This is The Iceman's Top 20 Free Agents heading into the 2012 MLB season with predictions. When that player is signed, I will put if my prediction was correct or incorrect.
1- Albert Pujols- Cardinals- I simply can't imagine him anywhere else. I know the Marlins have been interested but where do they put Gaby Sanchez? (Incorrect) 2- Jose Reyes- Marlins- Sadly, I think it's the end Mets fans. Hanley seems like bait because he's played with him and it's close to the Dominican Republic. (Correct) 3- Prince Fielder- Nationals- The Nats proved last year that they can spend money. With a need at 1B, Fielder seems like their first choice. 4- Yu Darvish- Rangers- I think that even if they do resign CJ Wilson, they'll still need another great starter. Jon Daniels says he wants pitching. And Yu Darvish seems like a good fit. He could also work in Toronto, Minnesota or Seattle. 5- Aramis Ramirez- Angels- Either them or Detroit. Jerry DiPoto probably wants to make a good first impression and fill the void at the hot corner. Aramis seems like a good choice.(Incorrect) 6- CJ Wilson- Royals- I know it's a shocker. But we all know they really need an ace. CJ can go for a decent price and the Royals have no quality ace. He would also fit with the Cubs, Marlins and Rangers again. (Incorrect) 7- Jimmy Rollins- Phillies- Ruben Amaro says Rollins is a priority. And I believe him. He'll do whatever it takes to bring back his leadoff man. (Correct) 8- Michael Cuddyer- Twins- He's been a Twin his whole career. That's where his attention is but he'd also fit in Pittsburgh, Boston or Seattle. (Incorrect) 9- Mark Buehrle- White Sox- Kenny Williams knows the fans will love to have Mark back. That's what he'll try to do. But Seattle, Toronto, Texas or Miami could try to offer. (Incorrect) 10- David Ortiz- Blue Jays- Blue Jays now know what Bautista can do. Anthopoulos wants an offensive machine and Big Papi's not a bad start.(Incorrect) 11- Carlos Beltran- Red Sox- With Papi predicted to leave and the failed trade rumors, Cherington should try for him. 12- Edwin Jackson- Mariners- Zduriencik knows King Felix is his only great arm. Why not try to improve the rotation with him? 13- Ryan Madson- Astros- With 2 borderline setup men closing games last year, the Astros should go for a quality man and surprise the league. 14- Hiroki Kuroda- Dodgers- Simple. He won't play anywhere else for now. 15- Yoenis Cespedes- Mets- Sandy Alderson could trade Angel Pagan to make room for this slugger from Cuba. I like those odds. 16- Carlos Pena- Brewers- With Prince probably out, they should go for Pena to be their 1B. 17- Heath Bell- Padres- He loves San Diego. So if they offer, he'll take it. (Incorrect) 18- Javier Vazquez- Twins- Terry Ryan clearly wants an arm. Why not go for Vaz? 19- Kelly Johnson- Blue Jays- Had a good September. That's probably bait for any team. 20- Wei Yin Chen- Rockies- They really need a guy to lead their staff. No MLB hitters have faced Chen so why not bring in foreign talent?
Great post, Iceman. Here are my thoughts on the MLB free agents :
Jose Reyes - unfortunately for Met fans like myself, I agree with you, and think Reyes is going to sign a 4 year $100M contract with the Marlins
Albert Pujols - I also agree, Pujols will stay in St. Louis
Prince Fielder - I think the Cubs will sign Fielder after missing out on Pujols. Theo needs to make a big splash this winter.
CJ Wilson - Nationals - they think they are on the verge of contending, and need another big time starter
Mark Buerhle - Yankees - No way the Yankees sit out the free agent market. Cashman said they're looking for pitching, and Buerhle makes a lot of sense.
Carlos Beltran - Giants. They need offense, and they gave up Wheeler to get him, they'll try hard to keep him.
Ryan Madson - Red Sox. Great twist to the Philles/Madson/Papelbon saga will be the two closers trading places.
KRod - Marlins - they'll miss out on Buerhle and Pujols so they'll sign Frankie to go along with Reyes as part of their "rebranding" process.
Here's a couple more for you - I say Rollins stays in Philly, Bell stays in SD, Darvish stays in Japan. Mets sign Grady Sizemore (wishful thinking, more likely they sign Rick Ankiel) and Frank Francisco.