MLB Free Agents 2013: The Top Free Agents Left on the Market

Patrick Hao@@patrickhao7Contributor IIIDecember 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the Giants won 3-1 against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The big dominoes have fallen. The top arm on the market, Zack Greinke, helped contribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers' record payroll. The top bat on the market, Josh Hamilton, went down the freeway to join the Los Angeles Angels.

Many more have been picked, but those left aren't like the last kids picked in dodgeball. There are some great free agents left on the market—here are the top 10 for pitchers and position players.


1. Kyle Lohse

2. Brian Wilson

3. Shaun Marcum

4. Edwin Jackson

5. Francisco Rodriguez

6. Brett Myers

7. Rafael Soriano

8. Joe Saunders

9. Roy Oswalt


10. Carlos Villaneuva



For starting pitchers there is not much of a selection left, as this year's free-agent market has been slim in terms of starting pitching—even more so with the signing of the top arms so early in the offseason.

The best pitcher available has to be Kyle Lohse now, while the pitcher with the best value would be Shaun Marcum.

Brian Wilson is easily the top reliever available, but the recent Tommy John surgery is making a lot of clubs balk at him—including the team that he helped win a World Series with.

Position Players

1. Michael Bourn

2. Adam LaRoche

3. Delmon Young

4. Nick Swisher

5. Carlos Lee


6. Lance Berkman

7. Cody Ross


8. Kelly Johnson


9. Raul Ibanez

10. Travis Hafner

Michael Bourn is slated for a big raise over his $7 million salary in 2012. LaRoche is most likely going to re-sign with the Nationals, so that leaves Bourn as the last "elite" player worth some serious cash. Whoever is going to get him is going to seriously overpay due to the weakness of the market.

After Swisher, most of the decent choices become gambles. Either they had a horrible 2012 but have good career numbers—or they are getting up there in age and are most likely only able to DH now.

The best gamble has to be Hafner—a few sub-par seasons in a weak Indian lineup combined with injuries have devalued him significantly. For a few million dollars, a team could possibly get a healthy Travis Hafner that could hit 30 HRs and knock in 100 RBI.