
Ronny Cedeno             31       SDP
Felix Pie                29       PIT
Wil Nieves               36       ARI
Brock Peterson           30       STL

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.


                      Age From Team
Roy Halladay           37       PHI
Andy Pettitte          42       NYY
Tim Hudson             38       ATL
Mariano Rivera         44       NYY
Johan Santana          35       NYM
Roy Oswalt             36       COL
Bartolo Colon          41       OAK
Barry Zito             36       SFG
Freddy Garcia          37       ATL
Chris Carpenter        39       STL
Dan Haren              33       WSN
Josh Johnson           30       TOR
A.J. Burnett           37       PIT
Bronson Arroyo         37       CIN
Joe Nathan             39       TEX
Darren Oliver          43       TOR
Francisco Rodriguez    32       BAL
Aaron Harang           36       NYM
Ubaldo Jimenez         30       CLE
Erik Bedard            35       HOU
Scott Kazmir           30       CLE
LaTroy Hawkins         41       NYM
Scott Baker            32       CHC
Octavio Dotel          40       DET
Gavin Floyd            31       CHW
Hiroki Kuroda          39       NYY
Rafael Betancourt      39       COL
Jake Westbrook         36       STL
Paul Maholm            32       ATL
Ervin Santana          31       KCR
Matt Garza             30       TEX
Matt Thornton          37       BOS
Carlos Marmol          31       LAD
Jeff Francis           33       COL
David Murphy           32       TEX
Joaquin Benoit         36       DET
Scott Downs            38       ATL
Joe Saunders           33       SEA
Chris Capuano          35       LAD
Bruce Chen             37       KCR
Jason Marquis          35       SDP
Jesse Crain            32       TBR
Daisuke Matsuzaka      33       NYM
Ricky Nolasco          31       LAD
Jamey Wright           39       TBR
Zach Duke              31       CIN
Mike Gonzalez          36       MIL
Grant Balfour          36       OAK
Luis Ayala             36       ATL
Oliver Perez           32       SEA
Matt Guerrier          35       CHC
John McDonald          39       BOS
Joba Chamberlain       28       NYY
Phil Hughes            28       NYY
Jason Vargas           31       LAA
Jason Frasor           36       TEX
Kyle Farnsworth        38       PIT
Jason Hammel           31       BAL
Brian Wilson           32       LAD
Pedro Feliciano        37       NYY
Colby Lewis            34       TEX
Eric OFlaherty         29       ATL
Kevin Gregg            36       CHC
Mike Pelfrey           30       MIN
Javier Lopez           36       SFG
Joe Smith              30       CLE
Jeremy Bonderman       31       DET
Fernando Rodney        37       TBR
Frank Francisco        34       NYM
Joel Hanrahan          32       BOS
Roberto Hernandez      33       TBR
Ramon Ortiz            41       TOR
Skip Schumaker         34       LAD
Peter Moylan           35       LAD
Rich Hill              34       CLE
Chad Qualls            35       MIA
Ryan Vogelsong         36       SFG
Scott Feldman          31       BAL
J.P. Howell            31       LAD
Nick Masset            32       CIN
Edinson Volquez        30       LAD
Jeff Karstens          31       PIT
James McDonald         29       PIT
Edward Mujica          30       STL
Jose Veras             33       DET
Clayton Richard        30       SDP
David Aardsma          32       NYM
Kameron Loe            32       ATL
Boone Logan            29       NYY
Matt Albers            31       CLE
Chad Gaudin            31       SFG
Tim Byrdak             40       NYM
Mark Lowe              31       WSN
Zach Phillips          27       MIA
Travis Blackley        31       TEX
Greg Reynolds          28       CIN
Manny Parra            31       CIN

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.

GM’s hibernating this offseason

Wake Up!
2011 was a great season. We saw many great things happen on the field but this offseason has been a big snore fest so far. It is as if the GM’s are scared to spend money.

Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins, David Ortiz, Heath Bell, Grady Sizemore and Roy Oswalt to just name a few are still looking for jobs, which I seriously did not think would be the case. Then again I didn’t expect Jonathan Papelbon to be the first major signing. It is pretty sad when a baseball fan gets excited when Jim Thome signs a deal. Don’t get me wrong, Thome is great but I never expected that to be one of the biggest moves this offseason. Miami Marlins taking free agents out to eat has been one of biggest news stories this offseason, how sad is that?

It just shows that when New York Yankees don’t start showing the green early, other teams don’t know what to do. If the Yankees needed Pujols or Fielder you better believe they would have been signed already and ten other teams would have followed by signing guys right away. To tell you the truth I thought for sure the Yankees would be shopping for a closer this offseason in plans for their future.

Are all the GM’s golfing this offseason more then dealing? Why are they all so slow out of the gate? Is it because of the age of some of these free agents? Or maybe the contract length a lot of them are rumored to want? I guess only the GM’s really know the answer to that question.

At first I thought it was only the Reds front office that was hibernating but now I see there are many teams sitting on their wallets. Is there something the rest of us don’t know? From what I have seen in blog comments and on message boards a lot of fans all around the World are getting very bored of waiting and I think it is time to start making ripples in the water.