Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sports Illustrated: Top 50 Free Agent Rankings

On Monday we looked at MLB Trade Rumors predictions and rankings for the Top 50 free agents this offseason and where the crew thinks they will land. Today we will look at the list that Sports Illustrated released to compare. CLICK HERE to see the full article but I have picked the Yankees related excerpts for you here.

Position: SP | Age: 30
Current Team: Tigers
Best Fit: Yankees
2014 Stats: 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 10.3 K/9
Scherzer bet on his health and his performance by turning down the Tigers' reported offer of a six-year, $144 extension last March. We've got a winner. He exceeded 30 starts for the sixth straight year, and he even surpassed the standard he set during his Cy Young-winning 2013 in a few ways, including strikeout rate and innings pitched. Now he's in line for a richer deal and can play where he chooses. Rather than list the reasons why he'll end up in New York, it might be easier to ask: Why wouldn't he end up in New York?

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    Position: SS | Age: 30
    Current Team: Dodgers
    Best Fit: Yankees
    2014 Stats: .283 BA, .817 OPS, 13 HR, 71 RBI, 14 SB
    Ramirez is the scariest type of free agent. He is a player whose superior talent will earn him lots of money for a long time, but who has at various points had issues with attitude, effort and injury (he's missed at least 34 games in three of the past four years), and who is no longer exactly young. Still: the talent. You might have heard that the Yankees need a shortstop, and while Ramirez should really be playing third at this point in his career, the shortstop market is thin, especially after the Orioles resigned free-agent-to-be J.J. Hardy in September. They could turn to Ramirez, with the idea that he'd move fifty feet to his right after a few years.

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