Free Agent List by WAR

Here is my complete list of 2012 free agents with their WAR over the last 3 seasons. I intended for this to be a starting point in ranking the free agents. Of course it is not absolute but hey you have to stop somewhere. In case you are wondering I choose 3 seasons because I don’t think 1 is really representative and anymore and you are probably talking about a player who has changed his game in at least one significant way. Also it is typical for International free agents to sign for three years meaning their data would be comparable to typical free agents. By the way this list includes all players who have an option year, even if the option is a near certainty to be exercised. The number in ( ) is the age the player will be for next season.

Catchers

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Yaider Molina (29) 3.5 2.3 4.1 9.9
Ramon Hernandez (36) -0.1 2.4 2.0 4.3
Ryan Doumit (31) 0.7 0.5 1.8 3.0
Kelly Shoppach (32) 1.4 0.4 1.1 2.9
Rod Barajas (36) 0.6 0.9 1.3 2.8
Henry Blanco (40) 1.0 0.3 1.2 2.5
Ivan Rodriguez (40) 1.5 0.5 0.4 2.4
Jose Molina (36) -0.2 1.0 1.3 2.1
Ramon Castro (36) 0.4 1.1 0.4 1.9
Chris Snyder (31) 0.2 0.9 0.7 1.8
Jason Kendall (38) 0.9 0.7 0.0 1.6
Gerald Laird (32) 1.6 -0.2 0.1 1.5
Jason Varitek (40) 0.1 0.6 0.5 1.2
Matt Treanor (36) -0.4 0.1 0.7 0.4
Josh Bard (34) 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
Brian Schneider (35) 0.4 0.6 -0.9 0.1
Dioner Navarro (28) -0.2 -0.4 -0.1 -0.7

1st Base

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Albert Pujols (32) 8.9 7.5 5.1 21.5
Prince Fielder (28) 6.4 3.4 5.5 15.3
Derrek Lee (36) 5.2 2.0 1.4 8.6
Michael Cuddyer (33) 2.8 0.8 3.1 6.7
Carlos Pena (34) 2.9 1.0 2.6 6.5
Russell Branyan (36) 2.7 1.7 0.0 4.4
Lyle Overbay (35) 2.4 1.4 -0.6 3.2
Brad Hawpe (33) 1.7 0.5 0.4 2.6
Eric Hinske (34) 0.6 0.8 0.9 2.3
Casey Kotchman (29) 0.9 -1.5 2.8 2.2
Ross Gload (36) 0.4 0.6 -0.3 0.7
Jorge Cantu (30) 1.1 0.1 -0.7 0.5
Wily Mo Pena (30) 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
Xavier Nady (33) -0.1 -0.5 -0.2 -0.8
Mark Kotsay (36) -0.4 -1.0 0.2 -1.2

2nd Base

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Robinsino Cano (29) 4.3 6.6 5.6 16.5
Brandon Phillips (31) 3.2 4.3 6.0 13.5
Kelly Johnson (30) 0.8 5.9 2.2 8.9
Jamey Carroll (37) 1.6 2.5 2.2 6.3
Aaron Hill (30) 4.1 1.2 0.8 6.1
Mark Ellis (35) 1.2 3.4 1.3 5.9
Clint Barmes (33) 1.8 0.7 3.1 5.6
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36) 0.8 1.8 1.2 3.8
Craig Counsell (41) 2.7 0.5 0.5 3.7
Felipe Lopez (32) 3.8 0.3 -0.8 3.3
Jose Lopez (28) 2.4 0.4 0.2 3.0
Adam Kennedy (36) 1.8 0.7 0.1 2.6
Orlando Cabrera (37) 1.3 1.4 -1.3 1.4
Alex Cora (36) 0.1 -0.5 0.2 -0.2
Aaron Miles (35) -1.4 0.1 0.8 -0.5
Willie Bloomquist (34) 0.0 -0.8 0.3 -0.5
Bill Hall (32) -0.1 0.6 -1.6 -1.1

3rd Base

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Casey Blake (38) 4.9 3.1 1.1 9.1
Aramis Ramirez (34) 2.2 0.3 3.6 6.1
Nick Punto (34) 1.8 1.3 1.8 4.9
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36) 0.8 1.8 1.2 3.8
Craig Counsell (41) 2.7 0.5 0.5 3.7
Felipe Lopez (32) 3.8 0.3 -0.8 3.3
Edwin Encarnacion (29) 0.1 1.5 1.5 3.1
Jose Lopez (28) 2.4 0.4 0.2 3.0
Wilson Betemit (30) 0.6 1.1 1.0 2.7
Mark DeRosa (37) 1.9 -0.6 0.1 1.4
Jorge Cantu (30) 1.1 0.1 -0.7 0.5
Omar Vizquel (45) 0.9 0.1 -0.5 0.5
Greg Dobbs (33) 0.1 -0.8 0.5 -0.2
Eric Chavez (34) -0.5 -0.6 0.6 -0.5

Shortstop

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Marco Scutaro (36) 4.5 2.5 2.9 9.9
Jose Reyes (29) 0.8 2.8 6.2 9.8
Jimmy Rollins (33) 2.9 2.5 3.8 9.2
Rafael Furcal (34) 3.4 4.2 0.5 8.1
Jamey Carroll (37) 1.6 2.5 2.2 6.3
Clint Barmes (33) 1.8 0.7 3.1 5.6
Alex Gonzalez (34) 0.6 3.4 1.1 5.1
Nick Punto (34) 1.8 1.3 1.8 4.9
Ramon Santiago (32) 0.4 2.1 1.4 3.9
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36) 0.8 1.8 1.2 3.8
Craig Counsell (41) 2.7 0.5 0.5 3.7
Edgar Renteria (35) 0.2 1.2 0.8 2.2
Ronny Cedeno (29) -0.4 1.1 1.4 2.1
Jack Wilson (34) 2.0 -0.1 0.0 1.9
Orlando Cabrera (37) 1.3 1.4 -1.3 1.4
John McDonald (37) -0.1 0.6 0.6 1.1
Cesar Izturis (32) 0.7 -0.3 0.1 0.5
Yuniesky Betancourt (30) -2.2 0.8 0.5 -0.9

Outfield

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Nick Swisher (31) 3.2 4.2 3.8 11.2
Carlos Beltran (35) 3.0 0.8 4.7 8.5
David DeJesus (32) 3.6 2.6 2.2 8.4
Josh Willingham (33) 2.5 3.0 2.1 7.6
Johnny Damon (37) 3.5 2.5 1.5 7.5
J.D. Drew (36) 5.0 2.5 -0.3 7.2
Coco Crisp (32) 1.4 3.3 2.2 6.9
Michael Cuddyer (33) 2.8 0.8 3.1 6.7
Cody Ross (31) 2.0 2.3 0.9 5.2
Mike Cameron (39) 4.3 -0.1 0.4 4.6
Ryan Ludwick (33) 2.4 1.9 0.3 4.6
Juan Pierre (34) 2.1 2.8 -0.4 4.5
Raul Ibanez (40) 3.8 1.6 -1.3 4.1
Juan Rivera (33) 2.8 0.5 0.7 4.0
Andruw Jones (35) 0.7 1.7 1.4 3.8
Kosuke Fukudome (35) 2.7 1.3 -0.2 3.8
Jason Kubel (29) 2.7 -0.2 1.1 3.6
Laynce Nix (31) 1.3 1.5 0.6 3.4
Magglio Ordonez (38) 1.4 2.6 -1.0 3.0
Scott Podsednik (36) 2.2 0.6 0.0 2.8
Brad Hawpe (33) 1.7 0.5 0.4 2.6
Jonny Gomes (31) 1.1 -0.1 1.5 2.5
Nate McLouth (30) 3.4 -1.2 0.2 2.4
Rick Ankiel (32) 0.1 0.8 1.4 2.3
Pat Burrell (35) -0.7 2.5 0.5 2.3
Eric Hinske (34) 0.6 0.8 0.9 2.3
Scott Hairston (32) 1.6 0.1 0.3 2.0
Reed Johnson (35) 0.3 0.4 1.2 1.9
Grady Sizemore (29) 2.0 -0.3 0.2 1.9
Mark DeRosa (37) 1.9 -0.6 0.1 1.4
Corey Patterson (32) -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.7
Jason Michaels (36) 0.0 1.0 -0.5 0.5
Willie Harris (34) 0.7 0.0 -0.3 0.4
Milton Bradley (34) 1.0 -0.1 -0.6 0.3
Carlos Guillen (36) 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.2
Marcus Thames (35) -0.1 0.6 -0.3 0.2
Willie Bloomquist (34) 0.0 -0.8 0.3 -0.5
Conor Jackson (30) -0.9 0.4 -0.1 -0.6
Xavier Nady (33) -0.1 -0.5 -0.2 -0.8
Bill Hall (32) -0.1 0.6 -1.6 -1.1

Starting Pitcher

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
C.C. Sabathia (31) 6.4 5.2 7.1 18.7
C.J. Wilson (31) 2.0 4.6 5.9 12.5
Adam Wainwright (30) 5.7 6.1 0.0 11.8
Edwin Jackson (28) 3.6 3.8 3.8 11.2
Mark Buehrle (33) 3.4 3.7 3.4 10.5
Roy Oswalt (34) 3.0 4.7 2.5 10.2
Ryan Dempster (35) 3.7 3.4 2.8 9.9
Javier Vazquez (35) 6.5 -0.1 3.2 9.6
Hiroki Kuroda (37) 2.1 4.1 2.4 8.6
Joel Pineiro (33) 4.7 2.5 1.3 8.5
Paul Maholm (30) 3.2 2.0 2.1 7.3
Livan Hernandez (37) 1.6 2.9 1.9 6.4
Freddy Garcia (36) 1.6 1.3 2.2 5.1
Jason Marquis (33) 4.0 -0.3 1.4 5.1
Aaron Cook (33) 2.1 1.6 1.0 4.7
Kevin Millwood (37) 2.7 1.3 0.7 4.7
Jeff Francis (30) 0.0 2.0 2.6 4.6
Brad Penny (34) 2.5 1.1 0.8 4.4
Erik Bedard (33) 1.9 0.0 2.4 4.3
Tim Wakefield (45) 2.0 1.4 0.8 4.2
Aaron Harang (34) 2.3 0.9 0.6 3.8
Zach Duke (29) 2.4 0.4 0.8 3.6
Kyle Davies (28) 0.7 1.9 0.7 3.3
Jon Garland (32) 2.3 0.8 0.1 3.2
Bartolo Colon (39) 0.2 0.0 2.9 3.1
Bruce Chen (35) 0.1 1.2 1.7 3.0
Kenshin Kawakami (37) 1.7 0.8 0.0 2.5
Doug Davis (36) 1.7 0.0 0.7 2.4
Chris Capuano (33) 0.0 0.5 1.6 2.1
Rich Harden (30) 1.8 -0.6 0.4 1.6
Scott Kazmir (28) 2.2 -0.8 -0.2 1.2
Rodrigo Lopez (36) 0.4 0.6 -0.3 0.7
Dontrelle Willis (30) -0.1 -0.1 0.8 0.6
Chien-Ming Wang (32) 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.4
Armando Galarraga (30) 0.6 0.6 -0.8 0.4
Sergio Mitre (31) 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.2
Chris Young (33) -0.5 0.2 0.1 -0.2
Brandon Webb (33) -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.2
Oliver Perez (30) -0.8 -1.1 0.0 -1.9

Closers

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Jonathan Papelbon (31) 2.0 1.2 3.0 6.2
Heath Bell (34) 2.0 2.4 0.5 4.9
Rafael Soriano (32) 2.0 1.5 0.3 3.8
Jonathan Broxton (28) 2.8 1.1 -0.3 3.6
Francisco Rodriguez (30) 0.3 1.4 1.4 3.1
Frank Francisco (32) 1.1 1.0 0.5 2.6
Jose Valverde (34) 0.7 0.6 1.0 2.3
Francisco Cordero (37) 1.4 0.5 0.1 2.0
Joe Nathan (37) 1.9 0.0 0.0 1.9
Jon Rauch (33) 0.7 1.1 -0.6 1.2
Matt Capps (28) -0.4 1.2 -0.4 0.4
Brad Lidge (35) -0.8 0.3 0.3 -0.2

Right Handed Relievers

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Ryan Madson (31) 1.3 1.3 1.7 4.3
Vicente Padilla (34) 2.2 0.9 0.2 3.3
Kyle Farnsworth (36) 0.7 1.0 0.9 2.6
Jason Frasor (34) 1.4 0.9 0.3 2.6
Octavio Dotel (38) 0.8 0.1 0.9 1.8
Takashi Saito (42) 0.4 1.2 0.2 1.8
Michael Wuertz (33) 2.4 -0.2 -0.5 1.7
Joel Peralta (36) 0.1 0.7 0.8 1.6
Shawn Camp (36) 0.7 0.3 0.4 1.4
Todd Coffey (31) 0.8 0.0 0.5 1.3
Jon Rauch (33) 0.7 1.1 -0.6 1.2
LaTroy Hawkins (37) 0.3 0.1 0.7 1.1
Kerry Wood (35) 0.4 0.2 0.5 1.1
Chad Qualls (33) 1.2 0.2 -0.3 1.1
Joel Zumaya (27) -0.2 1.0 0.0 0.8
Dan Wheeler (34) 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.6
Fernando Rodney (35) 0.4 0.3 -0.2 0.5
Luis Ayala (34) 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
Yoshinori Tateyama (36) 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
Juan Cruz (31) 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
Guillermo Mota (38) -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1
Aaron Heilman (33) 0.2 0.1 -0.3 0.0
Scott Linebrink (35) 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
Jamey Wright (37) 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
Ryota Igarashi (33) 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3
Mike MacDougal (35) -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.3
Danys Baez (34) 0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4
Miguel Batista (41) 0.0 -0.3 -0.1 -0.4
Jason Isringhausen (39) 0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.4
Ramon Ortiz (39) 0.0 -0.3 -0.1 -0.4
Micah Owings (29) -0.4 -0.1 0.1 -0.4
Chad Durbin (34) -0.5 0.3 -0.3 -0.5
Pat Neshek (31) 0.0 -0.1 -0.7 -0.8

Left Handed Relievers

Player 2009 2010 2011 Total
Darren Oliver (41) 1.5 1.6 1.3 4.4
Mike Gonzalez (34) 0.9 0.7 0.3 1.9
George Sherrill (35) 1.4 -0.5 0.5 1.4
Arthur Rhodes (41) 0.9 0.9 -0.6 1.2
Javier Lopez (34) -0.1 0.6 0.7 1.2
Jeremy Affeldt (33) 0.7 0.2 0.2 1.1
Hideki Okajima (36) 0.7 0 0.1 0.8
Damaso Marte (37) -0.1 -0.1 0 -0.2
Brian Tallet (34) 1.7 -1.5 -0.6 -0.4
John Grabow (33) 0.2 -0.3 -0.5 -0.6
J.C. Romero (36) -0.3 -0.4 0.1 -0.6
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