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Taking a Look at Another Potent Free Agent Class : MLB Class Of 2012

ST. LOUIS - JULY 2: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on July 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-0.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Tyler AdamsContributor IJuly 26, 2010

The 2012 MLB Free Agent class is without question one of the best in history, but why is this the case? Check out some of the names on this high profile list. 

Ryan Doumit (31) - $7.25MM club option for 2012, $8.25MM club option for '13 with a $500K buyout
Jason Kendall (38)
Yadier Molina (29) - $7MM club option with a $750K buyout
Dioner Navarro (28)
Jorge Posada (40)
Ivan Rodriguez (40)
Brian Schneider (35)
Kelly Shoppach (29) - $3.2MM club option with a $300K buyout
Chris Snyder (31) - $6.75MM club option with a $750K buyout

First basemen
Michael Cuddyer (33)
Prince Fielder (28)
Ross Gload (36)
Adrian Gonzalez (30)
Albert Pujols (32)
Nick Swisher (31) - $10.25MM club option with a $1MM buyout

Second basemen
Clint Barmes (33)
Robinson Cano (29) - $14MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Luis Castillo (36)
Aaron Hill (30) - $8MM club option for 2012, $8MM club option for '13, $10MM club option for '14
Kelly Johnson (30)
Jose Lopez (28)
Augie Ojeda (37)
Brandon Phillips (31) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Freddy Sanchez (34)
Dan Uggla (32)
Rickie Weeks (29)

Jason Bartlett (32)
Yuniesky Betancourt (30) - $6MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Ronny Cedeno (29)
Rafael Furcal (34) - $12MM club/vesting option
J.J. Hardy (29)
John McDonald (37)
Augie Ojeda (37)
Jimmy Rollins (33)
Ramon Santiago (32)
Marco Scutaro (36) - $6MM club option/$3MM player option with a $1.5MM buyout
Jack Wilson (34)

Third basemen
Jose Bautista (31)
Casey Blake (38) - $6MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
Mark DeRosa (37)
Greg Dobbs (33)
Edwin Encarnacion (29)

Left fielders
Jose Bautista (31)
Jack Cust (33)
Mark DeRosa (37)
Matt Diaz (34)
Jonny Gomes (31)
Carlos Guillen (36)
Scott Hairston (32)
Jeremy Hermida (28)
Raul Ibanez (40)
Conor Jackson (30)
Ryan Langerhans (32)
Juan Pierre (34)
Juan Rivera (33)
Josh Willingham (33)

Center fielders
Carlos Beltran (35)
Mike Cameron (39)
Scott Hairston (32)
Gary Matthews Jr. (37)
Nate McLouth (30) - $10.65MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
Cody Ross (31)
Grady Sizemore (29) - $8.5MM club option with a $500K buyout

Right fielders
Bobby Abreu (38) - $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout; vests with 550 PAs in 2011 or 1,100 PA in 2010-11
Jose Bautista (31)
Milton Bradley (34)
Ryan Church (33)
Michael Cuddyer (33)
Jack Cust (33)
J.D. Drew (36)
Jeff Francoeur (28)
Kosuke Fukudome (35)
Gabe Gross (32)
Corey Hart (30)
Jeremy Hermida (28)
Ryan Ludwick (33)  
Gary Matthews Jr. (37)
Cody Ross (31)
Nick Swisher (31) - $10.25MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Josh Willingham (33)

Designated hitters
Milton Bradley (34)
Jack Cust (33)
Vlad Guerrero (37)

Starting pitchers
Mark Buehrle (33)
Chris Carpenter (37) - $15MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Aaron Cook (33) - $11MM mutual option with a $500K buyout
Kyle Davies (28)
Ryan Dempster (35) - $14MM player option
Zach Duke (29)
Jeff Francis (30)
Edwin Jackson (28)
Kenshin Kawakami (37)
Scott Kazmir (28) - $13.5MM club option with a $2.5MM buyout
Paul Maholm (30) - $9.75MM club option with a $750K buyout
John Maine (31)
Jason Marquis (33)
Brandon McCarthy (28)
Gil Meche (33)
Sergio Mitre (31)
Scott Olsen (28)
Roy Oswalt (34) - $16MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Oliver Perez (30)
Joel Pineiro (33)
Wandy Rodriguez (33)
C.C. Sabathia (31) - may opt out of remaining four years, $92MM
Carlos Silva (33) - $12MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Ian Snell (30) - $9.25MM club option
Brian Tallet (34)
Adam Wainwright (30) - $9MM club option for 2012, $12MM club option for '13 
Tim Wakefield (45)
Chien-Ming Wang (32)
C.J. Wilson (31)

Heath Bell (34)
Jonathan Broxton (28)
Matt Capps (28)
Francisco Cordero (37) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout 
Ryan Franklin (39)
Brian Fuentes (36)
Mike Gonzalez (34)
Bobby Jenks (31)
Brad Lidge (35) - $12.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Joe Nathan (37) - $12.5MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Jonathan Papelbon (31)
Francisco Rodriguez (30) - $17.5MM club/vesting option with a $3.5MM buyout
Jose Valverde (34) - $9MM club option

Right-handed relievers
Danys Baez (34)
Matt Belisle (32)
Rafael Betancourt (37)
Brian Bruney (30)
Shawn Camp (36)
Todd Coffey (31)
Clay Condrey (36)
Lance Cormier (31)
LaTroy Hawkins (37)
Scott Linebrink (35)
Ryan Madson (31)
Chris Ray (30)
Fernando Rodney (35)
Tyler Walker (36)
Michael Wuertz (33) - $3.25MM club option with a $250K buyout
Joel Zumaya (27)

Left-handed relievers
Tim Byrdak (38)
John Grabow (33)
Javier Lopez (34)
Damaso Marte (37) - $4MM club option with a $250K buyout
George Sherrill (35)


This list is very stout to say the least.

The Best 5 Position players are:

1.Albert Pujols

2.Adrian Gonzalez

3.Prince Fielder

4.Robinson Cano (If club declines option)

5.Grady Sizemore (If club declines option)

The Best 5 Pitchers are:

1.CC Sabathia (If he opts out)

2.Adam Wainwright (If club declines option)

3.Chris Carpenter (If club declines option)

4.Roy Oswalt (If club declines option)

5.Jonathon Broxton 

This list could change over time, but will still feature a strong list of free agents. This class could change the way people look at baseball, and could closely resemble the stout NBA free agent class of 2010. Though, compared to the NBA, MLB will always be deeper in talent. 

(Free Agent info provided by mlbtraderumors)

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