FREE AGENTS: 2B Brian Roberts, LF Nate McLouth, OF/1B Michael Morse, RHP Francisco Rodriguez, C Chris Snyder, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Jason Hammel, 2B Alexi Casilla (club option)
Roberts and McLouth could return if the Orioles can get them at the right price. Morse is unlikely to return after going 3-for-29 with no extra base hits. Rodriguez and Snyder could return, though the club may look to upgrade both the bullpen and the backup catcher spot. Snyder could be a candidate for a minor league contract.
BOSTON RED SOX
FREE AGENTS: SS Stephen Drew, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RHP Joel Hanrahan, LHP Jon Lester (club option), INF John McDonald, 1B Mike Napoli, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, LHP Matt Thornton.
Boston undoubtedly will pick up Lester's $13 million option. Drew and Napoli both signed make-good deals with the Red Sox, and both made good. Drew provided solid defense and a better-than-expected bat in the regular season, though he slumped in the postseason. Napoli provided a powerful lineup presence and played above-average defense, a pleasant surprise from the converted catcher. If the Red Sox decide Ryan Lavarnway isn't ready to be the everyday catcher, they could attempt to re-sign Saltalamacchia. Hanrahan underwent Tommy John surgery in May. With the way RHP Koji Uehara pitched as the closer, Hanrahan is unlikely to return to Boston. McDonald and Thornton were both left off the playoff roster.
NEW YORK YANKEES
FREE AGENTS: 2B Robinson Cano, RHP Joba Chamberlain, OF Curtis Granderson, DH Travis Hafner, RHP Phil Hughes, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, LHP Boone Logan, 1B Lyle Overbay, LHP Andy Pettitte (retired), 1B/3B Mark Reynolds, RHP Mariano Rivera (retired), SS Brendan Ryan, C Chris Stewart, 3B/1B Kevin Youkilis
Cano figures to get huge offers on the free agent market. Of course, no team can outbid the Yankees if they open the checkbook, which they almost certainly will do for Cano. Hughes likely pitched his way out of town with a miserable season. Youkilis was signed to a one-year deal to fill in for 3B Alex Rodriguez and 1B Mark Teixeira, but he wound up missing most of the season due to injury. He or Reynolds could be re-signed again as a third base fill-in should Rodriguez's suspension be upheld.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
FREE AGENTS: RHP Jesse Crain, OF David DeJesus (club option), SS Yunel Escobar (club option), RHP Roberto Hernandez, INF Kelly Johnson, 1B James Loney, C Jose Molina, RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (club option), RHP Fernando Rodney, DH Luke Scott, RHP Jamey Wright, DH Delmon Young, 2B/Ben Zobrist (club option).
Among the players with options, Escobar and Zobrist definitely will be back, with DeJesus a question pending potential leftfield upgrades and Oviedo, who didn't make it back from Tommy John surgery during the season, less likely. Among the others, the Rays will have interest in Loney and Rodney, but their pursuit will be limited financially so interest from other teams will drive the process. Molina, Wright and Young are also possibilities to return.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
FREE AGENTS: RHP Josh Johnson, OF Rajai Davis, LHP Darren Oliver, RHP Ramon Ortiz, DH Adam Lind (club option), INF Mark DeRosa (club option), RHP Casey Janssen (club option), INF Munenori Kawasaki (club option)
Johnson poses a big problem. He's coming off a two-win season and the Blue Jays must offer him $14 million for one year to gain compensation if someone signs him. But he might take that and hope to re-enter free agency next year off a better season. And what if he doesn't rebound? Lind has a $7 million club option that likely will be exercised. Davis is best used off the bench or as a fourth outfielder. He can steal bases (45 this season) and this makes him valuable in this role, but he is prone to mistakes on the bases and in the field. DeRosa is considering retirement at 38, and Oliver said he is retiring. Johnson's option will be picked up.