2. Edgardo Cruz - Philadelphia Phoenix - asking $32M/4 years, signed for $110M/5 years, SP, age 33, 12 ML seasons. Three time Cy Young Award winner, four time All-Star, and owner of an absurd 33-1 record in season 33. 209 career wins, will almost certainly be the World's all-time leader when he's said and done. (Clinton Puffer 314) A mind-boggling 112-18 over the past four seasons.
3. Geoff Cunningham - San Antonio Wildcats- asking $19.5M/3 years, signed for $30.5M/4 years, COF, age 33, 11 ML seasons. 6 time All-Star, 4 time silver slugger and former MVP hit his 400th career HR last season, and shows no signs of slowing down. Career .934 OPS.
4. Sam Henry - San Antonio Wildcats - asking $43M/5 years, signed for $46.5M/5 years, 3B, age 31, 9 ML seasons Five tool player averages 21 HR, 24 SB's and 105 runs scored while playing outstanding defense. Two time All-Star, two time Silver Slugger.
5. Octavio Macais - Pittsburgh Appalachians - asking $30.4/4 years, signed for $73M/5 years, COF, age 30, 8 ML seasons. Complete offensive player who won't embarrass himself in the field either. Season 30's MVP has a career .904 OPS, and is coming off career highs in RBI and doubles, and his second highest HR total.
6. Nick Jacquez - Trenton Thunder - asking $7.6M/2 years, signed for $14M/2 years. 1B, age 38, 15 ML seasons. Six time MVP goes home to the place where it all started. Former Triple Crown winner has 631 career HR, and has a legit shot to crack 700 before he rides off into the sunset (and into the HOF.)
7. Andrew Turner - Monterrey Minutemen - asking $31M/5 years, signed for $7.8M/2 years, OF/2B, age 31, 9 ML years. Solid all around player, just one season removed from his Silver Slugger year in which he established career highs in almost every offensive category.
8. Louie Franco - Trenton Thunder - asking $39M/5 years, signed for $81M/5 years, SP, age 31, 9 ML seasons. Coming off a rough season 34, but the two time WS champ has six consecutive seasons with double-digit wins, including 31's stellar 16-7 All-Star campaign.
9. Santo Cerda - Fargo Marlboro Men - asking $20.4M/3 years, signed for $76.2M/5 years, SP, age 34, 12 ML seasons. His devastating fastball combination is legendary, but has not made an All-Star team since season 24, and the promise of his youth never materialized. He has had a solid career, and owns a lifetime 146-117 mark, but he may never capture the magic of that special 19-4 season.
10. Jimmy Lee - Tampa Bay Don Cesars - asking $34.5M/ 5 years, signed for $13M/3years, INF, age 29, 8 ML seasons. Three consecutive seasons with .800+ OPS, including a career year last season in which he had highs in HR, RBI, doubles, and SB's.
11. Socks Rose - Colorado Surf Riders III - asking $17.1M/3 years, signed for $14.6/3 years, 2B, age 31, 8 ML seasons, Keeps getting better with age; back-to-back .800+ OPS seasons at a defensive position, three career seasons hitting .300 or better, including a career best .325 last year.
12. Farmer Mathewson - Colorado Surf Riders III - asking $10.8M/2 years, signed for $18.3M/5 years, SP, age 35, 15 ML seasons. We're probably not going to see the season 29 version again (16-7, 2.93 ERA in 218 innings,) but the 35 year old has made a good living as a middle rotation guy. Six seasons with 200+ IP, and 8 with double-digit wins.
13. Estaban Guapo - Pittsburgh Appalachians - asking $5.4M/1 year, signed for $17M/3 years, SP, age 36, 13 ML seasons, Two time All-Star has an incredible .607 career winning percentage, and should crack 200 career victories before he's done.
14. Ryan Green - Milwaukee Boomers - asking $21.6M/4 years, signed for $21.6M/4 years, SP, age 30. 5 ML seasons. After being misused and set up to fail during his first few seasons in Norfolk, Green has had back-to-back solid years, including a 15-7 All-Star campaign in 33. His excellent control and ability to keep the ball on the ground should play well in Milwaukee.
15. Quilvio Tavarez - Colorado Surf Riders III - asking $17.4M/3 years, signed for $26M/4 years, RP, age 29, 6 ML seasons. His electric curveball and slider, and his rubber arm land him among one of the more valuable relievers on the market. Has averaged 108 innings out of the pen over the past 4 years.
16. Tony D'Amico - Pittsburgh Appalachians - asking $11.2M/2 years, signed for $17.6M/3 years, CF, age 30, 4 ML seasons. Plate discipline took a bit of a dip last season, but still has a career OBP of around .340. Savvy baserunner will help the team generate runs, excellent defender.
17. Pepe Ordaz - Fargo Marlboro Men - asking $10.4M/2 years, signed for $1.8M/2 years, COF, age 31, 9 ML seasons. ROY in 26 when he had career highs with 29 HR and 89 RBI, and an All-Star in 30. Career .363 OBP with an 80% SB success rate.
18. Alvin Ford - Chicago Blagos - asking $10.4M/2 years, signed for $3.4M/2 years, 1B/COF, age 35, 8 ML seasons. The two time All-Star is coming off his worst season (.764 OPS,) but does have a career .831 mark. Although his bat speed is waning, he can still hit. The Windy City may be the perfect landing spot.
19. Benito Alomar - San Antonio Wildcats - asking $17.4M/3 years, signed for $1.5M/1 year. Strikes out too much, and doesn't hit for much power, but can be a dangerous hitter when he gets hot. Has some defensive flexibility; won a Gold Glove as a right fielder.
20. Horacio Ortiz - Hartford Hippopotamus Dance Party - asking $10.4M/2 years, signed for $11.4M/3 years, OF, age 33, 10 ML seasons. Is not going to get on base much, but he has seven seasons with at least 20 HR, including his All-Star season 31 when he blasted 41. He may be able to handle CF for another season, but his diminished range might necessitate a move to a corner.
21. Willie Velaquez - Detroit Chippewas - asking $9.6M/2 years, signed for $1.6M/1 year, RP, age 35, 8 ML seasons. Rubber arm and abilty to eat innings makes him a valuable asset to any pen. Will probably be counted on to play a more vital role in Detroit, and could thrive in that ball park.
23. Placido Sierra - Louisville Nightmare - asking $17.4M/3 years, signed for $17.6/3 years, 1B/COF, age 30, 7 ML seasons. Tremendous plate discipline, resulting in a career .367 OBP. Has settled into role as part-time player over the past few seasons, but is a valuable offensive weapon who can also play corner OF well.
24. Bo McMillon - Trenton Thunder - asking $34M/5 years, signed for $4.8M/2 years. UTL, age 28, 6 ML years. When he was given a full time job in season 31 he produced (277/.363/.565,) but he never really fulfilled the promise of a number 6 overall pick. Has been a power bat off the bench in his career so far.
25. Kane Brown - Monterrey Minutemen - asking $9.2M/2 years, signed for $9.2m/2 years, RP, age 34, 5 ML seasons. Two time All-Star saved 32 games in 31. Underachieved the past couple seasons, but certainly has the stuff to be a legit back of the 'pen contributor.
26. Ubaldo Maduro - Colorado Surf Riders III - asking $18M/3 years, signed for $15.3M/3 years, RP, age 32, 9 ML seasons. Three consecutive seasons with a WHIP under 1.20. Four seasons with 20+ saves.
27. Geronimo Molina - Scranton Rail Raiders - asking $17.4M/3 years, signed for $7.2M/2 years, 1B, age 32, 8 ML seasons. Won a Silver Slugger back in season 28 (.287/.340/.534 ), but has never replicated that since largely because he was buried in Burlington, Detroit and Seattle. His .808 OPS last season was his best in six years, but it was in part-time duty.
29. Dingo McDonald - LA Colemans - asking $11.6/2 years, signed for $10M/2 years, SP/RP, age 33, 11 ML seasons. Had a stellar 16-6 season in 28, and won 19 games in 31. His ability to start or relieve provides tremendous value for a contender.