Players filed for free agency today, and Major League Baseball has released its list of its 2012 free agents. Clubs have exclusive negotiating rights with their players until Thursday, when they will be able to sign with any team. Here is a look at the 2012 free agent class of right fielders.
Players and teams have until Monday night to make decisions regarding their options. Players with either club and/or their own options are in italics.
There are several viable outfielders on the free agent market this offseason, but the one impact bat available is Carlos Beltran. The 34-year-old started the year off strong in New York before being traded to the Giants. Though his new club wasn’t able to make the postseason, you can’t say it’s because Beltran didn’t deliver. The outfielder’s numbers actually improved by the bay, as he finished the season hitting at a clip of .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs, 39 doubles and 84 RBI’s. A six-time All-Star, Beltran is certain to draw serious interest this offseason.
We’ve already touched on a few other options while covering different positions, but to rehash we’ll say that Josh Willingham, Ryan Ludwick and Michael Cuddyer all hold appeal to potential bidders.
Cuddyer’s teammate, Jason Kubel, faced injuries in 2011 (who on the Twins didn’t?) but has been a consistent option in Minnesota. From 2008-10, Kubel tallied at least 20 home runs, 22 doubles and 78 RBI’s for the Twins.
David DeJesus had a down year in Oakland, but holds a career line of .284/.356/.421. Kosuke Fukudome, Magglio Ordonez and J.D. Drew are others who could draw some interest this winter.