It never takes long for the free-agent season to begin with 147 players now on the market, including seven New York Mets. The Mets’ list includes: David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco, Aaron Harang, LaTroy Hawkins and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Shortly, Johan Santana will join them as the Mets are expected to decline their option and pay him the $5.5 million buyout.
All are pitchers, which is a primary need. The Mets are seeking two starters for the back end of their rotation and could make a run at bringing back Matsuzaka and/or Harang.
For now, the Mets filled those spots on their 40-man roster by activating the following seven players from the 60-day injured reserve list: Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell and Scott Rice.
Harvey and Hefner are expected to miss the 2014 season, and it isn’t known whether Parnell and Mejia, both recovering from surgery, will be available for the start of the season.
Rice should be ready, while Davis could end up being traded as the Mets have a glut of first basemen.
The Major League Baseball Players Association has released the following list of 147 players who are free agents:
RHP: Luis Ayala, Freddy Garcia, Tim Hudson, Kameron Loe.
LHP: Scott Downs, Paul Maholm, Eric O’Flaherty.
C: Brian McCann.
C: Wil Nieves.
INF: Willie Bloomquist, Eric Chavez.
RHP: Scot Feldman, Jason Hammel.
C: Chris Snyder.
INF: Brian Roberts.
OF: Nate McLouth, Michael Morse.
RHP: Joel Hanrahan.
C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
INF: Stephen Drew, John McDonald, Mike Napoli.
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury.
RHP: Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg, Matt Guerrier.
C: Dioner Navarro.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
RHP: Gavin Floyd.
INF: Paul Konerko.
RHP: Bronson Arroyo, Nick Masset.
LHP: Zach Duke, Manny Parra.
IF: Cesar Izturis.
OF: Shin-Soo Choo.
RHP: Matt Albers, Joe Smith.
LHP: Rich Hill, Scott Kazmir.
C: Kelly Shoppach.
INF: Jason Giambi.
RHP: Rafael Betancourt, Roy Oswalt.
LHP: Jeff Francis.
C: Yorvit Torrealba.
INF: Todd Helton.
RHP: Joaquin Benoit, Jeremy Bonderman, Octavio Dotel.
C: Bravan Pena.
INF: Omar Infante, Jhonny Peralta, Ramon Santiago.
LHP: Erik Bedard.
RHP: Bruce Chen, Ervin Santana.
INF: Carlos Pena, Miguel Tejada.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
LHP: Jason Vargas.
OF: Jerry Hairston.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
RHP: J.P. Howell, Carlos Marmol, Ricky Nolasco, Edinson Volquez, Brian Wilson.
INF: Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Juan Uribe, Michael Young.
RHP: Chad Qualls.
INF: Placido Polanco.
OF: Matt Diaz, Austin Kearns, Juan Pierre.
LHP: Mike Gonzalez.
INF: Yuniesky Betancourt.
OF: Corey Hart.
RHP: Mike Pelfrey.
NEW YORK YANKEES
RHP: Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera,
LHP: Andy Pettitte.
INF: Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Kevin Youkilis.
OF: Curtis Granderson.
RHP: Grant Balfour, Bartolo Colon.
RHP: Roy Halladay.
C: Carlos Ruiz.
RHP: A.J. Burnett, Kyle Farnsworth, Jeff Karstens.
C: John Buck.
INF: Justin Morneau.
OF: Marlon Byrd,
RHP: Jason Marquis.
INF: Ronny Cedeno.
OF: Mark Kotsay.
LHP: Oliver Perez.
C: Humberto Quintero.
INF: Kendrys Morales
OF: Endy Chavez, Raul Ibanez.
RHP: Chad Gaudin.
LHP: Javier Lopez.
RHP: Chris Carpenter, Edward Mujica.
INF: Rafael Furcal.
OF: Carlos Beltran.
RHP: Jesse Crain, Roberto Hernandez, Fernando Rodney, Jamey Wright.
C: Jose Molina.
INF: Kelly Johnson, James Loney, Luke Scott.
OF: Delmon Young.
RHP: Jason Frasor, Matt Garza, Colby Lewis.
C: A.J. Pierzynski, Geovany Soto.
INF: Lance Berkman,
OF: Nelson Cruz.
RHP: Josh Johnson, Ramon Ortiz.
LHP: Darren Oliver.
OF: Rajai Davis.
RHP: Dan Haren.
INF: Chad Tracy.