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Postby Doughhead » Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:40 pm

Who is going to be available on the FA market?
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:08 pm

Not a whole lot is going to be out there.
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Postby AT » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:22 pm

With Matsui likely being resigned by the Yanks, and Trevor Hoffman with the Pads, and extensions likely being excercised on Jason Schmidt and Jose Guillen and Clemens either re-upping with Houston or retiring, I think you have to go with Damon, Burnett, Rafael Furcal, Paul Konerko and Billy Wagner being the only 5 real intriguing free agents this year. There are some #3ish starters mixed in there too but aside from some big trades that could happen it doesn't make for much of an off-season.
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Postby bd3521 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:41 pm

Damon?
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Postby Sultans of Squat » Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:12 pm

I guess BJ Ryan isn't a big name yet, but anyone know just how likely he'll stick w/ the Birds -- and w/out officially entering FA? I know the Rotoworld article predicts he'll stay, but it doesn't offer much details on why that prediction nor whether they'll complete contract talks w/out him filing for FA.

FWIW, I did post the question over in Injuries & Player Updates a while ago, but nobody seems to have any insights.
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Postby George_Foreman » Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:49 pm

you gotta think baltimore would make a pretty good effort to keep ryan around. that said, if philly loses both wagner and urbina, you could see them making a strong push for him as well. the braves will be interested, but i don't forsee them going out hard-and-fast for a closer, even if they lose farnsworth.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:01 pm

George_Foreman wrote:the braves will be interested, but i don't forsee them going out hard-and-fast for a closer, even if they lose farnsworth.


Yeah, they'll still have Kolb, right? :-D
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Postby eftda » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:17 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:
George_Foreman wrote:the braves will be interested, but i don't forsee them going out hard-and-fast for a closer, even if they lose farnsworth.


Yeah, they'll still have Kolb, right? :-D


Last I heard was that the Braves will move Blaine Boyer into the closer role next season.
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Postby Secret Avatar » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:21 pm

I think Ramon Hernandez is a FA this year too. He's one of the better hitting catchers in the league. He was having a nice season until he got hurt.
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Postby blankman » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:29 pm

Damon and Burnett are the two biggest I see.

NY will give Matsui whatever it takes; he's going no where.

Wagner's the other 'big' name.

Quite a drop off these last couple years :-/
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