MLB Free Agent Rumors: The 5 Best Available Players in 2012
Major League Baseball free agency is always crazy.
The dollar value and length for contracts is always out of this world, and becomes more wild wit every passing season.
The 2012 lot of players listed for potential free agency promises to be just as wild as any other year.
There is a large crop of talent at every position, which promises to make for a feeding frenzy in the off season.
Here is a list of the top five players expected to rack in big time cash in the 2012 MLB Free Agency pool.
Please feel free to comment wit your predictions, other high end players I may have missed and anything you feel needs to be said about the world of sports.
5. Mark Buehrle
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At 32, Mark Buehrle may only have a few good years left, but he would be a great addition to any team's rotation.
Left handed pitchers always command more money in the free agency pool, this is exactly what will happen with Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle has averaged over an 11 year career, a 3.85 ERA and around 100 strikeouts, which are very respectable numbers.
Expect a few teams in search of good left-handed pitcher to make a move for Mark Buehrle in the offseason.
4. Prince Fielder
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At 27 years of age, Prince Fielder is one of the youngest available players in the 2012 free agency pool.
Fielder is a strong batter who has averaged 40 HR and 111 RBI from 2007-2010.
Fielder's weight and sparks of inconsistency do have some teams worried, this should decide really how many teams are interested Prince's services.
All things considered, expect this slugger to sign for big money in the offseason.
3. Roy Oswalt
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The Phillies are very deep in the pitcher position.
This may be a reason that despite the 2012 option for Roy Oswalt, he may enter the free agency pool.
Oswalt is 33 years of age, which means that he will not get a long term contract like many of the other players on this list, however he is still a very valuable player that will command substantial interest.
Last season, Oswalt had an ERA of 2.76, this season in 10 games, he has 3.05 ERA, if these numbers continue, Oswalt will earn big money in the offseason.
2. C.C. Sabathia
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C.C. Sabathia is the best pitcher on the list on 2012 free agents and comes in at No. 2 on the overall list.
The Yankees' ace has posted strong numbers the past two seasons averaging 20 wins and earning 197 strikeouts each.
Sabathia is on pace for similar numbers this season.
Sabathia does have an option for the 2012 season, but if he decides to enter free agency, expect a long list of bidders.
Rumours have him earning upwards of a $100 million deal.
1. Albert Pujols
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See that picture?
That is the exact face Albert Pujols will make when he signs in the offseason as a free agent.
Pujols is the best player in the 2012 pool of potential free agents.
I was critical of Pujols' play in an earlier article, but since I posted that he has been lights out, with 4 home runs and 7 RBI in his last three games.
Pujols has been a model of consistency throughout his career, averaging 42 HR a year and never dipping lower that 32.
The St. Louis Cardinals slugger is rumoured to earn upwards $300 million in a 10-year contract.