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2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 1:49 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

Which free agents will end up where?

That's the burning question facing the CBSSports.com experts, who have submitted predictions for where some top free agents on the market will go.

Eye on Baseball's Evan Brunell further explains his predictions here, while Larry Dobrow thinks that Prince Fielder will stay in the NL Central, but move a bit south and join Theo Epstein in Chicago. Meanwhile, Gregg Doyel cheekily predicts New York and Boston will open up their wallets and dominate the market. One question, Gregg: With Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins all Yankees, where do they play!?

2012 Free Agency
Position rankings
Resident baseball columnists Danny Knobler and Scott Miller agree that Pujols will return to St. Louis and Rollins to Philadelphia, but past that it's a free-for-all. The biggest surprises? Knobler has Jose Reyes joining the Tigers, presumably shoving Jhonny Peralta to third. Scott Miller likes Reyes to the Giants, while calling for Carlos Beltran to join the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yes, really. Knobler, on the other hand, tabs Beltran to the Marlins.

Eye on Baseball's C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder have their own surprise picks. For one, Rosecrans has Albert Pujols to the Marlins. Can you imagine? Snyder, meanwhile, is the only person to predict a shortstop heading to Seattle with Rollins apparently headed northwest. Brunell was the only other person to believe Seattle will play in the free-agent market, as Fielder heads to Seattle in his predictions.

Speaking of Fielder, no one could agree on his landing spot. He could be headed virtually anywhere in the United States. It will be a major surprise if he doesn't land at one of the places projected, but with Fielder, anything goes. The person with the biggest consensus as to his destination is closer Jonathan Papelbon, with five of seven experts predicting he'll return to Boston.

Oh, and that guy named Pujols? Most see him back in St. Louis.

2012 MLB free agent predictions
  Evan
Brunell
Larry
Dobrow
Gregg
Doyel
Danny
Knobler
Scott
Miller
C. Trent
Rosecrans
Matt
Snyder
Albert Pujols
Prince Fielder
Jose Reyes
C.J. Wilson
Jonathan Papelbon
Carlos Beltran
Heath Bell
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Madson
Mark Buehrle

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Comments

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Umm...I yhink Doyel has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.



Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:26 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

If the Nationals are smart they will go after Reyes. He fits that team perfect and makes them a contender. Add Reyes and a SP, maybe Wilson and watch out. Doyel, u ARE a clown and should be ashamed of your idiotic predictions. Get a new career cuz u obviously dont take the one u have serious, AT ALL!!!



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:52 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel is an a$$hole and should be fired for this antic....it is completely ludacris..find a new expert because is is ridiculous...i will not stand for this



Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:58 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Ummm.Doyels predictions are obviously a spoof..Stop responding in a serious manner. Morons.
I wasn't aware this was collegehumor.com. I must be on the wrong site or something Undecided Clearly this one has nothing to do with sports and is supposed to be comical in some way. I'll just go to ESPN for average coverage of baseball since this site obviously doesn't offer that in any way.

Whether or not it was a spoof isn't really the point. Doyel isn't taking his job seriously. If CBS wants to run a piece about where free agents will land a couple weeks after the baseball season ends, he should actually offer valid input. I appreciate being called a moron for expecting a paid writer on a "major" sports website to actually be good at his job instead of trying to be a comedian. I believe it was a spoof but that doesn't make me think any higher of his baseball knowledge or writing prowess.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:53 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Ummm.Doyels predictions are obviously a spoof..Stop responding in a serious manner. Morons.



Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:23 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel....neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox need a 1st baseman and you have both Pujols and Prince ending up on one of those teams. You could make an argument for Pujols maybe being a DH in New York, but where do you see Prince playing in Boston? Do you have Ortiz going somewhere else and Prince becoming the DH there as well? I have a feeling your picks were a deliberate joke on the East Coast bias the media exudes, particularly when it comes to the Yankees and Red Sox. I certainly hope that's the case because those picks make no sense otherwise.

I have the Cubs snagging one of those two guys. Theo will throw $25 million a year at one or both of them and chances are one of them will end up there. Prince would be a better bet because he's most likely to leave his current team.

The only one I really care about, though, is Reyes. The Tigers need to fill two of these three spots in the infield: 2B, 3B, SS. They also need a leadoff hitter. Reyes provides both and much needed speed on the bases. I don't really care where the others land (unless the Tigers overpay for C.J. -- then I'll be peeved). I just want Reyes in a Tigers uniform even though it's somewhat of a longshot.



Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:21 am
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel....neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox need a 1st baseman and you have both Pujols and Prince ending up in one of those teams. You could make an argument for Pujols maybe being a DH in New York, but where do you see Prince playing in Boston? Do you have Ortiz going somewhere else and Prince becoming the DH there as well? I have a feeling your picks were a deliberate joke on the East Coast bias the media portrays, particularly when it comes to the Yankees and Red Sox. I certainly hope that's the case because those picks make no sense otherwise.

I have the Cubs snagging one of those two guys. Theo will throw $25 million a year at one or both of them and chances are one of them will end up there. Prince would be a better bet because he's most likely to leave his current team.

The only one I really care about, though, is Reyes. The Tigers need to fill two of these three spots in the infield: 2B, 3B, SS. They also need a leadoff hitter. Reyes provides both and much needed speed on the bases. I don't really care where the others land (unless the Tigers overpay for C.J. -- then I'll be peeved). I just want Reyes in a Tigers uniform even though it's somewhat of a longshot.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:40 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Anyone else notice that the guys who bashed Doyle's picks or any of the other CBS picks have LOW scores on this post and the ones defending them have HIGH scores.
Not that the sensitve jerks who run this site would do such a thing! LOL



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:35 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Those are a whole lot more believable then the clowns on CBS. Good job!
I agree with 80-90% of those picks.



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:39 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

What was the point of posting Gregg Doyel's "predictions"?  They're insanely stupid...


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