Heyman ranks the top 20 remaining FA's, according to him. Somehow, his No. 1 choice is Bobby Abreu and No. 3 is Pat Burrell.
Adam Dunn ranks in at No. 6, just ahead of Jon Garland and, inexplicably, four spots ahead of Derek Lowe. Oliver Perez ranks in at No. 11 and Manny Ramirez doesn't make an appearance until 13th.
Behind Manny? Ben Sheets at No. 14, followed by Jason Varitek, Randy Wolf and Garret Anderson. No. 18 is Freddy Garcia, who last I checked is still recovering from surgery, pitched in three games last season and may have just hurt himself in winter ball.
Cliff Floyd and Tim Redding round out the list.
Is it me, or did Heyman just throw darts at a list while drunk, blindfolded and hanging upside down?
I'm going to take the same 20 players and rank them, my way, and we all can compare.
|Heyman's list||Vazzano's list|
| 1. Bobby Abreu||1. Manny Ramirez|
| 2. Milton Bradley||2. Derek Lowe|
| 3. Pat Burrell||3. Oliver Perez|
| 4. Orlando Cabrera||4. Adam Dunn|
| 5. Joe Crede||5. Orlando Cabrera|
| 6. Adam Dunn||6. Bobby Abreu|
| 7. Jon Garland||7. Ben Sheets|
|8. Jason Giambi*||8. Jason Giambi*|
|9. Orlando Hudson*||9. Orlando Hudson*|
|10. Derek Lowe||10. Joe Crede|
| 11.Oliver Perez||11. Milton Bradley|
|12. Andy Pettitte*||12. Andy Pettitte*|
| 13. Manny Ramirez||13. Jon Garland|
| 14. Ben Sheets||14. Garrett Anderson|
| 15. Jason Varitek||15. Pat Burrell|
|16. Randy Wolf||16. Randy Wolf|
| 17. Garrett Anderson||17. Jason Varitek|
|18. Freddy Garcia||18. Tim Redding|
| 19. Cliff Floyd||19. Cliff Floyd|
| 20. Tim Redding||20. Freddy Garcia|
Of this list, the Mets have been rumored to be interested in: Ramirez, Lowe, Perez, Hudson, Wolf, Varitek and Redding.
Of that list, I think the only serious pursuits will be: Lowe, Perez, Hudson, Wolf and Redding.
And of that list, I can see only: Lowe, Perez, Wolf and Redding wearing blue and orange next year.
Wherever you rank the top 20 remaining free agents, just know that within the next 40 or so days, a lot of rumors are going to be swirling. Why 40 days (give or take)? Spring training kicks off right about then. Finally, we'll all get back to baseball.
Update: Fletcher points out that Heyman's list may not be a list at all. From 1-17, the list is in alphabetical order. If he's not ranking them, why use numbers? Couldn't he just as easily used bullet points? What's with the ABC order then? This gives me more questions than answers. My list still stands.