10. Rafael Furcal SS Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal is a great player when healthy. He is a solid power hitter, a great base stealer and a great defensive player. In the beginning of this season, he was batting over .360 and hit five home runs. He went down with a back injury that kept him out the next four months. He was the spark of Dodgers offense and was a huge loss to their team. He then came back to the lineup in September and made an immediate impact.
9. Bobby Abreu OF New York Yankees
Bobby Abreu is one of only seven players that hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases this season. He was a big part of the Yankees offense the past two and a half seasons. In the last two seasons, he has had 15+ home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 runs, 20+ stolen bases.
8. Pat Burrell OF Philadelphia Phillies
Pat Burrell hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs this season. He is also a very patient hitter as he was third in the NL with 102 walks. He also helped his team win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
7. Adam Dunn OF Arizona Diamondbacks
Adam Dunn is one of the best power hitters in baseball. He has hit 40 or more home runs in the past five seasons. He is always a league leader in walks and on base percentage. The D-Backs acquired Dunn this past trade deadline for a boost to their offense and to compete for a division title, but his team came up short.
6. Ryan Dempster SP Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster was the Cubs closer last season, he then turned into their ace this season. At 31 years old, he had his best season by far. He was fourth in the NL with a 2.96 ERA and third in wins with 17. He helped his team to the best record in the NL. If the Cubs can resign him, he will be a huge part of their pitching staff next season.
5. Ben Sheets SP Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets started for the NL in the All-Star game. He had a career high in wins with 13, but his season ended in September when he had an elbow injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season. The Brewers have confirmed that they will not make an offer for Sheets this offseason due to the injury problems.
4. Francisco Rodriguez RP Los Angeles Angels
K-Rod has had an unbelievable season. He broke the single-season saves record by recording 62 saves and is a Cy Young candidate in the AL. He may also be considered an MVP candidate. He has had 40 or more saves in the past four season.
3. Mark Teixeira 1B Los Angeles Angels
Mark Teixeira is among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs every season. He batted .358, hit 13 home runs, and drove in 43 RBIs in 54 games with the Angels. He is also a phenomenal defensive player. Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox are expected to make mega offers for Teixeira.
2. Manny Ramirez OF Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny Ramirez is one of the greatest hitters of all time. He was traded this past trade deadline to the Dodgers. When Manny arrived in LA, he wasted no time and just pounded the ball. In 53 games with the Dodgers, he batted .396, hit 17 home runs, and drove in 53 RBIs. He led the Dodgers to the( playoffs and swept the Cubs in the NLDS. The Dodgers came up short of the World Series by losing to the Phillies in the NLCS. If the Dodgers can sign Manny, the Dodgers will be contenders in the NL for the next couple of seasons.
1. CC Sabathia SP Milwaukee Brewers
CC Sabathia is one of the best if not the best pitcher in baseball. He was traded to the Brewers at the trade deadline. He was virtually unhittable when he was with the Brewers. In 17 starts with the Brewers, he was 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA. He also led the NL in complete games with 7. He single handedly took his team to the playoffs by pitching three straight starts on three days rest. He is a Cy Young candidate and also an MVP candidate.
The Brewers are expected to offer CC Sabathia $100 million for four years. Other teams like Angels, Dodgers, and Yankees can give him more than four years and $25 per season.
Other Notable Free Agents: Carl Crawford Team Option (Rays), Chipper Jones Team Option (Braves), Milton Bradley (Rangers), AJ Burnett (Blue Jays), Orlando Hudson (Diamondbacks), Derek Lowe (Dodgers), Kerry Wood (Cubs), Oliver Perez (Mets), Casey Blake (Dodgers)
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