News from the winter meetings is starting to filter out as the GMs gather for their annual winter Meetings. Today Ryan World News will take a look at the Top Free agents available and where they might land and for how much.
1B Pedro Osuna (R)- AGE: 30 SIGNED BALTIMORE 5 year 50M
Past Contract: coming off a 4 year 29.2 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 4 time all-star 1 time Silver Slugger
By sheer power and slugging Osuna could put a team over the top in offense. He is the guy teams want to build their offense around for seasons to come.
Price Tag: 8-11 Million a season should sign a 4 year to 5 season deal. Plus a Type A picks compensation
Monterrey Metros (NL) - instant offense, they have the position open and a need for a signature slugger, best fit yet.
Cincinnati Ramrod (NL) - another team needing a big bat they have limited cap space to fill all their needs but Osuna would tackle their biggest.
Atlanta Braves (NL) - it's not like I hate Donne Witt, but Osuna would give this team a few more wins
SS Roosevelt Murphy (L) - AGE: 31
Past Contract: coming off a 4 year 28 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 3 time all-star 1 time silver slugger
Every team needs a guy like Murphy a player who can field the toughest position with ease and not sacrifice any offense. Watch for him to be on many team's watch lists
Price Tag: 8-13 Million a season should sign a 4 year. Plus a Type A picks compensation
Baltimore Bandits- Seeking an all-star Shortstop. Murphy fits the bill to a tee. They have the cap space to take on a big contract and the need to fill.
Madison- With only last season's rule 5 pick McCormick as there only shortstop. They have some cap space but is it enough to go after the #1 SS or should they settle?
Salem Slammers- former team should do everything in their power to resign this man. They have no one to replace him
SS Dennis Lockwood (R) 29
Past Contract: coming off an arbitration season of 11.1 Million.
HARDWARE: 1 time all-star
His defense and speed earn him the right to collect a big payday. His new team will need to be patient with his plate whoa. I think his demands will slide with a bigger length contract
Price Tag: 8-11 Million a season should sign a 4 year deal.
Baltimore Bandits- Seeking an all-star Shortstop. Lockwood is the closest thing you will find in the open market. He can provide a team with 50+ stolen bases and provide top line defense.
Kansas City McCoy's- I'm not sure they could swing it in the budget, but they need a real shortstop, the player known as Kevin Hatcher died 2 seasons ago.
St. Louis Brewers- he would be a sure upgrade and provide the team more speed on the bases.
SS Geraldo Tarraga (R) - 31
Past Contract: coming off a 2 year 6.8 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 4 time Gold Glove Winner
Purely a defensive guy, but a defensive wizard in the field. Anything you can get from him at the plate is just icing
Price Tag: 5-7.1 Million a season should sign a 3 year
Houston Stone Cold Killers- They need a guy for 1 or 2 seasons and then a defensive option to back-up superstar Neal Robinson. Tarraga could be that bridge
Fargo Freeze- old team has no active SS on the roster, the history is there might considering bring him back if the price is right.
Colorado Mile High Club- they need a defensive bench player to sub for their offensive jugaurat, who better than Tarraga who might come cheap.
2B Alejandro Perez (R) AGE: 31
Past Contract: coming off a 4 year 24 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 1 time all-star 1 time Silver Slugger
Offers solid offense and average defense at 2B, He going to sneak on someone's board and get a contract
Price Tag: 5.5-8 Million a season should sign a 3 year to 5 season deal.
Florida Sting Ray (NL) - I like the fit here, they need another stable bat in the lineup Perez needs a contract, He would be n upgrade no question.
Milwaukee Marauders- He knows the division well, and would love to get his chance to prove Madison wrong for trading him away. Upgrade over Nathan.
Las Vegas Gamble- They need a player to step in until prospect Yorvit Gonzales is ready to roll, maybe 2 seasons. If they can get Perez for that length they would be doing pretty good.
SS Aubrey Kell (R) - 35
Past Contract: coming off a 1 year 4.2 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 1 time all-star
At 35 he has lost a step in the field, but still is a capable Short-stop he also has an explosive bat but don't expect more than a .240 batter
Price Tag: 3.6-5.5 Million a season should sign a 2 year.
Madison Massa's- will look to get Kell cheap again if they can't upgrade the position with a different option.
Hartford Whalers- completes the tandem with Clinton Allen, One could hit righties the other lefties, both provide solid defense and could work as super subs for the rest of the team.
Louisville Loudmouth- They needs someone to keep the position warm until Prospect Glenn Lemon is ready to roll maybe a season. If Kell signs a 1 year deal, it should be here.
C Yorvit Castillo (R) - AGE: 37 - RESIGNED Tucson 3 year 4.2M
Past Contract: coming off a 2 year 8.2 Million Dollar deal.
HARDWARE: 2 time all-star 3 time silver slugger
He has been one of the more prolific hitters in the game and came very close to batting 400 in season 9. He can put the ball in play and make things happen. Someone will want that for their team.
Price Tag: 3.2-4.8 Million a season. Look at a 1 or 2 year deal.
Philadelphia Stars- they need a catcher badly Castillo is the best available one. Why settle. Prospect Alex Coleman is 2 season's away from being the man here, Castillo would fill that gap.
Pittsburgh Pirates- Roy Parks is the defensive half of a tandem, they now need the offensive half, and Castillo can get those hits. He would buy them time to find a real long term solution.