|Ranking Top 10 Remaining Free Agents|
|After Tuesday's flurry of signings, just 10 members of the Reiter 50 -- SI.com's ranking of the top 50 free agents on this winter's market -- remain available. On Tuesday clubs snapped up four players on the list: Ben Sheets (who got a one-year, $10 million deal from the A's); Jon Garland (one year, $5.3 million from the Padres); Xavier Nady (one year, $3.3 million from the Cubs); and Ronnie Belliard (who re-signed with the Dodgers for one year and $835,000).|
The 10 players left have a good deal in common. They are, generally, somewhat advanced in years (average opening day age: 34). Several of them are coming off years in which they suffered injuries, or are perceived to be injury risks. And all of them will likely end up disappointed by the result of their experience as free agents.
There are not that many starting gigs left, and none of these players is likely to earn anything better than a one-year deal at discounted rate. With every team scheduled to hold its first full spring training workout in a month or less, this is the time of year when most (if not all) of the negotiating power rests in the hands of the clubs. Bobby Abreu, for instance, last season did not sign with the Angels until Feb. 11, and he could only extract $5 million from them, which proved to be a bargain indeed.
There are, in other words, impactful players to be had among the top 10 free agents who remain on the market. Those players are: