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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Kicking off the Hot Stove League


Update 1:50 p.m.: Cross one name off the free-agent list: Bobby Abreu has re-signed with the Angels, a two-year deal worth $19 million according to Ed Price of AOL and others. Last year, Abreu was one of the last free agents to sign and really took a bath, his salary dropping from $16 million in 2008 to $5 million in 2009. Obviously, he wasn’t going to wait around this year. To his credit, Abreu didn’t complain; he just went out and had a great year, and now has cashed in.

Starting today, and for the next 15 days, eligible players can begin filing for free agency (including the two guys to the left, Hideki Matsui and Pedro Martinez). These 15 days are the last chance for teams to have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents, because on Nov. 20, they become free agents — free to sign with any team.

Here is the official list of 183 potential free agents, released today by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The ones with stars have team or player options that can be exercised. The Mariners have seven potential free agents (Miguel Batista, Erik Bedard, Adrian Beltre, Russ Branyan, Endy Chavez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney, plus Jack Wilson with a 2010 team option for $8.4 million, with a $600,000 buyout.)

Any names catch your fancy?

1 Anderson, Garret OF AT
2 Gonzalez, Mike RP AT
3 Hudson, Tim ** SP AT
4 LaRoche, Adam 1B AT
5 Norton, Greg 1B/OF AT
6 Soriano, Rafael RP AT
7 Davis, Doug SP AZ
8 Schoeneweis, Scott D. RP AZ
9 Tracy, Chad 1B AZ
10 Webb, Brandon ** SP AZ
11 Baez, Danys RP BA
12 Hendrickson, Mark SP/RP BA
13 Moeller, Chad E. C BA
14 Mora, Melvin 3B BA
15 Baldelli, Rocco OF BO
16 Bay, Jay OF BO
17 Byrd, Paul SP BO
18 Gonzalez, Alex ** SS BO
19 Martinez, Victor ** C BO
20 Varitek, Jason A. ** C BO
21 Wagner, Billy RP BO
22 Wakefield, Tim SP BO
23 Woodward, Chris 3B BO
24 Fox, Chad D. RP CC
25 Grabow, John RP CC
26 Gregg, Kevin RP CC
27 Harden, Rich SP CC
28 Johnson, Reed OF CC
29 Hernandez, Ramon J. ** C CI
30 Wells, Kip SP CI
31 Carroll, Jamey 2B/3B/0F CL
32 Ohka, Tomokazu SP/RP CL
33 Beimel, Joe RP CO
34 Betancourt, Rafael ** RP CO
35 Contreras, Jose SP CO
36 Embree, Alan RP CO
37 Fogg, Josh SP/RP CO
38 Giambi, Jason 1B CO
39 Herges, Matt RP CO
40 Marquis, Jason SP CO
41 Rincon, Juan RP CO
42 Torrealba, Yorvit ** C CO
43 Castro, Ramon Abraham C CWS
44 Dotel, Octavio E. RP CWS
45 Dye, Jermaine ** OF CWS
46 Podsednik, Scott OF CWS
47 Everett, Adam SS DE
48 Huff, Aubrey 1B/3B DE
49 Lyon, Brandon RP DE
50 Polanco, Placido 2B DE
51 Rodney, Fernando RP DE
52 Washburn, Jarrod SP DE
53 Calero, Kiko RP FL
54 Donnelly, Brendan RP FL
55 Gload, Ross 1B/OF FL
56 Johnson, Nick 1B FL
57 Boone, Aaron J. 1B/3B HO
58 Brocail, Doug ** RP HO
59 Erstad, Darin 1B/OF HO
60 Hampton, Mike SP HO
61 Hawkins, LaTroy RP HO
62 Michaels, Jason OF HO
63 Tejada, Miguel O. SS HO
64 Valverde, Jose RP HO
65 Chen, Bruce SP/RP KC
66 Crisp, Coco ** OF KC
67 Olivo, Miguel ** C KC
68 Wright, Jamey RP KC
69 Abreu, Bob OF LAA
70 Escobar, Kelvim J. SP LAA
71 Figgins, Chone 3B LAA
72 Guerrero, Vladimir OF/DH LAA
73 Lackey, John SP LAA
74 Oliver, Darren RP LAA
75 Quinlan, Robb 1B/3B/OF LAA
76 Ausmus, Brad C LAD
77 Belliard, Ron 2B LAD
78 Castro, Juan G. 2B/SS LAD
79 Garland, Jon SP LAD
80 Hudson, Orlando 2B LAD
81 Loretta, Mark D. 1B/2B/3B LAD
82 Mientkiewicz, Doug A. 1B LAD
83 Milton, Eric R. SP LAD
84 Mota, Guillermo RP LAD
85 Ohman, Will ** RP LAD
86 Padilla, Vicente SP LAD
87 Ramirez, Manny ** OF LAD
88 Schmidt, Jason SP LAD
89 Thome, Jim DH/1B LAD
90 Weaver, Jeff C. SP LAD
91 Wolf, Randy SP LAD
92 Cameron, Michael OF MI
93 Catalanotto, Frank OF MI
94 Counsell, Craig J. 2B/3B/SS MI
95 Kendall, Jason C MI
96 Looper, Braden L. ** RP MI
97 Lopez, Felipe 2B/3B/SS/OF MI
98 Patterson, Corey OF MI
99 Vargas, Claudio SP/RP MI
100 Weathers, Dave ** RP MI
101 Cabrera, Orlando L. SS MN
102 Crede, Joe 3B MN
103 Mahay, Ron RP MN
104 Pavano, Carl SP MN
105 Redmond, Mike P. C MN
106 Cora, Alex 2B/SS NYM
107 Delgado, Carlos 1B NYM
108 Dessens, Elmer RP NYM
109 Martinez, Ramon E. 2B/SS NYM
110 Putz, J.J. ** RP NYM
111 Schneider, Brian C NYM
112 Sheffield, Gary OF NYM
113 Tatis, Fernando 1B/3B/OF NYM
114 Damon, Johnny OF NYY
115 Hairston Jr, Jerry 2B/3B/SS/OF NYY
116 Hinske, Eric 1B/OF NYY
117 Matsui, Hideki OF NYY
118 Molina, Jose C NYY
119 Nady, Xavier OF NYY
120 Pettitte, Andy SP NYY
121 Crosby, Bobby SS OA
122 Duchscherer, Justin SP OA
123 Garciaparra, Nomar 1B OA
124 Kennedy, Adam 2B OA
125 Tomko, Brett D. SP OA
126 Bako, Paul C PH
127 Cairo, Miguel J. IF PH
128 Eyre, Scott RP PH
129 Feliz, Pedro ** 3B PH
130 Lee, Cliff ** SP PH
131 Martinez, Pedro SP PH
132 Myers, Brett SP PH
133 Park, Chan Ho SP PH
134 Stairs, Matt OF PH
135 Blanco, Henry C SD
136 Giles, Brian S. OF SD
137 Batista, Miguel SP/RP SE
138 Bedard, Erik SP SE
139 Beltre, Adrian 3B SE
140 Branyan, Russ 1B SE
141 Chavez, Endy OF SE
142 Griffey Jr, Ken DH/OF SE
143 Sweeney, Mike 1B/DH SE
144 Wilson, Jack ** SS SE
145 Aurilia, Rich 1B/3B SF
146 Howry, Bob RP SF
147 Johnson, Randy SP SF
148 Molina, Bengie C SF
149 Penny, Brad SP SF
150 Uribe, Juan 2B/3B/SS SF
151 Winn, Randy OF SF
152 Ankiel, Rick OF SL
153 De Rosa, Mark 3B SL
154 Glaus, Troy 3B SL
155 Greene, Khalil SS/3B SL
156 Holliday, Matt OF SL
157 LaRue, Jason C SL
158 Pineiro, Joel SP SL
159 Smoltz, John SP SL
160 Wellemeyer, Todd SP SL
161 Bradford, Chad RP TB
162 Crawford, Carl ** OF TB
163 Isringhausen, Jason RP TB
164 Percival, Troy RP TB
165 Shouse, Brian ** RP TB
166 Springer, Russ RP TB
167 Zaun, Gregg ** C TB
168 Benoit, Joaquin RP TE
169 Blalock, Hank 3B TE
170 Byrd, Marlon OF TE
171 Guardado, Eddie A. RP TE
172 Jones, Andruw OF TE
173 Rodriguez, Ivan T. C TE
174 Vizquel, Omar SS TE
175 Barajas, Rod C TO
176 McDonald, John 3B/SS TO
177 Millar, Kevin OF TO
178 Scutaro, Marco 2B/SS TO
179 Bard, Josh C WA
180 Hernandez, Livan SP WA
181 Kearns, Austin ** OF WA
182 Villone, Ron RP WA
183 Young, Dmitri 1B WA
** Potential Free Agent Per Contract Terms
(Photo by McClatchy Newspapers)



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