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Since: 3.10.02
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Who looks like a good fit for YOUR team? Who do you hope your team goes after? Who do you hope your team does NOT resign?

Free agents listed below, from mlb.com

Arizona
Clark, Tony (1B); Cruz, Juan (RP); Eckstein, David (SS)

Atlanta
Julio, Jorge (RP); Norton, Greg (OF); Ohman, Will (RP); Smoltz, John (SP); Tavarez, Julian (RP)

Baltimore
Cintron, Alex (SS); Millar, Kevin (1B); Payton, Jay (OF)

Boston
Casey, Sean (1B); Colon, Bartolo (SP); Cora, Alex (SS); Ross, Dave (C); Schilling, Curt (SP); Varitek, Jason (C)

Chicago Cubs
Blanco, Henry (C); Dempster, Ryan (SP); Edmonds, Jim (OF); Fox, Chad (RP); Howry, Bob (RP); Lieber, Jon (RP); Wood, Kerry (RP)

Chicago White Sox
Crede, Joe (3B); Hall, Toby (C); Ramirez, Horacio (RP); Uribe, Juan (2B)

Cincinnati
Affeldt, Jeremy (RP); Hairston Jr., Jerry (SS); Lincoln, Michael (RP); Mercker, Kent (RP); Valentin, Javier (C)

Cleveland
* Donnelly, Brendan (RP); Elarton, Scott (SP)

Colorado
Melhuse, Adam (C)

Detroit Tigers
Garcia, Freddy Antonio (SP); Jones, Todd (RP); Wilson, Vance (C)

Florida
Hendrickson, Mark (RP); LoDuca, Paul (C)

Houston
Ausmus, Brad (C); Hawkins, LaTroy (RP); Loretta, Mark (2B); Wolf, Randy (SP)

Kansas City
Grudzielanek, Mark (2B)

Los Angeles Angels
Anderson, Garret (OF); Garland, Jon (SP); Oliver, Darren (RP); Rivera, Juan (OF); Teixeira, Mark (1B)

Los 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);

Milwaukee
Gagne, Eric (RP); Kapler, Gabe (OF); Lamb, Michael (3B); Sheets, Ben (SP); Shouse, Brian (RP)

Minnesota
Everett, Adam (SS); Guardado, Eddie (RP); Punto, Nick (SS); Reyes, Dennys (RP)

New York Mets
Alou, Moises (OF); Armas Jr., Tony (RP); Ayala, Luis (RP); Easley, Damion (2B); Martinez, Pedro (SP); Martinez, Ramon E. (2B); Perez, Oliver (SP); Rincon, Ricardo (RP); Wise, Matt (RP)

New York Yankees
Abreu, Bob (OF); Moeller, Chad (C); Ponson, Sidney (SP); Rodriguez, Ivan (C)

Oakland
Brown, Emil (OF); Thomas, Frank (DH)

Pittsburgh
Gomez, Chris (3B); Michaels, Jason (OF); Mientkiewicz, Doug (1B); Rivas, Luis (SS)

St. Louis
Izturis, Cesar (SS); LaRue, Jason (C); Looper, Braden L. (SP); Lopez, Felipe (2B); Springer, Russ (RP); Villone, Ron (RP)

San Diego
Prior, Mark (SP)

San Francisco
Aurilia, Rich (1B)

Seattle
Bloomquist, Willie (OF); Cairo, Miguel (1B); Ibanez, Raul (OF)

Tampa Bay
Baldelli, Rocco (DH)

Toronto
Wilkerson, Brad (OF); Parrish, John (RP)

Texas
+ Blalock, Hank (3B); Bradley, Milton (DH); Jennings, Jason (SP); Vazquez, Ramon (3B); Wright, Jamey (RP)

Washington
Perez, Odalis (SP)

* = Potentially eligible due to contract terms.

+ = Provisional election pending resolution of option provision in Player's UPC.
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Yankees: Get Teixeira, resign Abreu and Ivan Rodriguez, go for Sheets instead of Sabathia out of Milwaukee, have a rotation of Wang, Sheets, Chamberlain, and Mussina.



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Since: 4.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
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.

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Since: 26.3.03
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.71
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Los 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.

Yeah, I didn't think so either.




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Free agent list = guys the Padres won't take a sniff at.



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Since: 20.6.02
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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...




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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).
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Since: 2.1.02
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I am thinking that the Cubs will re-sign Dempster and Wood, as well as make a play for Abreu and move Fukodome to center..
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Giambi and Pavano are getting the axe from the Yanks.



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Since: 9.12.01
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I thought Hoffman was a free agent. Did he retire instead?




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Since: 2.1.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I thought Hoffman was a free agent. Did he retire instead?


He is a Free Agent.
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Since: 8.5.02
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    Originally posted by cfgb
      Originally posted by Guru Zim
      I thought Hoffman was a free agent. Did he retire instead?


    He is a Free Agent.
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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.



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Since: 11.12.01

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.77
Ugh, I would not want to be making that decision.

Stay with SD, be near your home and kids during the season , and get a huge retirement party when you do hang it up...

or

Try to get with a winning team for one last go...
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.23

Maybe he can go wherever Peavy goes in a package deal. >:



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