Official Off-Season Diamondbacks Rumor, Trade and News Thread

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Figured we might as well have a thread dedicated to random chit-chat about signings, trades and other news - not just for the Diamondbacks, but around the major leagues in general. Hopefully, this will save other threads from being cluttered up!

Of course, we'll still be running separate threads, as appropriate, for specific D-backs related stories, as these reach a certain point of solidity. But, for now, you can dump any tidbits, whispers or other rumors in the comments here for discussion and evaluation. One plea: great though MLB Trade Rumors is, if you're going to link, please give credit where it's due, and do so to the original story, not the piece on MLBTR.

Here are the players who have appeared at some point in their career, who look to be available on the free-agent market this winter, along with twenty of the leading free-agents (ranked by last season's bWAR only - otherwise Josh Hamilton would likely be higher!). I'll update the list with details of contracts as they sign: again, please feel free to help me out by posting news and reports in the comments. Get that hot stove burning!

Former Diamondbacks, by 2012 bWAR

  1. Adam LaRoche, 4.0 WAR (1B, .271, 33 HR, 100 RBI, .853 OPS, age 31)
  2. Edwin Jackson, 1.6 WAR (RHP, 10-11, 4.03 ERA, age 29)
  3. Kelly Johnson, 1.4 WAR (2B, .225, 16 HR, 55 RBI, .678 OPS, age 31)
  4. Joe Saunders, 1.3 WAR (LHP, 9-13, 4.07 ERA, age 31)
  5. Brandon Lyon, 1.2 WAR (RHP, 4-2, 3.10 ERA, age 33)
  6. Matt Lindstrom 1.0 WAR (RHP, 1-0, 2.68 ERA, age 33)
  7. Jose Valverde, 0.5 WAR (RHP, 3-4, 3.78 ERA, 35 saves, age 35)
  8. Zach Duke, 0.4 WAR (LHP, 1-0, 1.32 ERA, age 30)
  9. Chad Durbin, 0.3 WAR (RHP, 4-1, 3.10 ERA, age 35)
  10. Randy Choate 0.2 WAR (LHP, 0-0, 3.03 ERA, age 37)
  11. Brian Bruney, 0.1 WAR (RHP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, age 31)
  12. Jon Rauch, 0.0 WAR (RHP, 3-7, 3.59 ERA, age 34)
  13. Stephen Drew, -0.1 WAR (SS, .223, 7 HR, 28 RBI, .657 OPS, age 30)
  14. Orlando Hudson, -0.1 WAR (2B, .204, 3 HR, 28 RBI, .572 OPS, age 35)
  15. Lyle Overbay, -0.1 WAR (1B, .259, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .727 OPS, age 36)
  16. Vicente Padilla, -0.1 WAR (RHP, 4-1, 4.50 ERA, age 35)
  17. Henry Blanco, -0.2 WAR (C, .188, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .505 OPS, age 41)
  18. Miguel Batista, -0.2 WAR (RHP, 1-3, 4.61 ERA, age 42)
  19. Dan Haren, -0.6 WAR (RHP, 12-13, 4.33 ERA, age 32)
  20. Chris Snyder, -0.6 WAR (C, .176, 7 HR, 24 RBI, .602 OPS, age 32)
  21. Chad Qualls, -0.7 WAR (RHP, 2-1, 5.33 ERA, age 34)
  22. Takashi Saito, -0.7 WAR (RHP, 0-0, 6.75 ERA, age 43)
  23. Brad Penny, -0.8 WAR (RHP, 0-1, 6.11 ERA, age 35)
  24. Xavier Nady, -0.9 WAR (OF/1B, .184, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .569, age 34)
  25. Rod Barajas, -1.0 WAR (C, .206, 11 HR, 31 RBI, .625 OPS, age 37)
  26. Jason Marquis, -2.5 WAR (LHP, 8-11, 5.22 ERA, age 34)

Top 20 Other Free Agents, by 2012 bWAR

  1. Michael Bourn 6.0 WAR (CF, .274, 9 HR, 57 RBI, 42 SB, .739 OPS, age 30)
  2. Torii Hunter 5.5 WAR (OF, .313, 16 HR, 92 RBI, .817 OPS, age 37)
  3. Hiroki Kuroda 5.2 WAR (RHP, 16-11, 3.32 ERA, age 38)
  4. Melky Cabrera, 4.7 WAR (OF, .346, 11 HR, 60 RBI, .906 OPS*, age 28)
  5. Scott Baker 4.2 WAR (RHP, 8-6, 3.14 ERA, age 31)
  6. Angel Pagan 4.0 WAR (CF, .288, 8 HR, 56 RBI, 29 SB, .778 OPS, age 31)
  7. Kyle Lohse 3.9 WAR (RHP, 16-3, 2.86 ERA, age 34)
  8. Nick Swisher 3.5 WAR (OF/1B, .272, 24 HR, 93 RBI, .837 OPS, age 32)
  9. Josh Hamilton 3.4 WAR (CF, .285, 43 HR, 128 RBI, .930 OPS, age 31)
  10. Zack Greinke 3.3 WAR (RHP, 15-5, 3.48 ERA, age 29)
  11. A.J. Pierzynski 2.6 WAR (C, .278, 27 HR, 77 RBI, age 35)
  12. B.J. Upton 2.6 WAR (CF, .246, 28 HR, 78 RBI, 31 SB, .752 OPS, age 28)
  13. Gavin Floyd 2.3 WAR (RHP, 12-11, 4.29 ERA, age 30)
  14. Andy Pettitte 2.2 WAR (LHP, 5-4, 2.87 ERA, age 41)
  15. Marco Scutaro 2.1 WAR (IF, .306, 7 HR, 74 RBI, .753 OPS, age 37)
  16. Brandon McCarthy 2.0 WAR (RHP, 8-6, 3.24 ERA, age 29)
  17. Colby Lewis 2.0 WAR (RHP, 6-6, 3.43 ERA, age 33)
  18. Hisashi Iwakuma 1.9 WAR (RHP, 9-5, 3.16 ERA, age 32)
  19. Jeremy Guthrie 1.7 WAR (RHP, 5-3, 3.16 ERA, age 33)
  20. Ryan Ludwick 1.7 WAR (OF, .275, 26 HR, 80 RBI, .877 OPS, age 34)
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