MLB free agent primer: Phillies on the market

MLB free agent primer: Phillies on the market

Salisbury on Phillies' potential targets

November 1, 2013, 11:30 am
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The duo of Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz will be on the market when free agency opens Tuesday. (USA Today Images)

With free agency set to kick off on Tuesday, our Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury will preview what figures to be an intriguing winter for Ruben Amaro Jr. with his full offseason outlook on Sunday. On Monday, we'll begin a series looking at potential targets for the Phillies.

In the meantime, HardballTalk has comprised a list of its top 150 free agents about to hit the open market.

Three Phillies make the cut. We list them below based on their order in HBT's 150. For more on which free agents the Phillies might be interested in, click here.

38. Carlos Ruiz, C
Ruiz's production at the plate declined sharply following his return from suspension. His .325 average and .394 OBP in 2012 dropped to .268 and .320, although he did show improvement over the second half after a dreadful start. Those remain solid numbers for a catcher, but it's not as if, at age 35, Chooch is getting any younger. Given his still-sharp defensive skills, and the fact that Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia figure to be far more expensive, a one-year deal with a potential vesting option seems to make sense, while the Phillies continue to develop Cameron Rupp, Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle.

41. Roy Halladay, SP
What to do with Doc? It was hard for Phillies fans -- and likely the Phillies themselves -- to watch Halladay go from the guy who threw a no-hitter and a perfect game in 2010 to the guy who couldn't stay healthy or throw into the 90s in 2013. Time appears to be catching up with Halladay, and questions remain about whether or not he can successfully reinvent himself, relying on his movement as his velocity continues to decrease. Halladay managed to start just 13 games last season and posted a 6.82 ERA -- something he hadn't done since 2000. Given all the preceding, it's not as if he'll command anywhere close to what he's been making. HardballTalk speculates "he should have to settle for an incentive-laden contract, but someone might guarantee him $10 million or more based on his history and his work ethic."

147. John Lannan, SP
Squeezing in just a few spots ahead of the cut, Lannan battled injury throughout 2013 before finally being shut down by his left knee in mid-August. The 29-year-old lefty made 14 starts with a career-worst 5.33 ERA. Although he's likely still a little better than his 2012 campaign would indicate, he's still a back-end-of-the-rotation guy. Lannan made $2.5 million last season.

For the full list of HBT's top 150, click here.

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