|Top 15 Starting Pitchers|
|1||A.J. Burnett, RHP||Seattle||4+/$51m||10%|
|2||Kevin Millwood, RHP||Baltimore||4/$42m||5%|
|3||Roger Clemens, RHP||Houston||1/$14m||0%|
|4||Esteban Loaiza, RHP||Cleveland||2/$11m||20%|
|5||Jeff Weaver, RHP||Philadelphia||3/$25m||5%|
|6||Jarrod Washburn, LHP||Toronto||4/$31m||2%|
|7||Matt Morris, RHP||Anaheim||2/$12m||5%|
|8||Paul Byrd, RHP||Los Angeles||2/$11m||1%|
|9||Kenny Rogers, LHP||Florida||1/$5m||0%|
|10||Byung-Hyun Kim, RHP||St. Louis||2/$10m||2%|
|11||Kevin Brown, RHP||NY Mets||1/$3m+||2%|
|12||Jamie Moyer, LHP||Seattle||1/$3m+||70%|
|13||Jason Johnson, RHP||San Francisco||2/$8m||1%|
|14||Pedro Astacio, RHP||San Diego||1/$3.5m||1%|
|15||Jamey Wright, RHP||Detroit||1/$3m||1%|
|Top 10 Relief Pitchers|
|1||Billy Wagner, LHP||NY Mets||3/$35||0%|
|2||Trevor Hoffman, RHP||Phildelphia||2/$18||0%|
|3||B.J. Ryan, LHP||Boston||4/$30m+||0%|
|4||Bob Wickman, RHP||Baltimore||2/$11m||0%|
|5||Kyle Farnsworth, RHP||Toronto||2/$11m||0%|
|6||Todd Jones, RHP||San Diego||1/$5m||0%|
|7||Jose Mesa, RHP||Los Angeles||1+/$4.5m||0%|
|8||Tom Gordon, RHP||Detroit||1+/$5.5m||0%|
|9||Bobby Howry, RHP||Cleveland||1/$3.5||0%|
|10||Scott Eyre, LHP||St. Louis||2/$6.25m||5%|
Seattle has a shot at Burnett, and if they choose, Kevin Millwood, too. Ultimately, the bigger money and a familiar face may favor Baltimore and Boston in landing the two biggest names on the free agent market.
But Boston has issues in their lineup (3B, 2B, 1B, OF) and their bullpen with closer Keith Foulke's status up in the air.
Ryan gives them options, and with a healthy Foulke, the best pen in the AL. Ryan's contract with a club like Boston will likely have incentives to cover his role as closer versus his role as a setup man.
Seattle can probably have their choice of any of the remaining arms, but only a few make sense, due to salary demands, age and fit.
With Eddie Guardado back in the fold, the M's aren't in the market for a closer but might have slight interest in Scott Eyre, Ricardo Rincon or re-acquiring Ron Villone to stack the bullpen with left-handers.
With regard to the rankings, the top few are basic locks, after the first half of each list, it's a matter of opinion, as well as criterion. I combined youth, experience, contract demands, projected level of success, the past two seasons of actual performance and market demand to come up with the top 15 starters and the top 10 relievers.
As the market changes, so will the rankings, as other arms become more or less attractive.
Next on Free Agent Frenzy - Catchers and First baseman - Sunday, November 13.