Mid Tier Free Agents

When it comes to free agency most people realize the Pirates are not going to be players for the headline free agents but they want them to look at the 2nd and 3rd tier free agents, avoiding the scrap heap and aging veterans. So I looked at the WAR of all the free agents over the last 3 seasons, eliminated the high profile players and low end or “scrap heap” players. Then I looked at how the remaining free agents’ WAR were trending and removed players who were older and drastically trending downwards. I gave preference to players coming off strong seasons and younger players. I then did some house keeping, removing players who I didn’t think were realistic targets for the Pirates. The following is the list of free agents I came up with:

Catchers

Ryan Doumit (31)
Kelly Shoppach (29)
Rod Barajas (36)
Jose Molina (36)
Chris Snyder (31)

1st Base

Derrek Lee (36)
Michael Cuddyer (33)
Carlos Pena (34)
Casey Kotchman (29)

2nd Base

Jamey Carroll (37)
Aaron Hill (30)
Mark Ellis (35)
Clint Barmes (33)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
Jose Lopez (28)

3rd Base

Nick Punto (34)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
Edwin Encarnacion (29)
Jose Lopez (28)
Wilson Betemit (30)

Shortstop

Jamey Carroll (37)
Clint Barmes (33)
Alex Gonzalez (34)
Nick Punto (34)
Ramon Santiago (32)
Ronny Cedeno (29)

Outfield

David DeJesus (32)
Josh Willingham (33)
Johnny Damon (37)
Coco Crisp (32)
Michael Cuddyer (33)
Cody Ross (31)
Juan Rivera (33)
Jason Kubel (29)
Laynce Nix (31)
Jonny Gomes (31)
Nate McLouth (30)
Rick Ankiel (32)
Grady Sizemore (29)

Starting Pitchers

Hiroki Kuroda (37)
Joel Pineiro (33)
Paul Maholm (30)
Livan Hernandez (37)
Freddy Garcia (36)
Jason Marquis (33)
Aaron Cook (33)
Jeff Francis (30)
Brad Penny (34)
Kyle Davies (28)
Jon Garland (32)
Bruce Chen (35)

Relief Pitchers

Frank Francisco (32)
Jon Rauch (33)
Kyle Farnsworth (36)
Jason Frasor (34)
Octavio Dotel (38)
Michael Wuertz (33)
Joel Peralta (36)
Shawn Camp (36)
Todd Coffey (31)
Jon Rauch (33)
LaTroy Hawkins (37)
Mike Gonzalez (34)
Javier Lopez (34)
Jeremy Affeldt (33)
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