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Giants heroes Scutaro, Theriot among new free agents

10:26 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Marco Scutaro drove in Ryan Theriot with the winning run in the clinching game of the World Series for San Francisco on Sunday night. On Monday, both became free agents.

A total of 137 players were declared free agents the day after the conclusion of the 2012 baseball season, including nine members of the Giants.

Joining Scutaro and Theriot from the roster of the World Series champs as new free agents are pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Guillermo Mota and outfielders Angel Pagan and Xavier Nady.

Other new free agent Giants who were not part of the World Series roster are outfielder Melky Cabrera, pitcher Brad Penny and infielder Freddy Sanchez. Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, was suspended 50 games in August after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was not included on the Giants' postseason roster after serving his penalty.

Four Detroit Tigers also became free agents Monday, including ALCS MVP Delmon Young. Pitchers Jose Valverde and Anibal Sanchez also declared from the AL champs, as did catcher Gerald Laird.

The New York Yankees had the most players become free agents, as 12 members of the AL East winners declared. Among the notable Yankees on the open market are closer Mariano Rivera, starting pitchers Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda and outfielders Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki. Rivera, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in May, has reportedly considered retirement after initially stating he would come back because he did not want to go out after an injury.

Top quality pitching appears to be lacking from the initial group of 137 players, as former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke of the Angels and 16-game winner Kyle Lohse of St. Louis top the list.

Former AL MVP Josh Hamilton of Texas could be the most sought-after player. Hamilton, despite his stellar numbers over the past five seasons with the Rangers, also brings along his past substance-abuse issues.

Other notable position players on the market Monday include Atlanta speedster Michael Bourn, Boston slugger David Ortiz, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, Marlins first baseman Carlos Lee and Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton.

A number of others could become free agents, pending the decisions of contract options. Four Yankees, including Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Rafael Soriano, are among the players in that category, as are NL Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey and third baseman David Wright of the Mets; catcher Brian McCann of Atlanta, Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta; Angels pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana; Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz; Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney and ace right-hander James Shields; and Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Free agents can begin negotiations with any club starting this Saturday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

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