Baseball's ultimate free-agent tracker

Jeff Passan
Yahoo Sports

Here is the free-agent class of 2011-12, ranked from Nos. 1 to 181. 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, as well as a supplementary list of players who are non-tendered by their current teams.

1. Albert Pujols(notes), 1B: SIGNED The best player of his generation is leaving St. Louis for a 10-year contract with the Angels worth $254 million. Story

2. Prince Fielder(notes), 1B: SIGNED For all the questions about how his body will age, it has done so remarkably well through his first six seasons. Hitters as accomplished as Fielder simply don't hit free agency at 27, so it's no surprise to see him pass Mark Teixeira's(notes) contract with a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers

3. Yu Darvish, SP: SIGNED The Japanese import's stuff is better than Daisuke Matsuzaka's,(notes) his work ethic is way better and his marketability – a Japanese-Iranian star – is off the charts. The Rangers thought enough of the entire package to invest $111.7 million, including the $60 million contract the sides agreed to just before the signing deadline.

4. Jose Reyes(notes), SS: SIGNED Injuries have plagued his career, but Reyes was still a hot item thanks to positional scarcity as well as his overall explosiveness. The shortstop signed a six-year, $106 million deal with the Miami Marlins. Paired with Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins now have one of the most enticing left sides of the infield in baseball.

5. C.J. Wilson(notes), SP: SIGNED The class of a thin field of returning major league starting pitchers, Wilson gets a five-year, $75 million deal to pitch for his hometown Angels. Story

6. Carlos Beltran(notes), OF: SIGNED Huge comeback year went even more under the radar once San Francisco dropped out of the wild-card race. While dynamism is as shot as his knees, the bat still plays, which is what the Cardinals are banking on after giving him $26 million over two years. Story

7. Roy Oswalt(notes), SP: Even if his stuff has gotten more hittable, Oswalt on a three-year deal is significantly more palatable – and cost-effective – than committing four years to Edwin Jackson(notes).

8. Jimmy Rollins(notes), SS: SIGNED His glove and speed remain plus assets, he rarely strikes out and he's an emotional force in the clubhouse. After his market softened, Rollins agreed to a three year, $33 million deal with the Phillies with a vesting option for a fourth year.

9. Grady Sizemore(notes), OF: RE-SIGNED Nobody else will have him this high, which is fine. He's 29, will be a year off microfracture surgery and primed to come back. The Indians want that upside and re-signed him to a one-year deal that will pay him a guaranteed $5 million with another $4 million in incentives. Cleveland turned down a $9 million option on Sizemore after the season, so if he returns to form he could make the same amount. Story

10. Aramis Ramirez(notes), 3B: SIGNED Looks and plays a lot older than 33. His defense is terrible and his baserunning even worse. Suddenly desperate for a power bat, the Brewers give him a three-year deal. Story

11. David Ortiz(notes), 1B: SIGNED The best DH since Edgar Martinez looked for love in a market that in recent years has told DHs they're essentially worthless. In the end, he agreed to stay put with the Red Sox, agreeing to their offer for salary arbitration.

12. Mark Buehrle(notes), SP: SIGNED Follows manager Ozzie Guillen to Miami, with a four-year, $58 million contract also serving as incentive to postpone retirement. Story

13. Hiroki Kuroda(notes), SP: SIGNED On one hand, he'll be 37 opening day. On the other, he's a 200-inning horse who can generate gaudy groundball rates and walks few. He's a perfect compliment to Michael Pineda in the Yankees' revamped starting rotation. Story

14. Jonathan Papelbon(notes), RP: SIGNED The velocity is there. The strikeout rate is phenomenal. The walk rate plummeted last year. He brings it all to Philadelphia for four years and $50 million, with a team option for a fifth year at $13 million. Story

15. Ryan Madson(notes), RP: SIGNED One of the game's most devastating changeups makes him the ideal sort of pitcher: a groundball-inducing, strikeout-throwing machine. That he showcased the ability to pitch in the ninth inning only increased his value, netting a one-year, $8.5 million deal from the Reds. Story

16. Michael Cuddyer(notes), 1B/OF: SIGNED The older he gets, the more contact he makes. And for a 33-year-old-to-be bat-only guy (whose time spent at second base does make him an injury-replacement possibility) that's reason enough for Colorado to make him their first big-name free-agent signing since 2000. Story

17. Edwin Jackson, SP: SIGNED Yes, he's an inning-eating horse. Yes, he's got great raw stuff, from the mid-90s fastball to the 89-mph slider. And yet something about this – whether the pitch-count abuse or just how many teams have willingly dumped him – screams red flag. A one-year deal worth in the range of $9 million to $12 million puts those concerns in the hands of the Nationals. Story

18. Hisashi Iwakuma, SP: SIGNED After Oakland's proposed deal underwhelmed him last offseason, the 30-year-old right-hander returned from Japan as a free agent and signed a one-year deal with the Mariners. Story

19. Carlos Pena, 1B: SIGNED A three-true-outcomes king, with his walk, strikeout and home run rates all well above average. Don't let the .225 batting average last season fool you; Pena put up an excellent season. He returns to Tampa Bay for one year and $7.25 million. Story

20. Heath Bell(notes), RP: SIGNED Precipitous drop in strikeout rate could portend something bad, yet the Marlins gave him a three-year, $27 million deal with a vesting option for a fourth year at $9 million. Brown column

21. Javier Vazquez(notes), SP: The threat of retirement wouldn't seem so silly had Vazquez not posted the third-best ERA in baseball after June 16. Only Clayton Kershaw(notes) and Cliff Lee(notes) were better than Vazquez's 1.92.

22. Francisco Rodriguez, RP: RE-SIGNED Mellowed-out K-Rod provided the same results as angry K-Rod: hysterical innings from which he somehow managed to escape. How he gets through them still defies logic. He accepted arbitration with Milwaukee. Story

23. Josh Willingham(notes), OF: SIGNED Even in the hitters' hell that is O.co Coliseum, Willingham managed to pop 15 home runs and slug .523. The Twins give him $21 million over three years to bring some much-needed pop to the lineup. Story

24. Jason Kubel(notes), OF: SIGNED A bum foot limited him most of the season and left him with a second-half OPS more than 100 points lower than his first half. If he heals, Kubel will be a solid left-handed power option for the Diamondbacks, who gave him a two-year deal.

25. Paul Maholm(notes), SP: SIGNED The good: high groundball rate, age (29) and left-handedness. The bad: ended the season on the DL with a shoulder strain. He stays in the NL Central after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs. Story

26. David DeJesus(notes), OF:SIGNED Lost season in Oakland after a career year in Kansas City. Excellent corner outfielder, smart baserunner and ideal No. 2 hitter became Theo Epstein's first big acquisition with the Cubs. DeJesus agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal. Story

27. Kelly Johnson(notes), 2B: RE-SIGNED Turned season around after trade to Toronto and accepted team's offer of arbitration. Hits home runs. Story

28. Jonathan Broxton(notes), RP: SIGNED Non-reconstructive elbow surgery should leave him ready for the beginning of the season, and after taking a hunting trip with manager Ned Yost, he signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Royals to pitch the eighth inning. Story

29. Coco Crisp(notes), CF: RE-SIGNED Pure center fielders aren't easy to find. Ones with game-changing speed – Crisp led the AL in steals with 49 – are even tougher, so the A's are keeping him around for another two years in spite of an OBP (.314 in 2011) that mitigates his value. Story

30. Tsuyoshi Wada, SP: SIGNED The most successful Japanese left-handers in the major leagues have been Hideki Okajima(notes), Hisanori Takahashi(notes) and Kaz Ishii. Wada would like to change that after signing a two-year deal with Baltimore. Story

31. Erik Bedard(notes), SP: SIGNED Started 24 games. Or, as the rest of us call it, progress. Pittsburgh gives him a shot to replace departed lefty Paul Maholm. Story

32. Joel Pineiro(notes), SP: SIGNED While a shoulder injury impinged on his velocity, his sinker lost only an inch of movement. As long as his arm returns in good shape – and with the shoulder, that's always a question – he could be an excellent buy-low depth investment for the Phillies, who gave him a minor league deal. Story

33. Aaron Hill(notes), 2B: RE-SIGNED Turns 30 in March, and after back-to-back brutal seasons, needs a good one to salvage his career. The Diamondbacks will give him the chance, signing him to a two-year, $11 million deal. Story

34. Johnny Damon(notes), DH/OF: Just keeps hitting. Two more decent years and he'll become the first member of the 3,000-hit club not to make the Hall of Fame.

35. Kerry Wood(notes), RP: RE-SIGNED His reinvention as a late-inning reliever is one of the nicer stories in baseball. No more talking about what could've been. What he is now is pretty darn good, as the Cubs acknowledged with a $3 million deal. Story

36. Francisco Cordero(notes), RP: SIGNED Suffer because of the surfeit of relief pitching as well as his declining strikeout rate. His closing experience intrigued Toronto enough to garner a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

37. Jim Thome(notes), DH: SIGNED Gets a one-year, $1.25 million contract to pursue his first World Series title with the Phillies. At 41, is still a power threat and remains the most unfailingly positive clubhouse presence in the game. Story

38. Rich Harden(notes), SP: Still puts up a monster strikeout rate and palatable walk rate. Allowed a disproportionately high number of home runs last year, which should even out this year if his right arm agrees to postpone its inevitable falling off.

39. Casey Kotchman(notes), 1B: SIGNED Has always been a great contact hitter. Last year, the balls just happened to fall. Regression seems inevitable, though an OPS over .800 in the AL East was enough for the Indians to cough up a one-year, $3 million deal. Story

40. LaTroy Hawkins(notes), RP: SIGNED While it remains mystifying how someone can throw as hard as Hawkins and strike out so few batters, he returned after a lost 2010 to look as good as he has in nearly a decade. Getting groundballs on 62 percent of hitters certainly helped. The Angels rewarded him with a one-year deal.

41. Jason Marquis(notes), SP: SIGNED Gobbles innings like Pac-Man does ghosts. And while he's no better than a No. 4 starter, the Twins saw enough value to give him a one-year, $3 million deal. Story

42. Hideki Matsui(notes), DH/OF: First half: .209/.290/.327. Second half: .295/.353/.425. And that was in Oakland. Could turn into a Thome or Jason Giambi(notes) type with a lesser workload.

43. Bartolo Colon(notes), SP: SIGNED Batters against him in the second half: .298/.338/.498. Looks like the expiration date on injecting your own stem cells is approximately three months. That's Oakland's problem now after they gave him a one-year deal. Story

44. Mark Ellis(notes), 2B:SIGNED Rough season notwithstanding, Ellis still has plus range and can hold his own with the bat, and the Dodgers signed him to a two-year, $8.75 million deal that includes a team option for 2014.

45. Jamey Carroll(notes), UT:SIGNED Peaking in his late 30s, Carroll brings on-base viability as well as positional flexibility that scored him a two-year, $6.75 million deal with the Twins. Story

46. Bruce Chen(notes), SP: RE-SIGNED Chen's late-career resurgence resulted in the Royals re-signing him to a two-year, $9 million deal. Story

47. Ryan Ludwick(notes), OF: SIGNED He's almost certainly never going to be Ludwick '08 again. At the same time, he could give the Reds 400 bargain plate appearances after signing a one-year deal. Story

48. Takashi Saito(notes), RP: SIGNED Seven scoreless innings in the postseason. A 2.03 ERA in the regular season. All at 41. Puts off retirement to sign a one-year, $1.75 million deal with Arizona. Story

49. Matt Capps(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED His 34 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings were unsightly. Ditto his 10 home runs. But the Twins re-signed him for one year.

50. Chris Capuano(notes), SP: SIGNED From sidelined for two seasons to a touch-and-go comeback to nearly 200 innings with the Mets, Capuano earned a rotation spot with the Dodgers the next two years, and he'll be paid $10 million. Story

51. Darren Oliver(notes), RP: SIGNED It's never good when the best left-handed reliever available starts getting social security in spring training. The Blue Jays think he's got enough left to offer a one-year deal.

52. Ryan Doumit(notes), C/OF: SIGNED Pure upside play. He can be an excellent and versatile option if he's healthy, which he hasn't been for most of his career. The Twins signed him to a one-year, $3 million contract. Story

53. Chad Qualls(notes), RP: SIGNED Went to Petco paradise, posted a favorable ERA, and got a $1.15 million deal from the Phillies for it despite just 43 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. Every reliever looking to resurrect his career should offer to play for the minimum in San Diego.

54. Brad Lidge(notes), RP: SIGNED His fastball velocity is down seven mph from its peak. Threw his slider on nearly three-quarters of his pitches last year. Could reinvent himself as an offspeed, groundball specialist with Washington as long as he can command his breaking ball. Story

55. Joe Nathan(notes), RP: SIGNED A rough April ceded to a decent rest of the season in his return from Tommy John surgery, enough to land him a two-year, $15 million deal with the Rangers that includes an option for 2014. Story

56. Andruw Jones(notes), OF/DH: SIGNED Too damn fat. Though it doesn't matter as much now that his job is to fill in for corner outfielders and hit home runs, both of which he does well enough for the Yankees to have him stick around for another year at $2 million. Story

57. Wilson Betemit(notes), 3B: SIGNED His bat carries his awful defense, which has kept him from a full-time job. Nonetheless, he's only 30, a switch hitter and a proven producer in back-to-back seasons. Baltimore becomes his fifth team in the last five seasons. Story

58. Matt Murton(notes), OF: RE-SIGNED Two straight monster seasons in Japan did not lead to another big league shot. He re-upped for another year with the Hanshin Tigers.

59. Derrek Lee(notes), 1B: As the Pirates tanked, Lee surged to the tune of .337/.398/.584. Small sample size? Yep. Indicator that he's not done at 36? No question.

60. Ramon Hernandez(notes), C: SIGNED One of the best free-agent catchers available signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Rockies. Story

61. Jeff Francis(notes), SP: SIGNED Nursed himself back into 183-inning shape last season, and while many of them were underwhelming, Francis is young, left-handed and possesses excellent control. He may be a long shot to crack the Reds' rotation after signing a minor league deal.

62. Aaron Harang(notes), SP: SIGNED Won 14 games in 2011 and posted a career-best 3.64 ERA – in San Diego, of course. The Dodgers give him a two-year, $12 million deal. Story

63. Freddy Garcia(notes), SP: RE-SIGNED Another case of the results not matching the reports. To have done it in New York was even more impressive. The Yankees gave him a one-year deal while scouts expect a return from orbit. Story

64. Kosuke Fukudome(notes), OF: SIGNED As miserable as he can look – his swings and misses are worse than Bieber on loop – he does have a career .361 on-base percentage. The White Sox picked up his services for a fraction of what the Cubs paid in 2008. Story

65. Frank Francisco(notes), RP: SIGNED Throws hard. Sometimes knows where it's going. Often doesn't. The Mets give him a $12 million, two-year contract hoping he continues to succeed anyway. Story

66. Cody Ross(notes), OF: SIGNED Solid fourth outfielder worth 400 or so plate appearances. Could be part of a right-field platoon after signing a one-year deal with Boston. Story

67. Clint Barmes(notes), UT: SIGNED Defensive metrics love him at shortstop. Scouts see a utilityman with a little pop in his bat. The Pirates saw an everyday shortstop and gave him a two-year, $10.5 million deal. Story

68. Vladimir Guerrero(notes), DH/OF: Twenty years from now, when he's in a wheelchair, he'll still be able to hit the damn ball.

69. Juan Rivera(notes), OF:SIGNED Signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Dodgers that includes a team option for 2013.

70. Raul Ibanez(notes), OF: SIGNED Hit like crazy at Citizens Bank bandbox. Stunk on the road. Crushed right-handers. Couldn't touch lefties. In other words, give him a tiny park, platoon him and keep him away from the field, and it's an excellent signing. The Yankees are expected to do just that. Story

71. J.D. Drew, OF: Likely to retire, which will give Red Sox fans one final, cathartic day of complaining how J.D. Drew(notes) is the worst thing in the history of things.

72. Ronny Cedeno(notes), SS: SIGNED Hasn't figured out how to hit and may never, but his glove keeps him employed via a one-year deal with the Mets. Story

73. Alex Gonzalez(notes), SS: SIGNED Outlasted the other Alex Gonzalez. Now trying to outlast his .291 lifetime on-base percentage, which the Brewers were willing to overlook to fill an offseason need. Story

74. Rafael Furcal(notes), SS: RE-SIGNED It's a sheer delight to watch him throw. Other than that, there's only a drop or two left in the tank. Despite a career-worst season at the plate, the Cardinals bring him back for two years at $14 million. Story

75. Jerry Hairston Jr.(notes), UT: SIGNED Plays everywhere and at a solid defensive level, posts a respectable on-base percentage and is beloved in the clubhouse. The Dodgers signed him to a back-loaded two-year, $6 million deal. Story

76. Juan Pierre(notes), OF: SIGNED At 34, could see backup duty for the first time in his career. No longer a potent stolen-base threat (caught stealing a major league-leading 17 times in 2011) and still a defensive liability. Accepted a minor league offer from the Phillies. Story

77. Livan Hernandez(notes), SP: SIGNED Proof that you can be old, fat and tied to a Puerto Rican drug lord and still be eminently employable as a professional athlete. This is America, man, where all that gets you another shot, this one with the Astros. Story

78. Kevin Millwood(notes), SP: SIGNED He spent the majority of 2011 at Triple-A and walked only eight in 54 1/3 innings with Colorado. Declining velocity may have spooked the market, as he settled for a minor league deal with Seattle. Story

79. Joel Zumaya(notes), RP: SIGNED The guy threw 104 mph. So what if his arm is made of cotton candy? It's a far more worthwhile million-dollar gamble – actually just $850,000, which is what he gets from the Twins for one year – than most of the places free-agent money goes. Story

80. Mike Gonzalez, RP: The second-best left-handed reliever on the market is Mike Gonzalez. That is all.

81. Kevin Kouzmanoff(notes), 3B: SIGNED Came up as a slugging, mediocre-glove third baseman. May survive as a great-glove, mediocre-bat third baseman after getting a minor league deal from Kansas City. Story

82. Ramon Santiago(notes), UT:RE-SIGNED The Tigers appreciated his good glovework at all the infield positions and a bat that is fine in limited use, re-signing Santiago to a two-year, $4.2 million deal. Story

83. Endy Chavez(notes), OF: SIGNED Excellent defensive replacement at all three outfield positions, serviceable bat and good wheels. Baltimore gets a bargain fourth outfielder after signing him to a one-year deal. Story

84. Nick Punto(notes), UT: SIGNED Set a career high with a .388 on-base percentage in 166 plate appearances. If he's even within 40 points of that next season, he'll be a good addition for the Red Sox, who signed him to replace Jed Lowrie.

85. Dontrelle Willis(notes), SP/RP: SIGNED How does .100/.169/.200 sound? Those are Willis' splits in 60 tries against left-handed hitters last year. Give up on the starting dream, convert him to a lefty specialist, thank me later. The Phillies may do just that after giving Willis a one-year, $1 million deal. Story

86. Rod Barajas(notes), C: SIGNED Power and decent-enough receiving ability make him stand out in this catching crop drier than a Barolo. The Pirates gave him a one-year, $4 million deal with a club option for 2013 at $3.5 million. Story

87. Jon Rauch(notes), RP: SIGNED Struggled in Toronto, particularly in the second half when opponents hit .317/.349/.617 off him as he hit the DL with appendicitis and torn cartilage in his knee. He gets a one year, $3.5 million deal from the Mets. Story

88. Yuniesky Betancourt(notes), SS: SIGNED Goes from starting for the NL Central champs to a depth role in Kansas City after signing a one-year deal with his former employers. Story

89. Willie Bloomquist(notes), UT: SIGNED Still doesn't have a season with an OPS+ over 86, but the Diamondbacks resigned him for two years and $3.8 million. He filled in nicely for the injured Stephen Drew down the stretch. Story

90. Octavio Dotel(notes), RP: SIGNED The Brewers should have signed him specifically so Ryan Braun(notes) wouldn't have to face him. At least he's safe for most of the season after Dotel agreed to a one-year deal with Detroit. Story

91. Dan Wheeler(notes), RP: SIGNED One of the many relievers whose reinvention via the cut fastball could add years of life onto his career. Could win a role in Cleveland's bullpen after inking a minor league deal. Story

92. Arthur Rhodes(notes), RP: If he adds any years of life onto his career, could become the first desiccated corpse to pitch in the major leagues.

93. Reed Johnson(notes), OF: RE-SIGNED On one hand, his .309/.348/.467 showing represented a career renaissance, one the Cubs rewarded with a one-year, $1.15-million deal. On the other, he struck out 63 times and walked five. Those are not typos. Story

94. Rick Ankiel(notes), OF: RE-SIGNED He's got a tremendous arm. Maybe he could be a pitcher? More likely he'll again give Washington center field depth.

95. Laynce Nix(notes), OF: SIGNED The reserve outfielder signed a two-year deal, $2.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Story

96. Jorge Posada(notes), DH/C: RETIRED Declaring he will "always be a Yankee," Posada walked away after 17 seasons in pinstripes. Story

97. Mike MacDougal(notes), RP: RE-SIGNED Finished last season with a 2.05 ERA. Full name is Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal. Not sure which is a less-known fact, nor which is cooler. The Dodgers likely shelled out another $1 million for the ERA. Story

98. Luis Ayala(notes), RP: Joined MacDougal for best under-the-radar ERA season. Ended up at 2.09 with the Yankees.

99. Aaron Cook(notes), SP: SIGNED Disastrous back-to-back seasons for a sinkerballer who has lost a couple inches of movement over the last few years as a broken leg and broken finger sidelined him. A minor league deal with Boston gives him a shot at earning a rotation spot. Story

100. Wily Mo Pena(notes), OF: SIGNED Pena signed two-year deal worth $5 million with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan. Story

101. Andrew Brackman(notes), SP: SIGNED The 6-foot-10 right-hander lost his command at Triple-A last season and ended up cut by the Yankees. Huge potential earns him a one-year deal with the Reds. Story

102. Shawn Camp(notes), RP: SIGNED Better-than-league-average ERAs for four straight years in the AL East fetched him a shot with Seattle. Story

103. Scott Hairston(notes), OF: RE-SIGNED Mondo power, decent outfield range and an allergy to getting on base. He stays with the Mets for $1.1 million for one year. Story

104. Chien-Ming Wang(notes), SP: RE-SIGNED Gets a one-year deal to stick with the Nationals, who hope he can offset an infinitesimal strikeout rate by keeping his groundballs above 55 percent and his walks around two per nine. Story

105. Ben Sheets(notes), SP: Sat out all of 2011. Even if his arm isn't 100 percent yet, worth a flier. Why not?

106. Chris Young(notes), SP: If he could just stay healthy, I wouldn't have to start off every sentence about him with the words "If he could just stay healthy."

107. George Sherrill(notes), RP: SIGNED One year removed from disaster with the Dodgers, he was solid, if hittable in '11. He gets a one-year deal to return to Seattle, where he began his career in 2004.

108. Guillermo Mota(notes), RP: RE-SIGNED Ranked 107th last year. Ranked 108th this year. At least he's consistently mediocre. The Giants re-signed him for one year. Story

109. Jason Isringhausen(notes), RP: SIGNED Nearly 20 years ago, he headlined Generation K. Now in the Angels organization, he heads up a new pitching crew called Generation Get Off My Lawn. Story

110. Jonny Gomes(notes), OF: SIGNED No. 110. Like a fine high-proof tequila. A one-year contract makes him part of Oakland's rebuilt outfield. Story

111. John Grabow(notes), RP: SIGNED Smack dab in the middle of the mediocre-lefty parade, or just good enough for the Dodgers to fork over a minor league contract.

112. Lyle Overbay(notes), 1B: RE-SIGNED When the Pirates were winning, he was in the lineup. When they started losing, he wasn't. Coincidence? Of course. Gets a one-year deal from Arizona after finishing 2011 as a reserve for the D'backs. Story

113. Eric Chavez(notes), 3B/1B: RE-SIGNED All the power is gone. So is the Gold Glove defense at third base. At 27, he was on his way to the Hall of Fame. Crazy – and sad – to think of how injuries can ruin careers. Retirement was on the table before the Yankees threw a lifeline. Story

114. Casey Blake(notes), 3B: SIGNED Late bloomer lost his job with the Dodgers and lands in Colorado on a one-year deal. Always has hit lefties well, and last year (.283/.365/.415) was no exception.

115. Jamey Wright(notes), RP: Every year, he accepts a minor league invitation. And every year, he ends up spending the vast majority of his time in the major leagues.

116. Magglio Ordonez(notes), OF: Another lefty killer whose bat turned flaccid last season when the Tigers were paying him $10 million.

117. Mark DeRosa(notes) UT: SIGNED For $12 million, the Giants got 42 hits, one home run, 18 runs, 22 RBIs, 17 walks, one stolen base, three caught stealing and 34 strikeouts in 201 plate appearances. The Nats are hoping for better return on their free-agent dollar after giving DeRosa a one-year deal.

118. Carlos Guillen(notes), UT: RETIRED Looked like a shadow of himself down the stretch. Gave it a shot with Seattle before announcing his retirement March 6. Story

119. Edgar Renteria(notes), IF: All the momentum from the World Series translated into an awesomely terrible season.

120. Jack Wilson(notes), IF: RE-SIGNED In two stops this season, came remarkably close to the rare SLG-lower-than-OBP-when-both-under-.300 trick, something reserved for the very finest in offensive ineptitude. Thank goodness he owns a glove. He gets a scaled-down deal to stay with Atlanta. Story

121. Fernando Rodney(notes), RP: SIGNED Lost his closing job, his command and his manager's confidence in Los Angeles. Next on the list is his career, which he has a chance to revive after signing a one-year deal with the Rays. Story

122. Conor Jackson(notes), OF/1B: After a good 2007 and excellent 2008, devolved into replacement-level guy.

123. Kelly Shoppach(notes), C: SIGNED Plenty of power, as he showed during the postseason. Enough to get him a backup job – the Red Sox gave him a $1.35 million, one-year contract – and make up for all his other deficiencies.

124. Jon Garland(notes), SP: A paragon of health for more than a decade, his shoulder finally gave out last season and necessitated surgery. Remains a free agent after skipping physical with Indians.

125. Nate McLouth(notes), OF: SIGNED No longer an All-Star. No longer an everyday player. He returns to the Pirates, who figure he can't be the disaster he has been the last two seasons, not just as he turns 30. Story

126. Brad Penny(notes), SP: The moral of his last two seasons: Just because you throw hard doesn't make you infallible. Penny never adjusted or learned how to pitch, his stuff faded and now he's little more than a live arm that could and should be something but isn't.

127. David Aardsma(notes), RP: SIGNED Should return from Tommy John surgery late in the season. Perfect fit for the Yankees, who get a late-season piece without trading an asset. Story

128. Michael Wuertz(notes), RP: All those sliders did a number on his arm. If it somehow recovers, he'll be a steal. Otherwise, just another casualty of the most unnatural action in sports.

129. Brian Sanches(notes), RP: SIGNED The Marlins absolutely abused him, which is a shame considering he was among their most valuable relievers for the last three years. He signed a minor league deal with the Phillies.

130. Rodrigo Lopez(notes), SP: RE-SIGNED Allowed 18 home runs in 97 2/3 innings. Hey, beats the 37 he gave up in 200 the year before. Sticks with the Cubs via a minor league deal.

131. J.C. Romero(notes), RP: SIGNED Never really learned to throw the ball over the plate. How he has survived 13 years in the big leagues is a testament to resourcefulness and luck. He joins his sixth team after signing a one-year deal with St. Louis. Story

132. Brandon Wood(notes), IF: SIGNED Turns the magic 27 years old during spring training, which he will spend with the Rockies after signing a minor league deal.

133. Russell Branyan(notes), DH/1B: SIGNED Sign him and Wily Mo, open up batting practice for the masses and hold a daily home run derby. People would buy tickets to see this. Seriously. OK, maybe not at Yankee Stadium prices. Story

134. Aaron Miles(notes), UT: The short, white utilityman is quickly becoming the offensive answer to the slow-throwing, wily left-handed relief specialist.

135. Willie Harris(notes), IF: SIGNED Plays second, third and all three outfield positions and can get on base. Not a bad 25th man at all. He'll get a chance to win a bench spot with the Reds. Story

136. Greg Dobbs(notes), 3B: RE-SIGNED Hit .370 as a pinch-hitter in 2011, which is probably why the Marlins are bringing him back as he certainly won't start 84 games at third base with Hanley Ramirez sliding over to man the position. Story

137. Ramon Castro(notes), C: Lots of power in minimal playing time equals a nice asset.

138. Scott Linebrink(notes), RP: SIGNED Only 35, though he's a half-decade removed from his last truly productive season. He got a minor league deal from the Cardinals. Story

139. Miguel Batista(notes), RP: RE-SIGNED The Mets brought him back to spare him joining an 11th team for his 18th season. Rarely is someone so unloved and loved simultaneously.

140. Trever Miller(notes), RP: SIGNED Left-hander. Pulse. You know the rest. The Cubs will be his ninth MLB team if he makes the most of a minor league contract.

141. Gerald Laird(notes), C: SIGNED He really needs to grow a horseshoe mustache and become Sal Fasano 2.0. It's his destiny. But first he'll play one year for $1 million with the Tigers. Story

142. Vicente Padilla(notes), SP/RP: SIGNED Won the ESPY for injury imitating life last year following surgery for a pain in his neck. He's now part of a crowded field vying for the right to be Boston's fifth starter. Story

143. Damaso Marte(notes), RP: Co-owner, along with Carl Pavano(notes), A.J. Burnett, Kei Igawa and a few dozen others, of the hot new website www.theyankeesoverpaidme.com.

144. Jose Molina(notes), C: SIGNED Hit a dozen doubles last season. Took a dozen minutes to reach second base on each. Good thing catchers don't need speed: Molina signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Rays that includes an option for 2013 with a buyout of $300,000. Story

145. John McDonald(notes), UT: RE-SIGNED Despite a six-year sub-.300 OBP streak, McDonald snags a two-year, $3 million deal to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Story

146. Ivan Rodriguez(notes), C: Grandpa (39 years old).

147. Craig Counsell(notes), UT: RETIRED Great-grandpa (41).

148. Omar Vizquel(notes), UT: SIGNED Methuselah (44). Gets a minor league deal and spring training invite from Toronto. Story

149. Orlando Cabrera(notes), IF: RETIRED His playoff streak finally ended. Perhaps now, too, can the idea that he was any good.

150. Jose Lopez(notes), IF: SIGNED He was an All-Star at 22. This is not a joke. Now he gets a minor league deal and non-roster spring training invite from Cleveland. Story

151. Juan Cruz(notes), RP: SIGNED Yes, he's still around. And a Pirate. Story

152. Xavier Nady(notes), OF: Yes, he's still around, too.

153. Ramon Ortiz(notes), RP: SIGNED When people used to call him Little Pedro, they meant this one. The 38-year-old reliever got a minor-league invite from the Giants. Story

154. Mark Kotsay(notes), OF: SIGNED Continued a spectacular five-year run of negative WAR. Who's gonna give him a sixth? How about a return to the Padres for one year and $1.25 million. Story

155. Sergio Mitre(notes), RP: Fun fact: Among pitchers with at least 60 games started and at least 140 total, Mitre has by far the fewest wins – just 13, compared to the next worst, Dick Kelley, who had 18.

156. Ross Gload(notes), UT: The real Gloaden Rule: Do not give a major league contract to a guy coming off a 64 OPS+ season.

157. Adam Kennedy(notes), UT: SIGNED The Dodgers signed the versatile veteran infielder to a one-year, $800,000 deal that includes another $150,000 in incentives.

158. Zach Duke(notes), SP/RP: It's really difficult to strike out 32 hitters in 76 2/3 innings with an 87-mph fastball and survive, especially with an unsustainably low home run rate.

159. Matt Treanor(notes), C: SIGNED The husband of Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor signed a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Dodgers.

160. Jason Varitek(notes), C: Veteran catcher acquainted with rugged AL East play, pitchers who drink beer and eat fried chicken during games.

161. Brian Schneider(notes), C: SIGNED This is the backup-catcher portion of the program, where everyone is pretty much interchangeable. Schneider will return to the Phillies on a one-year, $800,000 deal. Story

162. Josh Bard(notes), C: SIGNED The Bard: "To be or not to be; that is the question." Josh Bard: "To hit or not to hit; not to hit." His .254 career average is now property of the Dodgers organization.

163. Alex Cora(notes), UT: SIGNED Was the lowest-ranked player on the 2009 list to get a major league deal. Settles for a minor league deal with the Cardinals this time around. Story

164. Tim Wakefield(notes), SP/RP: He got his 200th win. The glue factory beckons.

165. Todd Coffey(notes), RP: SIGNED Someone needed to sign him for the sheer entertainment of a man pushing three bills running from the bullpen to the mound. The Dodgers obliged. Story

166. Brad Hawpe(notes), OF/1B: SIGNED What in bloody hell happened to him? The Texas native gets a chance to show he has something left after signing a minor league deal with the Rangers. Story

167. Corey Patterson(notes), OF: SIGNED Remember when he was logging significant playing time for the Cardinals in September? That La Russa was a genius. Patterson is now property of Milwaukee via a minor league contract. Story

168. Cesar Izturis(notes), UT: SIGNED Hitting .087 in winter ball. That translates to -.035 in the major leagues, which would be some sort of a record. He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. Story

169. Jason Repko(notes), OF: SIGNED Has a job in the Boston organization thanks to his acuity with the glove.

170. Chad Durbin(notes), RP: SIGNED Pounded all over the park last season. If there's any hope for the Nationals, who gave him a minor league deal, it's in a strikeout rate that remained respectable.

171. Sean Burroughs(notes), 3B: SIGNED Great story, probably not a major leaguer anymore. Can fight for a job via a minor league pact with Minnesota.

172. Steve Pearce(notes), OF/1B: SIGNED One-time prospect marginalized by his own inability to hit. The Twins gave him a minor league deal.

173. Jake Fox(notes), C/DH: SIGNED Fox signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.

174. Chris Snyder(notes), C: SIGNED Last we heard, Snyder couldn't protect his wife in a road-rage attack because of back surgery. The Astros hope he's well enough to at least block the plate after handing him a one-year deal. Story

175. J.R. Towles(notes), C: SIGNED What shot J.R.'s career? A .184/.267/.315 slash line, that's what. The Twins give him a shot with a minor league contract.

176. Jason Michaels(notes), OF: SIGNED Hit 21 line drives last season. Hit 10 pop-ups. That is not a good ratio. After hitting .199 he gets a minor league deal from Washington.

177. Horacio Ramirez(notes), RP: Has made more than $8 million in his career. Hopefully not the same Horacio Ramirez who works at a carpet factory.

178. Jason Kendall(notes), C: A no-hit catcher with a bum shoulder and an ex-wife slated to appear on the reality show "Baseball Wives." Even Scott Boras couldn't get him signed.

179 Chris Jakubauskas(notes), SP/RP: SIGNED Would love for him to sign with Miami just to hear Ozzie Guillen say "Jakubauskas." But, no, he signed a minor league deal with Arizona.

180. Brandon Webb(notes), SP: The market for 81-mph fastballs just isn't as robust as it was in 1911. Rotator-cuff surgery leaves his career in doubt.

181. Pat Burrell(notes), OF: He is more likely to crash another World Series than play in one.