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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 05 October 2007 08:19

MLBIt's that time of year. The time of year where all but those fortunate few (and even they are preparing) are looking forward to the upcoming off-season. With that, eyes will be focused on free agents hitting the market -- who might possibly fill needs that a club may not be able to get through player development or trades.

Unless matters change, the word through the grapevine is that the market values will once again be extremely high. Yes, we all know that Alex Rodriguez is going to be a hot property should he decide to opt out of his contract with the Yankees, but there are going to be other deals that will hit just after the World Series that are going to get the "Whoa!!!!" factor. Watch some big markets... that's our one clue.

The MLBPA has started the annual process of listing which players may potentially be available as free agents. Below is the first notification of the year. 

POTENTIAL 2007 XX B FREE AGENTS                                            
[as of 10/04/07]

[* player potentially eligible for free agency per contract terms]
                                              
Arizona:
Cirillo, Jeff (3B); Clark, Tony (1B); Hernandez, Livan (SP); Wickman, Bob (RP)

Atlanta:
Dotel, Octavio E. * (RP); Franco, Julio (1B); Jones, Andruw (OF); Mahay, Ron (RP); Woodward, Chris (SS)

Baltimore:
Bako, Paul (C); Benson, Kris* (SP); Patterson, Corey (OF); Wright, Jaret        (SP)

Boston:
Clayton, Royce S. (SS); Clement, Matt (SP); Gagne, Eric (RP); Hinske, Eric (1B/OF); Kielty, Bobby        (OF); Lowell, Mike A. (3B); Mirabelli, Doug (C); Schilling, Curt (SP); Tavarez, Julian* (SP); Timlin, Mike (RP); Wakefield, Tim*         (SP)

Chicago Cubs
Eyre, Scott* (RP); Floyd, Cliff* (OF);  Kendall, Jason (C); Trachsel, Steve* (SP);  Ward, Daryle* (1B); Wood, Kerry L. (RP)

Chicago White Sox
Erstad, Darin*(OF); Myers, Mike* (RP); Uribe, Juan* (SS)

Cincinnati
Dunn, Adam* (OF); Belhorn, Mark (2B); Guardado, Eddie A.* (RP); Hatteberg, Scott* (1B); Milton, Eric R. (SP); Valentin, Javier* (C)

Cleveland
Borowski, Joe T.* (RP); Byrd, Paul* (SP); Fultz, Aaron* (RP); Gomez, Chris* (INF); Lofton, Kenny         (OF); Nixon, Trot (OF)

Colorado
Affeldt, Jeremy (RP); Dessens, Elmer (P); Fogg, Josh (SP); Hawkins, LaTroy* (RP); Herges, Matt (RP); Julio, Jorge (RP); Lopez, Rodrigo (SP); Matsui, Kaz* (2B); Ortiz, Ramon (P); Redman, Mark A. (SP); Torrealba, Yorvit (C)

Detroit Tigers
Casey, Sean T.         (1B); Jones, Todd (RP); Perez, Neifi (SS); Rodriguez, Ivan T.* (C); Rogers, Kenny (SP)

Florida
Benitez, Armando (RP); Boone, Aaron J. (3B); Kim, Byung-Hyun        (P)

Houston
Ausmus, Brad        (C); Biggio, Craig (2B); Jennings, Jason (SP); Lamb, Mike (3B); Loretta, Mark D. (INF); Miller, Trever D. (RP); Moehler, Brian (RP); Palmeiro, Orlando (OF)

Kansas City
LaRue, Jason (C); Perez, Odalis A.* (SP); Riske, David* (RP); Sanders, Reggie (OF); Sweeney, Mike (DH); Thomson, John C. (SP)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Colon, Bartolo (SP)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez, Luis E. (OF); Hernandez, Roberto (RP); Hillenbrand, Shea M. (1B/3B); Lieberthal, Mike* (C); Martinez, Ramon E.*         (2B); Saenz, Olmedo (1B); Seanez, Rudy C. (RP); Sweeney, Mark        (1B); Wells, David (SP); Wolf, Randy* (SP)

Milwaukee
Cordero, Francisco (RP); Graffanino, Tony (INF); Jenkins, Geoffrey S.* (OF); King, Ray (RP); Koskie, Corey L.* (3B); Linebrink, Scott (RP); Miller, Damian (C)

Minnesota
Hunter, Torii K. (OF); Nathan, Joe* (RP); Silva, Carlos (SP); White, Rondell* (OF)

NY Mets
Alomar, Sandy (C); Alou, Moises* (OF); Anderson, Marlon (OF); Castillo, Luis A. (2B);  Castro, Ramon Abraham (C); Conine, Jeff (1B); DiFelice, Michael (C); Easley, Damion (INF); Glavine, Tom*        (SP); Green, Shawn (OF); Lawrence, Brian* (P); LoDuca, Paul (C); Sele, Aaron H. (RP); Valentin, Jose* (2B)

NY Yankees
Abreu, Bob* (OF); Clemens, Roger (SP); Mientkiewicz, Doug A. (1B); Molina, Jose (C);  Pettitte, Andy* (SP); Posada, Jorge* (C); Rivera, Mariano (RP); Rodriguez, Alex * (3B);  Villone, Ron (RP); Vizcaino, Luis (RP)

Oakland
DaVanon, Jeff         (OF); Piazza, Mike (C/DH); Stewart, Shannon H. (OF)

Philadelphia
Alfonseca, Antonio (RP); Barajas, Rod* (C); Garcia, Freddy Antonio (SP); Lieber, Jon (SP); Lohse, Kyle (SP); Mesa, Jose (RP); Nunez, Abraham O.*  (3B); Romero, J.C. (RP); Rowand, Aaron (OF)

Pittsburgh
Armas Jr., Tony* (SP); Chacon, Shawn (P); Izturis, Cesar* (SS)

St. Louis
Bennett, Gary D.* (C); Branyan, Russ (3B); Cairo, Miguel J. (INF); Eckstein, David (SS); Isringhausen, Jason* (RP); Percival, Troy (RP); Pineiro, Joel* (P); Springer, Russ (RP); Stinnett, Kelly (C); Wells, Kip (SP); Wilson, Preston (OF)

San Diego
Barrett, Michael P. (C); Blum, Geoff (2B); Bradley, Milton (OF); Brocail, Doug (RP);  Cameron, Michael (OF); Clark, Brady (OF); Giles, Marcus (2B); Mackowiak, Rob* (OF); Maddux, Greg*         (SP); Tomko, Brett (SP)

San Francisco
Bonds, Barry (OF); Feliz, Pedro (3B); Klesko, Ryan (1B); Matheny, Mike* (C); Ortiz, Russ (SP); Vizquel, Omar (SS)

Seattle
Guillen, Jose*        (OF); Reitsma, Chris* (RP); Rhodes, Arthur (RP); Weaver, Jeff C. (SP)

Tampa Bay
Casanova, Raul (C); Norton, Greg* (DH); Paul, Josh (C); Reyes, Al* (RP); Witasick, Jay (RP)

Toronto
Fasano, Sal (C); Kennedy, Joe (P); Stairs, Matt (OF); Zambrano, Victor (SP)

Texas
Hairston Jr, Jerry (2B/OF); Sosa, Sammy (OF); Wilkerson, Brad (OF); Wright, Jamey (P)

Washington
Batista, Tony (Leo.) (3B); Fick, Robert (1B); Jimenez, D'Angelo (2B)

(Source: MLB Players Association) 


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus contributed to the 2007 Pro Football Prospectus and is an available freelance writer.

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