Free-agent predict-a-thon

Ezra Shaw

The prize is a sense of elevated self-satisfaction! Which you already had, didn't you, you little twit?

This might be the least noteworthy tradition in the annals of McCovey Chronicles, but we actually do this every year. Here's last year's. It's pretty ridiculous. I had Cody Ross on the Marlins and Prince Fielder on the Rangers. Huh. This picture showed up in the comments as a reference to the Giants' owners and the rainy-day fund. Which, well, kind of seems hilarious now.

Also, everyone was agog with Jimmy Rollins, I guess. He won the Gold Glove and Brandon Crawford didn't, so maybe it was a mistake to ignore him for many years and much money.

So let's be wrong about this year's crop together. A list of 20 free agents of some interest:

1. Zack Greinke -
2. Josh Hamilton -
3. Anibal Sanchez -
4. Michael Bourn -
5. Nick Swisher -
6. B.J. Upton -
7. Edwin Jackson -
8. Hiroki Kuroda -
9. Dan Haren -
10. Angel Pagan -
11. Kyle Lohse -
12. Shane Victorino -
13. Mike Napoli -
14. Melky Cabrera -
15. Torii Hunter -
16. Shaun Marcum -
17. Ryan Dempster -
18. Ichiro -
19. Jeremy Affeldt -
20. Kevin Youkilis -

That's for your copying-and-pasting pleasure into the comments. Do it now, lest my brilliant predictions taint your blank slate.

1. Zack Greinke - Angels
2. Josh Hamilton - Padres
3. Anibal Sanchez - Tigers
4. Michael Bourn - Mariners
5. Nick Swisher - Phillies
6. B.J. Upton - Giants
7. Edwin Jackson - Royals
8. Hiroki Kuroda - Yankees
9. Dan Haren - Dodgers
10. Angel Pagan - Braves
11. Kyle Lohse - Orioles
12. Shane Victorino - Astros, because screw him
13. Mike Napoli - Red Sox
14. Melky Cabrera - Rays
15. Torii Hunter - Rangers
16. Shaun Marcum - Padres
17. Ryan Dempster - Cardinals
18. Ichiro - Giants
19. Jeremy Affeldt - Angels
20. Kevin Youkilis - Rangers

I took hours -- hours! -- to think of these. It's not like I did it in six minutes because we needed a new thread. No, no, no. So have at it.

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