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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):

Edwin Encarnacion: “I think [the Blue Jays] got too hasty in making their decision.”

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Indians early last month. The 34-year-old had spent the last seven and a half seasons with the Blue Jays, but his future elsewhere appeared to be written on the wall when the Jays signed Kendrys Morales in November to essentially occupy Encarnacion’s role.

Encarnacion spoke about testing free agency for the first time in his career and the situation that led to him leaving Toronto for Cleveland. Via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA TODAY:

“Toronto was always my first option, but I had never been a free agent, and anybody who gets to free agency wants to find out what’s out there,’’ he said. “I think they got too hasty in making their decision, but now I’m with Cleveland and I’m happy to be here.’’

Encarnacion last season hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and an AL-best 127 RBI. He’s now on the team that defeated his Blue Jays in the ALCS to advance to the World Series. Encarnacion effectively replaces Mike Napoli, who returned to the Rangers.

Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ

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I’m on record saying that Sammy Sosa has been rather hosed by baseball history.

The guy did amazing things. Unheard-of things. He was truly astounding at this peak and was incredibly important to both his franchise and Major League Baseball as a whole. His repayment: he’s a pariah. His club won’t claim him and his greatness, by any measure, has not just been overlooked but denied by most who even bother to consider him.

Yes, he had PED associations, but they were extraordinarily vague ones. He’s in the same boat as David Ortiz as far as documented PED evidence against him, but Ortiz will be a first ballot Hall of Famer while Sosa barely clings to the ballot. He hit homers at the same cartoonish rate as Mark McGwire, but while Big Mac has been embraced by baseball and has coached for years, Sosa can’t get into Wrigley Field unless he buys a ticket and even then the Cubs might try to hustle him out of sight. The man has been treated poorly by any measure.

Yet, it’s still possible to overstate the case. Like Sosa did in this interview with Chuck Wasserstrom:

It’s like Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem,” Sosa told chuckbloggerstrom.com. “Everybody thought Jesus Christ was a witch (laughing) — and he was our savior. So if they talk (bleep) about Jesus Christ, what about me? Are you kidding me?”

At least he was basically joking about it. Still, it’s a totally unfair and almost offensive comparison.

I mean, anyone who watched Sosa’s career knows that he had trouble laying off breaking stuff low and away. In contrast . . .