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Seventy-nine players filed for free agency yesterday

Nov 6, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

Seventy-nine players filed for free agency yesterday. The two teams with the most filers: the Cardinals with seven and the Dodgers with six.

For the Cardinals: Rick Ankiel, Mark DeRosa, Troy Glaus, Khalil Greene, Matt Holliday, Jason LaRue and John Smoltz.  Off the top of my head in terms of “would I sign them-a-bilitiy”: yes, yes, no, no, yes, no and (regretfully) no.  In making that judgment I’m assuming that they’ll get roughly what they’re really worth as opposed to finding someone to overpay them. Ankiel could be useful if he doesn’t demand too much dough. DeRosa isn’t as valuable as everyone likes to think he is, but he’s solid and versatile.  Holliday is a no-brainer at Matt Holliday dollars but not worth the Mark Teixeira bucks his agent is allegedly seeking. 

The Dodgers have the most potential free agents at 16. Six filed yesterday: Randy Wolf, Jon Garland, Eric Milton, Orlando Hudson, Ronnie Belliard and Doug Mientkiewicz. Same exercise: yes, yes, no, yes, maybe, and no. None of the yeses seem like they”ll break the bank, and all of them could prove useful to any number of teams.  Wolf may make some real money, but he’s a lefty, and lefties always seem to make their money.

Upside to all of this: having fewer kids around will make custody and child support negotiations easier for the McCourts.

The Dodgers have ten other potential free agents, nine of whom are Brad Ausmus, Juan Castro, Mark Loretta, Guillermo Mota, Will Ohman, Vicente Padilla, Jason Schmidt, Jim Thome, and Jeff Weaver.  Outside of Padilla, I can’t feature them really making an effort to keep any of those guys. Maybe Weaver. Things are always more fun when a Weaver is involved.  

And then there’s Manny. His decision on his option is due by November 10th. The odds of him not exercising seem extraordinarily long to the point of absurdity. Boras will probably wait until the last minute though so he can tell everyone he had heard informal expressions of interest from a half dozen teams.

Every team had players filing for free agency except the Yankees and the Phillies, who have been otherwise occupied lately, and the Reds and Pirates who, last I checked, don’t have any players above the age of eight, let alone any high profile free agents.

  1. Shely - Nov 6, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    OK OK: Lets get over baseball for now. Aren’t you tired of it yet? Lets get on with Football. I will start it off.
    Don’t the Giants Suck?

  2. Dave - Nov 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    I think the giants are solid, great pitching, and some solid hitters-need a couple more though.

  3. Andy L - Nov 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Whoa. Eric Milton? Am I the only one who thought he’d been out of the game for 5 years?

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Nov 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Dude has a left arm and once threw a no-hitter. No matter how bad he sucks, there will always be someone to give him a job, I’m afraid.

  5. The Common Man - Nov 6, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Greedy bastards, how dare they seek fair compensation from billionaires in a competitive marketplace. I hate these pampered players today.
    Nah, just kidding.

  6. ed1935 - Nov 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    The Yankees will sign them all. Roster to 100! $$$$$$ talks.

  7. CS56 - Nov 6, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Lackey to Boston
    Bay to the Mariners
    Holliday to the Yankees
    Adrian Beltre & Orlando Hudson to the Twins
    Damon to St. Louis
    Harden to the Mets
    Ankiel to the Giants
    Mets will trade Luis Castillo to the Cubs for Milton Bradley
    Roy Halladay will NOT get traded
    Adrian Gonzalez will get traded to Boston
    Matt Cain and Aaron Rowand will get traded to the Yankees for Cano and Ian Kennedy

  8. JBerardi - Nov 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    I cannot believe Doug Mientkiewicz is still playing.

  9. marcelito - Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Lackey will be playing for the Yankees next season.

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