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Free Agents Working on the Weekend

Some weekend news and notes to pass on, just in case you missed them.

The Mets picked up a $12 million option on Carlos Delgado for next year late Friday afternoon. The move came simultaneously with Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou and a handful of other Mets filing for free agency. Still, the Delgado move is an interesting one for the Mets. He was blistering hot down the stretch last year, often carrying New York during a playoff push, but he had struggled mightily for a season and a half before then. Is Omar Minaya over-compensating for fear of losing power in his lineup? Could the Mets have brought in a better bat at first base this offseason?

Meanwhile, while you might have noticed Ken Macha's official unveiling as Brewers manager, CC Sabathia's filing for free agency might have slipped under your radar. Sure, it was only a matter of time before it happened, but the Brewers were said to be readying an offer. It's hard to tell whether Sabathia was trying to send Milwaukee a message, but he's definitely confirmed that he won't come with any kind of a hometown discount. No surprise there.

And then there's the delightful matter of Hank Steinbrenner re-asserting the fact that, because he's Hank Steinbrenner, he can say whatever he wants to without any repercussions. Now he says the Yankees will consider adding Manny Ramirez. It says here Manny won't end up in pinstripes, but that won't keep Steinbrenner for mucking about in the market for the sake of proving its his sandbox.

Still, Red Sox fans do have one less thing to worry about: Their team isn't going anywhere new for Spring Training. The Sox signed on to stay in Fort Myers, Fla. for the next 30 years after Lee County announced plans to build a new stadium.

Other opinion pieces worth reading if you have the time on a Sunday:

-- The New York Times' Jack Curry breaks down free agents that could have a significant impact but who aren't named Sabathia, Teixeira or Ramirez.

-- Boston Globe columnist and blogger extraordinaire Tony Massarotti says that Boston's decision to keep Tim Wakefield for another season may officially take them out of the Jake Peavy and Ben Sheets sweepstakes.

-- Out on the West Coast, The L.A. Times' Bill Shaikin says it isn't far-fetched to think that Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez could end up wearing blue in a zip code only a commute away.

-- In The Sporting News, Gerry Fraley postulates another salary dump for the Marlins. Anyone for reliever Kevin Gregg? Anyone?

By Cameron Smith  |  November 2, 2008; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Angels , Brewers , Dodgers , Marlins , Mets , Red Sox , Yankees  
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Shaiken pegs Juan Rivera as the FA bargain of the class. I think he played a little 1st (or 3d) this year, too. Ideal fit might be with the Rays. Right field righty pop. If Friedman lands K-Rod and J. Rivera, you'll know Sternberg is quite serious about contending.

Milton Bradley will be an interesting role of the dice for someone. I like Raul Ibanez, too, but his glove at this age makes him useless in the NL. Very consistent bat, without out the "mercurial" aspects of Bradley's temperment. Perhaps he can move to 1st.

Meanwhile, do the O's look for an FA LF, or do they clear the way for Reimold (Scott to DH)?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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