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well it's saturday and there's nothing to do because the phillies and brewers game isn't until 6:30 so i decided to start this thread. where do you think that the major free agents are going to land.

 

Catchers

Brad Ausmus (40) - retires

Rod Barajas (33) - $2.5MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout - club option

Michael Barrett (32) - marlins

Henry Blanco (37) - $3MM mutual option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout - mutual option

Miguel Olivo (30) - $2.7MM mutual option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout - red sox

Mike Redmond (38) - $0.95MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout - club option

Ivan Rodriguez (37) - yankees resign him

David Ross (32) - phillies

Javier Valentin (33) - reds resign him

Jason Varitek (37) - red sox resign him

 

 

First basemen

Rich Aurilia (37) - giants resign him

Tony Clark (37) - dbacks resign him

Carlos Delgado (37) - $12MM club option for '09 with a $4MM buyout - club option

Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with a $5MM buyout - a's

Eric Hinske (31) - rays resign him

Kevin Millar (37) - red sox

Mark Teixeira (29) - angels resign him

Daryle Ward (34) - cubs resign him

 

 

Second basemen

Ray Durham (37) - mets

Damion Easley (39) - mets resign him

Mark Ellis (32) - cardinals

Mark Grudzielanek (39) - retires

Jerry Hairston Jr. (33) - reds resign him

Orlando Hudson (31) - yankees

Tadahito Iguchi (34) - rockies

Jeff Kent (41) - retires

Felipe Lopez (29) - cardinals resign him

Nick Punto (31) - twins resign him

 

 

Shortstops

Orlando Cabrera (34) - twins

Alex Cora (33) - red sox resign him

Craig Counsell (38) - brewers resign him

David Eckstein (34) - cardinals

Rafael Furcal (31) - royals

Edgar Renteria (33) - blue jays

Juan Uribe (30) - white sox resign him

Omar Vizquel (42) - $5.2MM club option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout - tigers

 

 

Third basemen

Casey Blake (35) - dodgers resign him

Hank Blalock (28) - $6.2MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout - club option

Aaron Boone (36) - nats resign him

Joe Crede (31) - twins

Nomar Garciaparra (35) - rays

 

 

Left fielders

Moises Alou (42) - retires

Garret Anderson (37) - $14MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout - dbacks

Pat Burrell (32) - mets

Carl Crawford (27) - $8.25MM club option for '09 with a $2.5MM buyout - club option

Adam Dunn (29) - o's

Luis Gonzalez (41) phillies

Raul Ibanez (37) - rays

Gabe Kapler (33) - brewers resign him

Manny Ramirez (37) - dodgers resign him

Juan Rivera (30) - giants

 

 

Center fielders

Rocco Baldelli (27) - rays resign him

Mike Cameron (36) - $10MM club option for '09 with a $750K buyout - club option

Jim Edmonds (39) - cubs resign him

Mark Kotsay (33) - braves

Corey Patterson (29) - reds resign him

 

 

Right fielders

Bobby Abreu (35) - phillies

Brian Giles (38) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout - club option

Ken Griffey Jr. (39) - $16.5MM club option for '09 with a $4MM buyout - mariners (for attendance)

Vladimir Guerrero (33) - $15MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout - club option

 

 

DHs

Milton Bradley (31) - rangers resign him

Cliff Floyd (36) - $2.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout - club option

Frank Thomas (41) - retires

 

 

Starting pitchers

A.J. Burnett (32) - can opt out after '08 season - blue jays resign him

Paul Byrd (38) - indians

Ryan Dempster (32) - cubs resign him

Freddy Garcia (33) - tigers resign him

Jon Garland (29) - brewers

Tom Glavine (43) - retires

Mike Hampton (36) - braves resign him

Livan Hernandez (34) - nationals

Orlando Hernandez (43) - retires

Randy Johnson (45) - dbacks resign him

John Lackey (30) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout - club option

Derek Lowe (36) - yankees

Greg Maddux (43) - retires

Pedro Martinez (37) - mets resign him

Sergio Mitre (28) - rockies

Jamie Moyer (46) - phillies resign him

Mike Mussina (40) - yankees resign him

Carl Pavano (33) - $13MM club option for '09 with a $1.95MM buyout - yankees resign at lower price

Brad Penny (31) - $8.75MM club option for '09 with a $2MM buyout - club option

Oliver Perez (27) - brewers

Andy Pettitte (37) - yankees resign him

Kenny Rogers (44) - retires

C.C. Sabathia (28) - rangers

Curt Schilling (42) - retires

Ben Sheets (30) - astros

John Smoltz (42) - braves resign him (becomes closer)

Tim Wakefield (42) - perpetual $4MM club option - club option

Randy Wolf (32) - astros resign him

 

 

Closers

Brian Fuentes (33) - mets

Eric Gagne (33) - mets

Eddie Guardado (38) - rangers

Trevor Hoffman (41) - padres resign him

Jason Isringhausen (36) - angels

Brandon Lyon (29) - cardinals

Francisco Rodriguez (27) - indians

Salomon Torres (37) - $3.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout - club option

Kerry Wood (32) - cubs resign him

 

 

Middle relievers

Luis Ayala (31) - mets resign him

Joe Beimel (32) - dogers resign him

Juan Cruz (30) - tigers

Kyle Farnsworth (33) - yankees

Tom Gordon (41) - $4.5MM club option for '09 with a $1MM buyout - phillies resign at lower price

LaTroy Hawkins (36) - astros resign him

Bob Howry (35) - cubs resign him

Damaso Marte (34) - $6MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout - tigers

Arthur Rhodes (39) - angels

Mike Timlin (43) - retires

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why would Nomar become a hitting coach? He's only 35, the Dodgers don't have faith in DeWitt at 3rd base, and Nomar still has something left in the tank, he's got a good 3 years left in him

 

i think casey would be resigned and play 3B while dewitt will play 2nd if kent retires. nomar could sign another deal but he's really an injury risk and i'm surprised he doesn't get injured tying his shoes.

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Neither Kent or Anderson will retire.

 

i think kent might because he was thinking about it last season. as for anderson he can still hit and will most likely find a job but i got tired of thinking where he could go so i just wrote retires, lol.

 

 

Both of them are still too good to retire though. I think Kent might retire in a year or two, but Anderson still has a few years left in him. I could see both of them getting signed by big payroll teams.

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why would Nomar become a hitting coach? He's only 35, the Dodgers don't have faith in DeWitt at 3rd base, and Nomar still has something left in the tank, he's got a good 3 years left in him

 

i think casey would be resigned and play 3B while dewitt will play 2nd if kent retires. nomar could sign another deal but he's really an injury risk and i'm surprised he doesn't get injured tying his shoes.

 

 

Casey Blake was a temporary signing to spark the team to get them into the playoffs. Manny will be resigned just because LA would go into a frenzy if they didn't, and they wouldn't want to spend the cash on Blake who puts up very similar stats to a much cheaper Nomar. Also, Dewitt has never played 2nd base in his entire life i believe.

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why would Nomar become a hitting coach? He's only 35, the Dodgers don't have faith in DeWitt at 3rd base, and Nomar still has something left in the tank, he's got a good 3 years left in him

 

i think casey would be resigned and play 3B while dewitt will play 2nd if kent retires. nomar could sign another deal but he's really an injury risk and i'm surprised he doesn't get injured tying his shoes.

 

 

Casey Blake was a temporary signing to spark the team to get them into the playoffs. Manny will be resigned just because LA would go into a frenzy if they didn't, and they wouldn't want to spend the cash on Blake who puts up very similar stats to a much cheaper Nomar. Also, Dewitt has never played 2nd base in his entire life i believe.

 

uuummm, he's playing 2nd right now. actually he's played 2nd base 27 times this season. also i just tried to make some bold decisions so that not all my predictions were safe and boring choices

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why would Nomar become a hitting coach? He's only 35, the Dodgers don't have faith in DeWitt at 3rd base, and Nomar still has something left in the tank, he's got a good 3 years left in him

 

i think casey would be resigned and play 3B while dewitt will play 2nd if kent retires. nomar could sign another deal but he's really an injury risk and i'm surprised he doesn't get injured tying his shoes.

 

 

Casey Blake was a temporary signing to spark the team to get them into the playoffs. Manny will be resigned just because LA would go into a frenzy if they didn't, and they wouldn't want to spend the cash on Blake who puts up very similar stats to a much cheaper Nomar. Also, Dewitt has never played 2nd base in his entire life i believe.

 

uuummm, he's playing 2nd right now. actually he's played 2nd base 27 times this season. also i just tried to make some bold decisions so that not all my predictions were safe and boring choices

 

 

no sh*t, Torre must be retarded or something, Its from my understanding that in HS and in the minors he was primarily a corner infielder, I never heard of him playing 2nd base

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why would Nomar become a hitting coach? He's only 35, the Dodgers don't have faith in DeWitt at 3rd base, and Nomar still has something left in the tank, he's got a good 3 years left in him

 

i think casey would be resigned and play 3B while dewitt will play 2nd if kent retires. nomar could sign another deal but he's really an injury risk and i'm surprised he doesn't get injured tying his shoes.

 

 

Casey Blake was a temporary signing to spark the team to get them into the playoffs. Manny will be resigned just because LA would go into a frenzy if they didn't, and they wouldn't want to spend the cash on Blake who puts up very similar stats to a much cheaper Nomar. Also, Dewitt has never played 2nd base in his entire life i believe.

 

uuummm, he's playing 2nd right now. actually he's played 2nd base 27 times this season. also i just tried to make some bold decisions so that not all my predictions were safe and boring choices

 

 

no sh*t, Torre must be retarded or something, Its from my understanding that in HS and in the minors he was primarily a corner infielder, I never heard of him playing 2nd base

 

yeah i think he only played 3rd in the minors but when they got blake to play 3rd and kent needed surgery they moved dewitt to 2nd and he only has 2 errors at that position.

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Smoltz is pretty much done. I will be surprised if he actually plays a regular season game (will likely find out in ST that he can't do it anymore).

 

It would make more sense for Baldelli to try and go elsewhere.

 

Nomar is not retiring yet. He's going to try and keep playing.

 

I am also pretty confident that Kent will hang around longer than we think.

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i went back and edited some of the guys i thought would retire because you guys made some good points that they still had gas left in the tank.

 

gonzo - phillies (he's an upgrade over matt stairs)

nomar - rays (multiple infield positions and can DH once in a while)

anderson - dbacks (still has some pop and can play the outfield on a young team)

counsell - brewers (has been valuable during the playoffs)

easley - mets (hell he's better than castillo)

 

as for the rest i still think they retire before the season or during the season because of performance, age, or injury

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i went back and edited some of the guys i thought would retire because you guys made some good points that they still had gas left in the tank.

 

gonzo - phillies (he's an upgrade over matt stairs)

nomar - rays (multiple infield positions and can DH once in a while)

anderson - dbacks (still has some pop and can play the outfield on a young team)

counsell - brewers (has been valuable during the playoffs)

easley - mets (hell he's better than castillo)

 

as for the rest i still think they retire before the season or during the season because of performance, age, or injury

 

 

THAT IS DEAD WRONG

 

lol at Counsell going back to the Brewers, they already had him, why would they want him back? They already got Weeks. I understand Anderson to the D-Backs, but they already got that kind of hitter in Clark. Nomar to the Rays makes sense, he is an upgrade over Bartlett (or w.e his name is). Gonzo will retire imo

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i went back and edited some of the guys i thought would retire because you guys made some good points that they still had gas left in the tank.

 

gonzo - phillies (he's an upgrade over matt stairs)

nomar - rays (multiple infield positions and can DH once in a while)

anderson - dbacks (still has some pop and can play the outfield on a young team)

counsell - brewers (has been valuable during the playoffs)

easley - mets (hell he's better than castillo)

 

as for the rest i still think they retire before the season or during the season because of performance, age, or injury

 

 

THAT IS DEAD WRONG

 

lol at Counsell going back to the Brewers, they already had him, why would they want him back? They already got Weeks. I understand Anderson to the D-Backs, but they already got that kind of hitter in Clark. Nomar to the Rays makes sense, he is an upgrade over Bartlett (or w.e his name is). Gonzo will retire imo

 

i think they'll look into trading castillo this offseason. i think that the brewers want to keep counsell because he's their utility player. counsell has filled in at 2nd, SS, and 3rd for the brewers this season. i give gonzo one more year to get another championship and then he'll retire

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Man, BosnianBaller, you give up on guys quick.

 

gonzo, nomar, anderson, and counsell and maybe easley might not retire but the others i'm sure will retire or retire during the season when their team releases them because they suck.

I would LOVE to get Brad Ausmus. It won't happen because he said he'll only come back for a SoCal team, but it would be great. He still hits LHP well and would be the perfect mentor/platoon partner for Bake.

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The Yankees are going to make a huge push for Sabathia. If they sign him, either one of their young pitchers goes or Petite goes. Pavano is not coming back.

 

Do you think how the Brewers have used him will influence the number of teams that will go after him?

I mean, surely he is due an injury to his arm the way he has been maxed out.

Whether it be having 120 or so pitches every start or the fact they sent him out there on 3 days rest 4 times in a row....it must have a lingering effect surely?

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The Yankees are going to make a huge push for Sabathia. If they sign him, either one of their young pitchers goes or Petite goes. Pavano is not coming back.

 

Do you think how the Brewers have used him will influence the number of teams that will go after him?

I mean, surely he is due an injury to his arm the way he has been maxed out.

Whether it be having 120 or so pitches every start or the fact they sent him out there on 3 days rest 4 times in a row....it must have a lingering effect surely?

 

Time will tell. He'll be resting his arm in a day or two by the looks of it. The Brewers are done. I don't think his pitching in the last couple of weeks is going to deter the Yankees. They can afford to disregard any risks, if there are any. I think he'll be fine though.

 

The only thing that might deter Sabathia is his desire to be on the west coast.

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