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2013 Offseason Primer: Top 30 Free Agents Signing Tracker

Welcome to TOC's offseason primers! We haven't officially reached the offseason yet, but it's never too early to look at the best players on the free agent market. Today, we close the series by ranking the 30 best free agents over all positions. As the offseason progresses, we'll update you on where each free agent signed.

To conclude our player primers and bridge into our team primers next week, we've decided to rank the top 30 free agents that will be available this winter, along with offering a short list of suitors and a *very* general contract estimation. We're obviously not experts, and things can change in an instant based on qualifying offers, trades, and injuries. For more detailed writeups, check out our positional rankings, linked at the bottom of the post.

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We'll also be updating this post throughout the offseason with where each free agent ends up signing as well as the contract details.

1. Robinson Cano. Not only is Cano far and away the best player in this free agent class, he's going to get paid as such, especially with the Yankees prominently involved in retaining his services.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays
Contract: 6-8 years, $150-200 million
Second base rankings
Contract received: ten years, $240 million from Mariners

2. Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury did a solid job at reclaiming his value in 2013, setting himself up for a massive payday somewhere – and it might not be Boston.
Possible suitors: Red Sox, Mariners, Rangers, 
Contract: 4-8 years, $60-130 million
Outfielder rankings
Contract received: seven years, $153 million from Yankees

3. Brian McCann. McCann will probably end up at DH before his contract with his new team is over, but as the class of a weak catching market, he'll get his money.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers, Braves
Contract: 3-6 years, $50-100 million
Catcher rankings
Contract received: five years, $85 million from Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has a slight advantage over Beltran because of his age, but both men will likely end up getting paid quite well.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Rangers, Reds, Mets
Contract: 4-6 years, $60-90 million
Outfielder rankings
Contract received: seven years, $130 million from Rangers

5. Carlos Beltran. If you're into Postseason performances, Beltran tops the list of free agents you should be looking at – not that you should use that as part of your evaluation, of course.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Reds, Cardinals, Phillies, Rangers
Contract: 2-4 years, $30-50 million
Outfielder rankings
Contract received: three years, $45 million from Yankees

6. Ubaldo Jimenez. After a bounce back 2013, Jimenez will likely void his 2014 option to test the free agent market and cash in as the best pitcher in a weak crop of starters.
Possible suitors: Indians, Blue Jays, Orioles, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Rangers
Contract: 4-6 years, $60-90 million
Right-handed starter rankings

7. Masahiro Tanaka. The Japanese ace is expected to be posted by Rakuten this winter, and any club looking to sign him will need to pay Darvish-like money – $50 million for the posting free, and at least that much for the contract.
Possible suitors: Blue Jays, Yankees, Phillies, Rangers
Contract: 4-6 years, $50-80 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: seven years, $155 million from Yankees

8. Mike Napoli. There's no better power bat on the market, and Napoli's strong, healthy 2013 likely alleviated some concerns about his hip.
Possible suitors: Red Sox, Rangers, Orioles
Contract: 3-5 years, $40-60 million
First base rankings
Contract received: two years, $32 million from Red Sox

9. Ervin Santana. Talk about a guy that re-established value in 2013…Santana had an awesome season with the Royals, and is now in line for the biggest payday of his career.
Possible suitors: Royals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Padres
Contract: 3-6 years, $40-80 million
Right-handed starter rankings

10. Stephen Drew. Here's why I really like Drew this winter: he's the only shortstop with a pulse on the market.
Possible suitors: Mets, Cardinals, Red Sox
Contract: 3-5 years, $30-50 million
Shortstop rankings

11. Matt Garza. Garza's stock took a hit in 2013 after the Cubs dealt him to the Rangers, but he'll still get a nice contract from one of the many pitching-starved teams out there.
Possible suitors: Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Padres
Contract: 3-6 years, $40-70 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: four years, $50 million from Brewers

12. Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is apparently on the fence about coming back in 2014, and if he does, it might be Yankees or bust.
Possible suitors: Yankees
Contract: 1-2 years, $10-20 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: one year, $16 million from Yankees

13. AJ Burnett. Burnett is in a similar position to Kuroda – if he comes back, it'll probably only be with his current team. Good news, Pirates fans!
Possible suitors: Pirates
Contract: 1-2 years, $6-15 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: one year, $16 million from Phillies

14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty is the second-best catcher out there, and while his skills are more limited than McCann's, he's been healthier as of late and has much less mileage on his body.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Rangers
Contract: 3-5 years, $30-50 million
Catcher rankings
Contract received: three years, $21 million from Marlins

15. Nelson Cruz. Cruz is the grand question of this free agent class after his issues with Biogenesis this past summer. Will someone give him a Melky Cabrera type contract, or is he going to hold out for a Hunter Pence style deal?
Possible suitors: Rangers, Mariners, Phillies, 
Contract: 2-5 years, $20-60 million
Outfielder rankings

16. Scott Kazmir. On one hand, 2013 was his first healthy season in years. On the other hand, he was really good and there aren't any other good lefty starters that are free agents.
Possible suitors: Indians, Blue Jays, Orioles, Padres
Contract: 1-3 years: $8-25 million
Left-handed starter rankings
Contract received: two years, $22 million from Athletics

17. Ricky Nolasco. Remember when Nolasco was looking like he as going to be a great signing for a team and would solidify the middle of their rotation? His last few starts kind of torpedoed that line of thinking.
Possible suitors: Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Brewers
Contract: 3-5 years, $30-55 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: four years, $49 million from Twins

18. Curtis Granderson. Granderson's stock has taken a huge hit over the last couple of years, but he's a guy that could be a great fit for the right team.
Possible suitors: Yankees, Phillies, Mariners, Mets
Contract: 3-5 years, $35-70 million
Outfielder rankings
Contract received: four years, $60 million from Mets

19. Bartolo Colon. The old man probably isn't going to get much, but he could be a great value for a team.
Possible suitors: Athletics, Mariners, Pirates, Royals, Padres, Twins
Contract: 1-2 years, $5-12 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: two years, $20 million from Mets

20. Marlon Byrd. Byrd's 2012 nearly took him out of baseball for good, but his 2013 was phenomenal and will lead to another (smaller) payday.
Possible suitors: Pirates, Mariners, Orioles
Contract: 1-3 years, $5-20 million
Outfielder rankings
Contract received: two years, $16 million from Phillies

21. Josh Johnson. Oh boy. Johnson's free agency was highly anticipated a year ago, but now, he might not even get a major league deal.
Possible suitors: Blue Jays, Pirates, Mariners, Twins, White Sox, Orioles, Brewers, Cubs, Royals, Astros, Padres
Contract: 1-2 years, $500K-$6 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: one year, $8 million from Padres

22. Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo wants to get paid, though he probably shouldn't be. Then again, in this market, you never know…
Possible suitors: Reds, Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Mariners
Contract: 3-5 years, $20-60 million
Right-handed starter rankings
Contract received: two years, $23.5 million from Diamondbacks

23. Joe Nathan. If Nathan does indeed void his option for 2014 with the Rangers, he'll be the prime free agent reliever on the market, even though he's 39.
Possible suitors: Rangers, Mariners, Angels, Tigers, 
Contract: 2-3 years, $16-30 million
Right-handed reliever rankings
Contract received: two years, $20 million from Tigers

24. Kendrys Morales. You know how I feel about Morales, but DHs can still get paid – look at Lance Berkman last year.
Possible suitors: Mariners, Twins, Orioles
Contract: 1-3 years, $10-35 million
First baseman rankings

25. Grant Balfour. If anything, Balfour is an example of why you *don't* pay a reliever big money, since the A's paid him something like $12 million over three years. He'll make more than that now.
Possible suitors: Mariners, Angels, Tigers, Brewers, Indians
Contract: 2-4 years, $10-25 million
Right-handed reliever rankings
Contract received: two years, $12 million from Rays after two year, $15 million contract with Orioles was voided because of concerns about his physical

26. Omar Infante. The model of consistency, there's no middle ground with Infante: he'll either be overpaid or underpaid.
Possible suitors: Tigers, Athletics, Royals, Blue Jays, Mets
Contract: 2-4 years, $6-30 million
Second base rankings
Contract received: four years, $30 million from Royals

27. Jhonny Peralta. Peralta will also be carrying around the Biogenesis stain like Cruz, might the lack of solid infielders on the market make him a more palatable option.
Possible suitors: Dodgers, Cardinals, White Sox, Marlins
Contract: 1-3 years, $5-25 million
Shortstop rankings
Contract received: four years, $52 million from Cardinals

28. Juan Uribe. Uribe had a great year in 2013, but his age and history would encourage me to tread lightly. I have a feeling that won't happen, though.
Possible suitors: Dodgers, Marlins
Contract: 1-3 years, $4-15 million
Third base rankings
Contract received: two years, $15 million from Dodgers

29. Jason Vargas. Vargas got hammered in the second half despite his strikeout and walk rates trending in the right direction. So…which is the better barometer of his value?
Possible suitors: Angels, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Blue Jays
Contract: 3-4 years, $20-45 million
Left-handed starter rankings
Contract received: four years, $32 million from Royals

30. Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz isn't a sexy option behind the plate by any means, but he's got a solid bat and is a good defender. That alone makes him an above average backstop.
Possible suitors: Phillies, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers, Yankees
Contract: 2-4 years, $12-40 million
Catcher rankings
Contract received: three years, $26 million from Phillies

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Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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