FREE AGENTS: LHP Erik Bedard
The Astros will talk to Bedard about returning, but it's unclear if they'll be serious about retain him. He was extremely respected by his teammates.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
FREE AGENTS: LHP Jason Vargas
The Angels will try to re-sign Vargas, but they need to get him on friendly financial terms. Don't expect them to make him the $14 million qualifying offer, because if Vargas accepted it, that salary would force the Angels to move someone else to stay under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold.
FREE AGENTS: RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Bartolo Colon
The A's do not spend much money on the bullpen, and there are two or three candidates to close on the current roster, so Balfour is expected to depart. Colon told the San Francisco Chronicle he'd like to return to Oakland, and general manager Billy Beane said the team would be foolish not to have real interest in doing that, so there's a decent chance the 40-year-old will be back.
FREE AGENTS: C Henry Blanco, OF Endy Chavez, OF Raul Ibanez, DH Kendrys Morales, LHP Oliver Perez, C Humberto Quintero, OF Franklin Gutierrez (club option), LHP Joe Saunders (mutual option)
Morales is the marquee name on this list, and the Scott Boras client could see plenty of money thrown his way. He was a key factor in Seattle's lineup this season, but the Mariners won't overpay to bring him back. Age is the big concern with Ibanez, Blanco and Perez, while the Saunders decision will be an interesting one because the only other healthy left-handed starter on the roster is rookie James Paxton.
FREE AGENTS: INF Jeff Baker, DH Lance Berkman, OF Nelson Cruz, RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Matt Garza, RHP Colby Lewis, OF David Murphy, C A.J. Pierzynski, C Geovany Soto, RHP Joe Nathan (mutual option)
The Rangers will make a strong pitch to re-sign Garza but won't go overboard because they have a good deal of pitching depth. They also would like to bring Cruz back despite his 50-game suspension late in the season. Pierzynski's status depends on whether the Rangers are able to sign free agent Brian McCann to be their starting catcher. Soto could return as the No. 2 catcher again if he isn't looking to break the bank. The same goes for Baker and Frasor. Murphy's time with the Rangers appears to be up following a disappointing season. The Rangers would only bring the injury-plagued Lewis back on a minor league contract that is primarily incentive-based.