I know Jeff Passan. Met him a few years ago, and he’s lways been a remarkably friendly guy. Easy to talk to, easy to get along with. Seems perfectly reasonable and well adjusted.
Turns out, he’s a little bit insane.
Jeff ranked every free agent on the market. Not the top 50. Not the top 100. He ranked all 182 free agents, with Albert Pujols at the top and Pat Burrell at the very bottom. As a logical follow-up to this morning’s post, here’s where he has all of the Yankees.
43. Bartolo Colon
Between Hideki Matsui and Mark Ellis
Surprised to see him as the first Yankee on the list. His second half will surely scare a lot of teams, but his first half will also give some reason for hope (and reason for a big league contract).
56. Andruw Jones
Between Joe Nathan and Wilson Betemit
Jones isn’t what he used to be, but he’s good at being what he is. Could help a team — including the Yankees — as a power-hitting platoon outfielder.
63. Freddy Garcia
Between Aaron Harang and Kosuke Fukudome
Passan notes that scouts “expect a return from orbit.” The more people doubt Garcia, the easier it is for the Yankees to keep him on a reasonable one-year deal.
96. Jorge Posada
Between Laynce Nix and Mike MacDougal
Strange to see Posada’s name in the bottom half of this list, but it’s hard to argue with the placement. Hard to know what to expect or what role he could fill.
98. Luis Ayala
Between Mike MacDougal and Aaron Cook
The last man on the Yankees roster out of spring training had a nice season which could land him a big league deal with a team looking for bullpen help.
101. Andrew Brackman
Between Wily Mo Pena and Shawn Camp
Forgot all about him on my list this morning. As Passan writes, team’s will be excited about his potential.
113. Eric Chavez
Between Lyle Overbay and Casey Blake
Of course, this is assuming he wants to play again.
143. Damaso Marte
Between Vicente Padilla and Jose Molina
The fact Marte ranks one spot ahead of Molina says something about the perceived value of left-handed relievers vs. backup catchers.
155. Sergio Mitre
Between Mark Kotsay and Ross Gload
Ahead of Tim Wakefield and Brandon Webb. Behind Jamey Wright and Andrew Brackman. Not much intrigue here. He’s a long man.
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