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Best of what’s left

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One way to pass the time during these slow days in the middle of December: Here are my picks for the best 25-man roster made entirely of players still on the free agent market.

SS Jimmy Rollins
CF Coco Crisp
LF Carlos Beltran
1B Prince Fielder
RF Michael Cuddyer
DH Jason Kubel
3B Wilson Betemit
C Ronny Paulino
2B Ryan Theriot

No real standouts at second, third or catcher. For whatever reason, I’ve always liked Kubel, so maybe I’m higher on him than I should be. That heart-of-the-order is pretty good.

1B Carlos Pena
2B Jeff Keppinger
CF Endy Chavez
C Chris Snyder

I’ll take Pena for a power bat, Keppinger for versatility and Chavez to run a little bit and play center field. I’ll take Snyder because I need a backup catcher.

RHP Roy Oswalt
RHP Yu Darvish
RHP Edwin Jackson
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
LHP Paul Maholm

I’ll give Oswalt the top spot in my rotation, if only out of respect for his career. I’ll include Darvish only because he’s already been posted, making him — more or less — officially a part of the free agent market. With C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle off the market, every option comes with some obvious questions.

RHP Ryan Madson
RHP Francisco Cordero
RHP Kerry Wood
LHP Mike Gonzalez
RHP Juan Cruz
RHP Brad Lidge
RHP Bartolo Colon

It’s a bullpen. There are always questions about who’s going to perform from year to year, but I’ll take Madson as my closer, and I’ll give Colon a spot as a long reliever.




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