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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: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:37 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Pujols- Cardinals
Fielder- Nationals
Reyes- Marlins
Wilson- Rangers
Papelbon- Red Sox (for the short term)
Beltran- Marlins
Bell- Cubs (shocker here, Marmol is too inconsistent)
Rollins-Phillies
Madson- Phillies
Buehrle- White Sox

Doyel, c'mon man!!! 



Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:29 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

I hope Gregg Doyel is not an actual person.  Aside from the fact that his first and last name are misspelled, dude make no sence with his predictions.  The Yankees or RedSox are going to sign every big name FA? Really??    Hope he's not getting paid.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:01 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Pretty loose definition of experts, apparently one (Doyle) isn't even taking it seriously. On the other hand if you've read anything by Dobrow, Rosenrans or Snyder it's pretty hard to take THEM seriously. Especially Rosencrans...nice prediction on the World Series.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:51 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel are you on drugs????? How does this guy have any cred?? He has Reyes and Rollins going to the Yanks??????? Where will Cano and Arod go? 
Reading is hard.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:44 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel are you on drugs????? How does this guy have any cred?? He has Reyes and Rollins going to the Yanks??????? Where will Cano and Arod go? 



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:41 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyal is such a dusch.. Does he think only two teams in Mlb are the Sox and Yanks? He soundslike Sec fans in football



Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:28 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel's should just be fired outright.....according to him the yankees will have to trade jeter or cano....and texeira or arod.......just insane.....obviously he's trying to prove a point but don't waste our time with predictions that couldn't possibly take place
also, why would the yankees want reyes and rollins.  otherwise they have to drop jeter, cano and tex...retarded predictions...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:26 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

according to him the yankees will have to trade jeter or cano
Or maybe the Yanks could move Jeter to a corner outfield spot, which is where he should have been for the last 2-3 years?  And don't give me "Gold Glove" talk, A-Fraud's range at 3rd has made Jeter look much better than he actually is.

obviously he's trying to prove a point but don't waste our time with predictions that couldn't possibly take place
This whole website is a waste of time.  Sports, in general, are a waste of time.  If you didn't have time to waste, you wouldn't be here.





Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:49 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

Doyel's should just be fired outright.....according to him the yankees will have to trade jeter or cano....and texeira or arod.......just insane.....obviously he's trying to prove a point but don't waste our time with predictions that couldn't possibly take place



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:37 pm
 

2012 CBSSports.com free agent predictions

interesting that all 7 guys picked a different destination for Prince.. and none of those were Toronto who I also think is a realistic landing spot.. Prince is by far the most intriguing FA this offseason IMO (mainly because I think its a lock that Albert stays put)



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