MLB Rumors: Carlos Beltran and the Top 20 Outfielders Who Could Leave After 2011

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MLB Rumors: Carlos Beltran and the Top 20 Outfielders Who Could Leave After 2011
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The free agent class of 2012 will be rich everywhere except in the outfield, where nearly every player of value is locked up or under contractual control.  In some cases, those contracts are long-term deals.  In others, they’re collectively negotiated.  In a few cases, they’re crazier than the deal CBS gave Charlie Sheen.

That means that teams looking to add outfield depth after this season will have to get creative—perhaps consider a different type of sod, maybe a nice fescue. It means that fans looking to strengthen their punchless outfield offense should probably root for another team (I’m looking at you, Mariners fans).  It also means that columnists mining for free agent outfielders should probably get to know Coco Crisp.

The outfield stars entering the final year of their deals are more faded than acid wash jeans—indicating a high level of turnover around the league after this season.  Continue reading to see if your team’s outfield will have a new look after 2011…

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