Free Agent leftovers
A while back, I posted this post
running down the remaining free agents. A lot has happened since then, and even more should happen today or tomorrow when Beltran ends up signing with, probably, the Mets. Here is a quick synopsis of the main leftovers:
- Carlos Delgado - Going to the Mets? Would Piazza then catch every day? Maybe to the M's and have Sexson butcher LF? Who knows, but this guy can hit. He had a slightly off year with an OPS of .907 which was his lowest since 1997. Is he sliding downhill? Was it a result of being on such a crappy team? My guess is the later, but he'll be 33 next year, so I'd be wary of giving him more than a 3 year contract.
- Magglio Ordonez - I haven't really heard much about him this offseason. My guess is that he's lying low until the two guys I mentioned above sign, then he'll go to the team that didn't get him. And his injury is probably really scaring off some teams. My guess is that he'll go for a short term deal a la Garciaparra (go Yellow Jackets!).
- Barry Larkin - I haven't heard of anything about Barry so far. Is he not retiring? He had a decent year for an old guy (.771 OPS). He'll stick with a team, but I'm not sure if he's going to get a starting position anywhere. What teams still have SS open right now? And Cabrera is the better choice (depending on $$$). Good luck, Barry, you've had a great career.
And that's about it, folks! Yeah, there are a number of free agents out there that could probably contribute as bench players, but besides the Big Two above, there isn't much. Delgado has been rumored to go just about everywhere, including the Mets, Rangers, Marlins, and any other number of teams. The Yanks are out, since they signed Tino, and I would guess that the Mets are out, unless they've gone totally bonkers. He'd, of course, help the team, but I doubt that they have $10M+ to throw his way. Everyone who reads this blog knows that I would like to see the Yanks take a strong look at Magglio, but I doubt that will happen. One can always dream.
Oh yeah, the Yankees signed Ruben Sierra. Blech. I saw some article (I forgot where) that referenced his veteren leadership. Blech. Like the Yankees need any more veterens or leadership on their team??? Couldn't they find a free agent out there that never played for them that could put up better numbers than Ruben? I bet they could.
posted by shawn
: 1/09/2005 01:02:00 PM -