Let's play my favorite game - Who Wants To Be Brian Cashman?
Free Agents - there are a lot of them, and, of the list of those that have already filed, here are the few that I think may be on our radar with their age in ( ):
Starting Pitchers: Barry Zito (28), Jason Marquis (28), Jeff Suppan (31), Gil Meche (28), Jason Schmidt (33), Jeff Weaver (30), Kerry Wood (29), and maybe Ted Lilly (30)
Relief Pitchers: Scott Schoeneweis (33), Octavio Dotel (32), David Riske (30), Latroy Hawkins (33)
Fielders: 3B Aaron Boone (33), 3B Aubrey Huff (29), Nomar Garciaparra (33), Alfonso Soriano (30)
Now, yes there are dozens upon dozens more. Notably, the field greatly expands in the plus 35 age bracket - but we want some level of youth right? Of these players I would say that Zito is going to be the attention grabber - that is a given. How is Kerry Wood only 30? (Seems like he's been in the league for like 15 years!) The problem is I just don't trust West Coast surfer dudes playing in the Eastern U.S. (Think QB bust Rob Johnson), so with that said, we make a token offer and let the lesser clubs over pay for him.
I think Marquis and Meche are worth serious consideration though and would be a net positive for the team. In the field, if A-Rod doesn't come back I think Huff gets a look. And as mentioned earlier, I like the idea of a Nomar in pinstripes.
Outside of those listed above - who cares about the rest. The free agent field is weak, and many in the pool would not improve Bronx Bombers. Bottom line - Crap that is on sale is still crap, and we are not going to be buyers for most of the bunch.