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Still plenty of players to choose from

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 31, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Big plans for today. I’m headed up to my old stomping grounds in Connecticut to see No. 2 UConn play Providence, a team they never seem to beat. It’ll be fun to sit in the stands for a change.

As for the Yankees, one would expect a quiet weekend. Not even book publicists can compete with the Super Bowl. So here are some free-agent leftovers to chew on. It’s shocking the talent still out there considering that February is just about here.

1B: Adam Dunn
2B: Orlando Hudson
SS: Orlando Cabrera
3B: Ty Wigginton
LF: Manny Ramirez
CF: Ken Griffey Jr.
RF: Bobby Abreu
C: Pudge Rodriguez
DH: Frank Thomas

SP: Ben Sheets
SP: Oliver Perez
SP: Tom Glavine
SP: Randy Wolf
SP: Braden Looper
RP: Juan Cruz
RP: Eric Gagne

Also: Andruw Jones, Joe Crede, Jim Edmonds, Cliff Floyd, Garret Anderson, Nomar Garciaparra, Rich Aurilia, Pedro Martinez, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado.

It’ll be interesting to see how many of these notable players settle for whatever they can get. Or would some be wiser to wait and hope that jobs open up in spring training? Let’s say Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner aren’t impressive in spring training. Might the Yankees go get Jim Edmonds?

My faith in Brian Bruney and belief in Mark Melancon is such that I think Juan Cruz isn’t needed. But wouldn’t signing Wigginton, Aurilia or Garciaparra for the bench make some sense? At this point, another million isn’t going to matter.




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