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Last Minute Deals

Adam LaRoche and Jose Valverde have signed while Bengie Molina is seemingly next to leave the free agent market. The rest of the players out there will need to seriously start thinking about lowering their salary demands before more and more jobs are filled. Here’s the top three remaining free agents at each position.

Catcher:

  • Yorvit Torrealba, 31- The Giants would be the best fit for him.
  • Rod Barajas, 34- Cleveland and Houston may have openings behind the plate.
  • Jose Molina, 35- Still may head back to the Bronx to catch for A.J. Burnett.

1st Base:

  • Russell Branyan, 34- Another 1 year deal will be his only option.  
  • Carlos Delgado, 38- Re-signing with the Mets is his best option.
  • Xavier Nady, 31- The M’s would be a perfect fit to play some 1st, left and DH.

2nd Base:

  • Orlando Hudson, 32- It will come down to the Cubs and Nats.
  • Felipe Lopez, 30- 2nd base for the Dodgers or 3rd base for the Cardinals.
  • Ronnie Belliard, 35- May be Tigers backup plan if prospect Sizemore isn’t ready.

Shortstop:

  • Miguel Tejada, 36- Oakland and Minnesota could look at him.  
  • Orlando Cabrera, 35- Will play short in Cincinnati.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr., 34- Many teams could use a veteran, speedy utility man.

3rd Base:

  • Melvin Mora, 38- The Angels could use him at 3rd and in left.
  • Joe Crede, 32- Fits with the O’s who want to slide Atkins to 1st base.
  • Adam Kennedy, 34- Similar to Hairston’s situation.

Left Field:

  • Johnny Damon, 36- Atlanta seems to want him still.
  • Jonny Gomes, 29- May have a platoon shot in Cincinnati or Detroit.
  • Marcus Thames, 33- Tampa Bay, Toronto could give him playing time.

Center Field:

  • Rick Ankiel, 30- Could land in Atlanta if Damon doesn’t.
  • Reed Johnson, 33- Could get time at all three OF spots with the Yankees.
  • Jeremy Reed, 29- The Cardinals could make him there 4th outfielder.

Right Field:

  • Jermaine Dye, 36- His market is shrinking fast.
  • Randy Winn, 36- Backup at this point in his career.
  • Fernando Tatis, 35- Won’t get a starting job but will get a Major League deal.

DH:

  • Jim Thome, 39- The White Sox are a great fit.
  • Hank Blalock, 29- A backup role will be his best bet this spring; still very talented.
  • Mike Jacobs, 29- Will have to sign a minor league deal and compete.

Starters:

  • Joel Pineiro, 31- Down to the Mets and Dodgers.
  • Ben Sheets, 31- Most upside of all remaining free agents but very risky.
  • Doug Davis, 34- In about a week he will have quite a few teams bidding.

Right-Handed Relievers:

  • Kiko Calero, 35- A reunion with the Cards actually makes a lot of sense.
  • Chan Ho Park, 37- Next best setup man left.
  • Kevin Gregg, 32- Probably a 7th inning guy.

Left-Handed Relievers:

  • Joe Beimel, 32- Kansas City doesn’t have a lefty in the pen yet.
  • Will Ohman, 31- Hard to predict after a disappointing 2009.
  • Mark Hendrickson, 36- Lots of teams could use a lefty starter/reliever.  

So what openings are left on your team? And who will be signed to fill those spots?

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