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.

Tigers in discussions with Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers are in discussions with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. His sources have told him that the talks have become “serious”.

Zimmermann, 29, has a career 3.32 ERA across parts of seven seasons in the majors. He finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award balloting in 2014, finishing with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings.

Among starters who have amassed at least 1,000 innings since 2009, only Cliff Lee, Dan Haren, Madison Bumgarner, and Zack Greinke have compiled a better strikeout-to-walk ratio than Zimmermann’s 4.09. While he doesn’t have the star power of other free agents such as Greinke or David Price, the Tigers would certainly improve their rotation by bringing him on board.

Blue Jays still focused on upgrading their pitching

Marco Estrada
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Having already added Jesse Chavez and J.A. Happ to the mix and re-signing Marco Estrada early in the offseason, Blue Jays interim GM Tony LaCava said the team will continue to pursue pitching upgrades, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. Nicholson-Smith added that LaCava declined to comment on free agent ace David Price. It is believed that the Jays will not pursue Price and other big-name free agent starting pitchers given their November activity.

The Jays re-signed Estrada to a two-year, $26 million deal on November 13, acquired Chavez from the Athletics in exchange for reliever Liam Hendriks on November 20 and signed Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal on Friday.

Nicholson-Smith notes in a column on Sportsnet that the Jays need to address the bullpen in particular. That is especially true after swapping Hendriks, who had a career-best 2.92 ERA out of the Jays’ bullpen in 2015, for a back-end starting pitcher.

Report: Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”

Jonathan Papelbon
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports spoke to an anonymous baseball executive, who said that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”. The Nationals are hoping to trade both Papelbon and the man he displaced, Drew Storen.

Papelbon has a poor reputation in baseball, particularly after a dugout altercation with superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. Focusing strictly on what he does on the field, Papelbon still gets the job done. The 35-year-old finished the last season with a combined 2.13 ERA, 24 saves, and a 56/12 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings between the Phillies and Nationals.

The Nationals owe Papelbon $11 million for the 2016 season.

Minor league home run king Mike Hessman retires

NEW YORK - JULY 29:  Mike Hessman #19 of the New York Mets bats against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 4-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper reports that corner infielder Mike Hessman has retired from professional baseball after 20 seasons. Hessman hit 433 home runs in the minor leagues, an all-time record. He broke Buzz Arlett’s record this past August and with style as #433 was a grand slam.

Hessman, 37, was selected in the 16th round of the 1996 draft by the Braves and remained with the organization through the 2004 season. He then went to the Tigers from 2005-09, the Mets in 2010, then drifted into the Astros and Reds’ farm systems before returning to the Tigers for the last two years.

Hessman took 250 plate appearances at the major league level, batting .188/.272/.422 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI.