The ultimate free-agent tracker - by position

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Here is the free-agent class of 2009-10, ranked from Nos. 1 to 131. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player’s history, age and potential, and are as much about predicted performance as market value, providing a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training.

Bookmark this page and return frequently. As the offseason progresses, Yahoo! Sports will update it with news of signings and their impact on the other free agents.

 

Starting pitchers

2. John Lackey(notes), SP:  SIGNED   This time when Lackey yelled “This is mine!” it was in response to Theo Epstein handing him a contract that will pay him $82.5 million over five years to pitch for the Red Sox. Story

4. Aroldis Chapman, SP:  SIGNED   Based on potential for greatness, he’s No. 1. Based on potential for calamity, he’s No. 131. Lefties who throw 100 mph don’t grow on trees. In fact, they don’t grow but every 25 years or so, and here is this generation’s. So it’s understandable that the Reds signed him for $30 million over five years. Story

6. Randy Wolf(notes), SP:  SIGNED   The Dodgers did Wolf an immense favor not offering him arbitration. So the Brewers signed him to a three-year, $29.75 million deal without giving up draft picks. Story

7. Rich Harden(notes), SP:  SIGNED   The most dominant pitcher in the class, in terms of stuff and disabled list stays, Harden signed a one-year deal for $7.5 million with the Rangers, who hold an option for a second year at $11.5 million. Story

8. Erik Bedard(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Remember when Seattle gave up Adam Jones(notes), Chris Tillman(notes), George Sherrill(notes) and two others for him? There’s a word for that. Hahahahaha. And that is your No. 8-ranked free agent, whom the Mariners’ trainer said might not recover from a torn labrum until May or June. Seattle decided to keep him for at least one more year. Story

9. Andy Pettitte(notes), SP:  SIGNED   The steady veteran will be back with the Yankees for another year at a nice raise, getting an $11.75 million deal. Story

14. Joel Pineiro(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Found his mojo for a season with Dave Duncan in the secret lair where all the Cardinals’ pitching miracles blossom. Parlayed it into a two-year, $16 million deal with the Angels. Story

16. Jarrod Washburn(notes), SP: Another Jekyll-Hyde case: Is he the 2.64 ERA marvel from Seattle or the 7.33 ERA disaster from Detroit? Somewhere in between, and that should be enough to get him a healthy two-year deal.

17. Ben Sheets(notes), SP:  SIGNED   No one, not even Sheets, knows what’s left in his arm, but the A’s took a chance, giving him a one-year, $10 million deal. Story

30. Brad Penny(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Thrived in San Francisco after a disastrous four months in Boston and landed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Cardinals that could grow to $9 million if he pitches 204 innings. Story

38. Justin Duchscherer(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Among the unlikeliest two-time All-Stars, Duchscherer missed last year recovering from elbow surgery, then was sidelined by depression. He rejoins Oakland as a front-line starter on a one-year deal. Story

39. Pedro Martinez(notes), SP: The old goat lives to bleat another day. Suitors are likelier to line up this year, too.

40. Doug Davis(notes), SP:   SIGNED   How a left-hander with marginal stuff survives walking a major league-high 103 batters is incredible. Then again, Davis beat cancer, so stranding runners is a picnic. Enjoy, Brewers fans. Story

41. Jason Marquis(notes), SP:  SIGNED   He pitched well – for a half, at least – in Colorado and kept his postseason streak alive at 10 years. That might be tough to continue now that Marquis signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals. Story

42. Jon Garland(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Average stuff, average year, average innings-eater. The durable right-hander signed a one-year contract with the Padres worth $5.3 million and landed “in a place that I saw myself being.” Story

58. Vicente Padilla(notes), SP:  SIGNED   One good month with the Dodgers is all it took to regain the credibility Padilla lost slowly during his four years with the Rangers. He’s staying in L.A. for another year. Story

59. Carl Pavano(notes), SP:  SIGNED   He ended the year with a 5.10 ERA and gave up a major league-high 113 earned runs. Maybe that’s why he took the Twins up on their offer of arbitration. Story

60. Braden Looper(notes), SP: Led the major leagues in three categories last season: starts (tied, with 34), earned runs (tied, with Pavano) and home runs allowed (nobody even close, with 39).

69. Randy Johnson(notes), SP:  RETIRED   Leaves the game with 303 wins and perhaps as the best left-handed pitcher ever. Story

79. Jose Contreras(notes), P:  SIGNED   The command remains elusive, but if Contreras turns into a reliever, as he did with Colorado at the end of the season, he could reinvent himself and extend his career into his 40s. The Phillies take a one-year chance at $1.5 million. Story

100. Mike Hampton(notes), SP: He got hurt reading this sentence.

118. Shawn Hill(notes), SP:  SIGNED   The Blue Jays signed the oft-injured sinkerballer to a minor league contract. Story

124. Paul Byrd(notes), SP: His midseason return wasn’t quite Clemensian in its impact. The 11 strikeouts in 34 innings may signal his career’s sunset.

131. Chris Capuano(notes), SP:  SIGNED   Alert on a potential feel-good story: The former All-Star is attempting a comeback after two Tommy John surgeries by signing a minor league deal with the Brewers. He hasn’t pitched since 2007.

 

Relief pitchers

11. Rafael Soriano(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Explain, again, why someone with 102 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings and a .583 opponents’ OPS won’t even retain his job as closer with the Braves? Billy Wagner will close, paving the way for Soriano to be traded to the Rays. Story

20. Mike Gonzalez(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Among the game’s most dominant left-handed relievers – if healthy – he signed a $12 million, two-year contract with the Orioles. Story

24. Jose Valverde(notes), RP:  SIGNED   The Tigers, desperate for a closer, signed Valverde to a two-year, $14 million deal with a $9 million club option for a third year. Story

25. Billy Wagner(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Wagner, 38, satisfied any lingering concerns about his health, signing a one-year deal to become the Braves’ closer. The six-time All-Star gets $6.75 million in 2010 and the deal includes a $6.5 million club option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout. Story

37. Fernando Rodney(notes), RP:  SIGNED   A disaster in non-save situations (6.08 ERA), Rodney closed out games well and will compete with Brian Fuentes(notes) as Angels’ closer after signing a two-year, $11 million contract. Story

44. Rafael Betancourt(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Betancourt proved nearly unhittable for the Rockies down the stretch and will return for one year after accepting the club’s offer of arbitration. Story

46. Ryota Igarashi(notes), RP:  SIGNED   With a fastball that pushed 100 mph before Tommy John surgery, Igarashi is the hardest thrower to jump to the major leagues from Japan. He joins the Mets on a two-year contract. Story

47. LaTroy Hawkins(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Threw 84 1/3 innings with Houston over the last year and a half, and his ERA was 1.71. Not a bad get for the Brewers, who will pay him $7.5 million over two years. Story

52. Brandon Lyon(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Despite his predilection to walking hitters and allergy to striking them out, Lyon signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Astros. Story

53. Darren Oliver(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Playoff disasters aside, he’s been a model reliever from the left side and signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Rangers, the team he began his career with 16 years ago. Story

57. Kiko Calero(notes), RP: Opponents hit .180 against Calero, the eighth-lowest mark among pitchers with at least 60 innings, and his one home run allowed was second in baseball.

61. Octavio Dotel(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Lots of strikeouts, lots of heartburn. Story

62. Chan Ho Park(notes), RP:  SIGNED   A dynamite year as a reliever (2.52 ERA out of the bullpen) for the Phillies landed him a late contract with the Yankees for $1.2 million that could grow to $1.5 million with incentives.

64. Takashi Saito(notes), RP:  SIGNED   After signing 38-year-old Billy Wagner(notes), the Braves signed 39-year-old Saito to a one-year, $3.2 million deal plus incentives to serve as set-up man. Story

68. Kevin Gregg(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Too erratic to close for the Cubs. He will shore up the Blue Jays bullpen on a one-year deal that could be worth $11.5 million over three seasons. Story

80. J.J. Putz(notes), RP:  SIGNED   In spite of a horrible 2009 season and continued arm troubles, Putz got a one-year, $3 million deal from the White Sox. Story

90. David Weathers(notes), RP: Faded after his trade to Milwaukee, though if he wants to play as a 40-year-old, someone will bite.

92. Scott Eyre(notes), RP: Will return to the Phillies for a final go-round or retire.

94. Joaquin Benoit(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Missed all of 2009 with a torn rotator cuff but his effectiveness before that – with an especially heavy changeup – made him a good bet for the Rays, who gave him a minor league contract.

102. Russ Springer(notes), RP: Came back to earth after two fantastic seasons with St. Louis and will at least receive a spring-training invitation if he decides to return.

103. Chad Bradford(notes), RP: It’s sort of funny that a pitcher who throws no harder than an average high schooler missed the 2009 season’s first three months because of elbow surgery. Anyway, he’s healthy, and at least one team will take a nibble.

104. Jamey Wright(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Maybe the most unassuming 14-year career in baseball history looks for a 15th. He’ll get a chance after signing a minor league deal with the Indians. Story

106. Danys Baez(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Back, and quite successful at that, after missing all of 2008. The terrible strikeout rate remains worrisome, but the Phillies think he has at least two years left. Story

107. Guillermo Mota(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Worth adding – if he’ll play for the minimum. He’s going to the Giants on a minor league deal. Story

114. Ron Mahay(notes), RP: Lefty. Pulse. You know the rest.

115. Will Ohman(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Read above. The Orioles gave him a minor league deal.

117. Brian Shouse(notes), RP:  SIGNED   Orosco redux? He turned 41 in September and signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

119. Joe Beimel(notes), RP: Really isn’t that much better against lefties than he is righties – and he’s not all that good against righties.

 

Pitchers

51. Brett Myers(notes), P:  SIGNED   Village idiot has talent and age on his side. Diminished stuff (a fastball down to 89 mph), injury history, big mouth and off-field stupidity cancel out the positives. He signed a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the Astros that includes a $2 million buyout on an $8 million mutual option for 2011. Story

55. John Smoltz(notes), P: Is he a starter? Is he a reliever? Is he even pitching? While the 42-year-old’s peripherals were excellent in St. Louis – a 40-to-9 K-to-BB ratio in 38 innings – his role and landing spot remain in limbo.

93. Todd Wellemeyer(notes), P:  SIGNED   Needs to infiltrate Duncan dungeon, recapture mojo. He’ll get a chance with the Giants, who gave him a minor league deal that pays $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster. Story

101. Kelvim Escobar(notes), P:   SIGNED   Missed all of 2008 and made one start in 2009 before shoulder injuries shut him down. Could start. Could relieve. Might not do either. If he pitches, though, jump him 50 spots, because he can be that good. The Mets apparently are willing to take the gamble. Story

105. Jason Jennings(notes), P:  SIGNED   Turned into a serviceable middle-innings mop-up reliever after spending eight seasons as a starter. He signed a minor league deal with the A’s. Story

108. Hisanori Takahashi, P:  SIGNED   Starter coming from Japan hopes to find as much success as the last Takahashi – Mets left-handed reliever Ken, who followed up his solid 2009 by asking for a one-way ticket out of the disaster in Flushing. This Takahashi also signed with the Mets – a minor league contract – and will compete for the No. 5 starter role.

110. Mark Mulder(notes), P: Has thrown 12 2/3 innings since 2006.

130. Rich Hill(notes), P:  SIGNED   Finished 2009 with a 7.80 ERA. Look on the bright side. He still has that curveball, and he’ll have a chance to display it after signing a minor league deal with the Cardinals.

 

Catchers

43. Bengie Molina(notes), C:  SIGNED   Only 53 times this decade has a player exceeded 450 at-bats without drawing 20 walks. Molina did it for the fourth straight time last year, which is one reason the Giants signed him for one more year. Story

70. Miguel Olivo(notes), C:  SIGNED   Power (23 home runs) and game-calling abilities (AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke(notes) often credited Olivo last year) was torpedoed by a vomitous 126-to-19 K-to-BB ratio. Nonetheless, the Rockies gave him $2.5 million in 2010, and the contract includes the same amount as a vesting option in 2011. Story

71. Yorvit Torrealba(notes), C:  SIGNED   Among the crème de la catching crème. The crème, by the way, is about six months past its sell-by date. He goes to the Padres as a backup. Story

81. Gregg Zaun(notes), C:  SIGNED   The Brewers signed Zaun to a one-year deal with a club option that guarantees him $2.15 million to hold down the fort until prospects Jonathan Lucroy(notes) and Angel Salome(notes) are ready. Story

88. Ivan Rodriguez (notes), C:  SIGNED   A two-year deal for $6 million with the lowly Nationals might not be the most distinguished way to go out for a likely Hall of Famer, but he should get playing time and be able to mentor Stephen Strasburg(notes). Story

113. Mike Redmond(notes), C:  SIGNED   Eminently employable because he fulfills the one similarity among every long-lasting, no-power backup catcher: He can talk with the best of ‘em. Cleveland landed him for a one-year deal. Story

121. Jason Kendall(notes), C:  SIGNED   Kendall’s career stats have him pegged as a possible Hall of Famer, according to Bill James’ HOF Monitor. Now he’s got a two-year, $6 million deal with the Royals to pad his numbers. Story

122. Jose Molina(notes), C:  SIGNED   The Blue Jays signed Molina on the eve of spring training to a one-year deal worth $400,000, with another $400,000 if he makes the team. The Blue Jays hold a 2011 option for $1.2 million.

125. Brian Schneider(notes), C:  SIGNED   Schneider, 33, signed a two-year, $2.75 million deal with the Phillies to serve as a backup to Carlos Ruiz(notes). Story

126. Ramon Castro(notes), C:  SIGNED   The White Sox re-signed Castro for $1 million over one season to again back up A.J. Pierzynski(notes). Story

 

First Basemen

15. Russell Branyan(notes), 1B:  SIGNED   The only thing that changed for Branyan last year were his at-bats. Given them, he hit 31 home runs. If he’s healthy, the Indians will get an inexpensive power source for signing him to a one-year deal.

22. Nick Johnson(notes), 1B:  SIGNED   When he stays healthy, he puts up a .290 average and an on-base percentage in excess of .400. The Yankees admired that resume enough to sign Johnson to a one-year, $5.75 million deal. Story

23. Adam LaRoche(notes), 1B:  SIGNED   Notorious second-half player heated up again down the stretch, good enough for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Story

48. Hank Blalock(notes), 1B/DH: Still can hit home runs and play a passable first base. Years of injuries make him seem older than 29.

49. Carlos Delgado(notes), 1B/DH: Written off in the middle of 2008, he responded with a .303/.386/.606 second half. Does he have another comeback in his 37-year-old body – and will it happen in the AL, where his game is best suited?

72. Aubrey Huff(notes), 1B/OF:  SIGNED   Had a career season a year early. Now Huff is little more than a middling bat on the wrong side of his best days. He takes his bat to San Francisco for one season. Story

 

Second Basemen

34. Orlando Hudson(notes), 2B:  SIGNED   Lost his job at the end of the season to Ronnie Belliard(notes) and won a Gold Glove based on reputation. That said, he’s still a consistent .800 OPS guy when healthy, a reason the Twins signed him for a one-year, $5 million deal. Story

35. Felipe Lopez(notes), 2B:  SIGNED   Despite a track record of hitting and fielding at an above-average level, Lopez remained unsigned until Feb. 27 when the Cardinals gave him a one-year, $1 million deal with incentives that could pay him another $200,000. Story

63. Ronnie Belliard(notes), 2B:  SIGNED   Deserving of the 2009 Unrequited Joe Torre Man-Crush, hitting .351/.398/.636 in 24 games with the Dodgers, who signed him again, this time to a one-year, $825,000 deal. The team can terminate the contract if Belliard reports to camp heavier than 209 pounds. Story

83. Adam Kennedy(notes), 2B:  SIGNED   Bounce-back year – actually, bounce-back month of May, and average rest of the year – doesn’t guarantee a starting job, but he should be able to get a major league deal somewhere. The Nats scoop him up. Story

 

Third Basemen

5. Chone Figgins(notes), 3B:  SIGNED   A Gold Glove-caliber third baseman with positional versatility, on-base acuity and true leadoff skills, he has agreed with the Mariners to a four-year, $36 million deal. Story

10. Adrian Beltre(notes), 3B:  SIGNED   He’ll be lucky to get half of the $64 million he pulled down the last time he hit free agency. But $10 million for 2010 with the Red Sox is a nice start. Story

27. Placido Polanco(notes), 3B:  SIGNED   Solid, unspectacular. In other words, the archetype for this free-agent class. He agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal to return as a third baseman to Philadelphia, where he played from July 2002 through 2005. Story

33. Pedro Feliz(notes), 3B:  SIGNED   Solid fielder with decent power who doesn’t reach base often signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Astros. Story.

66. Joe Crede(notes), 3B: Same old story: Wants to play in spite of back problems, and almost certainly will get a chance.

85. Melvin Mora(notes), 3B:  SIGNED   Faded hard after a strong 2008 season. Tough to blab about playing time when you slug .358 at a corner-infield position. Maybe the thin air in Colorado will help – Mora signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal. Story

89. Troy Glaus(notes), 3B:   SIGNED   His lost 2009 season and a steroid rap leave him with dwindling options, but Glaus signed a one-year deal for $2 million plus incentives with Atlanta. Story

 

Shortstops

26. Marco Scutaro(notes), SS:  SIGNED   It takes just one team to give a 34-year-old utilityman with one good season a multiyear contract, and that team is the Red Sox, who signed Scutaro to a two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year. Scutaro likely will play shortstop, although Dustin Pedroia(notes) might move there with Scutaro playing second. Story

29. Miguel Tejada(notes), SS/3B:  SIGNED   Steroid user? Check. Perjurer? Check. Lied about his age? Check. That’s some kind of a triple crown. But he can still put up a sparkly average and is willing to move to third base, so someone will employ him. The Orioles take him back, at least for one year. Story

56. Orlando Cabrera(notes), SS:  SIGNED   Well, his defense regressed significantly, his offense was as milquetoast as ever and he turned 35. The Baseball Twinkie survives nonetheless, signing a $3 million deal with the Reds. Story

82. Alex Gonzalez, SS:  SIGNED   The Blue Jays signed Gonzalez to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with a club option at $2.5 million for 2011. Story

98. Adam Everett(notes), SS:  SIGNED   Still an excellent shortstop. Still barely can hit his weight. The Tigers decided to keep him in the fold for another year at $1.55 million. Story

128. Khalil Greene(notes), SS:  SIGNED   Never recovered from anxiety issues, and between that and his diminished numbers, it’s a surprise the Rangers gave him a major league deal worth $750,000 to serve as utility infielder. Story

 

Outfielders

1. Matt Holliday(notes), LF:  SIGNED   Which player is he: The Oakland disappointment or the St. Louis marvel? Here’s betting on the latter. The Cardinals are making that same bet to the tune of a seven-year, $120 million deal. Story

3. Jason Bay(notes), LF:  SIGNED   Tall order for agent Joe Urbon: procure a five-year contract for a defensively limited corner outfielder who turns 32 this year. Of course, the guy can hit, and the Mets are happy to have him – to the tune of four years, $66 million. Story

13. Jermaine Dye(notes), RF: Production slowed a bit last year and you wonder if, at 36, it’s ready to go all Wile E. Coyote off a cliff. A one-year, incentive-laden deal is the best route.

18. Mike Cameron(notes), CF:  SIGNED   The Red Sox signed Cameron to a two-year, $15 million deal. He stays in incredible shape and at 36 last year he banged 24 home runs, drew 75 walks and played his typical solid defense. Story

19. Marlon Byrd(notes), OF:  SIGNED   After a breakout season, Byrd joins the Cubs as a center fielder, agreeing to a three-year, $15 million deal. Story

21. Coco Crisp(notes), CF:  SIGNED   Primed for a nice bounce back after showing increased ability to take a walk – and his continued superlative defense. The Athletics recognized the value, signing Crisp to a one-year, $5.25 million contract. Story

28. Johnny Damon(notes), LF:  SIGNED   Go here, click on the home run box and try to argue that the newfound power last year was anything but a new Yankee Stadium mirage. After tortuous non-negotiations with the Yankees, Damon agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown story

36. Xavier Nady(notes), OF:  SIGNED   The Cubs believe the 31-year-old’s best days are ahead of him, signing him to a one-year contract. Story

45. Endy Chavez(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Defensive whiz recovering from a severe knee injury signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.

67. Rick Ankiel(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Nasty crash with a wall derailed an already broken 2009 season and dropped him 40 spots on this list. The Royals take him for one year, $3.25M. Story

75. Randy Winn(notes), OF:  SIGNED   He hit age 35 last year and watched his offensive production take the clockwise trip into the sewer system. Fortunately, Winn’s defense remained stellar, and the Yankees signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal to split time in left field. Story

78. Scott Podsednik(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Actually acquitted himself reasonably in the outfield – a troublesome endeavor in years past – and swung well enough to defibrillate his career. The Royals signed him for a year and $1.75 million, and the deal includes a club option for the following season. Story

84. Marcus Thames(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Aside from one of his typical six-week-or-so hot streaks – in 2009, it was 10 home runs in 107 at-bats between June 8 and July 18 – he’s little more than a right-handed power option off the bench. The Yankees signed him to a minor league contract. Story

86. Rocco Baldelli(notes), OF: Same situation as last year. He can’t play full-time, so he’ll find a team that needs a right-handed bench bat – and everyone, of course, needs a right-handed bench bat.

87. Reed Johnson(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Plays hard. Wears killer chin beard. Neither can overcome the reality that a tepid stick and a below-average glove means fourth outfielder. The Dodgers gave him a one-year deal.  Story

97. Garret Anderson(notes), OF: Bold prediction: He will not get more than 500 plate appearances again this season. Or ever, for that matter.

109. Austin Kearns(notes), OF:  SIGNED   Sign that things are bad: when the Nationals buy you out of your contract. The Indians signed him to a minor league deal, however. Story

112. Geoff Jenkins(notes), OF: Even if he can’t score a major league contract, there must be some Brett Favre lookalike contests going on in Minneapolis this offseason to keep him employed. Right?

123. Brian Giles (notes), OF:  SIGNED   Old (39 on opening day), with baggage (lawsuit related to alleged domestic violence) and coming off a brutal season (.191/.277/.271). Sounds like a recipe for a minor league deal, which the Dodgers gave him. Story

 

Utility Players

12. Mark DeRosa(notes), UT:  SIGNED   The St. Louis experiment turned out something of a disaster – a .291 on-base percentage … yikes – but DeRosa remains a six-position salve that the Giants plan to use as they signed him to a two-year deal. One issue: He turns 35 in February. Story

54. Juan Uribe(notes), UT:  SIGNED   The power returned in 2009, and his versatility helps. That walk rate is uglier than a letter from the IRS, but the Giants re-signed him for a year at $3.25 million. Story

73. Fernando Tatis(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Played every position but center field, catcher and pitcher and slugged .436 in his games at cavernous Citi Field. The Mets bring him back for one year. Story

74. Eric Hinske(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Three straight World Series and two rings to show for it, he’s on his way to becoming the Marquis of hitters. The Braves signed him to a one-year deal. Story

76. Jerry Hairston Jr.(notes), UT:   SIGNED   Positional flexibility and occasional excellence (.326/.384/.487 in 2008) made him attractive to San Diego, where he joins brother Scott. Story

77. Jamey Carroll(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Gets on base and plays four positions. That’s enough to merit a rare two-year commitment from the Dodgers, who will pay him $3.85 million. Story

91. Craig Counsell(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Slugged better than .400 for the first time since 2000 and played second and third base well enough for the Brewers to bring him back for one year at $2.1 million. Story

96. Nomar Garciaparra(notes), UT: At 29, he was a surefire Hall of Famer. At 36, he’s an afterthought.

99. Omar Vizquel(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Vizquel will play a 22nd year, this one as a backup with the White Sox, who signed him for one season at $1.375 million to mentor Alexei Ramirez(notes) and Gordon Beckham(notes). Story

111. Bobby Crosby(notes), UT:  SIGNED   With a balky back and anemic bat, Crosby was worth only a $1 million, one-year deal to compete for the shortstop job in Pittsburgh.

116. Mark Loretta(notes), UT:  RETIRED   Called it a career after 15 seasons and will work in the Padres’ front office. Story

120. Nick Green(notes), UT:  SIGNED   The Dodgers signed Green, who for a brief period last season seemed like the answer to the Red Sox woes at shortstop, to a one-year, $500,000 deal to provide insurance in case Rafael Furcal(notes) is again injured.

127. Robb Quinlan(notes), UT:  SIGNED   It’s a bad sign for a utilityman when his greatest value comes from his bat and he’s coming off a .243/.275/.339 season. So he had to settle for a minor league deal with the Angels, the same team that paid him $1.1 million in 2009.

129. Alex Cora(notes), UT:  SIGNED   Cora signed a one-year, $2 million deal to remain with the Mets, who have uncertainty in the middle infield because of injury and declining production. Story

 

Designated Hitters

31. Vladimir Guerrero(notes), DH:  SIGNED   Though he runs like a horse that needs to be put down, Guerrero isn’t going by way of Mr. Ed. If he passes a physical, he’ll be Ranger in 2010 for $5 million. Story

32. Hideki Matsui(notes), DH:  SIGNED   The World Series MVP signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal to become the Angels’ designated hitter. Story

50. Jim Thome(notes), DH:   SIGNED   The power remains (.481 slugging percentage), as does the patience (.366 on-base percentage). Thome accepts a reduced role with the Twins. Story

65. Gary Sheffield(notes), DH/OF: Oh, Sheff. Always good for a delusional sketch of the world. Surely, if given reign over this list, he’d put himself in the top 10. And that is why we love him. Question is, will anyone else, even after he slugged .453 at Citi Field?

95. Andruw Jones(notes), DH/OF:  SIGNED   Three years removed from consistent production, Jones signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the White Sox. He can earn another $1 million through incentives. Story