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Nov. 16, 2015
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EACH OFF-SEASON, SI RANKS THE TOP FREE AGENTS AND PREDICTS WHERE THEY'LL LAND. LAST WEEK WE GAVE YOU THE FIRST 10. HERE'S THE REST OF THE BEST

This is an article from the Nov. 16, 2015 issue

THE TOP 10

1 DAVID PRICE

LHP

Age: 30*

2 ZACK GREINKE

RHP

AGE: 32

3 JASON HEYWARD

OF

Age: 26

4 YOENIS CESPEDES

OF

Age: 30

5 JUSTIN UPTON

OF

AGE: 28

6 JORDAN ZIMMERMANN

RHP

Age: 30

7 CHRIS DAVIS

1B

Age: 30

8 ALEX GORDON

OF

Age: 32

9 MATT WIETERS

C

Age: 30

10 JOHNNY CUETO

RHP

Age: 30

11 MIKE LEAKE

SP

Age: 28

Current Team: Giants

Best Fit: Blue Jays

2015 Stats: 11--10, 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 5.6 K/9

12 DEXTER FOWLER

OF

Age: 30

Current Team: Cubs

Best Fit: Cubs

2015 Stats: .250/.346/.411, 17 HR, 46 RBI, 20 SB

13 IAN DESMOND

SS

Age: 30

Current Team: Nationals

Best Fit: Padres

2015 Stats: .233/.290/.384, 19 HR, 62 RBI, 13 SB

14 WEI-YIN CHEN

SP

Age: 30

Current Team: Orioles

Best Fit: Dodgers

2015 Stats: 11--8, 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.2 K/9

15 MARCO ESTRADA

SP

Age: 32

Current Team: Blue Jays

Best Fit: Blue Jays

2015 Stats: 13--8, 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 6.5 K/9

16 GERARDO PARRA

OF

Age: 29

Current Team: Orioles

Best Fit: Cardinals

2015 Stats: .291/.328/.452, 14 HR, 51 RBI, 14 SB

17 DANIEL MURPHY

2B

Age: 31

Current Team: Mets

Best Fit: Angels

2015 Stats: .281/.322/.449, 14 HR, 73 RBI, 2 SB

18 JEFF SAMARDZIJA

SP

Age: 31

Current Team: White Sox

Best Fit: Giants

2015 Stats: 11--13, 4.96 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 6.9 K/9

Samardzija had a poor walk year, with his ERA jumping significantly from his 2011--14 average of 3.61. That was partially a product of Chicago's poor defense, but not entirely. His strikeout rate, an average of 8.8 per nine innings over the previous four seasons, plummeted as well, to 6.9. The good news is that the righthander threw pretty much as hard as ever; his fastball sat at 94 mph and scraped 98. Perhaps a change of scenery (and better fielders behind him) is all he needs. The Giants—whose rotation needs buttressing behind Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Jake Peavy—could provide both.

19 BEN ZOBRIST

2B

Age: 35

Current Team: Royals

Best Fit: Dodgers

2015 Stats: .276/.359/.450, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 3 SB

20 SCOTT KAZMIR

SP

Age: 32

Current Team: Astros

Best Fit: Orioles

2015 Stats: 7--11, 3.10 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 7.6 K/9

21 HOWIE KENDRICK

2B

Age: 32

Current Team: Dodgers

Best Fit: White Sox

2015 Stats: .295/.336/.409, 9 HR, 54 RBI, 6 SB

22 HISASHI IWAKUMA

SP

Age: 35

Current Team: Mariners

Best Fit: Tigers

2015 Stats: 9--5, 3.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 7.7 K/9

23 DENARD SPAN

OF

Age: 32

Current Team: Nationals

Best Fit: Giants

2015 Stats: .301/.365/.431, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 SB

24 JOAKIM SORIA

RP

Age: 32

Current Team: Pirates

Best Fit: Dodgers

2015 Stats: 3--1, 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 24 SV

Soria began the season as the Tigers' closer and ended it as the setup man in Pittsburgh. He prospered in both roles and enters free agency as the most attractive available reliever. While he'd undoubtedly like to close again, the Dodgers, with their deep pocketbook and shallow bullpen, could give him closer money to set up for Kenley Jansen.

25 COLBY RASMUS

OF

Age: 29

Current Team: Astros

Best Fit: Padres

2015 Stats: .238/.314/.475, 25 HR, 61 RBI, 2 SB

26 JOHN LACKEY

SP

Age: 37

Current Team: Cardinals

Best Fit: Red Sox

2015 Stats: 13--10, 2.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 7.2 K/9

27 STEVE PEARCE

OF

Age: 33

Current Team: Orioles

Best Fit: Orioles

2015 Stats: .218/.289/.422, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB

28 DARREN O'DAY

RP

Age: 33

Current Team: Orioles

Best Fit: Tigers

2015 Stats: 6--2, 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 6 SV

29 ASDRUBAL CABRERA

SS

Age: 30

Current Team: Rays

Best Fit: Twins

2015 Stats: .265/.315/.430, 15 HR, 58 RBI, 6 SB

30 IAN KENNEDY

SP

Age: 31

Current Team: Padres

Best Fit: Diamondbacks

2015 Stats: 9--15, 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 9.3 K/9

31 TYLER CLIPPARD

RP

Age: 31

Current Team: Mets

Best Fit: Mariners

2015 Stats: 5--4, 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 19 SV

32 BRETT ANDERSON

SP

Age: 28

Current Team: Dodgers

Best Fit: Mariners

2015 Stats: 10--9, 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.8 K/9

33 AUSTIN JACKSON

OF

Age: 29

Current Team: Cubs

Best Fit: Royals

2015 Stats: .267/.311/.385, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 17 SB

34 RYAN MADSON

RP

Age: 35

Current Team: Royals

Best Fit: Blue Jays

2015 Stats: 1--2, 2.13 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 3 SV

35 ALEXEI RAMIREZ

SS

Age: 34

Current Team: White Sox

Best Fit: Mets

2015 Stats: .249/.285/.357, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 17 SB

36 YOVANI GALLARDO

SP

Age: 30

Current Team: Rangers

Best Fit: Pirates

2015 Stats: 13--11, 3.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 5.9 K/9

37 MARLON BYRD

OF

Age: 38

Current Team: Giants

Best Fit: Rays

2015 Stats: .247/.290/.453, 23 HR, 73 RBI, 2 SB

38 DOUG FISTER

SP

Age: 32

Current Team: Nationals

Best Fit: Athletics

2015 Stats: 5--7, 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 5.5 K/9

39 ANTONIO BASTARDO

RP

Age: 30

Current Team: Pirates

Best Fit: Mets

2015 Stats: 4--1, 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 10.1 K/9, 1 SV

40 DAVID FREESE

3B

Age: 33

Current Team: Angels

Best Fit: Indians

2015 Stats: .257/.323/.420, 14 HR, 56 RBI, 1 SB

41 NORI AOKI

OF

Age: 34

Current Team: Giants

Best Fit: Nationals

2015 Stats: .287/.353/.380, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 14 SB

42 CHRIS YOUNG

OF

Age: 32

Current Team: Yankees

Best Fit: Yankees

2015 Stats: .252/.320/.453, 14 HR, 42 RBI, 3 SB

43 CHRIS YOUNG

SP

Age: 37

Current Team: Royals

Best Fit: Royals

2015 Stats: 11--6, 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 6.1 K/9

44 RAJAI DAVIS

OF

Age: 35

Current Team: Tigers

Best Fit: Indians

2015 Stats: .258/.306/.440, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 18 SB

45 MIKE NAPOLI

1B

Age: 34

Current Team: Rangers

Best Fit: Orioles

2015 Stats: .224/.324/.410, 18 HR, 50 RBI, 3 SB

Napoli was terrible in 98 games with Boston (.207/.307/.386, 13 HR, 40 RBI), but a trade back to Texas, where he posted a .908 OPS, revitalized him. If the Orioles fail to re-sign Chris Davis, he'd make for a much cheaper replacement, and one who should prosper in the hitters' haven that is Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

46 TONY SIPP

RP

Age: 32

Current Team: Astros

Best Fit: Twins

2015 Stats: 3--4, 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 10.3 K/9

47 ALEX AVILA

C

Age: 29

Current Team: Tigers

Best Fit: Angels

2015 Stats: .191/.339/.287, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB

48 J.A. HAPP

SP

Age: 33

Current Team: Pirates

Best Fit: Pirates

2015 Stats: 11--8, 3.61 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 7.9 K/9

49 DOMONIC BROWN

OF

Age: 28

Current Team: N/A

Best Fit: Braves

2015 Stats: .228/.284/.349, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB

50 BARTOLO COLON

SP

Age: 43

Current Team: Mets

Best Fit: Mets

2015 Stats: 14--13, 4.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 6.3 K/9

Now that LaTroy Hawkins has retired, Colon will be the game's oldest player. The results generated by his rubber arm earn him the last spot on this list over contenders such as Stephen Drew, John Jaso, Mat Latos, Colby Lewis, Tim Lincecum, Justin Morneau, Dioner Navarro, Alex Rios, Jimmy Rollins, Juan Uribe, Chase Utley and Will Venable. If Colon stays with the Mets, he could start until Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John surgery, then act as a regular swingman thereafter.

*Ages on July 1, 2016

To see the full Reiter 50, with explanations of each pick, go to SI.com/mlb

THREE PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONSIllustration by Andrew ZbihlyjTOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES (PRICE); BOB LEVEY/GETTY IMAGES (RASMUS); JOHN KONSTANTARAS/GETTY IMAGES (FOWLER)PHOTOJOHN WILLIAMSON/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (SAMARDZIJA)PHOTODILIP VISHWANAT/GETTY IMAGES (SORIA)PHOTODAN HAMILTON/USA TODAY SPORTS (NAPOLI)PHOTOJULIE JACOBSON/AP (COLON)