Top 111 Free Agents: the non-tender edition

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With the batch of non-tenders helping to repopulate the ranks, it seemed like a good time to present an updated top 111 free agents. Players are listed based on how I think teams view them, rather than any personal feelings.
The original list can be found here.
1. Matt Holliday
2. John Lackey
3. Jason Bay
4. Adrian Beltre
5. Johnny Damon
6. Joel Pineiro
7. Aroldis Chapman
8. Jose Valverde
9. Mike Cameron
10. Jason Marquis
11. Mike Gonzalez
12. Ben Sheets
13. Fernando Rodney
14. Orlando Hudson
15. Mark DeRosa
16. Adam LaRoche
17. Jarrod Washburn
18. Marlon Byrd
19. Nick Johnson
20. Felipe Lopez
21. Jermaine Dye
22. Jon Garland
23. Hideki Matsui
24. Bengie Molina
25. Vladimir Guerrero
26. Carlos Delgado
27. Doug Davis
28. Vicente Padilla
29. Garrett Atkins (NT)
30. Octavio Dotel
31. Miguel Tejada
32. Brett Myers
33. Russell Branyan
34. Orlando Cabrera
35. John Smoltz
36. Erik Bedard
37. Matt Capps (NT)
38. Hank Blalock
39. Kelly Johnson (NT)
40. Pedro Martinez
41. Xavier Nady
42. Chan Ho Park
43. Rick Ankiel
44. Chien-Ming Wang (NT)
45. Randy Winn
46. Darren Oliver
47. Justin Duchscherer
48. Aubrey Huff
49. Troy Glaus
50. Coco Crisp
51. Jim Thome
52. Jonny Gomes (NT)
53. Miguel Olivo
54. Jack Cust (NT)
55. Kevin Gregg
56. Yorvit Torrealba
57. Braden Looper
58. Ryota Igarashi
59. Juan Uribe
60. Scott Podsednik
61. Joe Crede
62. Kiko Calero
63. Rod Barajas
64. Marcus Thames
65. Todd Wellemeyer
66. Ryan Church (NT)
67. Mike MacDougal (NT)
68. Scott Olsen (NT)
69. Craig Counsell
70. Rocco Baldelli
71. Randy Johnson
72. Reed Johnson
73. Jamey Carroll
74. Austin Kearns
75. David Weathers
76. Jose Contreras
77. Adam Kennedy
78. Ronnie Belliard
79. Gabe Gross (NT)
80. Alfredo Amezaga (NT)
81. Ryan Garko (NT)
82. Jerry Hairston Jr.
83. Guillermo Mota
84. Kelvim Escobar
85. Khalil Greene
86. Mike Jacobs
87. Fernando Tatis
88. Endy Chavez
89. D.J. Carrasco (NT)
90. Chad Tracy
91. Jose Arredondo (NT)
92. Livan Hernandez
93. Melvin Mora
94. Bob Howry
95. Gary Sheffield
96. Russ Springer
97. Jason Giambi
98. Tim Redding
99. Seth McClung (NT)
100. Garret Anderson
101. Eric Hinske
102. Ron Mahay
103. Brian Anderson (NT)
104. Ramon Castro
105. Shelley Duncan
106. Danys Baez
107. Jeff Weaver
108. Clay Condrey (NT)
109. Mark Loretta
110. Frank Catalanotto
111. Chris Duncan
Saturday’s non-tenders are listed with an (NT) next to their names. John Buck and Anthony Reyes would have made the list, but they’re already gone. Craig Counsell apparently is as well, but since he deal to stay with the Brewers isn’t official, he comes in at No. 69.
The cutoff for players likely to get multiyear deals is right around No. 30, though some of the catchers and relievers in the middle of the list will get two-year deals. Several guys in the bottom 20 may have to settle for minor league contracts.
Atkins comes in as the top non-tender. He’d probably prefer a one-year contract so that he can rebuild his value, and the Orioles might be willing to give him $5 million or so. The Twins are another team that figures to have some interest.
It might be that Arredondo has already agreed to a minor league deal to stay with the Angels, but he makes the list anyway. There should be several teams interested in stashing him away while he misses 2010 following Tommy John surgery.

Marcus Stroman named World Baseball Classic MVP

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United States starter Marcus Stroman was named Most Valuable Player of the World Baseball Classic after helping lead the U.S. to its first ever WBC title on Wednesday night in an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico. Stroman flirted with a no-hitter through six innings, but gave up a double to lead off the seventh before being relieved by Sam Dyson.

Stroman also pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dominican Republic in Pool C play on March 11. He struggled in Pool F play against Puerto Rico last Friday, surrendering four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The WBC MVP award understandably goes to a player of the winning team. However, Wladimir Balentien of the Netherlands deserves special mention. In 26 at-bats during the WBC, he hit a double and had a WBC-high four home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored while putting up a .615/.677/.1.115 batting line. That’s MVP-esque as far as this tournament is concerned.

U.S. blanks Puerto Rico 8-0 to win first World Baseball Classic title

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The United States handed Puerto Rico its first loss in the World Baseball Classic, winning 8-0 for its first title in the fourth iteration of the tournament.

Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo was matching Marcus Stroman zero-for-zero through the first two innings, but the U.S. broke out for a pair of runs when Ian Kinsler deposited a two-run home run just beyond the fence in left-center at Dodger Stadium. The U.S. tacked on two more in the fifth on RBI singles from Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen, pushing the lead to 4-0.

Meanwhile, Stroman was dealing. The right-hander, normally seen in a Blue Jays uniform, held Puerto Rico hitless through his first six innings, giving up just a lone walk. The U.S. put together a long rally in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter. Stroman came back out for the seventh but immediately served up a double down the left field line to Angel Pagan. U.S. manager Jim Leyland immediately lifted Stroman from the game, bringing in Sam Dyson who escaped the inning without any further damage.

Pat Neshek allowed a leadoff single to Yadier Molina to begin the eighth, but induced a double-play, then worked around a two-out walk by striking out Kenny Vargas to end the frame.

In the ninth, David Robertson took over. He induced an infield pop-up from Enrique Hernandez. After Pagan singled up the middle, Francisco Lindor sharply grounded out to Eric Hosmer at first base for the second out. Finally, Robertson closed it out, inducing Carlos Correa to ground out to third base, making the U.S. 8-0 victors over Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic.

Puerto Rico had an admirable run, defeating Venezuela, Mexico, and Italy to get out of Pool D undefeated. Then, in Pool F, it beat Venezuela again as well as the U.S. and the Dominican Republic to move to the semifinals. It narrowly edged Netherlands 4-3 in the semifinals to get into the finals.

The U.S. lost to the D.R. but beat Canada and Colombia to get out of Pool C. In Pool F, the U.S. lost to Puerto Rico and defeated the D.R again as well as Venezuela. The U.S. took down Japan in the semifinals to advance to the finals to play Puerto Rico.

The U.S. joins Japan (twice, 2006 and ’09) and the Dominican Republic (2013) as countries to win the World Baseball Classic. The 2017 tournament was a rousing success, setting attendance records, drawing over one million fans to ballparks to take in the games. It will hopefully encourage commissioner Rob Manfred and others to make a concerted effort to make the 2021 tournament bigger and better.