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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

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Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:07 am

2012 free agent predictions

No way Marmol is better than Papelbon. First of all Marmol is slider happy and has lost 5 MPH off his fast ball. Secondly, Marmol has no control and has no idea where the ball is going when he lets go of it. He has zero command and cannot handle the pressure in the 9th inning. Lead the league in blown saves and most of those were due to walking the bases loaded. You just can't have a closer who walks guys. It is asking for trouble. My belief is that most hitters could go up and just not swing at anything and he will walk you. Most of his strikeouts and swings and misses come on pitches out of the strike zone with his slider.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:10 pm

2012 free agent predictions

I'd like to see predictions on Yu Darvish.  I think he'll attract a lot of attention.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 5:56 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Kidding or not Doyle is an idiot.

Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 5:47 pm

2012 free agent predictions

I like Matt Snyder's predicition of Prince Fielder and Scott Miller's predicition of Ryan Madson. An Orioles fan can have hope...right?

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:07 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Obviously, Doyel was kidding.  Brunell says he's being "cheeky."  A waste of space, indeed, but so is all the idiotic chest-thumping in the comments section. 
Either settle down or smarten up!

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:11 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Vince, are you okay? Marmol is better than Papelbon? I'm not saying the Cubs should sign Papelbon, But to say Marmol is better is absolutley ridiculous...he can't even keep his job as the Cubs closer at times.

Maybe Doyel did that to be sarcastic. Thats the only explanation...otherwise, it's downright stupid.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:50 am

2012 free agent predictions

I'm going to post the obvious here, this was a waste of everybody's time and I never rip anybody who writes for CBS but this was ridiculous. Come on Doyel, your predicting that the Yankees are signing both shortstops Reyes and Rollins plus another closer to go with Mariano in Bell, who won't even close in New York and to top it all off, they will also have the money to sign Pujols and play him where?.. at catcher? because where else does he fit. Then you have Boston signing everybody else..Madson AND Paplebon...Beltran AND Fielder, just after they got burned on signing Crawford plus throw in Wilson who THAT might be the only one you got 7yr old could of done better.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:40 am

2012 free agent predictions

Good job, Doyel. Did you print out a piece of paper with the Red Sox and Yankees logo's and play ene mini miny mo with yourself?


Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:34 am

2012 free agent predictions

Doyel is worse than a troll, because he gets paid and takes up media space.  He's a contempous moron, a despicably infantile cretin who, lacking Dubrow's linguistic skills, expresses his puerile mockeries (Yanks sign anything that move: ha .... ha) in little bursts of sophomoric idiocy.  Can this creep.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:22 am

2012 free agent predictions

Doyel picked Yankees and Boston only.  This guy is a hump.

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