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January 5, 2007
BASEBALL: Wrapping the Market

The last free agents are mostly falling in line now. The Hardball Times has a list of the stragglers; Geoff Young wonders why the Royals don't pursue Craig Wilson, which is a fair question. KC is in rebuilding mode, of course, but Wilson, a career .265/.480/.354 hitter just turning 30, may come cheap and could replicate some of what they got from Matt Stairs in recent years. Keith Foulke signs with Cleveland, a deal that will turn entirely on his health. Doug Mieienckxieacawiczkx signs with the Yankees - Minky is no great shakes, but his .283/.411/.359 line last year is pretty well in line with his career numbers, and with his glove, even if he reverts to his Mets form with the bat he would be a solid caddy for Giambi if Giambi can play first. More questionable is whether it makes sense to DH Giambi to get Minky in the lineup in lieu of Melky, although Giambi's knees (and glove) appear to make that necessary. There's also talk that Minky could platoon with the perenially tantalizing Josh Phelps, acquired in the Rule V draft last month; Phelps is only 28 but as far removed from his prime as Minky, having had his last good year in 2003. He's worth a flyer.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:08 AM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Phelps was a nice steal from Baltimore.

He'll either platoon and hit 17-20 homers or be blogging fulltime.

Posted by: SteveMG at January 7, 2007 11:41 PM
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