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Down the stretch

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We’re officially counting down in days — not weeks — until spring training, and almost every big name has come off the free agent board. Two of the top remaining free agents are ex-Yankees, and at this point, it looks like $2 million can buy one of them, and almost twice that might be able to buy another. Chien-Ming Wang seems headed toward a $2-million deal (plus incentives) with Washington, while the Braves have reportedly offered roughly the same amount (which almost doubles with deferred money) to land Johnny Damon.

Seems like a good deal for Wang. At this point, Damon might as well continue to wait and hope for more from Detroit.

Jon Heyman wrote a piece today in which he called utility infielders and so-so catchers two of the winners of the offseason because they landed bigger-than-expected deals. It seems worth noting that Brian Cashman and the Yankees could have jumped into both of those markets but chose to stick with their young players.

As for the best players still out there, here’s a quickly thrown together group. It’s not nearly as impressive as the group from one month ago.

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Felipe Lopez, 2B
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Russell Branyan, 1B
5. Gary Sheffield, DH
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Rocco Baldelli, CF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Ramon Martinez, SS

SP: Jarrod Washburn
SP: Chien-Ming Wang
SP: Pedro Martinez
SP: Bradon Looper
SP: John Smoltz

RP: Kiko Calero
RP: Chad Bradford
RP: Russ Springer
RP: Joe Beimel
RP: Chan Ho Park




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