SCARPARIELLI wrote:Why do I have it in my head that Juan Pierre's contract is up this year?
Because people question whether the Marlins will go to that last year of arbitration with a player who will make more than he's worth. Outside of his speed, he really offers little else (poor OBP for a leadoff hitter, no power, and one of the worst throwing arms on a CF). Will they want to pay app. $6M for that? If not, he'll be a FA as well.
As for the Braves and closer, the Braves have had a major thing for Farnsworth for the last couple of years. I remember them trying to get him from the Cubs before they got Reitsma. With Kolb making $3.4M this season, and Farns at $2M, I can easily see them trying to sign him for around $4-5M to be their closer. If he refuses (or gets $6M+ from some other team), I'm guessing they'll try and keep it in-house (Reitsma, Boyer or Devine) or maybe try a one year stop-gap, such as Baez if they don't think the latter two are ready. Just can't see them paying $6M+ for any closer.