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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):

Video: Bryce Harper launches a homer into the upper deck

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 24: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has had a tough month of May. Opposing pitchers have become increasingly unwilling to throw hittable pitches in the strike zone for him, and he’s had trouble adjusting. Entering Thursday’s action, Harper was hitting .194/.454/.306 with two home runs in 97 plate appearances this month. 31 of those plate appearances ended in a walk, nine intentionally.

Harper finally got a pitch to hit in the sixth inning against Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Leake threw a 1-1 curve and Harper promptly launched into the upper deck at Nationals Park. It’s Harper’s 12th homer of the year.

Jackie Bradley, Jr.’s hitting streak ends at 29 games

BOSTON, MA - MAY 25:  Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox congratulates Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 after he scored a run against the Colorado Rockies  during the fifth inning at Fenway Park on May 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was unable to continue his hitting streak on Thursday night, going 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot against the Rockies in an 8-2 loss. He hit a deep fly ball to right field in the first inning, missing a home run by a few feet. He hit another deep drive in the fifth, but it was caught in front of the wall in center field at Fenway Park by Charlie Blackmon. In his final at-bat, Bradley weakly grounded out on the first pitch from Jon Gray to lead off the eighth inning.

Bradley’s 29-game streak tied Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest streak in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio still has the longest in club history at 34 games.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hitting streak streak to 19 games. He went 1-for-3, hitting a line drive single in the first.

Softball legend Jennie Finch to manage a professional men’s baseball team

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Jennie Finch attends a press conference at Marathon Pavilion in Central Park on November 3, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
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Softball legend Jennie Finch will make history on Sunday when she will serve as a guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. She will become the first woman to manage a men’s professional baseball team.

In the club’s announcement, GM Jamie Toole said, “We are really excited to have Jennie come out and manage the team. She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans will enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day.”

Finch won the 2001 Women’s College World Series with the University of Arizona. She won the gold medal with Team USA in the 2004 Summer Olympics and silver in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Finch is only managing one game, but it’s still a positive step for inclusiveness in professional sports. Hopefully, in the future, we see more women in sportswriting, broadcasting, coaching, and front office positions.

Mike Moustakas out for the rest of the 2016 season with a torn ACL

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 21:  Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on April 21, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been placed on disabled list with a torn right ACL, the club announced on Thursday. He is expected to miss the rest of the season, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. Outfielder Brett Eibner has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Moustakas suffered the injury colliding with teammate Alex Gordon attempting to catch a foul ball. Gordon suffered a fractured scaphoid bone, which will keep him out of action for three to four weeks.

It’s a tough break for Moustakas as he missed time earlier this month with a fractured thumb. He lands back on the DL hitting .240/.301/.500 with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 113 plate appearances.