MLB Rumors: Where Will The Top 25 Free Agents Land?

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Free Agents Look For New Teams

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Saturday is going to be a big day as the hot stove heats up with free agency getting underway around Major League Baseball. There is sure to be a ton of movement earlier than normal this season with all the changes in the collective bargaining agreement but with free agents like Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton floating out there, the money is sure to be flying in the next couple weeks.

There are many teams that are in serious need of help after seeing the San Francisco Giants win their second World Series in three years and with realignment and more interleague games on the horizon, there may be different priorities for different teams. There are large markets in Boston and Chicago with passionate fan bases that want to see their teams turn things around sooner than later along with up and coming teams in Pittsburgh and Kansas City that seem to be just a piece or two away for contention.

Here are my top 25 free agents with last year’s stats and where I think each of them will be headed in free agency. I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if at least two or three of these 25 end up on the same team or two different teams as it is likely more and more like the large market teams are taking up all the free agents with the money they have. I hope during this free agency period that some of the smaller market teams jump in and make things interesting and possibly even more competitive.

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25. Kevin Youkilis

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Youkilis hit .235 with 19 HR and 60 RBI with the Red Sox and White Sox. Prediction: Dodgers

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24. Marco Scutaro

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H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY

Scutaro hit .306 with 7 HR and 74 RBI for the Rockies and Giants. Prediction: Giants

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23. Russell Martin

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Martin hit .211 with 21 HR and 53 RBI for the Yankees. Prediction: Yankees

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22. Torii Hunter

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Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Hunter hit .313 with 16 HR and 92 RBI for the Angels. Prediction: Pirates

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21. A.J. Pierzynski

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Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Pierzynski hit .278 with 27 HR and 77 RBI for the White Sox. Prediction: White Sox

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20. Cody Ross

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Ross hit .267 with 22 HR and 81 RBI for the Red Sox. Prediction: Mariners

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19. Rafael Soriano

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Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Soriano was 2-1 with 42 saves for the Yankees. Prediction: Reds

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18. Ryan Dempster

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Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA for the Cubs and Rangers. Prediction: Brewers

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17. Shaun Marcum

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Marcum went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA for the Brewers. Prediction: Cubs

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16. Adam LaRoche

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Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

LaRoche hit .271 with 33 HR and 100 RBI for the Nationals. Prediction: Blue Jays

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15. Shane Victorino

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Victorino hit .255 with 11 HR and 55 RBI for the Phillies and Dodgers. Prediction: Astros

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14. Ryan Ludwick

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Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Ludwick hit .275 with 26 HR and 80 RBI for the Reds. Prediction: Mariners

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13. Angel Pagan

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Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Pagan hit .288 with 8 HR and 56 RBI for the Giants. Prediction: Giants

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12. Kyle Lohse

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Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA for the Cardinals. Prediction: Red Sox

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11. Mike Napoli

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Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Napoli hit .227 with 24 HR and 56 RBI for the Rangers. Prediction: Astros

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10. Hiroki Kuroda

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Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Kuroda went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA for the Yankees. Prediction: Yankees

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9. Melky Cabrera

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Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Cabrera hit .346 with 11 HR and 60 RBI for the Giants. Prediction: Yankees

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8. Edwin Jackson

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Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Jackson went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for the Nationals. Prediction: Blue Jays

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7. B.J. Upton

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Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE

Upton hit .246 with 28 HR and 78 RBI for the Rays. Prediction: Diamondbacks

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6. Nick Swisher

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Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Swisher hit .272 with 24 HR and 93 RBI for the Yankees. Prediction: Red Sox

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5. Michael Bourn

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Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Bourn hit .274 with 9 HR and 57 RBI for the Braves. Prediction: Phillies

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4. Dan Haren

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Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Haren went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA for the Angels. Prediction: Cubs

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3. Anibal Sanchez

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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Sanchez went 9-13 with a 3.86 ERA for the Marlins and Tigers. Prediction: Dodgers

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2. Zack Greinke

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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Greinke went 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA for the Brewers and Angels. Prediction: Royals

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1. Josh Hamilton

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Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Hamilton hit .285 with 43 HR and 128 RBI for the Rangers. Prediction: Brewers

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