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Best of what’s left (take two)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With Edwin Jackson and now Casey Kotchman off the market, we might as well take another look at what’s left on the free agent market. This is my second crack at the best team made entirely of players who don’t have one, and as you can see, the market is getting awfully thin.

DH Johnny Damon
SS Felipe Lopez
1B Derrek Lee
RF Yoenis Cespedes
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Miguel Tejada
CF Rick Ankiel
C Ivan Rodriguez
2B Aaron Miles

Yikes. Not only am I taking a shot on Cespedes, I’m counting on him to be the cleanup hitter in a left-heavy lineup full of veterans in need of a serious rebound. There’s no guarantee any of these guys could stay healthy enough to play an entire season, which is a problem because…

OF Kosuke Fukudome
UT Bill Hall
IF Eric Chavez
C Jason Varitek

More veterans fill the reserve roles, each with his own concerns and potential for injury or performance problems. There’s plenty of possibility on this team — I have to think one or two of the position players on this team will turn in legitimately good seasons this year — but there’s a considerable roll of the dice at each spot.

RHP Roy Oswalt
RHP Rich Harden
RHP Brad Penny
RHP Tim Wakefield
RHP Jon Garland

Aren’t you glad the Yankees took care of their rotation issues earlier this winter? Maybe you’d rather have Kyle Davis or Doug Davis, or maybe you’d rather take a chance on Scott Kazmir being healthy. Whatever your preference, there are nothing but risky, uncertain options left on the market.

RHP David Aardsma
LHP Mike Gonzalez
RHP Luis Ayala
RHP Scott Linebrink
LHP Arthur Rhodes
RHP Sergio Mitre
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

My closer might not pitch this year, but at least my top lefty throws kinda hard. I always liked Ohlendorf, so I’ll take him as a long man with hopes of a return to form. And heck yes I’m taking Serge. There’s a solid chance he’ll be in my rotation by mid-April!

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