Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

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In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared.

1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million
2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million
3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million
4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers): Angels – 5 years, $77.5 million
5. Jimmy Rollins (Phillies): Phillies – 3 years, $38 million
6. Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): Phillies – 4 years, $50 million
7. Mark Buehrle (White Sox): Marlins – 4 years, $58 million
8. Carlos Beltran (Giants): Cardinals – 2 years, $26 million
9. Edwin Jackson (Cardinals)
10. Aramis Ramirez (Cubs): Brewers – 3 years, $36 million
11. David Ortiz (Red Sox): Red Sox – accepted arbitration
12. Heath Bell (Padres): Marlins – 3 years, $27 million
13. Michael Cuddyer (Twins): Rockies – 3 years, $31.5 million
14. Ryan Madson (Phillies): Reds – 1 year, $8.5 million
15. Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers): Yankees – 1 year, $10 million
16. Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers): Brewers – accepted arbitration
17. Josh Willingham (Athletics): Twins: 3 years. $21 million
18. Roy Oswalt (Phillies)
19. Jason Kubel (Twins): Diamondbacks – 2 years, $15 million
20. Javier Vazquez (Marlins)
21. Paul Maholm (Pirates): Cubs – 1 year, $4.75 million
22. Kelly Johnson (Blue Jays): Blue Jays – accepted arbitration
23. Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan): Mariners – 1 year, $1.5 million
24. Francisco Cordero (Reds): Blue Jays – 1 year, $4.5 million
25. Grady Sizemore (Indians): Indians – 1 year, $5 million
26. Erik Bedard (Red Sox): Pirates – 1 year, $4.5 million
27. Carlos Pena (Cubs): Rays – 1 year, $7.25 million
28. Tsuyoshi Wada (Japan): Orioles – 2 years, $8.15 million
29. Coco Crisp (Athletics): Athletics – 2 years, $14 million
30. Casey Kotchman (Rays)
31. David DeJesus (Athletics): Cubs – 2 years, $10 million
32. Rafael Furcal (Cardinals): Cardinals – 2 years, $14 million
33. Derrek Lee (Pirates)
34. Joel Pineiro (Angels): Phillies – 1 year, minor league deal
35. Clint Barmes (Astros): Pirates – 2 years, $10.5 million
36. Jason Marquis (D-backs): Twins – 1 year, $3 million
37. Aaron Hill (D-backs): D-backs – 2 years, $11 million
38. Johnny Damon (Rays)
39. Bruce Chen (Royals): Royals – 2 years, $9 million
40. Joe Nathan (Twins): Rangers – 2 years, $14.75 million
41. Bartolo Colon (Yankees): Athletics: 1 year, $2 million
42. Vladimir Guerrero (Orioles)
43. Cody Ross (Giants): Red Sox – 1 year, $3 million
44. Aaron Harang (Padres): Dodgers – 2 years, $12 million
45. Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers): Royals – 1 year, $4.5 million
46. Ryan Ludwick (Pirates): Reds – 1 year, $2.5 million
47. Matt Capps (Twins): Twins – 1 year, $4.75 million
48. Ramon Hernnandez (Reds): Rockies – 2 years, $6.4 million
49. Mark Ellis (Rockies): Dodgers – 2 years, $8.75 million
50. Freddy Garcia (Yankees): Yankees – 1 year, $4 million
51. Wilson Betemit (Tigers): Orioles – 2 years, $3.5 million
52. Darren Oliver (Rangers): Blue Jays – 1 year, $4 million
53. Frank Francisco (Blue Jays): Mets – 2 years, $12 million
54. Juan Rivera (Dodgers): Dodgers – 1 year, $4.5 million
55. Chris Capuano (Mets): Dodgers – 2 years, $10 million
56. Hideki Matsui (Athletics)
57. Brad Lidge (Phillies)
58. J.D. Drew (Red Sox)
59. Ramon Santiago (Tigers): Tigers – 2 years, $4 million
60. Juan Pierre (White Sox)
61. Chien-Ming Wang (Nationals): Nationals – 1 year, $4 million
62. Alex Gonzalez (Braves): Brewers – 1 year, $4.25 million
63. Ryan Doumit (Pirates): Twins – 1 year, $3 million
64. Jim Thome (Indians): Phillies – 1 year, $1.25 million
65. Kerry Wood (Cubs): Cubs – 1 year, $3 million
66. Rich Harden (Athletics)
67. Casey Blake (Dodgers): Rockies – 1 year, $2 million
68. Octavio Dotel (Cardinals): Tigers – 1 year, $3.5 million
69. Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)
70. Jon Garland (Dodgers)
71. Yuniesky Betancourt (Brewers): Royals – 1 year, $2 million
72. Kosuke Fukudome (Indians)
73. Jamey Carroll (Dodgers): Twins – 2 years, $6.75 million
74. Brad Penny (Tigers)
75. LaTroy Hawkins (Brewers): Angels – 1 year, $3 million
76. Rod Barajas (Dodgers): Pirates – 1 year, $4 million
77. Chad Qualls (Padres)
78. Jeff Francis (Royals)
79. Raul Ibanez (Phillies)
80. Jon Rauch (Blue Jays): Mets – 1 year, $3.5 million
81. Chris Snyder (Pirates): Astros – 1 year
82. Jonny Gomes (Nationals): Athletics – 1 year, $1.1 million
83. Takashi Saito (Brewers) : Diamondbacks – 1 year, $1.75 million
84. Jorge Posada (Yankees): Retired
85. Mike Gonzalez (Rangers)
86. Laynce Nix (Nationals): Phillies – 2 years, $2.5 million
87. Nate McLouth (Braves): Pirates – 1 year, $1.5 million
88. Livan Hernandez (Nationals)
89. Michael Wuertz (Athletics)
90. Jason Varitek (Red Sox)
91. Jerry Hairston Jr. (Brewers): Dodgers – 2 years, $6 million
92. Andruw Jones (Yankees): Yankees – 1 year, $2 million
93. Fernando Rodney (Angels): Rays – 1 year, $2 million
94. Jason Isringhausen (Mets)
95. Willie Bloomquist (D-backs): D-backs – 2 years, $3.8 million
96. Scott Hairston (Mets): Mets – 1 year, $1.1 million
97. Kevin Millwood (Rockies): Mariners – 1 year, minor league deal
98. Todd Coffey (Nationals)
99. Kelly Shoppach (Rays): Red Sox – 1 year, $1.35 million
100. Ben Sheets (n/a)
101. Ronny Cedeno (Pirates): Mets – 1 year, $1.1 million
102. Lyle Overbay (D-backs): D-backs – 1 year, $1 million
103. Juan Cruz (Rays)
104. Aaron Cook (Rockies): Red Sox – 1 year, minor league deal
105. Reed Johnson (Cubs): Cubs – 1 year, $1.15 million
106. Guillermo Mota (Giants): Giants – 1 year, $1 million
107. Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals)
108. Zach Duke (D-backs)
109. Dan Wheeler (Red Sox)
110. Mark DeRosa (Giants): Nationals – 1 year, $800,000
111. Chris Young (Mets)

Astros defend barring reporter from clubhouse

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As we wrote about this morning, last night the Houston Astros, at the request of Justin Verlander, barred Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech from the clubhouse during Verlander’s media availability following the Tigers-Astros game. After Verlander was done talking to the press in the scrum setting — and after a call was placed to Major League Baseball about the matter — Fenech was allowed in.

As we noted, this was done in violation of agreements to which Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros and the Baseball Writers Association of America are parties. The agreements are meant to ensure full access to BBWAA-accredited reporters as long as they have not violated the terms of their credentials.  In no case do the clubs — and certainly not the players — have the right to bar access to BBWAA-accredited reporters. Indeed, the whole point of the BBWAA is to ensure such access and to ensure that teams cannot bar them simply because they are unhappy with their coverage or what have you.

This morning Verlander tweeted, obliquely, about “unethical behavior” on the part of Fenech that led to his request to the Astros to bar him. As we noted at the time, such an allegation — however interesting it might be — is of no consequence to the admission or barring of a reporter. If Fenech has acted unethically it’s a matter between him and his employer and, potentially, between him and the BBWAA. At the very least, if Verlander has a specific concern, it would be incumbent upon him or the Astros to take the matter up with either the Free Press or the BBWAA.

In light of all of this, it’s hard to make a case for Verlander’s request and the Astros’ honoring it. A few moments ago, however, the Astros released as statement on the matter which, basically, says, “so what?”

Which is to say, the Astros have made a decades-long agreement between the BBWAA and MLB regarding reporter access optional, because a player does not like a reporter who is covering him.  Someone without the power to alter the BBWAA-MLB relationship has just done so unilaterally. And they have done so in such a way that any player, should they decide they don’t like a reporter, will now presumably rely on as precedent. And, it should be noted, in doing so they gave at least some tacit credence to Verlander’s thus far unsubstantiated and unspecified allegations of unethical behavior on the part of Fenech.

It’s your move, Major League Baseball and BBWAA. Whatcha gonna do about it?