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Free Agent Outfielders and Designated Hitters

SP | RP | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF/DH

Cream of the crop

Alfonso Soriano
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 92.47
2006 Team: Washington Nationals
Age: 30
2007 Team: Chicago Cubs (8-years, $136 million)
Notes: A free swinger of the highest order but has all the tools and can expect a big payday. Might be looking for a situation where he can return to the infield after playing left for DC.

AB R HR RBI SB AVG
647 119 46 95 41 .277

Barry Bonds
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 104.85
2006 Team: San Francisco Giants
Age: 42
2007 Team: San Francisco Giants (1-year, $16 million)
Notes: Had a rough start but came around in July. He's still intimidating and his presence in the order makes his teammates more effective. Due to injuries and diminishing outfield play his chase of Hank Aaron's record could continue as a DH in the American League.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
367 74 26 77 .454 .270

J.D. Drew
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 89.62
2006 Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age: 30
2007 Team: Boston Red Sox (5-years, $70 million)
Notes: Drew opted out of the final three years and $33 million of his contract to become a free agent. While he was healthy last year, he is not known for his durability.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
494 84 20 100 .393 .283

Carlos Lee
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 96.78
2006 Teams: Brewers/Rangers
Age: 30
2007 Team: Houston Astros (6-years, $100-million)
Notes: He just gets it done. Had a career year splitting time between the Brewers and Rangers. Picks his spots on base and when he runs it's usually a steal (19-for-21). All that offense and he's a decent defender to boot.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
624 102 37 116 .355 .300

Frank Thomas
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 97.00
2006 Team: Oakland Athletics
Age: 38
2007 Team: Toronto Blue Jays (2-years, $18 million)
Notes: The Big Hurt returned to the spotlight with a strong season in Oakland. When healthy he is a force in the middle of the order but he can't seem to stay off the injured list. Should remain in the American League.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
466 77 39 114 .381 .270

Dave Roberts
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 93.33
2006 Team: San Diego Padres
Age: 34
2007 Team: San Francisco Giants (3-years, $18 million)
Notes: The man can run and any team needing some speed at the top of the order can look here. Great bunter and good hitter overall but has no power (2 HR in 2006). Working hard to shed the platoon player image that has followed him.

AB R RBI SB OBP AVG
499 80 44 49 .360 .293

Juan Pierre
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 89.17
2006 Team: Chicago Cubs
Age: 29
2007 Team: L.A. Dodgers (5-years, $44-million)
Notes: Really came on after the All-Star break. Not a classic lead hitter in that he isn't on base as much as you'd like and doesn't show much by way of patience, with that said he doesn't fan much either. All told he might be a better fit batting second. Defense isn't a concern as he covers a lot of ground in the field.

AB R RBI SB OBP AVG
699 87 40 58 .330 .292

Moises Alou
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 97.29
2006 Teams: San Francisco Giants
Age: 40
2007 Team: New York Mets (1-year, $7.5 million)
Notes: As with most years he missed a good portion of the season due to various injuries (hip, back, hamstring). Age and health concerns might scare some teams but his bat still has pop and when in the lineup he's a steady run producer.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
345 52 22 74 .352 .301

Frank Catalanotto
2006 TSN.ca Rating: 86.03
2006 Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age: 32
2007 Team: Texas Rangers (3-years, $13 million)
Notes: The definition of a profession hitter. He doesn't bring much by way of power to the plate but he puts the ball in play. Can play the corners in the outfield but is more of a DH.

AB R HR RBI OBP AVG
437 56 7 56 .376 .300

 

The best of the rest

 

 

Player Team Age Rating Notes
Gary Matthews Jr TEX 32 86.92 Signed five-year, $50-million deal with Angels
David Dellucci PHI 33 93.68 Signed three-year, $11.5 million contract with Indians
Cliff Floyd NYM 33 78.43 Signed one-year, $3 million contract with Cubs
Kenny Lofton LOS 39 88.87 Signed one-year, $6-million deal with Rangers
Jose Guillen WAS 30 72.06 Signed one-year, $5.5-million deal with Mariners
Mark DeRosa TEX 31 81.32 Signed three-year, $13 millon contract with Cubs.
Luis Gonzalez ARI 39 83.35 Signed one-year, $7.35 million deal with Dodgers
Steve Finley SFG 41 78.39 Signed a minor-league deal with Rockies
Jay Payton OAK 33 76.76 Signed two-year, $9.5 million deal with Orioles
Trot Nixon BOS 32 80.16 Signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Indians
Shannon Stewart MIN 32 77.96 Signed one-year deal with Athletics
Rondell White MIN 34 68.63 Signed one-year deal, $2.75 million deal with Twins
Bernie Williams NYY 38 81.70 Injuries gave him a bigger role and he responded by hitting .281.
Ryan Klesko SD 35 194.30 Signed a one-year deal with the Giants
Matt Stairs DET 38 80.15 Signed minor-league contract with the Blue Jays

 




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