The All-Unemployed Team
STARTING ROTATION: Clemens, Pettitte, Suppan, Batista, Marquis.
BULLPEN: Gagne, Keith Foulke, Octavio Dotel, David Riske, Jose Mesa, Russ Springer.
1B: Huff, Ryan Klesko, Hillenbrand, Nevin, Daryle Ward, Doug Mientkiewicz, Darin Erstad.
2B: Belliard, Loretta, Mark Bellhorn, D'Angelo Jimenez.
SS: Don't ask.
3B: Huff, Hillenbrand, Aaron Boone, David Bell, Jeff Cirillo.
LF: Bonds, Floyd, Shannon Stewart.
CF: Lofton, Jay Payton, Steve Finley, Erstad, Bernie Williams.
RF: Nixon, Jeromy Burnitz, Didn't You Used to Be Sammy Sosa.
CATCHER: Rod Barajas, Javy Lopez, Doug Mirabelli, Sandy Alomar Jr.
DH: Huff, White, Young, Bonds, Nevin, Didn't You Used to Be Juan Gonzalez.
Obviously, Dotel is now off the list as he has signed with KC, who Stark suggests could actually become a force this season or next with their moves during the Winter Meetings and the advent of their two promising young players (Gordon and Butler).
Other than Bonds, Clemens, and PettiTTe, I don't see any real difference makers out there. Stark mentions how the trading has been slowed and quotes Kenny Williams as saying that there are still a lot of Free Agents on the board. Will any of the above guys being signed be a catalyst for a flurry of trades to happen? Honestly, I don't see anything that suggests that to be the case.
One non-free agent name I keep hearing as being available that I'd LOVE to see the Sox pursue is Rocco Baldelli. I don't expect to be able to work out a deal with a divisional rival, especially the Rays considering the relationship between our two teams, but I'd love to see Rocco come home to play for the Sox.
Edited by Yaz4Ever, 07 December 2006 - 10:20 PM.