This year 171 players filed for free agency.
Of the 171 total free agents, 72 are from the American League and 99 are from the National League.
Unlike last year’s class of free agents, only a select few in this crop figure to land blockbuster deals.
In fact, an increasing number of teams are choosing to improve via trade or by promoting young talent from within the farm system.
As such, many of these veterans can expect to sign short-term and/or incentive-laden deals for 2010 and potentially beyond.
I’ve taken a look at all of the free agents left on the market and split them up into two 25-man rosters, one for the American League and one for the National League.
League affiliation was determined by whichever team a player finished out the 2009 season.
In an effort to keep things as realistic as possible, I’ve ensured that each team has a backup catcher, infielder, and outfielder. Additionally, both the AL and NL rosters have been given a 12-man pitching rotation.
These teams certainly don’t reflect an All-Star mentality, but rather they give a good indication of how weak this year’s free agent class can be considered.
It should be noted that some deserving players were left off of the roster due to position-eligibility concerns. As such, you’ll note some sketchy inclusions and unfortunate exclusions.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the AL All-Free Agent Team.