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Spike
02-09-2007, 06:31 PM
I am optimistic for this year, especially with the recent signings (sometimes it is about chemistry!). But we will need top performances from most of our team if we are going to have a Red October.

So where do we stand for 2008? Below is a list of free agents for 2007. I sure hope Votto is ready, because there isn't any help there. There is potential help at pitching if we are willing to spend, but after this year, are we a starting pitcher and/or a closer away from ascendency?

A-Rod?


2007 Free Agents
The following players have contracts expiring or should have the six years of service necessary to become free agents after the 2007 season. Players with 2008 options are noted with an asterisk.

Player Club
First Basemen
Sean Casey DET
Tony Clark ARZ
Jeff Conine PHI
Julio Franco NYM
Matt LeCroy WAS
Kevin Millar * BAL
Olmedo Saenz LAD
Mark Sweeney SF
Mike Sweeney KC

Second Basemen
Marlon Anderson LAA
Craig Biggio HOU
Luis Castillo MIN
Damion Easley NYM
Mark Ellis * OAK
Marcus Giles ATL
Mark Grudzielanek* KC
D'Angelo Jimenez OAK
Jeff Kent * LAD
Luis Rivas TB
Jose Valentin NYM

Shortstops
David Eckstein STL
Carlos Guillen DET
Cesar Izturis * CHC
Ramon E Martinez* LAD
John McDonald TOR
Neifi Perez DET
Juan Uribe * CHW
Omar Vizquel SF
Michael Young * TEX

Third Basemen
Russell Branyan SD
Corey Koskie * MIL
Mike Lamb HOU
Mike Lowell BOS
Greg Norton * TB
Abraham O. Nunez PHI
Alex Rodriguez NYY (may void after 2007)

Catchers
Brad Ausmus HOU
Paul Bako BAL
Michael Barrett CHC
Gary Bennett * STL
Ramon Castro NYM
Sal Fasano NYY
Wiki Gonzalez WAS
Toby Hall LAD
Jason Kendall OAK
Jason LaRue KC
Paul Lo Duca NYM
Mike Matheny * SF
Damian Miller MIL
Chad Moeller CIN
Jose Molina LAA
Josh Paul TB
Jorge Posada NYY
Ivan Rodriguez * DET
Yorvit Torrealba COL
Javier Valentin * CIN

Outfielders
Bobby Abreu * NYY
Moises Alou * NYM
Milton Bradley OAK
Adrian Brown TEX
Eric Byrnes ARZ
Mike Cameron SD
Roger Cedeno BAL
Brady Clark MIL
Jeff DaVanon ARZ
Adam Dunn * CIN
Jermaine Dye CWS
Luis Gonzalez ARZ
Shawn Green* NYM
Eric Hinske BOS
Torii Hunter MIN
Geoff Jenkins * MIL
Andruw Jones ATL
Bobby Kielty OAK
Rob Mackowiak * CWS
Eli Marrero STL
Luis Matos WAS
Jason Michaels CLE
Orlando Palmeiro HOU
Corey Patterson BAL
Timo Perez STL
Aaron Rowand PHI
Reggie Sanders KC
Ichiro Suzuki SEA
Brad Wilkerson TEX

Starting Pitchers
Kris Benson * BAL
Mark Buerhle CWS
Paul Byrd * CLE
Shawn Chacon PIT
Matt Clement BOS
Bartolo Colon LAA
Scott Elarton KC
Josh Fogg COL
Casey Fossum * TB
Freddy Garcia CWS
Geremi Gonzalez TOR
Livan Hernandez ARZ
Jason Jennings COL
Randy Johnson NYY
Brian Lawrence WAS
Jon Lieber PHI
Kyle Lohse CIN
Wade Miller CHC
Eric Milton CIN
Odalis Perez * KC
Joel Pineiro SEA
Kenny Rogers DET
Curt Schilling BOS
Carlos Silva MIN
John Smoltz * ATL
Brett Tomko * LAD
Kip Wells STL
Jake Westbrook CLE
Randy Wolf * LAD
Jaret Wright BAL
Carlos Zambrano CHC
Victor Zambrano NYM

Relief Pitchers
Jeremy Affeldt COL
Armando Benitez SF
Hector Carrasco * LAA
Francisco Cordero MIL
Rheal Cormier CIN
Vic Darensbourg DET
Doug Davis ARZ
Elmer Dessens LAD
Scott Eyre * CHC
Travis Harper TB
Trevor Hoffman * SD
Jason Isringhausen* STL
Todd Jones DET
Jorge Julio ARZ
Joe Kennedy OAK
Byung-Hyun Kim COL
Scott Linebrink SD
Rodrigo Lopez BAL
Ron Mahay TEX
Dan Miceli TB
Trever Miller HOU
Mike Myers NYY
Joe Nathan * MIN
Chris Reitsma ATL
Ricardo Rincon STL
Mariano Rivera NYY
Glendon Rusch CHC
Rudy Seanez SD
Julian Tavarez * BOS
Mike Timlin BOS
Mike Venafro COL
Luis Vizcaino ARZ
Bob Wickman ATL
Scott Williamson BAL
Jay Witasick * OAK
Kerry Wood CHC
Tim Worrell SF

Razor Shines
02-09-2007, 08:34 PM
If there is any way we could sign Julio Franco that would be fantastic, he does have a "young body".

Tom Servo
02-09-2007, 08:51 PM
The catching market is pretty deep next year, and if Ross falls back to Earth we could be in line for one of them.

Marc D
02-09-2007, 09:40 PM
Seeing Miltons name on that list of FA's does my heart good.