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Many people are talking about Jose Hernandez and have forgotten about another good right-handed hitter out on the free agent market. Anyone remember the player that sent the Yankees to the World Series in 2003 against the Marlins? AARON BOONE! He would be a terrific addition who would likely come at a low price to the Marlins. The guy has tons of experience and can play 1B, 2B, and 3B and still has some speed and pop. I would love the Marlins to sign him. What would you think about Boone in a Marlins uniform?

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It wouldn't be the first time his name was linked to the Marlins, in fact nit was mentioned in the December 6th Sun Sentinel.

 

Yesterday it was Wilkerson, today Boone and Erstad.

 

Wilkerson and Boone both made in excess of $3 million in 2006, Erstad almost $9 million (which is not to say their respective clubs got anything approaching good value for their money) but it's highly unlikely any of them will take 80%-95% paycuts for the pleasure of playing in the South Florida sun.

 

If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to say so, but in my mind none of these three players will be signing with the Fish for 2007.

 

Keep in mind tonight is the non-tender deadline and a whole new crop of players are about to come on the market.

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For what it's worth a name to consider is Doug Mientkiewicz, who while primarily a first baseman, has the experience some seek, and at $1.8 million last season might be more willing to take less to extend his career. His basic numbers, splits and a strong defense would provide a lot of what Helms did last season, namely late innings replacement at 1st, and before injuring his back, hit .291 and .331 in June and July playing in a limited basis.

 

Just throwing his name in the ring, but he won't be playing in KC next season, Shealy has that job wrapped up and thus he's a free agent. Not pro or con.

 

BTW, Dallas newspapers are suggesting Wilkerson gets tendered today with an eventual salary around the $3.9 million he made in 2006.

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For what it's worth a name to consider is Doug Mientkiewicz, who while primarily a first baseman, has the experience some seek, and at $1.8 million last season might be more willing to take less to extend his career. His basic numbers, splits and a strong defense would provide a lot of what Helms did last season, namely late innings replacement at 1st, and before injuring his back, hit .291 and .331 in June and July playing in a limited basis.

 

Just throwing his name in the ring, but he won't be playing in KC next season, Shealy has that job wrapped up and thus he's a free agent. Not pro or con.

 

BTW, Dallas newspapers are suggesting Wilkerson gets tendered today with an eventual salary around the $3.9 million he made in 2006.

yankees are pursuing minky vigorously....cant wait for some sly non-tender signings!

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I do like the Mientkiewicz idea...he would definately provide some veteranship and I think he would like the idea of extending his career in South Florida where he grew up...didn't he go to Westminister Christian High School?

 

 

Shamster was correct to point out other teams including the Yankees (who signed or are about to sign a Cuban first baseman) have an interest in him. I brought up the name because I thought he fit, but knowing the odds were slim. Perhaps he would like to finish up here, I thought that was a good point even if it doesn't factor into his eventual decision.

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Wasn't Boone a disappointment with the Yankees prior to that Game 7 homer?

 

A-Rod is a dissapointment with the Yankees if you listen to New Yorkers. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Helms was here because of his versatility. Not exactly Boone's strong suit.

 

Boone is versatile. He has played 2B, 3B, and SS in the majors and could likely handle 1B and corner outfield. Thing is, he is going to want a starting job somewhere.

 

 

 

BTW, howabout Robert Fick? He can play anything Helms can, as well as catch.

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