Rangers or Yankees? Nah, it's like old times for Cliff Lee as he returned to the Phillies
Here is the free-agent class of 2010-11, ranked from Nos. 1 to 164. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player's history, age and potential, and they reflect a combination of predicted performance and market value, providing a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training.
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1. Cliff Lee(notes), SP:SIGNED Lee returns to the Phillies, the team he led to the 2009 World Series, for a surprising five-year deal worth $120 million, with a vesting option for a sixth year. Brown story
4. Adam Dunn(notes), 1B/OF:SIGNED Dunn is headed to the Windy City, signing with the White Sox for $56 million over four years. Story
5. Adrian Beltre(notes), 3B:SIGNED The Rangers gain one of the game's best defensive third basemen and Beltre earns the sort of deal he couldn't fetch last offseason. Story
6. Victor Martinez(notes), C/1B:SIGNED The Tigers went long on a pure hitter who they will find a spot for in the lineup regardless of how long he can remain a catcher: five years, $50 million. Big League Stew
13. Carl Pavano(notes), SP:RE-SIGNED Pavano loves the Twins and they love him. The right-hander will remain in Minnesota after agreeing on a two-year, $16.5 million contract.
14. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS/2B:SIGNED A speedy leadoff hitter whose swing looks like Ichiro's but whose game is more like Chone Figgins', Nishioka was signed by the Twins to a three-year, $9.25 million deal. Story
21. Kerry Wood(notes), RP:SIGNED Excelled with the Yankees and now returns to his roots, signing with the Cubs for one year and $1.5 million.
22. Juan Uribe(notes), IF:SIGNED Pop and the ability to play all infield positions were enough for the Dodgers to give him $21 million over three years. Brown column
23. Aubrey Huff(notes), 1B:RE-SIGNED The Giants rewarded the resurgent Huff for his meritorious service in 2010, giving him a two-year, $22 million deal. Story
24. Derrek Lee(notes), 1B:SIGNED The power remains. The defense is good enough. And the Orioles signed Lee to a one-year deal worth about $8 million with incentives that could hike the value to about $10 million. Story
37. Koji Uehara(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Tremendous command with underwhelming stuff, Uehara was re-signed by the Orioles to a one-year, $3 million contract with a vesting option for 2012 even though he wants to start and the team wants him as a closer.
38. J.J. Putz(notes), RP:SIGNED Putz heads to the Diamondbacks in a two-year deal worth $10 million. Story
39. Johnny Damon(notes), OF/DH:SIGNED With 429 hits needed to reach 3,000, Damon signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Rays that can be boosted by up to $750,000 based on home attendance. Story
40. Hisanori Takahashi(notes), SP/RP:SIGNED A swingman who was much more effective in relief, Takahashi signed a two-year, $8 million deal to pitch out of the bullpen with the Angels. Story
41. Jason Frasor(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Undersized righty who has struck out 273 in 275 2/3 innings the last five seasons accepted arbitration and will return to the Blue Jays for a salary in the $3 million range. Story
42. Matt Guerrier(notes), RP:SIGNED Workhorse right-hander is good for 75 appearances, and he'll make them for the Dodgers, who signed him to a three-year, $12 million deal. Story
43. Jon Rauch(notes), RP:SIGNED Solid, workmanlike bullpen piece who can pitch in any inning signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Blue Jays.
44. Russell Branyan(notes), 1B/DH:SIGNED Consistently undervalued. He's always an injury risk – and he always will hit 20 home runs given 350 plate appearances. Branyon signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks, but could become a free agent again if he doesn't make the opening day roster.
45. Pedro Feliciano(notes), RP:SIGNED Led NL in appearances three straight seasons, including 92 last year. Now he moves across town and to the other league, signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees. Story
46. Lance Berkman(notes), 1B/DH:SIGNED Berkman is slated to be the everyday left fielder for the Cardinals, who signed him to a one-year deal for $8 million. Story
48. Frank Francisco(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Francisco accepted arbitration from the Rangers and will return on a one-year deal.
49. Jesse Crain(notes), RP:SIGNED Crain threw his devastating slider nearly 50 percent of the time, and to great success, and looked what it landed him: a three-year, $12 million deal with the White Sox.
50. John Buck(notes), C:SIGNED Buck heads to South Florida to play for the Marlins after inking a three-year deal worth $18 million. Story
51. Bill Hall(notes), IF:SIGNED Versatile utility guy with moderate power will play second base for the Astros after signing a one-year, $3 million deal.
52. Pat Burrell(notes), OF:RE-SIGNED Burrell heads back to the Bay after signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Giants. Story
53. Miguel Olivo(notes), C:SIGNED Absurd strikeout-to-walk ratio (800 to 108 non-intentional for his career) offset by plus power for catcher and plus arm behind the plate. The Mariners signed him to a two-year, $7 million deal.
54. A.J. Pierzynski(notes), C:RE-SIGNED Thin catching market is the only saving grace for soon-to-be 34-year-old who was re-signed by the White Sox for two years and $8 million. Story
55. Ramon Hernandez(notes), C:RE-SIGNED Hernandez and the Reds came to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $3 million.
56. Miguel Tejada(notes), 3B/SS:SIGNED With Juan Uribe gone to rival Los Angeles, the veteran who got his start across the Bay became a logical fix for the Giants. Story
57. Kevin Gregg(notes), RP:SIGNED The Orioles have agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the right-handed reliever, according to an AP source. Story
58. Vicente Padilla(notes), SP:RE-SIGNED Elevated home run rate masked otherwise solid numbers. Padilla re-signed with the Dodgers on a one-year, $2 million deal even though he isn't guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation.
59. Dan Wheeler(notes), RP:SIGNED His ability to limit hits is too consistent to be fluky, and the Red Sox rewarded it with a one-year, $3 million contract with a $3 million option for 2012 that vests with 65 appearances.
60. David Eckstein(notes), 2B: Second-best second baseman. And you wonder why so many teams try to shift players from other positions to second.
61. Rich Harden(notes), SP:SIGNED Still just 29. Still incapable of making it through a full season healthy. And still well worth an incentive-loaded deal, which the A's gave him, along with a $1.5 million guarantee for 2011. Story
62. Ty Wigginton(notes), IF:SIGNED Wiggington heads to the Rockies after inking a two-year contract worth $8 million. Story
63. Eric Hinske(notes), UT:RE-SIGNED Rare utilityman who can hit for power and produce every day if prodded into duty was re-signed by the Braves for one year and $1.45 million. Story
64. Marcus Thames(notes), OF:SIGNED Although Thames was best against righties last season (.300/.347/.549), the Dodgers signed him to platoon with Jay Gibbons and bat mostly against lefties.
65. Brandon Webb(notes), SP:SIGNED Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young winner, has pitched only innings in the last two years because of injuries. The Rangers signed him to a one-year deal that includes $3 million guaranteed and another $8-10 million in incentives. Story
66. Xavier Nady(notes), OF:SIGNED At 32 and coming off the worst season of his career, Nady nevertheless signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Diamondbacks to either play first base or the outfield.
67. Bruce Chen(notes), SP:RE-SIGNED The Royals brought back Chen on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
68. Brad Hawpe(notes), OF:SIGNED From .500-slugging All-Star to washout at 31, Hawpe will get a shot to provide offense and perhaps play first base for the anemic Padres after signing a one-year, $3 million deal. Story
69. Jose Contreras(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Even at 39, Contreras signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Phillies.
70. J.C. Romero(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Effective lefty specialist whose control problems are a bugaboo will be back with the Phillies, who declined his $4.5 million option then re-signed him for much less.
71. Chad Qualls(notes), RP:SIGNED Good add on the cheap for team in need of bullpen help, and the hometown Padres signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal.
72. Rick Ankiel(notes), OF:SIGNED Ankiel heads to the Nationals in a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
73. Jorge Cantu(notes), IF:SIGNED Slumped after trade to Texas and was only able to land a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Padres. Still just 28, he has time to rebuild his value. Story
74. Kevin Millwood(notes), SP: Consistently subpar: ERA between 5.07 and 5.16 in three of the last four seasons.
75. Lyle Overbay(notes), 1B:SIGNED After spending the last five years with the Blue Jays, Overbay is headed to the Pirates in a one-year deal worth $5 million.
76. Jim Edmonds(notes), OF:SIGNED Played very well in part-time duty and could latch on with the Cardinals after signing a minor league deal. Story
77. Dennys Reyes(notes), RP:SIGNED The game's oldest 33-year-old, a LOOGY (lefty one-out guy) extraordinaire, joins his 11th team in 15 seasons after signing a minor league deal with the Red Sox.
78. Arthur Rhodes(notes), RP:SIGNED Primed to pitch his 20th season after excellent back-to-back years in Cincinnati, Rhodes signed with the Rangers for one year at $3.9 million and a vesting option for a second year at $4 million. Story
79. Erik Bedard(notes), SP:RE-SIGNED Despite injuries that have sidelined him the last two seasons, Bedard was re-signed by the Mariners to a non-guaranteed contract.
80. Justin Duchscherer(notes), SP/RP:SIGNED The oft-injured right-hander signed a one-year with the Orioles that guarantees him $700,000 and could be worth as much as $4.5 million if he makes 30 starts. Story
82. Aaron Harang(notes), SP:SIGNED The Padres gave a one-year, $3 million deal to Harang, who is from San Diego and whose flyball tendencies won't kill him in Petco Park. Story
83. Bengie Molina(notes), C: Capable of a big hit every once in a while, but that doesn't justify a starting job if he chooses to return.
84. Kyle Farnsworth(notes), RP:SIGNED As long as he's throwing 95 with low walk rates, he'll have a job, and it was the Rays who gave it to him, signing Farnsworth to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
85. Yorvit Torrealba(notes), C:SIGNED The Rangers signed Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million deal to replace veteran and older free agent Bengie Molina. Story
86. Rod Barajas(notes), C:SIGNED The decent-slugging, miserable on-base catcher signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers the day after Russell Martin was non-tendered.
87. Kevin Correia(notes), SP/RP:SIGNED Although he didn't pitch well in the second half last season, Correia landed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Pirates. Story
88. Troy Glaus(notes), 1B: On and off, hot and cold, Glaus re-established himself as a big leaguer. Just not a starter.
89. Jerry Hairston Jr.(notes), UT:SIGNED Hairston can be a glue guy on a good team, and the Nationals signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal.
90. Orlando Cabrera(notes), IF:SIGNED Credit where it's due: 2011 will be his 15th season, and he'll spend it playing second base for the Cleveland Indians after signing a one-year deal, if he can win the job.
91. Chris Capuano(notes), SP/RP:SIGNED Great comeback story can write another chapter after signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Mets that includes performance bonuses. Story
92. Jeff Francis(notes), SP:SIGNED Plus control after he returned from a year-plus layoff, and the Royals took a chance, signing him to a one-year, $2 million deal that includes an additional $2 million in incentives.
93. Andruw Jones(notes), OF:SIGNED The key is limiting his at-bats and keeping him out of center field, and the Yankees will do that after signing him to a one-year deal as a right-handed hitting option off the bench.
94. Chad Durbin(notes), RP: Workaday reliever who shouldn't lack for suitors in need of mop-up pitching.
95. Joe Beimel(notes), RP:SIGNED Still plenty effective as a LOOGY, and he'll try to make the Pirates on a minor league deal. Beimel's hometown is a Pittsburgh suburb.
96. Jarrod Washburn(notes), SP: Should be healthy after a year off. Should be rusty, too. Will he lower his asking price for Milwaukee or Minnesota?
97. Miguel Cairo(notes), UT:RE-SIGNED The Reds re-signed the veteran utility infielder and clubhouse leader to a two-year, $2 million contract. Story
98. Felipe Lopez(notes), IF:SIGNED A total flake, but he's only 30 and can play every infield position, so the Rays gave him a minor league deal.
99. Cesar Izturis(notes), SS:RE-SIGNED The epitome of a good-field, no-hit infielder, Izturis will return to the Orioles on a one-year, $1.5 million deal even though the acquisition of J.J. Hardy means he is likely a utility player. Story
100. Miguel Batista(notes), RP:SIGNED Perhaps the budding poet can write a haiku about an offseason that ended with him taking a spring training invitation and minor league contract with the Cardinals. Free agency is/awfully harrowing if you/have middling stuff
101. Austin Kearns(notes), OF:SIGNED Kearns is headed to the Indians – with whom he spent the first half of the 2010 season – after inking a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.
102. Dave Bush(notes), SP:SIGNED Junkballer signed a minor league deal with the Rangers that would pay him $1 million if he makes the club with another $1 million in incentives.
104. Melvin Mora(notes), UT:SIGNED Mora heads to the Diamondbacks in a two-year deal worth $4 million.
105. Omar Vizquel(notes), IF:RE-SIGNED An able fill-in with plus defense at all the infield positions, Vizquel was overused with Chicago but returns for another year as he approaches his 44th birthday. Story
106. Craig Counsell(notes), IF:RE-SIGNED Rare is the middle infielder who can play through his 40th birthday – only 10 in the last 50 years – and Counsell will join that group after re-signing with the Brewers for one season.
107. Ron Mahay(notes), RP:SIGNED Turns 40 in June and lost nearly 2 mph of velocity last year. The Dodgers signed the left-hander to a minor league deal.
108. Guillermo Mota(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Even though he threw beer during the Giants' championship celebration better than he threw pitches, Mota will be back with San Francisco on a minor league contract.
109. Chan Ho Park(notes), RP:SIGNED Park signed with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese League on a one-year, $1 million contract.
110. Jeremy Bonderman(notes), SP: Awful walk year for someone who, at 28, should be cashing in on a free agent payday.
111. Freddy Garcia(notes), SP:SIGNED Miserable strikeout rate leaves him only with his reputation, but the Yankees need a starter and signed him to a minor league deal that pays him $1.5 million if he makes the team and could rise another $2.1 million if he makes 30 starts.
112. Octavio Dotel(notes), RP:SIGNED His fastball doesn't sizzle nearly like it used to, but Dotel got a one-year, $3.5 million deal from the Blue Jays.
113. Gregg Zaun(notes), C:SIGNED Remains a plenty capable backup at 40, and he'll try to make the Padres roster after signing a minor league contract.
114. Reed Johnson(notes), OF:SIGNED Solid late-inning defensive replacement signed a minor league deal with a team with which he has a history, the Cubs.
115. Jason Giambi(notes), DH:RE-SIGNED The Rockies will keep Giambi on the bench, but first he has to make the club after signing a one-year, $1 million non-guaranteed deal.
116. Edgar Renteria(notes), IF:SIGNED The World Series hero signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Reds after he found an offer by the Giants insulting.
117. Matt Stairs(notes), OF/PH:SIGNED Stairs agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Nationals.
118. Will Ohman(notes), RP:SIGNED At 33, he still has a good dozen years left to get out one guy at a time, and the White Sox will pay him $4 million over the next two years.
119. Aaron Heilman(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Heilman declined arbitration after making $2.15 million in 2010, then re-signed with the Diamondbacks for $2 million. Not the greatest judgment.
120. Elmer Dessens(notes), RP: How one manages a 2.30 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 47 innings with a 43.5 percent fly ball rate defies all reason, but Dessens managed it. A minor league deal with the Giants that would pay him $600,000 if he spent the entire season in the big leagues fell through, however, and he is still a free agent.
121. Randy Choate(notes), RP:SIGNED Choate is headed to the Marlins after inking a two-year deal worth $2.5 million. Story
122. Willie Bloomquist(notes), UT:SIGNED Middling utilityman brings smart baserunning, versatility and little else. The Diamondbacks signed him to a one-year, $1.05 million deal with a mutual option for 2012.
123. Rocco Baldelli(notes), OF:RETIRED Baldelli retired after seven seasons and has taken a position as a special assistant with the Rays. Story
124. Adam Kennedy(notes), 2B:SIGNED Kennedy has flourished with AL West teams the Angels and A's, now he'll try to extend his career by making the roster of the Mariners after signing a minor league deal. He'll make $750,000 if he makes the team and the contract also includes incentives based on plate appearances.
125. Gerald Laird(notes), C:SIGNED Laird signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals to serve as a certain seldomly used backup to Yadier Molina.
126. Jose Guillen(notes), OF/DH: Still capable of hitting in fits and spurts. Second connection to HGH, however, could make him toxic.
127. Nick Punto(notes), IF:SIGNED The original piranha got a bite from the Cardinals, signing a one-year, $700,000 deal.
128. Jason Varitek(notes), C:RE-SIGNED The Red Sox are bringing Varitek back for one more year as a backup, paying him $2 million. Story
130. Matt Treanor(notes), C:RE-SIGNED This time around Treanor, who re-signed with the Rangers for one year and $850,000, will back up Yorvit Torrealba. Story
131. Geoff Blum(notes), IF:SIGNED Blum was the first free agent to switch teams, inking a two-year deal worth $1.35 million annually with the Diamondbacks.
132. Henry Blanco(notes), C:SIGNED Solid career backup signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks, his ninth team. The deal includes a mutual option for 2012.
133. Mark Kotsay(notes), 1B/DH:SIGNED His swing looks dial-up slow, but the Brewers gave him a one-year deal for $800,000 guaranteed and another $350,000 in incentives.
134. Rodrigo Lopez(notes), SP:SIGNED Led the NL in losses, earned runs allowed and home runs yielded, yet the Braves signed him to a minor league deal as rotation insurance.
135. Julio Lugo(notes), 2B: It's one thing to slug lower than your on-base percentage. It's another to do so when both are sub-.300. A complete nonentity.
136. Jeff Suppan(notes), SP/RP:SIGNED Not a big market for an 87-mph-throwing 16-year veteran, but the Giants gave him a minor league deal. Story
137. Randy Flores(notes), RP:SIGNED Left-handed, pulse. Therefore, a minor league deal with the Padres.
138. Jamey Wright(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED The Mariners will give Wright another shot on a minor league deal.
139. Mark Hendrickson(notes), RP:RE-SIGNED Hendrickson's days as a starter are likely over, but the Orioles are giving him a shot to make the bullpen on a minor-league deal that would pay him $900,000 if he makes the team.
140. Jay Payton(notes), OF:SIGNED He impressed in a 35-at-bat late-season stint, his first in the big leagues since 2008, and signed a minor league deal with the Rockies.
159. Kelvim Escobar(notes), RP:Of all Omar Minaya's bungles, the funniest might be giving $1.25 million to a guy who had thrown five innings since 2007 and watching him get hurt almost immediately. This time around, it's minor league deal or retirement.
160. Eric Chavez(notes), 3B:SIGNED The veteran takes his injury-ravaged body to the minors with the Yankees in a last-ditch attempt to revive his career.
The Red Sox didn't just lose Xander Bogaerts to the Padres. They repeatedly lowballed their franchise shortstop, leading to a conclusion that will have long-term ramifications in the baseball-proud city of Boston, writes our John Tomase.