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Thread: Planning for the Future

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    Feb 2002
    Rochester NY

    Planning for the Future

    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?


    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

    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)

    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

    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
    "Just shut up and play baseball"...Mike Piazza

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    MLB Baseball Razor Shines's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Austin, Texas

    Re: Planning for the Future

    If there is any way we could sign Julio Franco that would be fantastic, he does have a "young body".
    "I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings."

    Hitters who avoid outs are the funnest.

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    anti-nonsense Tom Servo's Avatar
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    May 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Planning for the Future

    The catching market is pretty deep next year, and if Ross falls back to Earth we could be in line for one of them.
    I dont care, Votto said of passing his friend and former teammate. Hes in the past. Bye-bye, Jay.

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    Member Marc D's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    Philadelphia, PA

    Re: Planning for the Future

    Seeing Miltons name on that list of FA's does my heart good.

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