Toronto fans will remember him as someone who criticized former Jays GM JP Ricciardi as well as The Toronto Blue Jays team as a whole. Dunn can still contribute offensively on a regular basis though he has stated that he won’t be a DH which rules out any American League teams. After trading Derek Lee to the Braves at the deadline, look for the Cubs to make a run at Adam Dunn.
Prediction: New York Mets
Honorable Mentions: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants
Soriano have two huge reasons to be smiling right about now: he is arguably the best closer available in free agency. He’s also a client of super agent Scott Boras which means the Soriano family should have a nice Christmas this winter. Look for a bidding war between closer-starved teams like the Mets, Angels, White Sox.
Prediction: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Honorable Mentions: New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays.
With heavy hitters like Dunn, Martinez, Werth and Crawford in the market, look for Konerko to sign after most Type-A free agent signs. I see Konerko signing with a team like Baltimore or Washington after the big spenders dashed out blank cheques to all the other Type-A free agents.
Prediction: Baltimore Orioles
Honorable Mentions: Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs
Early predictions may have the Blue Jays as front-runner for Manny Ramirez’s service. However, though there is definitely interest in the Ramirez camp, I feel as though there’s little interest from Alex Anthropoulos and co. Do the Blue Jays really have room for Manny in their line-up next season? Manny has shown throughout last season that his best defensive days (if any) are well behind him. Manny is nothing more than a designated hitter at this point in his career, a spot that should be occupied by Adam Lind.
Look for Manny to finish his career where it started, in Cleveland.
Prediction: Cleveland Indians
Honorable Mentions: Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays
Okay, I had to do this. Technically Derek Jeter is a free agent. However, Derek Jeter will not wear anything other than the black and white pinstripes for the rest of his career. Jeter represents a new era of Yankee legends. Though both Jeter and Yankees camp are struggling to agree on terms, look for both sides to reach an agreement sooner rather than later.