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Shawn Green New York Mets
Jerry Crasnick writing at ESPN under heading "Large number of players still seeking employment" --

"Nothing is happening,'' one agent said. "Everybody's kind of frozen. It's a little bit baffling. I think teams are going to just wait until spring training and start cherry-picking guys.''

How did we reach this point? In recent years, more clubs have decided to save money and give prospects a chance rather than overpay for mediocre veterans. And while some free agents were spurning opportunities this winter in hopes the price would go up, lots of teams were filling needs through trades.

Don't be surprised to see a few retirement announcements mixed in with the signings over the next few weeks.

"Look at Shawn Green,'' one American League assistant GM said. "He's made $100 million in his career. Does he really want to take $850,000 and a minor league invite to go to camp and try to win a job?''

Heck yes!

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26 '08
Okay, I'll go along. I've just entered a bid for Emil Brown. But if he really does have a full-time job, it will need to be higher.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26 '08
Jay Bruce Philadelphia Phillies
If he makes the Reds out of spring training, which he may do at 21, he will start. The ceiling is very high. Has a beautiful LH stroke. The bid should be at least $10 if he makes the team.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
If empty AB's are Gardenhire's fancy, then a DP combo of Everett and Casilla will be his nirvana.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Luis Hernandez Kansas City Royals
Baltimore's starting SS? Possibly, but not worth even a $1 bid based on his minor league scan.

Pass.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
I get the feeling that Ron Gardenhire doesn't like Casilla, which gives Harris the upper hand at 2B. It's too bad Luis Rodriguez isn't in town anymore; Gardenhire seemed to love the empty AB he provided.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
Now with the A's as a RH hitting OF on a team heavy with LH hitting. Looks like Stewart won't be back, so there is a good chance he will open up the season as their starting LF and will definitely see plenty of playing time. Has pop and can run...I would set the bid at $8.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Jeff Clement Pittsburgh Pirates
He could also be headed to Baltimore in an Bedard deal if that ever happens. Adam Jones, Clement, and a pitcher, maybe even Morrow has been discussed. If the Orioles feel they need to deal Bedard, I can't see why they wouldn't make that move.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 26 '08
Has speed, and the Twins MI situation appears to be up for grabs. Casilla, Harris and Everret will all see time this year, and there's a very good chance Casilla will see a lot of time at 2B. I think a bid of $5-$6 would be in line based on the 20 SB potential.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Brandon Morrow Chicago Cubs
A moot point if the M's acquire Bedard, which I'm guessing they will. Morrow, of course, might be the piece of the package that's holding up the deal.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
Any thoughts, or useful numbers, on Gio Gonzalez or Greg Smith? Seems that they have about as good a chance as anybody to make the rotation after Harden, Blanton and Gaudin. Same goes for any thoughts on Carlos Gonzales as well.
Stan Budgell sbud51
Jan 26 '08
Craig Monroe Pittsburgh Pirates
Looks like he will see a lot of time in the Twins' OF in 2008. Averaged 22 HR and 80 RBI from '03-'06 when he had at least 425 AB's in each season. Should get those AB's and you should be able to get him around Alex's bid. Could be a nice source of some cheap power.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Melky Cabrera Pittsburgh Pirates
Agree no one else is coming close to what Yanks are offering. Twins are just taking their time because why not? Yanks might offer more.
Willie Mays SeyHey
Jan 26 '08
Rocco Baldelli Tampa Bay Rays
The hamstring seems to be fine, as he is running 3 times a week with no problems. Are you convinced? That 2003 season which provided such promise seems so long ago. At 26, it is too early to give up on Rocco. A healthy Rocco is good for $20 earnings...when you set your bid limit, just be prepared for the possibilty of his 2007 earnings.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 25 '08
Jeff Clement Pittsburgh Pirates
Big time sleeper. The Mariners have talked about moving him to 1B as he is currently blocked by Johjima. Sexson might not last the year in Seattle...very interesting play this year. Have to wait to see how this plays out this spring, but worth the gamble on draft day for a buck or stashing on your reserves.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 25 '08
Richie Sexson Tampa Bay Rays
Just a horrible 2007 for Sexson. The question is will he bounce back to be a viable CO option this year? The numbers have been in steady decline since 2003. Can he earn $20? Maybe, but I bet against it...he just seemed lost at the plate at times last year. I would bid very cautiously here, and don't expect a 2006 stat line. I think Clement will be their 1B sooner than later.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 25 '08
Mike Cuddyer New York Mets
Just signed a three year $24M deal to remain with the Twins. He's a solid player but nothing special. His defense, despite all of those assists is a liability. I wonder if he'll move to LF and they'll put Delmon in RF.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 25 '08
Just signed a six year $80M deal with the Twins. He's now under their control through 2013, right around the time he should turn into a pumpkin and begin declining. Great signing.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 25 '08
Brandon Morrow Chicago Cubs
I think the plan is for him to start the season in the rotation as the 5th starter if he does not implode this spring. Nasty stuff...command is the issue. If he cuts down those walks, there is a lot to like here. Big sleeper in 2008.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 25 '08
Melky Cabrera Pittsburgh Pirates
Players generally make huge strides in their third season. It is especially helpful if they are young when they make it to the majors since the growth curve usually increases until age 27 and then power increases (along with other old player skills until age 31) with speed and defense declining at the same time.

For that reason I'm surprised the Twins weren't interested in Hughes and Melky plus two lesser prospects over the other deals. Hughes has a much higher upside than any other player who they've been offered. And, Melky is poised for a break out. While he can be serviceable in center for the next two years, I see him as a corner outfielder in 3 or 4.

The funny thing is, Ellsbury is seen as a youngster, when he's actually older than Melky by a full year. Melky's growth potential is so much better because he's already two years ahead of Ellsbury at the Major League level. And, Hughes is so far superior to Lester as to be laughable in comparison.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 25 '08

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