Ranking the top outfielders. TOP SHELF: Jacoby Ellsbury: Scott Boras client could be the winter’s ongoing drama as the agent makes his case there’s no health risk to deter a long-term (eight-year?) deal.
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TOP SHELF: Shin-Soo Choo: His on-base percentage makes certain
clubs drool and that 20-plus homer power isn’t too shabby as he probably goes
back to a corner OF slot.
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TOP SHELF: Carlos Beltran: A classy guy with a big-game reputation could
get more money and years than a 36-year-old might expect.
Charlie Riedel, AP
TOP SHELF: Nelson Cruz: Melky Cabrera proved there’s money after suspensions but this is a place
for bargain shoppers.
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MIDDLE CLASS: Curtis Granderson: From a team standpoint, the ideal deal is
the short-term type that would give you one motivated player.
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MIDDLE CLASS: Marlon Byrd: Skepticism that his recent resurgence is a bit of
a mirage will temper the bidding but he could be a nice bargain for somebody.
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MIDDLE CLASS: Raul Ibanez: At 41, hit 29 homers playing his home games in spacious Safeco Park in Seattle. It was his highest home run total since 2009.
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WORTH A FLIER: Michael Morse: Hit 31 homers in 2011 for the Nationals, but has hit just 31 homers in the two years since his banner season and batted .215 last season.
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WORTH A FLIER: Nate McLouth: Revival took a minor step back when he hit .258 with 12 homers and 36 RBI for the Orioles. He did steal 30 bases.
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RECYCLING BIN: David Murphy: Hit .220 with 13 homers and 45 RBI last season for the Rangers, bad timing to have the worst year of his career.
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RECYCLING BIN: Jason Kubel: Hit 30 homers with 30 doubles and 90 RBI in 2012 with the Diamondbacks, but lost his power and hitting stroke last season.
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RECYCLING BIN: Rajai Davis: Stole 45 bases for the Toronto Blue Jays. The trouble is he doesn't get on base enough (.312 OBP) to utilize his speed.
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