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All 30- Pitchers

My predictions of a free agent pitcher each team will still sign this off-season:

Nationals: Tim Redding could reunite with his former team as a swing-man after failing in NY.

Royals: Joe Beimel to be their lefty out of the bullpen.

Pirates: Kevin Gregg who will compete with Joel Hanrahan for the closer job.

Orioles: Erik Bedard can comeback to Baltimore and help a push for the Wild Card.

Indians: D.J. Carrasco will be the fifth man in their young rotation after performing well out of the White Sox’ bullpen.

Mets: Joel Piniero to help solidify their rotation because their makeover won’t be complete without a couple more starters.

Diamondbacks: Will Ohman to give the D-Backs another lefty to throw against the left-handed sluggers of the NL West (Helton, Gonzalez, Ethier, Loney, etc.).

Padres: Seth McClung who may get a chance to start.

Astros: Rich Hill as a low-risk/high-reward lefty; they don’t have much to spend after a couple questionable commitments this off-season.

Blue Jays: Pedro Martinez to mentor the very young rotation and be a trade chip at the deadline.

Athletics: John Bale as a veteran lefty out of the pen.

Cincinnati: Luis Vizcaino on an inexpensive deal; not much money left after they reportedly signed Aroldis Chapman this morning.

White Sox: Noah Lowry to rehab at AAA and provide depth for the strong rotation.

Brewers: Mark Mulder to meet up with a couple former coaches and try to stay healthy.

Cubs: Kiko Calero as a veteran righty in the pen though they need a starter badly as well.

Rays: Brendan Donnelly to come out of a bullpen that doesn’t have much depth.

Mariners: Ron Mahay to join the team’s renovation as their top bullpen lefty.

Tigers: Justin Speier who can help a good but young relief corps.

Braves: Ken Takahashi to compete for a spot in the bullpen.

Twins: Doug Davis would fit in well with the Twins as their 3 starter.

Marlins: Guillermo Mota will return to Florida for his second tour as a durable righty.

Rangers: Jon Garland who can be a reliable guy in the rotation that already has a couple injury prone starters.

Giants: Braden Looper will head back to the bullpen where he has had his most success.

Cardinals: Joe Nelson has been a solid reliever the past few years and the Cards don’t have much to spend.

Rockies: Jose Contreras pitched well last year in 7 games for Colorado.

Red Sox: Horacio Ramirez to provide lefty depth in the bullpen but will begin the season in AAA.

Dodgers: Chien-Ming Wang who will have to get healthy in a hurry because the Dodgers desperately need starters.

Angels: Chan Ho Park to be a middle reliever.

Phillies: Brian Shouse to replace retiree Scott Eyre as the second lefty in the pen.

Yankees: Mark Prior to continue his lengthy rehab process.

      

 

 

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Buy or Sell

The deadline for teams to non-tender players whom they were not keen on giving a raise to has come and gone. With the weak economy, payrolls of all sizes are looking to cut costs where possible and it showed during the non-tendering period. Let’s take a look at which players are now available on the free agent market with an “All Non-Tender Roster.”

  1. Alfredo Amezaga ss (Can play short, second, third, and center.)
  2. Kelly Johnson 2b (Lost the second base job to start the year but is only 28)
  3. Garrett Atkins 3b (Has tons of power and was great for two years)
  4. Jack Cust lf (25 home runs three years in a row, strike out rates are too high)
  5. Jonny Gomes rf (Great pickup for the Reds last year, good platoon option)
  6. Mike Jacobs dh (Horrible defense but is strong, was a force a couple years ago)
  7. Ryan Garko 1b (Another platoon candidate, possibly with Jacobs?)
  8. Jeremy Reed cf (Good outfielder but has developed holes in his swing)
  9. John Buck c (Younger than most of the catching options on the market)

These players are all younger options and most have some pop in their bat or at least a history of it. The non-tendered group of pitchers includes Scott Olsen, Chien-Ming Wang, Clay Condrey, Matt Capps, and D.J. Carrasco to name a few hurlers with recently prominent roles.

So the question is: Which of these players would you buy or sell for your team this off-season?