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Counting Down the Top 100 Free Agents: 100-81

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I’ve been doing a fun little thing over at the HardballTalk Twitter account for the past couple of days: counting down the top-100 free agents, with a little blurb about each.

The rankings are fueled, primarily, by Matthew Pouliot’s free agent rankings over at Rotoworld. The rankings are not absolute player rankings or ranking about inherent value or how big a bargain they may be on the market. Rather, those rankings are based, primarily, on how teams might value these guys, going from the largest expected contracts to the smallest. I’ve made a couple of changes — a few guys have signed or have had their options picked up so, in their place, I’m putting wild cards — and in some places I’m making jokes. Mostly, it’s just another way to share Matthew’s great work and to freak people out who follow the HBT Twitter feed, assuming it’s always going to be a bot.

For those of you not on Twitter — which should be all of you, really, as you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Twitter — here is #100-81, which were posted yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll do a post with #80-61, etc. on through Friday.

Enjoy:

 

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.