Free Agent Predictions
The Following, is Baseball Society's 2009 Free Agent Predictions.
1. Matt Holliday
Contenders- Mets, Cardinals, & Red Sox
Why- Matt Holliday wants money. All three teams are prepared to offer him money, but the Mets need him more. Because of this, Holliday will get a big contract from the Mets. The only reason he might go elsewhere, is if he is totally committed to winning.
2. Jason Bay
Contenders- Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Mariners, Mets, Cardinals, & Giants.
Where- Red Sox
Why- Bay has already proved himself in Boston. It won't be easy, but Boston will lure him back with a big offer.
3. John Lackey
Contenders- Angels, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox, & Mets.
Where- Red Sox
Why- Rather than give up prospects for Roy Halladay, the Red Sox, will sign Lacky to be their #3 starter. With Lackey the Red Sox will once again be a dominating force in the American League.
4. Chone Figgins
Contenders- Mets, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and White Sox.
Why- If the Yankees resign Johnny Damon, the Angels won't have many serious contenders for Chone Figgins. the lack of serious interest will bring Figgins back to L.A.
5. Aroldis Chapman
Contenders- Yankees & Red Sox
Why- The Yankees love taking risks, and this flame-thrower is worth the risk. Chapman will get a big contract to pitch in New York.
6. Randy Wolf
Contenders- Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, & Mets
Why- The Mets need pitching. They will decide to get 2 free agent pitchers rather than getting one (John Lackey)
Contenders- Rangers, White Sox, Angels
Why- Vlad will give a discount to stay in L.A., and the Angels won't be able to refuse.
8. Orlando Hudson
Contenders- Nationals, Royals, Mets, & Dodgers
Why- The Nationals will land 1 big free agent. If they can't convince Christian Guzman to move to second base, Hudson will be a National.
9. Joel Piniero
Contenders- Mets, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, & Dodgers
Why- It is in Piniero's best intrest to stay with Dave Duncan. Duncan is the one who resurrected his career.
10. Bengie Molina
Contenders- Mets, Nationals, & Giants
Why- The Mets are desperate for a power hitter. They also need a catcher. Why not combine the two? Bengie Molina is a perfect fit for the New York Mets. He will fit right in the middle of the line-up.
Thats it for now. Gear up for tomorrow, when Free Agents can sign with other clubs.