Sunday, December 26, 2004

Baseball Flotsam and Jetsam

Every time Theo Epstein gets a big head - he should be reminded that he also signed Jeremy Giambi and Bobby Jones... The two best remaining free agent starters are Odalis Perez and Derek Lowe. Both should get contracts north of 3-years, $21 million... The top six players in total bases this year all came from the Dominican Republic. Pujols, Beltre, Guerrero, Ortiz, Tejada and Ramirez. Not till you get to Todd Helton at seventh do you get to a non-Dominican player. Teams that don't spend a good portion of their scouting in the Dominican are just missing the boat... Carlos Delgado is the only remaining free agent first baseman worth a multi-million contract... Travis Lee is probably praying that someone confuses him with Travis Hafner (or even Travis Tritt based on the way that Lee played last year)... If Mo Vaughn is able to make it back (even as a part time player) - will the Mets be liable to repay the insurance company that paid out on Mo's $18 million contract last year?... I'm glad that the Yankees signed Tony Womack. They were much better off with Miguel Cairo (he's the best remaining free agent second baseman)... I think you'd be better taking a chance with a AAA prospect than signing any of the remaining free agent catchers, third basemen or shortstop... Jeromy Burnitz has hit 30 or more HR in six of the last seven seasons. I think the Diamondbacks would be wise to sign him (plus he's be a bargain at about or less than $2 million)...

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