Blog Entry

2012 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 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
C. Trent
Albert Pujols
Prince Fielder
Jose Reyes
C.J. Wilson
Jonathan Papelbon
Carlos Beltran
Heath Bell
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Madson
Mark Buehrle

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:36 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Meaning Salary Cap

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:22 pm

2012 free agent predictions

H. Bell in NY....really???? The Yanks have no rotation but lets see 3 good/great closers end up there. WAIT......I get it, Heath and Rafy each work 2 innings a game(5-8 covered) and Mariano handles Ninth. Perfect!!!!!! OOPS.....relievers don't work that many innings. Let's see u get K-Rod and Papelbon as well.....F a rotation....just have a gang of relievers(for a combined total of $70 mil a year) win u the pennant! Not like u won't have $150 mil designated to offense! This is why the NFL dominates sports....Chris Johnsons aside!

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:24 pm

2012 free agent predictions

I was just thinking the same thing! Maybe cbs should make greg doyle a free agent....

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:08 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Gregg Doyel is a tard.....all the top free agents going to either the yanks or red sox, come on get a little more creative than that.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:57 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Doyel put Reyes AND Rollins to the Yankees hahahahahahahahahaha.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:41 pm

2012 free agent predictions

I actually think Doyel's predictions are funny, people need to lighten up a little bit and have some fun.  You know everyone else was thinking it would either be the Yankees or Red Sox for every free agent.  Laughing

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:34 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Why even put Doyle's predictions on here? It's not even funny, what a jackass.

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:05 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Myself and nine of my fellow featured columnists at Bleacher Report got together and voted on where the top 20 free agents would land, take a look at the final results if you get a chance.




Joel Reuter
B/R Featured Columnist

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:56 am

2012 free agent predictions

you took the words right out of mouth, this guy doyal is some clown!

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:45 am

2012 free agent predictions

Wow Doyel.  You get paid dude.  Why don't you take your job seriously?

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or