MLB Rumors: How Will the Free Agent Dominoes Fall With Adrian Beltre Inked?

Michael CahillCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2011

MLB Rumors: How Will the Free Agent Dominoes Fall With Adrian Beltre Inked?

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New York Yankees on September 26, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Get
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    While Adrian Beltre is the last big name free agent off the market, that doesn’t mean all the talent is gone. There are still a good number of players on the market that could help a team this season. As it stands now, teams are scrambling to try and address their needs before the available talent pool has dried up.

    Some teams will get healthier than others, other teams will suddenly have more to spend, and it could lead to some players in some interesting places. Here is a look at some of the latest rumors involving potential baseball free agent signings. 

1. Vladimir Guerrero, DH

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he struck out in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arl
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    Previous Team:   Texas Rangers

    Latest Rumor:   The Tampa Bay Rays. It appears that with the signing of Adrian Beltre,  the Rangers will be moving Michael Young to DH. This leaves Vlad out of a job.

    The  Angels  were reportedly interested, but they don’t seem to have any room for him. The Rays are interested, but only for the right price.

    The Odds:   Vlad may have trouble finding work elsewhere. He can only DH. The Rays seem like a good fit for Vlad if he’ll drop his price a little.

2. Jeremy Bonderman, SP

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 28:  Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins during their game on June 28, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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    Previous Team:   Detroit Tigers

    Latest Rumor:   The New York Yankees.  Bonderman is a big name on the market because he’s been a proven winner in the past. He’s been injury prone which makes teams a bit skeptical but his experience, when healthy, could be of value to a team looking for a fourth or fifth starter to their rotation.

    The Odds:   Don’t bet on it. There are a handful of other teams interested including the Mets, Mariners, Rangers, and Nationals. The Yankees will wait too long on Pettitte while Bonderman ends up with the Mariners or Nationals. 

3. Carl Pavano, SP

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins in the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning during game two of the ALDS game against the New York Yankees on October 7, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Han
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    Previous Team:   Minnesota Twins

    Latest Rumor:   The Cubs. Pavano has been rumored to be heading back to Minnesota, as well as heading to the Nationals. As of late, however, several other teams have gotten in the mix including the Cubs. Pavano is reportedly asked for a three year deal from his next team.

    The Odds:   Unlikely. While the Cubs are in a rebuilding process, they have enough veteran leadership in their pitching staff. They won’t want to give Pavano three years. Pick him to go to a team that isn’t even on the  rumour list. Pavano could end up in San Diego. 

4. Bartolo Colon, SP

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Bartolo Colon of the Chicago White Sox poses during photo day at the White Sox spring training complex on February 20, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Previous Team:   Chicago White Sox

    Latest Rumor:   The New York Yankees. Things are getting thin for the Yankees when they are considering a reclamation project like Colon. However, times are tough and they need help. If Colon can come back and be close to what he once was he’d be a steal.

    The Odds:   Probable. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians have cooled off on Colon. The Yankees know it would cheap to sign him if he didn’t work out.  Just don’t expect the Yankees to stop there. With Bonderman and Pavano still on the market, they will find additional help. 

5. Jeff Francis, SP

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    TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Hi Corbett Field on February 28, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Previous Team:   Colorado Rockies

    Latest Rumor:   Kansas City Royals. There are at least half a dozen teams that are interested in Francis. He’s coming off a year long rehab from elbow surgery, so he’s a steal if he can return to form. The Royals, coming off of the Greineke deal, are looking for a guy at the top of the rotation.

    The Odds:   Unlikely. Unless the Royals throw the kitchen sink at Francis he’s liable to sign with the Yankees or the Rangers. Both need pitching help after losing out on the Cliff Lee signing. Francis could come along slowly and bring real value to their staffs. 

6. Scott Podsednik, OF

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Scott Podsednik #22 of the Kansas City Royals bats against the Texas Rangers during the MLB spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2010 in Surprise, Arizona.  The Royals defeated the Rangers 4-2.  (Photo by Christia
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    Previous Team:   Los Angeles Dodgers

    Latest Rumor:   Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have been looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder and Podsednik fits the bill. He’s also a guy who can lead off or bat near the bottom of the order to give them speed. The only thing holding it up is that Podsednik comes at a much higher price.

    The Odds:   Good. The Reds know they can’t take their foot off the gas now. They are a couple of players away from competing. Podsednik won’t be so expensive that they can’t sign him, and he’ll provide some much needed post season experience. 

7. Andruw Jones, OF

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16:  Andruw Jones #25 of the Chicago White Sox talks to players in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty I
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    Previous Team:   Chicago White Sox

    Latest Rumor:   New York Yankees. The Yankees know they need depth in their outfield and Andruw Jones could give them that. At the very least he could provide stability in the outfield and give them defensive relief in the later innings.

    The Odds:    Not great. The Yankees are kicking the tires on a lot of different players. Andruw Jones could be heading back to Atlanta where he spent most of his career. They could use the veteran leadership, and they could get him on the cheap.

8. Rafael Soriano, RP

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    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Rafael Soriano #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Charlotte County Sports Park on February 26, 2010 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Previous Team:   Tampa Bay Rays

    Latest Rumor:   Chicago White Sox. This is a pipe dream in most people’s estimation. The Sox have already spent their winter dollars. Perhaps if they could get a taker for the contract of Edwin Jackson they could afford to nab Soriano, who is looking for a three year deal.

    The Odds:   Not happening. He’s a solid closer and could do the Sox much good, but the Sox don’t have the money and won’t be able to find it. The possible destination for Soriano is the New York Yankees. He would deepen that bullpen and the Yankees can afford him. 

9. Edgar Renteria, SS

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20:  Edgar Renteria #16 of the San Francisco Giants looks on during an at-bat against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (
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    Previous Team:   San Francisco Giants

    Latest Rumor:   Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have reportedly put out an offer for Renteria, but he has yet to sign. The Giants tried to low ball him, so it’s unlikely he’ll be in San Francisco.

    The Odds:   Great. There aren’t a ton of teams out there that are vying for Renteria’s services so it’s likely he’ll go to Cincinnati, where he’ll have a chance to win. 

10. Chris Young, SP

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Starting Pitcher Chris Young #32 of the San Diego Padres throws from the mound against the Cincinnati Reds during their MLB game on September 24, 2010 at PETCO Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Im
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    Previous Team:   San Diego Padres

    Latest Rumor:   New York Mets. The Mets are looking for something, anything, to help them bolster their rotation. Chris Young has had a string of injuries and therefore he’d be looking for someone to take a chance on him again.

    The Odds:   Great. Chris Young is a fly ball pitcher and the Mets have a fly ball park. Young wouldn’t sign for much, so there’d be less pressure. It’s a win-win for both sides.