Found November 04, 2011 on Ted's Army:

Crystal ballEnjoy making unfounded predictions as much as we do?

MLBTradeRumors has a contest for predicting where the top 50 free agents will end up. You can go to the contest page for full details, but the basics are that it integrates with your Facebook account and that there are prizes. 

I filled mine out this morning, and while I won't bother listing everything out (do you really care where I think Ramon Hernandez signs?), I will mention Red Sox-related predictions. I have them signing Jonathan Papelbon, Michael Cuddyer, and Jonathan Broxton. I also have David Ortiz signing with (I hate to say it) the Yankees. I know they should leave their DH spot open for when A-Rod breaks down, but I just have a feeling that Papi's uppercut and that short porch are a good match.

Broxton seems like a typical Red Sox acquisition -- overpay him to set up and hope he gets healthy and throws 98 again. It probably won't work out. The Cuddyer pick isn't consistent with my picks from a few days ago; if the Sox sign him, he'll be the everyday right fielder over Reddick (principally because he's a Type A free agent, and we'd have to give up draft picks for him.

The contest closes on Sunday, so I still may change my mind. I do think they'll bring in a 4th outfielder and let Reddick start, so I'll probably switch to somebody else. Anyway, go over the MLBTR and fill one out for yourself.


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