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Tracking the top 111 free agents

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Here’s the rundown to date of the contracts received by my top 111 free agents. The list below doesn’t include free agents signed before the end of October (most notably, Ted Lilly) or non-tender free agents such as Russell Martin.

111. Dave Bush (Brewers – Age 31):
110. Carlos Delgado (Red Sox – Age 38):
109. Craig Counsell (Brewers – Age 40):
108. Gerald Laird (Tigers – Age 31):
107. Joe Crede (FA – Age 32):
106. Adam Kennedy (Nationals – Age 35):
105. Jason Varitek (Red Sox – Age 38): Red Sox – one year, $2 million
104. Melky Cabrera (Braves – Age 26): Royals – one year, $1.25 million
103. Pedro Martinez (FA – Age 39):
102. Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers – Age 28):
101. Kyle Farnsworth (Braves – Age 34):
100. Jerry Hairston Jr. (Padres – Age 34):
99. Justin Duchscherer (Athletics – Age 33):
98. Gregg Zaun (Brewers – Age 39):
97. Chad Qualls (Rays – Age 32):
96. Cesar Izturis (Orioles – Age 31): Orioles – one year, $1.5 million
95. Jose Contreras (Phillies – Age 39): Phillies – two years, $5.5 million
94. Andruw Jones (White Sox – Age 33):
93. Felipe Lopez (Red Sox – Age 30):
92. Chad Durbin (Phillies – Age 33):
91. Jorge Cantu (Rangers – Age 29):
90. J.C. Romero (Phillies – Age 34):
89. Nick Johnson (Yankees – Age 32):
88. Trevor Hoffman (Brewers – Age 43):
87. Bengie Molina (Rangers – Age 36):
86. Kevin Correia (Padres – Age 30): Pirates – two years, $8 million
85. Rick Ankiel (Braves – Age 31):
84. Nick Punto (Twins – Age 33):
83. Brandon Webb (Diamondbacks – Age 31):
82. Ty Wigginton (Orioles – Age 33) – Rockies – two years, $7.5 million
81. Freddy Garcia (White Sox – Age 34):
80. Edgar Renteria (Giants – Age 35):
79. Xavier Nady (Cubs – Age 32) :
78. Takashi Saito (Braves – Age 41):
77. Rod Barajas (Dodgers – Age 35): Dodgers – one year, $3.25 million
76. Jose Guillen (Giants – Age 34):
75. Scott Podsednik (Dodgers – Age 35):
74. Dan Wheeler (Rays – Age 33):
73. Rich Harden (Rangers – Age 29):
72. Yorvit Torrealba (Padres – Age 32): Rangers – two years, $6.25 million
71. Erik Bedard (Mariners – Age 32): Mariners – one year, $1 million
70. Doug Davis (Brewers – Age 35):
69. Cristian Guzman (Rangers – Age 33):
68. Russell Branyan (Mariners – Age 35):
67. Miguel Olivo (Rockies – Age 32): Mariners – two years, $7 million
66. Orlando Cabrera (Reds – Age 36):
65. Arthur Rhodes (Reds – Age 41):
64. Troy Glaus (Braves – Age 34):
63. Ramon Hernandez (Reds – Age 34): Reds – one year, $3 million
62. Miguel Tejada (Padres – Age 36): Giants – one year, $6.5 million
61. Jason Frasor (Blue Jays – Age 33): Blue Jays – accepted arbitration
60. Lyle Overbay (Blue Jays – Age 34):
59. Octavio Dotel (Rockies – Age 37):
58. Jhonny Peralta (Tigers – Age 28): Tigers – two years, $11.25 million
57. Kevin Millwood (Orioles – Age 36):
56. Bill Hall (Red Sox – Age 31):
55. Matt Guerrier (Twins – Age 32):
54. Pat Burrell (Giants – Age 34): Giants – one year, $1 million
53. Koji Uehara (Orioles – Age 35): Orioles – one year, $3 million
52. Hideki Matsui (Angels – Age 36):
51. Jesse Crain (Twins – Age 29):
50. Jim Thome (Twins – Age 40):
49. Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays – Age 32):
48. Chris Young (Padres – Age 31):
47. Jon Rauch (Twins – Age 32):
46. Aaron Harang (Reds – Age 32): Padres – one year, $4 million
45. Frank Francisco (Rangers – Age 31): Rangers – accepted arbitration
44. John Buck (Blue Jays – Age 30): Marlins – three years, $18 million
43. Pedro Feliciano (Mets – Age 34):
42. Brad Penny (Cardinals – Age 32):
41. Mark Ellis (Athletics – Age 33): Athletics – $6 million option exercised
40. J.J. Putz (White Sox – Age 34): Diamondbacks – two years, $10 million
39. Vicente Padilla (Dodgers – Age 33): Dodgers – one year, $2 million
38. Grant Balfour (Rays – Age 33):
37. Juan Uribe (Giants – Age 32): Dodgers – three years, $21 million
36. A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox- Age 34): White Sox – two years, $8 million
35. Brad Hawpe (Rays – Age 31):
34. Joaquin Benoit (Rays – Age 33): Tigers – three years, $16.5 million
33. Jeff Francis (Rockies – Age 30):
32. Coco Crisp (Athletics – Age 31): Athletics – $5.75 million option exercised
31. Kerry Wood (Yankees – Age 33):
30. Lance Berkman (Yankees – Age 35): Cardinals – one year, $8 million
29. Adam LaRoche (Diamondbacks – Age 31):
28. Orlando Hudson (Twins – Age 33):
27. Johnny Damon (Tigers – Age 37):
26. Scott Downs (Blue Jays – Age 35): Angels – three years, $15 million
25. Derrek Lee (Braves – Age 35):
24. Manny Ramirez (White Sox – Age 38):
23. Brian Fuentes (Twins – Age 35):
22. Magglio Ordonez (Tigers – Age 37):
21. Jon Garland (Padres – Age 31): Dodgers – one year, $5 million
20. Aubrey Huff (Giants – Age 34): Giants – two years, $22 million
19. Javier Vazquez (Yankees – Age 34): Marlins – one year, $7 million
18. Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers – Age 36):
17. Jake Westbrook (Cardinals – Age 33): Cardinals – two years, $16.5 million
16. David Ortiz (Red Sox – Age 35): Red Sox – $12.5 million option exercised
15. Rafael Soriano (Rays – Age 31):
14. Carlos Pena (Rays – Age 32): Cubs – one year, $10 million
13. Andy Pettitte (Yankees – Age 38):
12. Carl Pavano (Twins – Age 35):
11. Jorge De La Rosa (Rockies – Age 29): Rockies – three years, $32 million
10. Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers – Age 36): Dodgers – one year, $12 million
9. Paul Konerko (White Sox – Age 35): White Sox – three years, $37.5 million
8. Victor Martinez (Red Sox – Age 32): Tigers – four years, $48 million
7. Mariano Rivera (Yankees – Age 41): Yankees – two years, $30 million
6. Derek Jeter (Yankees – Age 36): Yankees – three years, $51 million
5. Adrian Beltre (Red Sox – Age 31):
4. Adam Dunn (Nationals – Age 31): White Sox – four years, $56 million
3. Jayson Werth (Phillies – Age 31): Nationals – seven years, $126 million
2. Carl Crawford (Rays – Age 29): Red Sox – seven years, $142 million
1. Cliff Lee (Rangers – Age 32):

The Cubs will soon announce a five-year contract extension for Theo Epstein

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27: Theo Epstein (R), President of Operations for the Chicago Cubs, talks with head football coach Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Carrie Muskat of MLB.com just tweeted that the Cubs will soon announce a five-year contract extension for president Theo Epstein. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that it’s worth in excess of $50 million.

He’s earned it. When he took over the Cubs in October, 2011 the Cubs were a last place team with an aging roster and a front office that was several years behind the state of the art in every conceivable way. Last year the Cubs made the playoffs and this year they are baseball’s best team by a large margin and the franchise looks poised to continue its success for some time.

So, yeah, I’d say locking Theo up is a good idea.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 21:  Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox will once again attempt to clinch the AL East after failing to do so on Tuesday night. They can seal the division with a win against the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss to the Orioles on Wednesday evening.

Clay Buchholz will take the hill for the BoSox against Yankees right-hander Bryan Mitchell in a 7:05 PM EDT start at Yankee Stadium. Buchholz hasn’t exactly been Mr. Reliable this season, holding a 5.00 ERA with an 87/53 K/BB ratio in 133 1/3 innings. However, he has been in three of four starts since returning to the rotation earlier this month. Over those four starts, he owns a 3.97 ERA and a 15/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile, at the Rogers Centre, the Jays will send out Francisco Liriano against the Orioles’ Chris Tillman in a 7:07 PM EDT start. Liriano has been much improved since coming to the Jays from the Pirates, so the Orioles will have their hands full.

As for Wild Card action, the Royals can be eliminated if they lose to the Twins or if the Orioles beat the Jays. The Yankees can be eliminated by losing to the Red Sox and the Orioles defeating the Jays. In the National League, the Marlins can be eliminated by losing to the Mets or the Giants beating the Rockies.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Arizona Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @ New York Yankees (Bryan Mitchell), 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Francisco Liriano), 7:07 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Zach McAllister) @ Detroit Tigers (Michael Fulmer), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Seth Lugo) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Urena), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ Atlanta Braves (Mike Foltynewicz), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana) @ Kansas City Royals (Jason Vargas), 7:15 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 8:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell) @ Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 8:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake), 8:15 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Los Angeles Angels (Alex Meyer), 10:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Jose De Leon) @ San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo), 10:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood) @ San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija), 10:15 PM EDT