||Vital Stats/Price/Probable Team
||Why the D'Backs Won't Get Him
||38HRs and one of the most rediculous postseasons in
history/$10 million a year for 10 years according to his agent, Scott
||He cost's too much. That's the only reason, but get
used to it, it'll be on here a lot.
||.334-48-121 and (even though he should win it) he'll
finish 2nd to Barry Bonds for NL MVP/I'm guessing about $7 million a
year, more if he agrees to just a two year deal/Dodgers
||The company line is "We've got our 3rd baseman in Chad Tracy, but don't be fooled, he costs too much, has really only had one
good season, and there's no way the Dodgers would allow another team in
the NL West to get Beltre.
||18-4 and the reinging NL Cy Young Award Winner/As
much as it takes for the Houston Astros to get him back, by guess is a $15
million dollar base with $10 million in incentives/Astros
||I'm going to be honest, this one hurts. There's no
chance, none at all, but how sweet would it be to see that terrifying
commercial where the Rocket and The Big Unit pitch off the same mound
become a reality?
||.287-10-72 in his worst season in years, still considered
one of the five best SS in the league/Four years, $24 to 26 million/St.
||ESPN's got him going to the Cubs, but great players just
don't seem to leave the Gateway to the West, the Diamondbacks would again
say, "We've got shortstops" in Cintron, Gil, Santos, and if he
ever signs Stephen Drew, and for once they'd be right.
||33 years old, son of Pinstipers, injury prone, and still
pretty much dominant/He wants $15 to $17 million a year/He either
gets it from the Yankees or goes back to Boston for $24 over two years
||This again is a foregivable one for the D'Backs. Randy
is 42, Pedro is 33 going on 50. He is overpriced because of his
performance in the World Series, not a good fit for a young team.
||Had 32 HR and 99 RBI in 128 games...that's not fair/He
should be one of the highest paid FA signings, but the injury might knock
a couple mil, or a couple years, off his deal
||Jump at it! Sexson isn't going to sign, but you still
want a huge power hitting 1st baseman? This is your guy, if you
offer him a 5+ year deal you can get him at a discount! Well, a $60
million over five years, discount, but go for it! No, I know they
won't, but it's fun to think about.
||Played in only 52 games because of a gimpy knee, still a
monster if he is healthy/Will look for 4+ years at $12 to $15 mil a
year/New York...I'm not sure which one, but New York
||The D'Backs have a glut of young outfielders, but this
pickup might make sense anyway, but only if you can get him without a 'No
Trade' clause. Then you sign him, he stays healthy, his value
increases, and two years down the line you can trade him for a pitcher
when Carlos Quentin/Conor Jackson/Jon Zeringue is ready.
||Has more Heart and Soul than Tapau, is one of the three
best offensive catchers in the game, and handles (non-knuckleball)
pitchers like very few can/$12 million per for 4 years, $14 mil per
for 3 years, $16 mil per for 2 years/Red Sox, he's the most important
free agent for the World Champs
||Varitek will never come here, but if he did it would make
the Diamondbacks' young pitching a full ERA run better next season, and
advance their development exponentially. I can hear him on the mound
with Brandon Webb, "You know, in Game 7 against Yankees, Derek Lowe
threw a..." you think Webb would listen?
||At 29 is in his prime, and has gotten better every year,
eats innings, and doesn't walk people/This guy isn't going to the
bank, he's going to open a bank, expect him to become one of the 3 highest
paid pitchers in baseball.../...and the team that makes guys, "one
of the 3 highest paid pitchers in baseball" is the pitching starved
||Love to have him, but I'm not sure I believe he's the
dominant Ace he's going to be paid as. I'd pass at that price.
||Big Sexy is his nickname, but only because Frank Thomas
is already 'The Big Hurt,' if you don't know what happened to this guy you
might be on the wrong website/Wants at least 3 years at $10 mil per
year, might get more if he heads east/But he won't, the Mariners will
make him the cornerstone of their franchise
||I'm so angry about this one that I could scream. The
Diamondbacks insult Sexson with a one year incentive laden deal, and then
don't bother to pony up for the three year deal until they've already
pissed him off. The only reason nobody is talking about how the
D'Backs front office bungled this one is because they bungled the Manager
thing even worse.
||Was perpetually hurt until this season with the Braves
where he stayed healthy for what felt like the first time since Little
League, .305-31-93, plus arm, plus speed, just a plus player/He'll
probably get $8 million a year, with a bunch of incentives for staying
healthy, for maybe four or five years/Braves really can't afford to
lose him, but if the Cubs lose out on the Beltran sweepstakes they might
turn to Drew to replace Moises Alou
||This would be a tough call. If Drew stays healthy he's
a stud, and at only 28 he'll be around for awhile, plus it might make it
easier to sign little brother Stephen...still, he's really fragile.
||Went from being the Face of the Red Sox to getting run
out of town, was solid for the Cubs coming off injury, still relatively
young at 31, but a little risky/If he can convince someone he's
healthy he should get $12-$15 million for four or five years/He's
stated he wants to be on the West Coast to be near his wife, Mia Hamm, but
Mia just retired, so she can go wherever she wants now...Angels or Cubs
||Don't bother, even if the tag is wrong, he's been called a
'clubhouse cancer' and that's the last thing you need on a young team.
||Had been hurt much of the last two seasons, but is
undeniably productive when he's healthy, almost as much of a big-time
clubhouse guy as Varitek/Probably going to take a paycut from the $9.9
million he made last year, but if he stays healthy it'll be a bargain/Mariners
or Astros, the M's might snake him and build from the corners, but they'll
only get him if he takes a discount to stay in the AL
||The company line will be the same as it is for Beltre,
"We have a 3rd baseman," and on this one I'd have to agree
again, too fragile to base a franchise around.
||There are only two established closers on the market (and
even if Jose Mesa hadn't resigned with Pittsburgh it would still only be
two), and Benitez is the younger, more durable, and better of the two/He's
gettin' paid, look for $10 million a year in the general neighborhood of
five years/With Smoltz going back to the starting rotation next season
the Braves need a closer and Benitez has spent most of his career in the
||I might be in the minority, but I like Greg Aquino, and
behind him the D'Backs have Jose Valverde and Jason Bulger in the system,
don't overpay for a closer who will be 35 by the time the club is ready to
||Got lost behind Randy, Curt, Bonds and the Rocket in the
'Wow these old guys can really play!' discussion, but had maybe the best
season of his career at 39/Just getting better, he'll probably sign
for two years with options for a 3rd and 4th, might get $10 mil, but
doesn't really seem that interested in money, so might take a discount to
play for.../...his hometown Padres. The Dodgers will make a run,
and the D'Backs will make a PR offer, but he'll go back home.
||The D'Backs have been talking about resigning Finley since
they traded him to the Dodgers at last season's trade deadline. His
potential return was made even more important when Luis Terrero showed he
might not be ready for primetime. Problem is Finley started with the
Padres, lives in San Diego, and they actually have a chance to win next
||Along with Benitez one of only two established closers,
value is inflated because of this, but has spent portions of the last
three seasons on the DL/Will make more than such an injury prone, 35
year old closer should/The Cubs have been close, and not gotten there,
and they've just watched a veteran dominant closer lead the Red Sox to the
||Like Benitez, I don't see the D'Backs needing a veteran
closer...not that Percival would come here anyway.
||The only starting pitcher in the league to get screwed by
his team more than Randy, Clement finished 9-13 with a 3.68 ERA and 190 Ks
in 181.1 innings pitched/At 30 he's still relatively young, and though
he seems to get hurt every year, he only misses four or five starts a
year, must go somewhere with a good pitching coach/Cardinals, Dave
Duncan is as good a pitching coach as there is, and the Cardinal fans are
knowledgable enough to know that 9-13 isn't as important a number as 3.68
||He's the perfect pickup for the Diamondbacks, a 'young
veteran' with good stuff...except for that whole pitching coach
thing. The Diamondbacks don't even know who their pitching coach is
going to be.
||Cabrera went from the Best Player on a losing team
(Montreal) to a defensive key in the Red Sox World Series
Championship. A better hitter than '04's numbers (.264-10-62) would
indicate/Might be the one guy from the Sox who doesn't really
capitalize on the World Series win, probably just a little more than last
year's $6 million salary/He seems to be everybody's second choice, if
Anaheim and the Cubs don't get Nomar then...if the Cardinals don't resign
||Cabrera would be a good pickup at $5 million a year, maybe
not for more than that. The Diamondbacks are looking for guys to
build a team around, and while Cabrera is a nice addition to a team, he's
not a lynchpin.
||Just a professional hitter, drives in runs, hits for
power and average (.289-27-107), can't run a lick or play anything better
than average defense/At 36 he's on the downside of his career, but
still productive, expect a two or three year deal with some club options
for less than the $10 million he made last year/A very interesting
predicament, the A's would love to have him but he might price himself out
of their range, the Yankees shouldn't be spending money on aging hitters,
but Steinbrenner might go get him just to say he did.
||Hmmm...intriguing, because you have to know he'd hit like
.500 with 20 homers against the Giants alone, but too old to pay the kind
of money he'll want.
||Played everyday, had a career high in home runs, has that
weird urine on the hands thing...how do the Cubs let this guy go?/Says
he's retiring, doubt it, expect a two year deal for right around $10
million a year/Giants. "Barry, you're going to move to right
field so that Moises can play left for his father (Giant's skipper Felipe
Alou), and hit behind you, driving you in 75 times."
||A great hitter, but old and too expensive to sign with
Quentin, Jackson, et al in wait.
||Living proof that if you're left handed and throw strikes
you can play forever, I know he went 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA, but got shelled
against the Cardinals in the Division Series/Made $5 million last
year, expect $6-$8 million for three years/The type of guy the Braves
love, Leo Mazzone will make him dominant as the #2 behind Smoltz
||It would be intriguing if the Diamondbacks kept Randy (93 to
98 mph from the left side) and then had Perez as the #2 (79-85 mph from
the left side), but since they aren't keeping Randy, it doesn't really
matter, doesn't have an Ace's stuff.
||Didn't this guy retire like five years ago? Nope,
he just fell off the face of the earth after arm problems. Came back
huge for the Braves this year, but tired down the stretch/At $850,000
he was probably the biggest pitching bargain of '04, expect $3-$4 million
for three or four years/will stay with Mazzone and Atlanta, be their #3
and win 18.
||At 28 he is young enough to fit in the D'Backs plans, and
rumor has it he is one of the guys on the short list of pitchers the
D'Backs are persuing. Won't leave Atlanta unless the D'Backs offer
significantly more money...which they won't.
||Was a hot property until he broke his leg in the playoffs
a couple years ago, has never been the same, but might be back to 100% by
Opening Day/Will get a drastic pay cut from the nearly $12 million he
made last year/Dodgers. The right handed threat Juan Encarnacion
was supposed to be.
||If the Diamondbacks are going to sign a veteran outfielder
that isn't named Steve Finley this is the guy for them. If he stays
healthy his trade value increases, he'll be a bargain, and he's a great
clubhouse guy for the youngsters.
||Just seems to repeat the same year over and over and
over. 200+ innings, between 10-15 wins, and ERA under 4.00, might
not be an Ace, but might be the best #2 starter you could ask for/The
Twins can't afford him anymore, because he'll once again command just over
$10 million/Yankees. For Steinbrenner, $10 million is cheap, and
he's the anti-Kevin Brown, always makes his starts, incredibly consistent,
||He'd be great in the D'Backs rotation, a veteran who might
even convince Randy to stay, and at 32 should still be effective three or
four years from now, but there is absolutely no chance he will come to
||Still might be the best defensive shortstop in the game,
easily within the Top 3, offensively he's never been incredible, but would
make a nice bottom of the order AL hitter/Probably gets half the $6
million he made last year/Which is exactly what the Red Sox will be
looking for, will join the Latin Connection of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
||Really no need for the Diamondbacks to offer anything to
Vizquel, he isn't going to be around by the time they start winning.