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November 12, 2002
BASEBALL: ESPN Ranks The Free Agents

Here's ESPN's ranking of the top 50 Free Agents, with likely destinations. Projecting Greg Maddux to the D-Backs is frightening, but makes perfect sense with their team; they could use him as a third starter (!!), and thus afford to rest him now and then to stay fresh for October. . . I'd love to see the Mets get John Olerud back, but Mo's going nowhere. The Red Sox should make a run at him . . . the Rangers signing Steve Finley would be an advertisement that rebuilding (and success) won't happen until A-Rod's contract is up (8 years to go!) . . . Todd Zeile hit .273 with 18 home runs in Coors; "buyer beware" is putting it mildly, more like buying a car with no wheels . . . an awful lot of old guys straining the limits of credibility before they run out of gas, including Lofton, Chuck Finley, David Justice and Fred McGriff; McGriff's likely the best bet, but he has to wear down eventually . . . I'd probably take Greg Colbrunn, particularly for the price he;'ll command, than Zeile and maybe even McGriff . . . Ramiro Mendoza is a fine swingman, but at this stage a leap to the rotation could be ugly . . if the Mets spend money on Jimmy Haynes, they are really fools . . . Ismael Valdes is ready to make the leap to the bullpen - if Mike Remlinger and Chris Hammond can do it . . . Dodgers would do well to bring back Terry Adams . . . guy I'd like to see the Mets take a flier on is Jon Lieber, who's a fine pitcher but has a long rehab road ahead after surgery.

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