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The following is a list of free agents of note in Major League Baseball.

Players listed in BOLD are players that have had a Qualifying Offer extended to them

We will update this article on an ongoing basis throughout the offseason.

NOTE: If a player has an * next to his name, his contract does include an option. 

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Welington Castillo BAL 1-yr, $6M
The deal includes a second year with a $7 million player option. Castillo went .264-14-68 last year and should produce similarly this season. 
Jason Castro MIN 3-yr, $24M
A strong defender who really can't hit. Nothing more than a low end second catcher in mixed leagues at best. 
A.J. Ellis MIA 1-yr, $2.5M  He will likely play around 30-35 games as the backup to J.T. Realmuto.
Ryan Hanigan PHI Minor lg.
He's a nice glove but it's been years since he was worth anything other than a $1 bid in league specific setups. 
Nick Hundley SF 1-yr, $2M Gives the Giants a solid veteran backup to Buster Posey.
A.J. Pierzynski     Wants to play one more season. 
Wilson Ramos TB 2-yr, $12/5M The deal could be worth $18.5 million if the incentives are hit. On his outlook see Offseason Injuries
David Ross     Unless something changes drastically he will retire a World Champion. 
Kurt Suzuki ATL 1-yr,. $1.5M There's another $2.5 million in incentives in there for Suzuki who will share playing time with Tyler Flowers behind the dish. 
Josh Thole ARI Minor lg. 
With Iannetta and Herrmann ahead of him, it would take an injury for Thole to even make the club.
Matt Wieters     After accepting a one year qualyfying offer last season he's looking to hit it big this offseason. See this Ray's Ramblings piece
Pedro Alvarez     Still has 25 homer power. Still waiting for a team.
Ike Davis LAD Minor lg. It will be a struggle for him to carve out a role of significance. 
Edwin Encarnacion CLE 3-yr, $60M The top slugger on the market, EE is getting more than the $60 million listed. For the details see - Encarnacion is an Indian
Adam LaRoche     Will he try to rekindle his career or remain with his family?
Adam Lind WAS 1-yr Signed to platoon a bit at first base, Lind could obviusly fill-in once Ryan Zimmerman goes down with an injury. 
James Loney TEX Minor lg.  Signed a minor league deal with the Rangers. Who will he battle for playing time, Jurickson Profar? Josh Hamilton? Maybe Joey Gallo?
Justin Morneau     Not the hitter he once was, but still a servicable bat.
Kendrys Morales TOR 3-yr, $33M For more on the signing of Morales see Off-Season Dealings.
Mitch Moreland BOS 1-yr, $5M He has a Gold Glove so he will push HanRam to the DH role. Moreland won't play versus lefties given his career .673 OPS against them. 
Brandon Moss KC 2-yr, $12M He will replace Kendrys Morales. For more on Moss see Health, Rankings, Signings
Mike Napoli TEX   Looking to get paid as the top power bat on the secondary market. Seems like it's gonna be the Rangers who add his services. 
David Ortiz * BOS 1-yr, $16M The Sox picked up the contract just in case after Ortiz went .315-38-127 in his final season. He won't be returning. 
Nick Swisher  Ret.   At least he's made millions and has a hot wife. 
Mark Teixeira Ret.   He's retired after an impressive career. 
Mark Reynolds COL Minor lg. Don't know why he couldn't get a big league deal, or why he went back to Colorado. No line to playing time.
Aaron Hill SF Minor Lg. A versatile veteran who is nothing more than a bench presence on an upper division club.
Chase Utley LAD 1-yr, $2M Will remain with the Dodgers. 
Neil Walker NYM 1-yr, $17.2M QO He was off to a fantastic season last year before it derailed due to a back injury and subsequent surgery. He comes with obvious risk, but it's nice power at the keystone.
Josh Wilson      
Erick Aybar SD Minot lg.
It wil be Aybar or Luis Sardinas at shortstop for the Padres. Have to think that the 33 year old Aybar is the one that emerges. 
Clint Barmes Ret.   Decided to retire back in May.
Andres Blanco PHI 1-yr, $3M
Blanco can play all three spots in the outfield but he's nothing other than a depth option in NL-only leagues. 
Lourdes Gurriel TOR 7-yr, $22M Slashed .277/.362/.426 in just under 1,100 at-bats in Cuba's top professional league, including a slash line of .344/.407/.560 with 10 homers in 245 plate appearances during the 2015-16 season. He also offers above-average speed and can play all around the infield as well as all three outfield positions.
Brendan Ryan DET Minor lg.  Spent all of last year at Triple-A and is 35 years old in late March. 
Daniel Descalso ARI 1-yr, $1.5M
He can't hit, .242 lifetime with little power, but he's a solid veteran depth add. 
Martin Prado MIA 3-yr, $40M Prado will be paid handsomely to continue being what he has always been - a professional hitter. He hit .305 with 75 RBI and 70 runs scored last season.
Justin Turner LAD 4-yr, $64M The best power hitting option at the hot corner on the market returns to the Dodgers. For more see Ray's Rambling's Pre Holiday Talk.  
Luis Valbuena LAA 2-yr, $15M  Sounds like he will potentially start the year at first to cover Pujols, but he's gonna see work at third base as well. 
Jose Bautista TOR 1-yr, $18.5M The deal can be worth up to $60 million over three years to return to Toronto where he will be expected to be the same guy as always - big-time power.
Carlos Beltran HOU 1-yr, $16M
Coming off an impressive power season that nearly saw him go 30-100. The astros paid a steep price hoping for similar production at age 40 (in April).
Gregor Blanco ARI Minor lg. Will battle for a backup spot in the outfield in Arizona.
Peter Bourjos CWS Minor lg. More glove than bat.
Michael Bourn BAL Minor lg. The Orioles have brought him back to vie for a depth spot in the outfield.
Yoenis Cespedes NYM 4-yr, $110M He gets the highest AAV of any position player in baseball history other than Miggy ($31M) at $27.5. An impressive talent, but he has trouble staying on the field. 
Chris Coghlan PHI Minor lg. 
Coughlan can play the infield and the outfield, and he'll likely be a solid NL-only play in '17.
Coco Crisp     Someone will sign the veteran. 
Rajai Davis OAK 1-yr, $6M He will run, steal 30 bases, get on base at a league average pace, and of course be traded by the A's at some point.
David DeJesus     His wife is so hot.
Ian Desmond COL 5-yr, $70M Four 20/20 seasons in five years led to the huge contract. For a breakdown, see the Winter Meetings Report
Dexter Fowler STL 5-yr., $82.5M An on base stud, the Cardinals basically get a guy to replace the player they let go last year (Jason Heyward). See The Aftermath.
Sam Fuld    
Working his way back from shoulder surgery. 
Craig Gentry BAL Minor lg.  He had just 34 at-bats at the big league level last season and is now 33 years old. 
Carlos Gomez TEX 1-yr, $11.5M Gomez turned down multi-year deals to return to the Rangers where he finally found his groove late in the year. With health, success will follow.
Chris Heisey WAS 1-yr, $1.4M Far from an impact player in fantasy, Heisey appeared in 83 games for the Nats last season and batted .216 with nine home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Matt Holliday NYY 1-yr, $13M The veteran can still power the baseball effectively. A solid veteran signing for the Yankees. With health, he should basically replace Beltran's lost production.
Jon Jay CHC 1-yr, $8M A professional hitter who profiles best as a 4th major league outfielder. He will likely share center with Albert Almora
Matt Joyce OAK 2-yr, $11M It's great to be left-handed. A platoon option if there ever was one, Joyce was paid rather handsomely for who he is at this point of his career. 
Nate McLouth     The end of the line?
Logan Morrison TB 1-yr, $2.5M LoMo is a great guy, but he has never lived up to expectations, not close.
Angel Pagan     Can still get it done, but back woes continue to concern as his age increases.
Colby Rasmus  TB 1-yr, $5M Power, streakiness, ugly hair. You get it all with this psuedo-slugger who will never meet the sky-high expectations he arrived with.
Josh Reddick HOU 4-yr, $32M I think the Astros overpaid. 
Ben Revere  LAA 1-yr, $4M
Revere hit .300 with 20 steals each year from 2014-16 before last year's flameout (.217 with 14 thefts). Should rebound.
Sean Rodriguez ATL 2-yr, $11.5M Rewarded for his best season, S-Rod went .270/.349/.510 with 18 homers in 300 ABs while playing 20 games at 1B, 2B, SS and OF.
Michael Saunders PHI 1-yr, $9M The deal inclusde a club option for $11 million. Saunders starred in the first half last season before falling flat on his face in the 2nd half. A career of unfulfilled expectations.
Travis Snider TEX Minor lg. Is he still playing? He signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.
Jose Tabata * TOR Minor lg. Is he still playing? The 28 year old outfielder posted a .284 average and .393 OBP last season in 60 games at Triple-A.
Mark Trumbo BAL 3-yr, $37.5M Ended up with about half of what he was hoping for. Who is Trumbo? Check out this Ray's Ramblings piece
Brett Anderson CHC 1-yr, $3.5M  He could earn up to $10 million. He won't. He was signed as rotation depth and will likely makes starts... Until he breaks of course. 
Bronson Arroyo CIN Minor lg. 
The soon to be 40 year old righty is trying to return after having been out of the bigs since 2014.
Brandon Beachy      His arm is just broken. 
Andrew Cashner TEX 1-yr, $10M Cashner's signing likely means Derek Holland and Colby Lewis won't be back. Cashner is long on talent, but short on production as he always underperforms.
Bartolo Colon ATL 1-yr, $12.5M While Jeff Mans likes him loaded with sour cream, bacon and chives, the Braves will take him as is after going 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 128 strikeouts over 197.1 innings for the Mets last season. The soon-to-be 44 year old defied all sensible logic after he posted a 4.0 K/BB last season despite throwing a fastball that never topped 88 mph almost 90-percent of the time he pitched.
John Danks  ATL Minor lg. Worst lefty on the market? Not really sure why the Braves seem intent on signing every old guy on the bump...
Jorge de la Rosa ARI Minor lg. Worst lefty on the market? Slightly better than Danks. He signed with the D'backs to work out of the pen. 
R.A. Dickey ATL 1-yr, $7.5M Dickey threw 169.2 innings last season for the Jays with a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. The 42 year old knuckleballer is merely an innings eater at this point.
Scott Feldman CIN 1-yr, $2.3M
He's a swingman at this point. He will probably shoot for the 5th starting spot, but expect both starts and relief appearances this season. 
Jaime Garcia ATL 1-yr, $12M  The Cards picked up his option.
Jeremy Guthrie     Hopes to get a bullpen gig. He's pitching in Australian Winter Ball. 
Jason Hammel KC 2-yr, $16M Can't throw 180-innings, can't, but he's a solid depth starter. Not getting the interest he hoped for. 
Jeremy Hellickson PHI 1-yr, $17.2M QO After leading the Phillies with 12 wins, Hellickson opted to accept the team's qualifying offer. He finished the 2016 season with a 3.71 ERA and tied career highs with 32 starts and 189 innings pitched. He also struck out a career-best 154 batters, while walking just 45.
Derek Holland CWS 1-yr, $6M
Holland will be asked to take the rotation spot of Chris Sale. For his outlook see Signings on the Hill. 
Daniel Hudson PIT 2-yr, $11M Seems like every team in baseball with a hole in the pen was looking. The Pirates nabbed him. See Minor Movement
Edwin Jackson      
Cliff Lee     The once great lefty will never pitch again.
Cory Luebke CWS Minor Lg. 
He'll be 32 in March and had an ERA over nine last year. Just a body.
Kris Medlen ATL Minor Lg. He's had about 37 surgeries on his arm but he keeps coming back.
Matt Moore SF 1-yr, $7M See why the Giants brought him back.
Charlie Morton HOU 2-yr, $14M The Astros hope the groundballer can round out their rotation.
Jon Niese NYY Minor lg. Coming off a terrible season with an ERA in the five's, but he is left-handed. 
Ivan Nova PIT 3-yr, $26M Seemed to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh where he will return. See Mound Movement
Jake Peavy     The righty can still get batters out when he's healthy. He's taking time off because of a family issue (divorce).
Josh Tomlin     He can't keep the ball in the yard, but when he does he's effective.
Edinson Volquez MIA 2-yr, $22M He stinks. The Marlins have a need though so they signed the veteran righty.
Jered Weaver SD 1-yr, $3M Moving over to the NL, after 11 seasons in the AL all with the Angels. 
C.J. Wilson Ret.   Don't hate him cause he's beautiful. He's decided to retire and focus on car racing. See Mostly Bad News.
Travis Wood KC 2-yr, $12M Signed by the Royals to compete for a starting spot after spending all of last season working out of the bullpen with the Cubs. 
Joe Blanton WAS 1-yr, $4M It took him a long while, but he finally settled for a spot in the Nationals bullpen. A solid arm that can be frequently used. 
Joaquin Benoit PHI 1-yr, $7.5M The aging vet can stll get batters out, he's still got big time stuff, so with health the Phillies will likely be happy. 
Jonathan Broxton STL 2-yr, $7.5M Will remain with the Cardinals. 
Trevor Cahill  SD 1-yr, $1.75M
Cahill will get a chance to vie for a rotation spot with the Padres after posting a 2.74 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 65.2 innings last season. 
Brett Cecil STL 4-yr, $30M Coming off a down season cause of injury, he will allow the Cards to roll out yet another impressive arm late in games.
Santiago Casilla OAK 2-yr, $11M
Seems like Casilla will setup for Ryan Madson, though Madson struggled enough last season that Casilla slipping into the 9th at some point seems possible.
Aroldis Chapman NYY 5-yr, $86M
Got paid to close for the Yankees. For more see the Winter Meetings Report.
Jesse Chavez LAA 1-yr, $5.75M While he pitched out of the bullpen exclusively last year, the Angels intend to use him as a starter.  He posted a 4.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 62 appearances between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers and will hope the pitcher-friendly environment of Angel Stadium helps him reduce the number of home runs allowed this year. In 2016, he allowed 12 home runs over 67 innings.
Tim Collins WAS Minor Lg. Small, but can get guys out when healthy.
Aaron Crow      
Michael Dunn COL 3-yr, $19M
Dunn is a lefty, and if you can get lefties out you get paid. See Signing on the Hill.
Dana Eveland      
Neftali Feliz MIL 1-yr, $5.35M 
He will likely battle Corey Knebel for 9th inning duties in Milwaukee.
Luke Hochevar      
Greg Holland COL 1-yr, $7M Could earn up to $10 million, Holland will likely battle Adam Ottavino at some point for 9th inning work. Could happen early if his arm is healthy.
J.P. Howell TOR 1-yr, $3M
The 33 year old lefty had a down 2016 with a 1.40 WHIP and 4.09 ERA.
Kenley Jansen LAD 5-yr, $80M Got $80 million to return to the Dodgers to continue to dominate the 9th inning. See Pre Holiday Talk.
Casey Janssen BOS Minor lg. 
Just a veteran add for organizational depth.
Kevin Jepsen ARI Minor lg.  Coming off a lost season of a 5.98 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 58 games.
Brandon League KC Minor lg.  At one point he had a hellacious sinker. 
Boone Logan CLE 1-yr, $5.5M

A dominating lefty against lefties. He cannot be stopped there. See this Ray's Ramblings.

Javier Lopez Ret.   Still murder on lefties but he's decided that he's thrown his last big-league pitch.
Brian Matusz ARI Minor lg.  The lefty threw only nin big league innings last season with horendous results (14.00 ERA, 2.89 WHIP).
Mark Melancon SF 4-yr, $62M The "third" closer on the market, Melancon will lock down the 9th for the Giants. For more see the Winter Meetings Report.
Joe Nathan WAS Minor lg. The 42 year old pitched just 6.1 innings last season. He will get a change to earn up to $3 million in incentives.
Josh Outman      
Yusmeiro Petit LAA Minor lg. 
A nice final man on any staff, he has solid stuff, can start and relieve as well.
Cesar Ramos PHI Minor lg.  Will get a shot to make the majors after a dreadful 2016. 
Sergio Romo LAD 1-yr, $3M Can still get batters out, but his slurvy slider, when not breaking, is a base hit magnet. See This Ray's Ramblings article. 
Marc Rzepczynski SEA 2-yr, $11M He can get lefties out with the best of them and will fill a prime setup role for the Mariners. 
Fernando Salas NYM 1-yr, $3M
In 17.1 innings with the Mets last season he had 19 punchouts and no walks.
Sergio Santos      
Joe Smith TOR 1-yr, $3M For more see this Ray's Ramblings article. 
Craig Stammen      
Drew Storen CIN 1-yr, $3M Will likely start in a setup capacity, but the Reds seem open to letting the 9th play out based on spring performance. 
Koji Uehara CHC 1-yr, $6M Dude can still get batters out at an elite rate. See Signings on the Hill
Jordan Walden ATL Minor lg. deal  A big arm, but shoulder woes have derailed his career. 
Brad Ziegler MIA 2-yr, $16M He has 52 saves as a ground ball machine the last two seasons. Not the prototypical 9th inning arm, he will slot back into a setup role in Miami.
* Contract includes an option    
** Players who received qualifying offers are in bold.   
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