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2009 Free Agent Class

MLBTradeRumors.Com has put up the list of guys who will become free agents after this year.

Since we'll have a ton of payroll space, and since we're supposedly going to start trying to compete in '09, the names on this list are worth noting.

Note that a lot of these guys have options that will almost certainly be picked up (Carl Crawford, Hank Blalock, Vladdy, Man-Ram, John Lackey, Brad Penny, Ken Griffey, Thome, ect.) and a lot of them will probably get extended before they ever sniff free agency.

But still, it's fun to window shop.

For the complete entry, click here, but I'm going to list the more interesting names:

Catchers:
-Ivan Rodriguez (37) (Ages are ages after the '08 season ends.)

First basemen:
-Ben Broussard (32)
-Carlos Delgado (37) - $16MM mutual option for '09 with a $4MM buyout
-Nomar Garciaparra (35)
-Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with a $5MM buyout
-Richie Sexson (34)
-Mark Teixeira (29)

Second Base:
-Jeff Kent (41)
-Mark Loretta (37)

Shortstops:
-Orlando Cabrera (34)
-David Eckstein (34)
-Adam Everett (32)
-Rafael Furcal (31)
-Edgar Renteria (33) - $11MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Third basemen:
-Hank Blalock (28) - $6.2MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout
-Joe Crede (31)
-Nomar Garciaparra (35)
-Troy Glaus (32) - $11.25MM player option for '09
-Chipper Jones (37) - $8-11MM vesting option for '09

Left fielders:
-Moises Alou (42)
-Garret Anderson (37) - $14MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout
-Milton Bradley (31)
-Pat Burrell (32)
-Carl Crawford (27) - $8.25MM club option for '09 with $2.5MM buyout
-Adam Dunn (29)
-Cliff Floyd (36) - $3MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout
-Raul Ibanez (37)
-Jason Michaels (33) - $2.6MM club option for '09
-Wily Mo Pena (27) - $5MM club option or $2MM player option for '09
-Manny Ramirez (37) - $20MM club option for '09
-Juan Rivera (30)

Center fielders:
-Rocco Baldelli (27) - $6MM club option for '09 with a $4MM buyout
-Jim Edmonds (39)
-Jacque Jones (34)
-Mark Kotsay (33)

Right fielders:
-Bobby Abreu (35)
-Milton Bradley (31)
-Brian Giles (38) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout
-Ken Griffey Jr. (39) - $16.5MM club option for '09 with a $4MM buyout
-Vladimir Guerrero (33) - $15MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

DHs:
-Adam Dunn (29)
-Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with $5MM buyout
-Vladimir Guerrero (33) - $15MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout
-Raul Ibanez (37)
-Manny Ramirez (37) - $20MM club option for '09
-Frank Thomas (41) - $10MM option for '09; vests with 376 PAs in '08
-Jim Thome (38) - $13MM club option for '09 with $3MM buyout
-Jose Vidro (34) - vesting option for '09

Starting pitchers:
-A.J. Burnett (32) - can opt out after '08 season
-Paul Byrd (38)
-Ryan Dempster (32)
-Jon Garland (29)
-Tom Glavine (43)
-Orlando Hernandez (43)
-Randy Johnson (45)
-John Lackey (30) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout
-Esteban Loaiza (37) - $7.5MM club option for '09 with a $0.375MM buyout
-Braden Looper (34)
-Derek Lowe (36)
-Greg Maddux (43)
-Pedro Martinez (37)
-Matt Morris (34) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $1MM buyout
-Jamie Moyer (46)
-Mark Mulder (31) - $11MM club option for '09 with a $1.5MM buyout
-Mike Mussina (40)
-Brad Penny (31) - $8.75MM club option for '09 with a $2MM buyout
-Oliver Perez (27)
-Andy Pettitte (37)
-Kenny Rogers (44)
-C.C. Sabathia (28)
-Johan Santana (30)
-Curt Schilling (42)
-Ben Sheets (30)
-John Smoltz (42) - $12MM club option for '09
-Tim Wakefield (42) - perpetual $4MM club option
-Woody Williams (42) - $6.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout
-Randy Wolf (32)

Closers:
-Joe Borowski (38)
-Ryan Dempster (32)
-Brian Fuentes (33)
-Eric Gagne (33)
-Trevor Hoffman (41)
-Jason Isringhausen (36)
-Todd Jones (41)
-Brad Lidge (32)
-Joe Nathan (34)
-Al Reyes (38)
-Francisco Rodriguez (27)
-Rafael Soriano (29)
-Tom Gordon (41) - $4.5MM club option for '09 with a $1MM buyout
-Kerry Wood (32)

Some guys who pique my interest:
C.C. Sabathia: He's the kind of guy we actually might have a shot at landing. He's a #1, but he's been less than dominant at times, and he'll be overshadowed by Johan if Johan hits the market. He'll be asking for a ton of money and a bunch of years, but he's young, and we've got hella bank. If he hits the market, he's a guy I'd expect us to make a big run at.

Ben Sheets: This might be an opportunity to buy low on a legit ace. But the reason we might be able to by low is the fact that he's injured all the freaking time. I was man once said: To be an effective pitcher you have to actually be healthy enough to pitch once in a while. If he has a moderately healthy season he'll be a hot commodity.

Adam Dunn: Big time power, and he's a Texas boy, whcih means he'll be linked to us all season. He's young, but he's got old guy skills. Might be worth the risk. I'm on the fence.

Bobby Abrue, Pat Burell, Richie Sexson: Good-to-decent sluggers who are probably gonna get overpaid. I like Abrue the best out of this group.

The Aging Sluggers: Chipper Jones, Jeff Kent, Jason Giambi, Troy Glaus, ect... These guys are old, but most of them can still hit. Personally I love the thought of Chipper finishing his career in Texas as a DH. That guy can hit, and if you slot him at DH he could have several more very good years left in him. Doubt he leaves Hotlanta, though.

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