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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
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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 2, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:42 pm

2012 free agent predictions

According to Doyel, the Yankees will end up with Rollins and Reyes, so where will they play because Jeter is going nowhere......

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:59 pm

2012 free agent predictions

 There is no telling where most of these guys end up. Some are motivated by greed. Others want a chance at a title shot. Some are content and grateful just to be able to continue playing the game they have loved since childhood. Anyways, I was wondering if any of you psychic experts forsee the Braves being able to acquire someone who knows how to hit the ball? They dumped Lowe and the Japanese Failure this offseason. That means they have a little money to play with. The team needs guys who play with skill and talent above varsity highschool level. Pitching is not a problem area. Batting is a huge problem. We could bring back the 1982 team and even they could hit better than most of these guys. Hell, even I could hit better than McLouth without ever having played in the minors!! So, do ya forsee any hope of fielding a competent, and competitive team in 2012?

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:00 pm

2012 free agent predictions

After reading Gregg Doyle has my Yankees signing five of the free agents listed, including two shortstops and a first baseman, one can come to one of two conclusions: Either Mr. Doyle is an idiot or he got his job due to some type of nepotism.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:30 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Why would the Marlins open there checkbook for an aging Pujols or Prince, when u have a pretty decent 1B with Sanchez, they need to get an outfielder and i dont think Beltran will sign there since hes prob gonna be playing for a Ring since hes near 35 yrs old. I wonder if half these guys who did there predictions even tried or just took a guess with who will go where. And really the yankees only major signing will be to the pitching staff and maybe a 3rd tier bench player. 

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:09 pm

2012 free agent predictions

While Doyel's predictions are obviously lazy, the sad thing is, overall, he will probably be closer than any of the other guys. When in doubt, just predict Boston or NY will sign the big name free agents. History is on his side.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:22 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:19 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Why not Heath Bell to the Mets? He used to pitch there and they need a closer. Fielder to the Cubs feels like a slam dunk unless Baltimore or Seattle overpay with the Nats having overpaid for Jayson Werth(less) I doubt they could afford the Prince. I like the Madson to the Jays but Philly will try to keep him in town unless they want Papelbon even more. I was hopeful Reyes would stay in NY, but the SF angle seems right on. CJ Wilson & Carlos Beltran will be money wasted wherever they go so if its a smallish market it could set that franchise back (see Gil Meche).  

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:15 pm

2012 free agent predictions

Hey Doyel,

YOU'RE AN IDIOT! As an aspiring writer, I'm trying to figure out how you snuck through the cracks. Must've been bopping on the right apples I guess!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:14 pm

2012 free agent predictions

cbs. please fire greg doyel for not doing his job properly. he is loser. treat him as such!!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:09 pm

2012 free agent predictions

doyel is a loser that gets on his knees for the "almight" yankees and red sox. he puts no effort into his profession and should be fired immediately.

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