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
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
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.