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Top 50 MLB Free Agents

Here is Sportscity.com’s Top 50 2008 – 2009 MLB Free Agents. The MLB free agency period is under way, and after a slow start to the signing period, things are starting to pick up. When creating the top MLB free agents list, some of the factors we took into account the players age, position, and likelihood of signing with another team. Check out our 2008 – 2009 MLB Free Agents by Position and the Type A and B MLB Free Agents.

Top 50 2009 MLB Free Agents

Rk. Player 2008 Team Contact Notes
1 CC Sabathia Milwaukee Brewers Signed with the Yankees. 7 years, $161 million.
2 Vladimir Guerrero Los Angeles Angels Team Exercised Option: $15 million
3 Mark Teixera Los Angeles Angels Signed with the Yankess. 8 years, $180 million
4 Manny Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers Re-signed with the Dodgers. 2 years, $45 million. 2nd year is player option. $25 million first year, $15 million deferred.
5 Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays Team Exercised Option
6 John Lackey Los Angeles Angels Team Exercised Option: $9 million
7 Francisco Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels Signed with the Mets. 3 years, $37 million.
8 Pat Burrell Philadelphia Phillies Signed with the Rays. 2 years, $16 million.
9 Adam Dunn Arizona Diamondbacks Signed with the Nationals. 2 years, $20 million.
10 AJ Burnett Toronto Blue Jays Signed with the Yankees. 5 years, $82.5 million.
11 Ben Sheets Milwaukee Brewers  
12 Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves Team Option as Jones did not reach 450 ABs in 2008 (11 short)
13 Milton Bradley Texas Rangers Signed with the Cubs. 3 years, $30 million.
14 Ryan Dempster Chicago Cubs Re-signed with the Cubs. 4 years, $52 million
15 Joe Crede Chicago White Sox Signed with the Twins. 1 year, $2.5 million
16 Bobby Abreu New York Yankees Signed with the Angels. 1 year, $5 million
17 Orlando Hudson Arizona Diamondbacks Signed with the Dodgers. 1 year, $3.8 million
18 Troy Glaus St. Louis Cardinals Player Option
19 Mike Mussina New York Yankees Retired
20 Derek Lowe Los Angeles Dodgers Signed with the Braves. 4 years, $60 million.
21 Rafeal Furcal Los Angeles Dodgers Re-signed with the Dodgers. 3 years, $30 million.
22 Orlando Cabrera Chicago White Sox Signed with the A’s. 1 year, $4 million.
23 Jon Garland Los Angeles Angels Signed with the Diamondbacks. 1 year plus option
24 Hank Blalock Texas Rangers Exercised Team Option: $6.2 million
25 Oliver Perez New York Mets Re-signed with the Mets. 3 years, $36 million
26 Kerry Wood Chicago Cubs Signed with the Indians. 2 years, $20.5 million.
27 Brian Fuentes Colorado Rockies Signed with the Angels. 2 years, $17.5 million
28 Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres Signed with the Brewers, 1 year, $6 million
29 Carlos Delgado New York Mets Mutual Option: $16 million, $4 million buyout
30 Jim Thome Chicago White Sox Team Option: $13 million, $3 million buyout. Vesting with 564 P.A.’s in 2008
31 Brad Penny Los Angeles Dodgers Signed with the Red Sox. 1 year, $5 million
32 John Smoltz Atlanta Braves Signed with the Red Sox. 1 year, $5.5 million.
33 Brandon Lyon Arizona Diamondbacks Signed with the Tigers. 1 year, $4.25 million
34 Casey Blake Los Angeles Dodgers Re-signed with the Dodgers. 3 years, $17.5 million
35 Mark Ellis Oakland A’s Re-signed with the A’s for 2 years
36 Jason Giambi New York Yankees Signed with the A’s. 1 year, $5.25 million
37 Raul Ibanez Seattle Mariners Signed with the Phillies. 3 years, $30 million.
38 Garrett Anderson Los Angeles Angels Not offered arbitration. No draft compensation. Signed with the Braves. 1 year, $2.5 million
39 Andy Pettitte New York Yankees Re-signed with the Yankees. 1 year. $5.5 million plus bonuses
40 Greg Maddux Los Angeles Dodgers Retired
41 Chad Durbin Philadelphia Phillies Re-signed with the Phillies
42 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Signed with the Giants. 1 year, $8 million.
43 Pudge Rodriguez Detroit Tigers Signed with the Astros. 1 year, $1.5 million.
44 Mike Cameron Milwaukee Brewers Exercised Team Option: $10 million
45 Braden Looper St. Louis Cardinals Signed with Milwaukee. 1 year $5.5 million
46 Damaso Marte New York Yankees Re-signed with the Yankees, 3 years, $12 million
47 Edgar Renteria Detroit Tigers Signed with the Giants. 2 years, $18.5 million.
48 Jason Varitek Boston Red Sox Re-signed with the Red Sox. 1 year, $5 million
49 Nomar Garciaparra Los Angeles Dodgers Signed with the A’s. 1 year, $1 million.
50 Mark Kotsay Boston Red Sox Signed with the Red Sox. 1 year, $1.5 million.

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