The All-"Free" Agent Squads, v.2011-12

Thursday, November 03 2011 @ 11:50 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

A full list of who hit the market as free agents (Class of '11-'12) is now available (all names shown in a list at the bottom of the page after the jump) .... Every year, we take a look at what kind of roster we might be able to build from the talent on the open market. Let's see how that works out THIS year.

So here's the thought experiment. Let's say you own a major league franchise that has NO players. You can select any 25 of the current free agents (no budget limitations -- they are literaly "free" agents) to fill out your team's roster. Who do you place on your roster from the list of possible candidates? And more importantly, how does that team do when they are dropped into the middle of the 2012 American League East?

One such roster follows. Your criticisms, corrections, and "Hey-Doherty-why-aren't-you-doing-this-for-a-living?" adulation is welcome and invited, of course.

The A-Team

C Jason Kendall
1B Albert Pujols
2B Jamey Carroll
SS Jose Reyes
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Carlos Beltran
CF Grady Sizemore
RF Magglio Ordonez
DH Prince Fielder

C Ivan Rodriguez
IF Yuniesky Betancourt
IF Rafael Furcal
OF Pat Burrell
OF Kosuke Fukudome
UTIL Carlos Guillen

SP Roy Oswalt
SP Mark Buehrle
SP Bartolo Colon
SP C.J. Wilson
SP Aaron Harang

CL Joe Nathan
RP Jonathan Papelbon
RP Francisco Cordero
RP Heath Bell
RP Tim Wakefield

2B (Or Not 2B)

C Rod Barajas
1B Derrek Lee
2B Aaron Hill
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Casey Blake
LF David Dejesus
CF Jason Michaels
RF Raul Ibanez
DH David Ortiz

C Jason Varitek
IF Jack Wilson
IF Alex Gonzalez
OF Johnny Damon
OF Michael Cuddyer
UTIL Orlando Cabrera

SP Livan Hernandez
SP Edwin Jackson
SP Vicente Padilla
SP Jon Garland
SP Jeff Francis

CL Francisco Rodriguez
RP Brad Lidge
RP Frank Francisco
RP Jason Isringhausen
RP Kerry Wood

A few notes .... Yu Darvish was not eligible for this team ... Some serious short-relief bullpen talent was left off the first team, but we need at least the one long man in that 10th pitching spot, so thank you, Tim Wakefield ... Wow, 1B is strong this off-season -- after the two leading men, Pujols and Fiedler, we have Lee and then (not pictuerd on either team above) Lyle Overbay, Carlos Pena and for the all-or-nothing crowd, Russell Branyan ... Shortstop is even deeper, with Reyes, Furcal and Betancourt all on our A-team, Rollins, Gonzalez and Wilson on the B-team, and a former World Series MVP (Renteria) and a likely Hall of Famer (Vizquel) sitting on the sidelines .... Outfield leftovers include J.D. Drew, Juan Pierre and Pat Burrell, which not too long ago would have been an All-Star outfield within itself ....

But before we go crazy and start constructing a THIRD team (we'd probably need to call them the C-Notes, huh?) there can't be THAT much pitching left ... The rotation for the A-team is already stuffed with the old and the injury-prone; but hey, we could do worse than Miguel Batista or Chris Capuano if -- when? -- Penny or Bedard is DL'd; either one of those guys could do in a pitch, er, pinch ... Back in the bullpen, if anything happens to one of the 10 relievers on our two squads -- 10 guys with, and this is just a guess, probably more than 1000 career saves combined -- then we could do a whole lote worse than George Sherrill, Dan Wheeler and David Aardsma.... As for the Designated Hitter role, the three guys who DIDN'T make either of our rosters might could all wnd up in the Hall of Fame one day -- Vladimir Guerrero, and Jim Thome, who will both get in easily, and Hideki Matsui, who will get consideration and is in if his Japanese totals are in the equation ....

Check my work ...
Offer those changes and suggestions based on the complete list of free agents, which is as follows:

Complete List of 2011-12 Free Agents (sorted by 2011 team)

So bottom-line it, Bauxites .... how many games does each of our teams win in the 2012 AL East? And can yous omehow build a THIRD team from the leftovers that would at least challenge for .500?