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2013 MLB Free Agency: One Guaranteed Goner from Every Team

Mark MillerCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2012

2013 MLB Free Agency: One Guaranteed Goner from Every Team

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    There are many MLB teams that will have their hands full next offseason, as decisions need to be made, both on veteran players that continue to age and younger players looking for that first big payday.

    We've already seen a number of big contracts handed out in recent months, which will further increase value of free agents this offseason and set the bar for the figures that could be doled out.

    Here are some players who should find themselves moving before the 2013 season rolls around.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Joe Saunders

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    At one point this past offseason, it appeared as though Joe Saunders' days in Arizona were over.

    But after non-tendering the starting pitcher, the Diamondbacks eventually worked out a one-year deal for his return.

    He's performed fairly well thus far in 2012, with a 3.52 ERA in 19 starts, but with the amount of pitchers that may not be entering free agency this offseason, Saunders could garner enough attention from other organizations.

Atlanta Braves: Michael Bourn

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    Speedy outfielder Michael Bourn has led the league in stolen bases a few times already during his young career, twice swiping more than 60 bags.

    On top of that, he appears to be improving at the plate every year and will no doubt continue to have his chances to steal bases.

    He's currently batting .288 with a .349 on-base percentage and has stolen 20 bases in 27 attempts.

    You better believe that agent Scott Boras will do everything in his power to get him a lucrative contract.

Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gregg

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    In 33 appearances this season for the upstart Baltimore Orioles, reliever Kevin Gregg has logged three wins while posting a 4.14 ERA.

    The team doesn't have much in the way of free agents coming this offseason, but Gregg does represent an option for teams looking to secure a late-inning reliever for their bullpens.

Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz

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    It seems like every time the critics write off David Ortiz as a player well past his prime, he responds with consecutive outings that prove he's got plenty left to offer.

    Currently playing on a one-year, $14 million deal with the Red Sox, Ortiz has gone deep 23 times this season, good enough for 58 RBI and a batting average of .316.

    At 36 years old, he won't be able to sign a long-term deal, but he would certainly like to get more than just another one-year contract as he enters the final years of his career.

Chicago Cubs: Matt Garza

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    The situation surrounding Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has been stewing for quite some time. It first appeared that he'd be traded during this past offseason, and when that didn't happen it was assumed he'd be a likely trade target.

    Injuries have gotten in the way of that plan, and though the team could opt to retain him for 2013 and beyond, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to finally see an end to the Garza saga.

Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy

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    Things haven't gone at all according to plan for Jake Peavy with the White Sox.

    A number of injuries have derailed his stay in Chicago to the tune of a 17-11 record and a 4.49 ERA over his first two-plus seasons in the Windy City. That's nearly 1.5 runs higher than it was when he was in San Diego.

    Peavy has played well this year, but with a $22 million option kicking in next year, the team will likely look to go in a different direction and set him free.

Cincinnati Reds: Scott Rolen

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    The Cincinnati Reds really don't have much in the way of impending free agency, which is certainly a good problem to have.

    The team did have a big decision to make with Brandon Phillips set to test the market, but they quickly made a move to sign him to a long-term extension.

    Scott Rolen has been with the team for quite some time now and will be entering free agency after the season. But at 37 years old, he certainly won't have a lot of sway in any long-term deal around the league.

Cleveland Indians: Travis Hafner

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    On the topic of aging assets, the Cleveland Indians have an interesting situation on their hands regarding Travis Hafner.

    During Hafner's best days, he was one of the most dangerous hitters in the AL Central and was consistently in AL MVP consideration.

    He's run into issues staying on the field since then, but if healthy, he can still be a home run threat in the Indians lineup.

    Either way, you would think a trade may be more likely to occur, as it's looking like this will be Hafner's last season in Cleveland.

Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Sanchez

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    After appearing to get the short end of the stick in the Melky Cabrera trade, the Kansas City Royals finally parted ways with shaky starter Jonathan Sanchez, who would ultimately end up in Colorado.

    He's 0-3 in three starts with the Rockies since being moved, and with an ERA hovering at nearly 10.00, the team's confidence in him can't be high enough that he'll be back in 2013.

Detroit Tigers: Delmon Young

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    The Detroit Tigers have started to play some very good baseball as of late and appear to be shaking off the worrisome start to the season.

    After a strong performance upon being moved from the Minnesota Twins last season, Delmon Young has come back to Earth a bit in 2012, with off-field issues and a drop in the lineup looming.

    The team may try to keep him at a cheap price, but I don't think anyone would be shocked if Young didn't play another season in the Motor City.

Houston Astros: Francisco Cordero

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    Since recently landing with the Astros from Toronto, veteran reliever Francisco Cordero has been relatively unstable, posting an 0-3 record in six appearances with an ERA of nearly 20.00.

    The Astros are the sixth team Cordero has played for, and at 37 years old, he may continue to be a journeyman as his his career winds down.

Kansas City Royals: Joakim Soria

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    Despite being sidelined after having Tommy John surgery this spring, Joakim Soria will still be an option for teams willing to take a chance on him as he enters free agency.

    He's had a number of successful campaigns with the Royals in recent years. When healthy, he represents one of the best bullpen options in the league.

Los Angeles Angels: Torii Hunter

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    As he continues to get older, there's no doubt that Torii Hunter's long-term value to the Los Angeles Angels diminishes, and with the young outfield options they have available, Hunter may very well be expendable.

    Hunter has had a strong 2012 season, however, batting .291 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 92 games with Los Angeles. He could be a solid veteran option for a team in need of outfield help.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Joe Blanton

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers certainly have the look of a team that's doing everything in its power to contend, and to their credit, they're doing it now.

    Acquiring players like Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino will certainly help, and though Joe Blanton hasn't won either of his starts with the Dodgers since coming over from Philly, he'll still be a solid arm as the postseason nears.

    The question is whether or not the team will opt to extend him after the season. At nearly $9 million this season, it doesn't seem likely.

Miami Marlins: Carlos Lee

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    Carlos Lee entered 2012 in the final year of a $100 million deal with the Houston Astros. He's since been shipped to Miami, but the Marlins actually made attempts to move him prior to the trade deadline.

    Lee is 36 years old already and may not be able to secure a long-term deal, but there's no doubt that he should be able to find a new home.

Milwaukee Brewers: Livan Hernandez

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    The Milwaukee Brewers are certainly in a different position than they found themselves in just a year ago, as the departure of Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder give this team a much different feel and outlook for the future.

    A part of that future will no doubt be getting younger, meaning a veteran like Livan Hernandez probably won't be in the mix come 2013.

Minnesota Twins: Matt Capps

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    After a relatively successful post-trade 2010 performance, Matt Capps was brought back to the Twins bullpen in 2011 to close games alongside Joe Nathan.

    Capps' 2011 didn't go according to plan at all, as he struck out about half as many batters, while giving up more home runs.

    This year hasn't been much better, as injuries have hampered his efforts on a one-year deal. With Glen Perkins currently closing games, Capps may find himself looking for a new team this offseason.

New York Mets: Jon Rauch

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    With Jon Rauch's massive stature and inked-out body, you'd he would be one of the more intimidating pitchers in the league.

    The reality, however, is that he's an average-at-best reliever, and with little power behind his 6'11'' frame, he hasn't given many teams reason to keep him around for more than a year. The Mets are his fifth team since 2008.

New York Yankees: Andruw Jones

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    Andruw Jones has served a purpose for the New York Yankees during his two seasons in the Bronx, and at 35 years old, there's definitely a possibility he'll stick around—if he continues to take pay cuts.

    In 145 games with the Yankees, Jones has garnered a .231 batting average with 25 home runs and 61 RBI.

Oakland Athletics: Brandon McCarthy

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    With a breakout season in 2011, Brandon McCarthy posted his first sub-4.00 ERA and won a career-high nine games in 25 starts.

    He got off to a strong 6-3 start this season with a solid 2.54 ERA in his first 78 innings, and though he's been on the shelf recently, he should be able to solidify his standing as one of the top available arms this offseason.

Philadelphia Phillies: Jose Contreras

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    Having made only 17 appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies this season before making his way to the disabled list, you would have to believe Jose Contreras may be getting the idea that his time in the league could be winding down.

    He's nearly 41 years old and has failed to make 20 appearances in the past two seasons, so the Phillies certainly won't be looking to him to fill any void in the bullpen in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Erik Bedard

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    With a number of young pitching prospects in their farm system, the Pittsburgh Pirates may not be set on working to retain their more seasoned arms like Erik Bedard and Kevin Correia when free agency sets in.

    Despite having 12 losses to his name so far in 2012, Bedard may be a pitcher worth keeping around. The 33-year-old starter has been solid for a number of teams recently and could be a viable option in free agency.

San Diego Padres: Mark Kotsay

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    The San Diego Padres took a positive step in their rebuilding process this season when they extended Carlos Quentin to keep him around for a few years.

    The 36-year-old Mark Kotsay may not be a part of that rebuilding plan, as the journeyman may be looking for a bump over the $1.25 million he's making in 2012, something that may not fit if the Padres continue to go younger.

San Francisco Giants: Jose Mijares

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    Since coming over from the Kansas City Royals this season, Jose Mijares has been a relatively solid acquisition for the San Francisco Giants and could very well make a name for himself as the postseason nears.

    Left-handed arms are always in demand in this league, so he could test free agency this offseason if the Giants don't come back with a long-term offer.

Seattle Mariners: Miguel Olivo

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    Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo has been a disappointment in 2012, as he's posted a meager .213 batting average in 65 games and shown little power compared to previous seasons.

    Having jumped around quite a bit throughout his career, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him in a backup role for another organization in 2013.

St. Louis Cardinals: Kyle Lohse

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    With pitchers like Cole Hamels off the market this coming offseason, we'll see arms like that of Kyle Lohse come into play far more than previously expected.

    Lohse is 12-2 this season with the St. Louis Cardinals, and with a strong 2.72 ERA to his name, he'll surely be sought after once he hits the open market.

Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton

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    B.J. Upton will likely be one of the top free-agent outfielders on next year's market, possibly putting him out of reach for some teams. But a player with his talent can be hard to pass up.

    He's had some down numbers over the past two seasons and is batting only .242 in 2012, but with a 23-home run campaign in 2011, Upton showed that he's got the combination of power and speed that's always in demand.

Texas Rangers: Josh Hamilton

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    The Texas Rangers will have a huge decision to make when they finally sit down to hammer out a plan with Josh Hamilton's agent regarding the star outfielder's future.

    With an astounding offensive outburst earlier this summer, Hamilton gave the entire league notice of what he's capable of.

    Since then, however, he has struggled to find his game, and though he's rebounded in a big way, it may not be enough for the Rangers to commit to a player with the injury history he has.

Toronto Blue Jays: Kelly Johnson

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    With at least 20 home runs in each of the past two seasons and a .284 batting average in 2010, Kelly Johnson may be one of the best second basemen heading into free agency next offseason.

    Johnson is making $6.38 million this season, and the 30-year-old will certainly be looking to capitalize on teams in need of infield help.

Washington Nationals: Edwin Jackson

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    In signing Edwin Jackson to a one-year, $11 million contract this past offseason, the Washington Nationals sent a clear signal that they were in it to win it this year. They have ace Stephen Strasburg set to hold down the top spot in the rotation, and they also acquired Gio Gonzalez from Oakland.

    Jackson has been solid in 2012 with a 6-7 record and 3.56 ERA, and the Nationals will likely need to offer him a considerable multi-year deal if they want to keep the Scott Boras client in their rotation for the foreseeable future.

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