Here is the 143-man free agent class of 2008, broken down by position, with their overall ranking preceding their name and their opening day age appearing in parentheses. The ranking is based on a number of variables, including history, age and potential, and was determined after talking to executives, scouts and agents.
As the offseason progresses, Yahoo! Sports will update the page with news of signings and their impact on the other free agents.
58.Tony Clark (35) – Negotiations to return to the Diamondbacks fell through, so the veteran clubhouse leader signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Padres to back up Adrian Gonzalez. Story.
68.Sean Casey (33) – Veteran professional hitter signs a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Red Sox to back up Kevin Youkilis. Story .
72.Doug Mientkiewicz (33) – Defensive whiz with a diminishing bat signs a minor-league deal with the Pirates. Story.
11.Francisco Cordero (32) – Reds tossed $46 million over four years at Cordero, hoping he can solve their blown-save problems. Story.
18.Masahide Kobayashi (33) – Indians signed closer who had 20 saves seven straight years in Japan to a two-year, $6.25 million deal. Story
24.Eric Gagne (32) – Signs for $10 million over one year with the Brewers despite late-season flameout with the Red Sox. Brown story.
33.David Riske (31) – One of baseball's best relievers agreed to a $13 million, three-year contract with Milwaukee. Story
36.Scott Linebrink (31) – The White Sox locked up the veteran set-up man for four years, giving him $19 million. Story.
40.Kerry Wood (30) – The Cubs wanted the former flamethrower back and paid $4.2 million for the privilege of one more season. Story.
46.Troy Percival (38) – Comeback of former dominant closer is complete; he signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Tampa Rays. Story.
47.Yasuhiko Yabuta (31) – The Royals signed the 34-year-old right-hander to a two-year, $6-million deal to become the primary set-up man. Story.
48.Ron Mahay (36) – In a surprise, the Royals land the coveted left-hander with a two-year, $8-million deal. Story.
55.Octavio Dotel (34) – Injury-prone right-hander hits the jackpot, signing a two-year, $11-million deal with the White Sox. Story.
67. Kazuo Fukumori (31) – Japanese veteran signs with the Rangers for $3 million over two years. Story.
60.Bob Wickman (39) – Probably will retire, but just in case, he still can get hitters out.
61.Matt Herges (38) – He will return to Colorado, where he reinvented himself and revitalized his career. Story.
63.Mike Timlin (42) – Reliable old hand returns to Red Sox for one year and $3 million. Story.
64.LaTroy Hawkins (35) – The hard-throwing veteran right-hander got the same $3.75-million, one-year deal from the Yankees that the Rockies declined. Story.
66.Armando Benitez (35) – Just when you think Captain Meltdown is over the hill, he comes back and surprises.
67.Luis Vizcaino (33) – Rockies sign reliable right-hander to a two-year, $7.5-million deal. Story.
69.Jeremy Affeldt (28) – Situational left-hander is rewarded for a solid season with the Rockies by garnering a one-year, $3 million deal from the Reds. Story.
70.Shawn Chacon (30) – A week into spring training, hard-throwing right-hander signs a $2 million, two-year deal with the Astros and will be given an opportunity to start. Story.every-other-year-he's-good plan, which is bad for whichever team signs him.
74.Doug Brocail (40) – He's 40, but a strong season with the Padres gets him a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Astros. Story.
80.Trever Miller (34) – The Rays give a $2-million, one-year deal to Miller, who held left-handed hitters to a .209 batting average last season. Story.
84.Ray King (34) – Situational lefty who held left-handed hitters to a .187 average last year signed a minor league deal with the Nationals.
88.Jorge Julio (29) – Indians sign inconsistent hard thrower to a minor-league deal after he faded down the stretch for the Rockies.
93.Rudy Seanez (39) – After pitching in 73 games for them last season, the Dodgers sign the durable right-hander to a one-year, $550,000 deal.
97.Arthur Rhodes (38) – Left-hander will try to come back from elbow-ligament surgery with the Mariners, who gave him a minor-league deal.