Sabathia is missing from Milwaukee's list, and AJ Burnett is missing from Toronto's list.
The Jays...I'd suggest getting one arm and one bat, given that their budget might be a bit constricted given the state of the Canadian dollar. This will probably keep the Jays out of the running for any of the real top-tier free agents. See if Ryan Dempster wants to come back to his home country, and then sign an Ibanez, Abreu or a Bradley to play left field/DH. With Ibanez/Bradley/Abreu on the team, suddenly you have a glut of 1B/OF types, so see if you can deal Lyle Overbay or Adam Lind for some type of package for a pitcher or quality middle infielder. Maybe even offer Rios if there's some real top-shelf talent out there.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeLos Angeles Dodgers Beimel, Joe (RP); Blake, Casey (3B); Garciaparra, Nomar (1B); Johnson, Jason (RP); Lowe, Derek (SP); Maddux, Greg (SP); Ramirez, Manny (OF); Sweeney, Mark (1B);
Chan Ho Park has also filed. Rafael Furcal, Jeff Kent, and Pablo Ozuna are also eligible, as are Brad Penny and Gary Bennett if their options aren't picked up.
I'm thinking re-sign: -Manny (Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre want to be traded, not that anyone would take them, so the outfield may be less crowded) -Furcal (hopefully for not too bloated a contract, if his health is still questionable) -Nomar (For 1 year. He still has value as a backup infielder and in community relations.) -Beimel (So he doesn't go anywhere else and become a breakout star.) -Maddux (If he wants to play another year.)
Adios: Blake, Johnson, Lowe, Sweeney (Thank God!), Kent, Park, Penny, and Ozuna.
This leaves a pretty big holes in the starting rotation and at 2nd base (I'm assuming Blake DeWitt moves back to 3rd.). If there's any money left after what I outlined above, anybody they sign to fill those spots would have to come cheap. I'm not sure who on the FA list that describes.
Maybe we can get someone in the Pierre/Jones trades.
I'd love to see the Angels re-sign Teixiera and bring back Anderson at a lower pay rate while the Dodgers retain Manny and make a run at Sabathia, who's originally from Southern California. Sadly, the reality will probably be that Manny and Sabathia sign with the Yankees and Teixiera signs with the Red Sox. Sigh.
It should also be noted that Jake Peavy and Matt Holliday are on the trading block. I'd love it if the Angels shipped Gary Matthews and his bloody awful contract to Colorado for Holliday, but if wishes were fishes and all that...
I can see the Yanks making a play for either Lowe or Sabathia, and if they lose out on either, Burnett - with Sheets as totally a last option. Manny as a Yank - no chance of that happening, IMO, not possible at all. With Texiera, I think he's back in Anaheim, but I don't think NY (for him to come to NY. If NY could dump Matsui, I could see them taking a flier on a trade for Andruw, and it would be a shock for Abreu not to be back in pinstripes, and Ivan will be gone from NY (door...hit...ass...leave).
Originally posted by Guru ZimI thought Hoffman was a free agent. Did he retire instead?
He is a Free Agent.
The Padres offer to Hoffman is $4 million this year with a $4 million option. Of course, there are incentives that aren't public. My guess is they would have to be pretty low because the Padres are going to be pretty bad next season.
Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? MORONS!!!
Bobby Cox came out in support of instant replay (sports.espn.go.com) for at least tough home run calls, and Joe Torre agreed with him yesterday (nydailynews.com). Not exactly earth-shattering, but still an interesting consideration.