Thursday, November 02, 2006

Free Agents - Who Is Buying?

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.

9 comments:

Crash said...

Marquis was the hot name about 3 years ago. I agree he may make some cash, but that's more to the weak market rather than him being worth anything. The only thing he has going for him is age. Even with an ERA over 6.00 and a sub .500 winning percentage (gosh who would have guessed that with such a steller ERA) the old Braves farm hand will get a look somewhere. I don't think he'll go to the better hitting AL if he is having trouble with NL lineups. You could see him with Mets as they are making an effort to get younger (not necessarily better...just younger) or Phillies.

The Scooter said...

Only thing Marquis about him is his name. He would get bitchslapped in the AL.

Let the Mets have him.

Middle Reilief said...

what about that pitcher from Japan hype or is he good?

The Scooter said...

Mid,

Well, we are about to find out. The scouting report says fastball in the mid-nineties, but his best pitch is a slider which he throws two different ways. The only question about him seems to be that he has thrown A LOT of innings over the last two or three years, and although still relatively young....will he hold up?

Seattle has said they are out of the bidding, as are the Dodgers. Looks like it will be between the Yanks, Mets and Red Sox....and maybe the Cubs.

Anonymous said...

Guys it is only November. The Hot Stove hasn't even been turned on yet. Marquis is not going to sign with the Yankees. He will stay in the National League. The Seattle free agent (Gil Meche)has been injury prone for most of his career.

And for those of you who are excited about a Japanese import, only one word - Irabu. Stick to Nissans.

One last word - A-Rod will be back with the Yankees (get off his back). He now has the blessing of Mariano Rivera who has come out in support of his third baseman as one of the best in the majors. Unlike some on the team (not to mention names, but a shortstop who lacks significant range)who can't get beyond their own egos to put an end to the media hype.

When the dust clears, The Yankee pitching staff will have a very similar look to this year's staff - Johnson, Mussina, Wang, Karstens and probably Rasner. The main signings will be for the bullpen and a utility infielder.

The Scooter said...

Anon,

LOL @ Karstens and Rasner. If you really aren't Middle Relief, then you could be his brother...what with your lack of any concept of what it takes to be a winner.

Seems as if the majority of the managers in the AL disagrre with your "lack of range" call, as they awarded the Captain with another gold glove...But I'm sure you know better than them.

A-Rod to the Angels for a fungo and a bag of practice balls.

Crash said...

Do you think they would give us the fungos??? I'm sure Jeter would drive him to the airport...how's that for range.

Looks like Mussina is just about signed...2 years roughly $25 mil.

The UTL Infielder may be Rich Aurilia.

I'm calling a wild card here...Mark Mulder will be in pinstripes. There are about 8 teams unofficially interested in Mulder. The Yankees are not listed as one of them...Cashman always pulls something that no one saw coming, I think this is the one.

The Scooter said...

Crash,

With the Pavano disaster, I don't think they can risk signing a Mulder...Their Octavio Dotel experiment didn't exactly pan out either.

2 and $25 for Moose?....a little high but hey it aint my scratch.

Aurilia's a local boy. I have no problem with giving him a shot.

Middle Relief said...

Oh children you are sooo uninformed.

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