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Homer's Ghost
02-12-2006, 03:07 PM
The Hatteberg signing got me wondering who is left on the free agent market? Anybody have a list?

02-12-2006, 03:42 PM
This list is from SI.com and is updated as of last Tuesday (Feb 7).


The remaining free agents:

American League

Rafael Palmeiro, 1b; Sammy Sosa, of; B.J. Surhoff, of

John Olerud, 1b

Juan Gonzalez, of

Bobby Higginson, of

Kansas City
Denny Hocking, of; Jose Lima, rhp; Scott Sullivan, rhp

Los Angeles
Jason Christiansen, lhp

New York
Kevin Brown, rhp; Tino Martinez, 1b; Rey Sanchez, ss

Erubiel Durazo, dh; Scott Hatteberg, dh

Shigetoshi Hasegawa, rhp;Dave Hansen, 1b;Dan Wilson, c.

Tampa Bay
Roberto Alomar, 2b; Danny Bautista, of; Alex S. Gonzalez, 3b.

Greg Colbrunn, 1b; Richard Hidalgo, of.

National League

Buddy Groom, lhp

Jay Powell, rhp

Chad Fox, rhp.

Luis Lopez, 3b

Jamey Wright, rhp

Jim Mecir, rhp; Mike Mordecai, 3b; Paul Quantrill, rhp; Ismael Valdez, rhp

Roger Clemens, rhp

Los Angeles
Darren Dreifort, rhp; Jeff Weaver, rhp

New York
Mike DeFelice, c; Jose Offerman, 1b; Felix Heredia, lhp; Shingo Takatsu, rhp; Gerald Williams of

Ugueth Urbina, rhp

Brian Meadows, rhp

St. Louis
Cal Eldred, rhp; Al Reyes, rhp; Larry Walker, of

San Diego
Pedro Astacio, rhp.

Carlos Baerga, 3b; Jeffrey Hammonds, of.

Homer's Ghost
02-12-2006, 03:44 PM
From that lists, who interests you?

02-12-2006, 03:55 PM
I have browsed through the last couple days of transactions and can make the following changes from that list:

Scott Hatteberg, dh - Signed with the Reds

Dan Wilson, c - He is retiring - here's the story - http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2159900

Felix Heredia, lhp - Signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday

Luis Lopez, 3b - Signed a minor league contract with the Orioles earlier this week

Larry Walker, of - announced he was retiring but there were some rumbles in later December he might consider returing for another year as a DH.


Here is a list from ESPN.com that is updated as of today:


02-12-2006, 04:03 PM
Shingo ?

02-12-2006, 04:22 PM
My Analysis:

Cheap, potential bounceback guys:
Erubiel Durazo, dh- Great player to sign to small, incentives based contract.
Richard Hidalgo, of- ditto
Juan Gonzalez, of- Only 1 AB last year but small chance he can rebound.
Sammy Sosa, of- Probably done but possibly lighting in a bottle.

Backup Backup Catchers if healthy:
Mike DeFelice, c- he's done

Infield Utility/Bench Help:
Dave Hansen, 1b- was an alright PHer
Greg Colbrunn, 1b- not too bad either
Rey Sanchez, ss- Not a bad last resort for a bench guy...solid glove.
Luis Lopez, 3b- Good roster spot filler........ in AAA
Mike Mordecai, 3b- probably done
Jose Offerman, 1b- OK Bench bat
Carlos Baerga, 3b- OK bench bat
Denny Hocking, of; (does IF too)- used to be like Freel but not anymore.

5th OF: (at best)
Gerald Williams of- He's probably done

4th OF:
Danny Bautista, of; (He retired but now he's strangely wanting to play)
Bobby Higginson, of- Maybe another chance of scenery will help him.

Off Limits
Roger Clemens, rhp- If he does play only a couple potential markets
Ugueth Urbina, rhp- in jail

Probably Retiring:
Tino Martinez, 1b- Not too bad but he's probably done.
B.J. Surhoff, of- ditto
Rafael Palmeiro, 1b- Will play but no one wants.

Jamey Wright, rhp- Stay away.....
Ismael Valdez, rhp- Not too bad 5th starter for a small market team.
Jeff Weaver, rhp- Will be very expensive but could be a good #3 or bad #2.
Jose Lima, rhp- STAY away...he's done
Pedro Astacio, rhp- maybe a solid 5th starter for a hurting team
Kevin Brown, rhp- I doubt he'll bounce back but small gamble to try with.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa, rhp- Alright BP filler for someone desperate
Buddy Groom, lhp- probably done... another last resort kind of guy.
Jay Powell, rhp- too inconsistent and riddled by poor health
Chad Fox, rhp- He's done.
Scott Sullivan, rhp- Not bad.... pitched too much for us... Good for a MLC.
Jim Mecir, rhp- 35.... a really good good short reliever.
Paul Quantrill, rhp- 36 and getting worse every year....not good.
Cal Eldred, rhp- Decent when healthy but getting old.
Al Reyes, rhp- Really effective when healthy.
Jason Christiansen, lhp- Has been pretty ineffective for years.
Felix Heredia, lhp- Hurting.... is young and maybe could bounce back.
Shingo Takatsu, rhp- Was really good for the Sox but pretty old.
Brian Meadows, rhp- VERY mediocre reliever
Darren Dreifort, rhp- Not a bad mop up if healthy for some desperate team.

Falls City Beer
02-12-2006, 04:24 PM
I'm not interested in cluttering up the roster with more crap; here's to hoping the next move they make is to cut some deadweight, not add it.

02-12-2006, 04:36 PM
From that lists, who interests you?
No one.

We have enough junk

02-12-2006, 04:38 PM
I don't quite know why, but most of the major media outlets seem to have missed the fact that Jamey Wright was signed to a minor league deal by the Giants.

02-12-2006, 05:09 PM
From that lists, who interests you?


02-12-2006, 05:20 PM
Wright actually isn't as bad as he's worked up to be. He's a 5th starter but he's not a very bad one. His era outside of Coors has been below 5 consistently since 2000.

02-12-2006, 07:57 PM
Didn't Brian Meadows sign with someone?

02-12-2006, 09:05 PM
So who is left?

No, who is on first. :D

02-12-2006, 09:19 PM
Didn't Brian Meadows sign with someone?

He signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Feb 7 per his player page on ESPN.com. I looked earlier and couldn't find anything searching online that jumped out on him. It's gotten to the point where I start mixing up rumors with actual signings. Sosa is a good example as I thought he signed with the Nationals but that was just a rumor.

02-13-2006, 02:02 AM
Sosa is a good example as I thought he signed with the Nationals but that was just a rumor.

He will or he will retire. Those are about his only 2 options left.

02-13-2006, 01:10 PM
Who on the aforementioned list isn't a player thats going to retire? Jeese. Their SS #'s are 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, etc.

02-13-2006, 03:35 PM
Aside from the Rocket, who won't be coming here anyway, that's a sorry and pitiful list.

I'm fine with the Reds signing Hatteberg, but no more, please. Unless we're trading for a starter, or removing some burdensome contract from our roster, I think the reds you see now are the reds you're getting.

That being said, the deal with the Dodgers mentioned in another thread interests me greatly.

02-13-2006, 06:04 PM
There is also a rumor making the rounds that Rey Ordonez wants to come back, is he the back up middle infield type we should take a chance on and cut free someone else?

Homer's Ghost
02-13-2006, 06:10 PM
There is also a rumor making the rounds that Rey Ordonez wants to come back, is he the back up middle infield type we should take a chance on and cut free someone else?


Womack and RA are plenty of old, reserve middle infielders.

02-13-2006, 06:23 PM
I suppose I mean instead of one of those old folks. :)

02-13-2006, 06:35 PM
Hmm..more no bat middle IF

I'm game ;)

Doc. Scott
02-13-2006, 08:55 PM
I believe Shigetoshi Hasegawa was going to retire as well.

Scott Sullivan must really be hurt pretty badly... how strange that his durability, previously his greatest asset, has turned out to be a double-edged sword.

02-14-2006, 11:39 AM
Is sully having a serious injury or what?

02-14-2006, 11:40 AM
I actually wouldn't mind pedro astacio. I think he can pitch