I don't have the time to do a full free agency preview. I am planning to do a free agency recap like I did last season, http://hbd-ncaa.blogspot.com/2011/08/season-14-free-agency-recap-type-as-and.html.
In the meantime, here is a look at the top ten free agents this season (in my eyes).
The best pitcher in NCAA history is a free agent. He will almost certainly get a max contract (10 million bonus, 20 million per season for 5 seasons) and will be worth every penny. I don't think I have ever said that about any player in HBD as I typically think its a bad idea to allocate so much of your budget to one player, but he is simply dominant.
Another one of the top players in NCAA over the last ten seasons. He won't approach Nunez's contract but he will get paid handsomely. He is one of the top pure hitters in the world.
Pretty rare to find a CFer who can play the position competently and also swing a nice bat. Concepcion should be able to anchor CF for a few seasons. The downside is that since he is lefty, if his fielding skills deteriorate much at all then the owner will be stuck having to decide between a sub par defensive CF or a corner OFer that might not have the bat to warrant a place in the lineup.
Detroits owner, tk21775, has had Erik on the block for the last few seasons, but could never find a taker. Not sure if tk's asking price was too high, because Erik is one of those rare players who can field 3B at a really high level while also bringing a decent amount to the table at the plate as well. Now after having won a world series ring, Erik has decided to take his talents to....?
Sutton is a shutdown reliever who has been using as a middle relief specialist to bridge the gap between the starter and the closer. He can be a two inning relieving gem.
Don't let the overall rating fool you. Carter will be a great pickup. Great power bat to go along with decent catching skills is a great addition to your squad. One of the infamous "big three" that decided to turn their nose up at Detroit after winning the series.
Joe wasn't utilized very much in Nashville last season and is clearly on the downside of his career, but before last season had put together several impressive seasons. He can be a solid addition to someone's rotation.'
DISCLAIMER: The bottom three guys can be interchangeable with a umber of other options. I think this really should have been a "top 7 list" but I promised 10 so you're getting 10!
Chang has a really solid bat who won't break the bank and will fit in nicely in the middle of the lineup being able to hit both lefites and righties at a high clip.
Peterson is on this list due to his ratings, not his production. The bottom of this list is pretty weak. It lokos like there are 5 or 6 high end free agents and then its a clear drop off. Peterson "should" have the bat to be a good middle of the lineup guy, but if he hasn't produced in Dover (hitters park) then what is the issue?
Witt has done a superb job as a setup guy in Charlotte the last 6 seasons. He deserves a chance to close somewhere. Really good ratings across the board backed up with some really good stats.