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2008 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 2009 Free Agents

With drafts occuring hourly, one source of potential sleepers/breakout candiates are players who will be playing for free agent money next winter. I don't necessarily believe in this, but I do not deny there will be players who have great seasons right before their free agent season. I just don't know how different that great season is from the other great seasons that will occur in 2008 that do not precede free agency.

Cot's Baseball Contracts provides a list of 2009 Free Agents. Here it is in a little different format.

With some many players listed, is it any wonder I have doubts about a contract-year push for better performance? Who do you think will breakout in the pursuit of a big free agent contract next winter?

My guess: A.J. Burnett. I can see him staying "healthy" this season.

POS Player Club Option POS Player Club Option POS Player Club Option
1B Rich Aurilia SF None OF Craig Monroe MIN None RP Joe Nathan MIN None
1B Ben Broussard TEX None OF Jay Payton BAL None RP Will Ohman CHC None
1B Nomar Garciaparra LAD None OF Scott Podsednik COL None RP Darren Oliver LAA None
1B Wes Helms PHI None OF Juan Rivera LAA None RP John Parrish SEA None
1B Kevin Millar BAL None OF Rondell White MIN None RP Chris Reitsma SEA None
1B Richie Sexson SEA None SP Kris Bensen BAL None RP Dennys Reyes MIN None
1B Mark Teixeira ATL None SP Paul Byrd CLE None RP Juan Rincon MIN None
1B Jim Thome CWS None SP Jon Garland LAA None RP Francisco Rodriguez LAA None
1B Daryle Ward CHC None SP Tom Glavine ATL None RP Brian Shouse MIL None
2B Ray Durham SF None SP Orlando Hernandez NYM None RP Rafael Soriano ATL None
2B Mark Ellis OAK None SP Jason Jennings TEX None RP Jorge Sosa NYM None
2B Marcus Giles COL None SP Randy Johnson ARZ None RP Derrick Turnbow MIL None
2B Mark Grudzielanek KC None SP Esteban Loaiza OAK None RP Oscar Villarreal ATL None
2B Orlando Hudson ARZ None SP Braden Looper STL None RP David Weathers CIN None
2B Jeff Kent LAD None SP Derek Lowe LAD None RP Dan Wheeler TB None
2B Felipe Lopez WAS None SP Pedro Martinez NYM None RP Dave Williams NYM None
2B D'Angelo Jimenez STL None SP Mike Mussina NYY None RP Matt Wise NYM None
2B Nick Punto MIN None SP Jamie Moyer PHI None RP Jay Witasick TB None
2B Jose Valentin NYM None SP Carl Pavano NYY None SP A.J. Burnett TOR Yes
SS Orlando Cabrera CWS None SP Odalis Perez KC None 1B Carlos Delgado NYM Yes
SS Alex Cintron CWS None SP Oliver Perez NYM None 1B Jason Giambi NYY Yes
SS Alex Cora BOS None SP Andy Pettitte NYY None 1B Frank Thomas TOR Yes
SS Adam Everett MIN None SP Mark Prior SD None 2B Jamey Carroll CLE Yes
SS Rafael Furcal LAD None SP Horatio Ramirez SEA None 2B Pablo Ozuna CWS Yes
SS Cristian Guzman WAS None SP C.C. Sabathia CLE None 2B Jose Vidro SEA Yes
SS Cesar Izturis STL None SP Ben Sheets MIL None SS Craig Counsell MIL Yes
SS Ramon Martinez LAD None SP Julian Tavarez BOS None SS Edgar Renteria DET Yes
SS Juan Uribe CWS None SP Steve Trachsel BAL None 3B Hank Blalock TEX Yes
3B Joe Crede CWS None SP Brett Tomko KC None 3B Chipper Jones ATL Yes
3B Morgan Ensberg NYY None SP Claudio Vargas MIL None C Henry Blanco CHC Yes
3B Corey Koskie MIL None SP Woody Williams HOU None C Toby Hall CWS Yes
3B Greg Norton TB None SP Randy Wolf SD None C Mike Redmond MIN Yes
C Rod Barajas TOR None RP Luis Ayala WAS None C David Ross CIN Yes
C Johnny Estrada MIL None RP Joe Beimel LAD None C Gregg Zaun TOR Yes
C Kenji Johjima SEA None RP Joe Borowski CLE None OF Garret Anderson LAA Yes
C Adam Melhuse TEX None RP Juan Cruz ARZ None OF Rocco Baldelli TB Yes
C Ivan Rodriguez DET None RP Ryan Dempster CHC None OF Carl Crawford TB Yes
C Javier Valentin CIN None RP Brendan Donnelly BOS None OF Brian Giles SD Yes
C Jason Varitek BOS None RP Scott Downs TOR None OF Ken Griffey Jr. Yes
C Vance Wilson DET None RP Scott Eyre CHC None OF Vladimir Guerrero LAA Yes
OF Bobby Abreu NYY None RP Kyle Farnsworth NYY None OF Jason Michaels CLE Yes
OF Moises Alou NYM None RP Casey Fossum TB None OF Manny Ramirez BOS Yes
OF Willie Bloomquist SEA None RP Brian Fuentes COL None SP Mike Hampton ATL Yes
OF Emil Brown OAK None RP Aaron Fultz CLE None SP Rich Harden OAK Yes
OF Pat Burrell PHI None RP LaTroy Hawkins NYY None SP John Lackey LAA Yes
OF Endy Chavez NYM None RP Mark Hendrickson LAD None SP Matt Morris PIT Yes
OF Adam Dunn CIN None RP Trevor Hoffman SD None SP Mark Mulder STL Yes
OF Jim Edmonds SD None RP Bobby Howry CHC None SP Brad Penny LAD Yes
OF Juan Encarnacion STL None RP Jason Isringhausen STL None SP John Smoltz ATL Yes
OF Cliff Floyd TB None RP Steve Kline SF None RP Tony Armas Jr. Yes
OF Raul Ibanez SEA None RP Brad Lidge PHI None RP Alan Embree OAK Yes
OF Jacque Jones DET None RP Brandon Lyon ARZ None RP Tom Gordon PHI Yes
OF Mark Kotsay OAK None RP Tom Martin COL None RP Damaso Marte PIT Yes
OF Rob Mackowiak WAS None RP Julio Mateo PHI None RP Hideki Okajima BOS Yes
OF Kevin Mench TEX None RP Guillermo Mota MIL None RP Mike Stanton CIN Yes
                RP Salomon Torres MIL Yes