Cafardo's Latest: Players Out Of Options
By Nat Boyle [February 1 at 9:51am CST]
Lots of stuff in Nick Cafardo's column in the Boston Globe to go over.
With around 100 free agents vying for less than 20 remaining roster spots, things become more interesting with 227 players on big-league rosters who are out of options. If a player is out of options and is not rostered, he has to either be traded or designated for assignment. If designated, that player has to clear waivers. This could affect remaining free agent signings. Cafardo makes note of a few who are out of options and may wind up as trade fodder or designated for assignment before the season begins:
Red Sox: George Kottaras
Yankees: Melky Cabrera
Cubs: Chad Gaudin, Rich Hill (possibly heading to Baltimore?)
Brewers: Tony Gwynn Jr.
Indians: Anthony Reyes, Andy Marte
Twins: Boof Bonser, Philip Humber
Rays: Jeff Niemann
Orioles: David Pauley
* With Jason Varitek re-signed, the Red Sox will either have to trade catcher Kottaras or designate him for assignment.
* Cafardo notes Niemann is a former No. 1 pick and the righthander should garner some attention.
* Bonser or Humber could be traded to land a reliever. Cafardo also mentions Delmon Young as a possible trading chip.
Of that group, Kottaras and Niemann interest me the most. I like Rich Hill but I doubt the Cubs would trade him within the division. Andy Marte is still young and has some potential but third base is probably the biggest strength of the Reds farm system. Kottaras is still only 25 (turns 26 in May) and has a career .810 OPS in the minors.