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Saturday, December 21, 2002

Love Me Non-Tender

See below for today’s non-tenders.  Updated as events warrant.  All these guys instantly become free agents and can sign with any team.

ANA P Al Levine
ANA DH Brad Fullmer
ATL P Kerry Ligtenberg
ATL IF Jesse Garcia
BAL OF Chris Singleton
BOS 1B Brian Daubach
CHA P Todd Ritchie
CHA P Jim Parque
CHN P Will Cunnane
CHN C Mike Mahoney
CHN P Courtney Duncan
COL C Gary Bennett
COL P Scott Elarton
DET OF Rob Fick
DET P Julio Santana
FLA OF Eric Owens
KC P Chad Durbin
KC P Jeff Suppan
MIL 2B Ronnie Belliard
MIL OF Jim Rushford
MIL P Jose Cabrera
NYA P Christian Parker
NYA OF Shane Spencer
NYN P Doug Nickle
NYN P John Thomson
OAK P Mike Venafro
OAK DH Olmedo Saenz
PHI 1B Travis Lee
PHI 2B Marlon Anderson
SF SS Neifi Perez
SF SS Ramon Martinez
SF P Aaron Fultz
SF P Manny Aybar
SF P Jay Witasick
TB P Esteban Yan
TB P Paul Wilson
TB P Tanyon Sturtze
TEX 2B Frank Catalanotto
TEX P Dennys Reyes
TEX P Jovanny Cedeno
TOR OF Jose Cruz Jr.

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 21, 2002 at 01:11 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2002 at 01:22 AM (#561599)
Some tasty stuff on there.
   2. Danny Posted: December 21, 2002 at 01:37 AM (#561604)
Catalanotto is an average LF bat which the A's need. I'd much rather see him in the starting lineup than Piatt, Grabowski, or Byrnes. That said, the A's are already LHB heavy.
   3. Fog City Blues Posted: December 21, 2002 at 02:03 AM (#561605)
I'd love to see the Giants go after Cruz, especially if they can get him cheaply.

There must have been nothing to the Ortiz for Cruz rumors. I bet that Sabean insisted on the Jays taking Benard or Livan.
   4. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: December 21, 2002 at 02:23 AM (#561608)
The Pirates should sign Ritchie to a Minor League contract just as a big FU to the White Sox.
   5. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: December 21, 2002 at 03:33 AM (#561617)
Kenny Williams has said that he wants to bring Ritchie back, but he'll come back cheaper if non-tendered first.

In other Sox news, Sandy Alomar is back. Ugh. Is there a problem with Tom Lampkin that I'm not seeing?
   6. Dr. Vaux Posted: December 21, 2002 at 03:45 AM (#561619)
Letting Daubach go could be a minor set-back; neither Ortiz nor Fick gets on base as well. Picking up Fullmer would be a coup, though. The Sox should also look into Ligtenberg or Levine, depending on the price.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2002 at 04:06 AM (#561622)
Wanna rebuild the 2000 KC Royals staff? Dan Reichert, Chad Durbin, Jeff Suppan, Jason Rakers, and Jay Witasick are all free agents. There may be others (Mac Suzuki?) too; this is just off the top of my head.
   8. fracas' hope springs eternal Posted: December 21, 2002 at 05:40 AM (#561627)
I hope the Padres fans ignorant enough to want Eric Owens back are also ignorant of the fact he's available.
   9. Fog City Blues Posted: December 21, 2002 at 05:43 AM (#561628)
I love all of the non-tenders by the Giants. Hopefully this means they are clearing payroll room for Cruz, Jr. Although Colletti says that signing Neifi is their priority.
   10. John Posted: December 21, 2002 at 08:35 AM (#561634)
As long as the non-tender team is being idly speculated on, why not play Brad Fullmer there? He only made like 55 errors in his final year there in AA Harrisburg.

That said, I can't believe some of the non-tenders including Fullmer, Witasick, and Cruz Jr. The Grissom signing looks really bad right now cause Cruz could be had for only a little more than Grissom is going to make.
   11. Edmundo Posted: December 21, 2002 at 11:54 AM (#561642)
What an interesting off-season. It looks like there is cost-benefit analysis going on in MLB. Whadda concept! Cubs excluded, of course. The players are looking like independent contractors -- set your price too high and guess what -- no work. That said, still not a bad gig even if you get a rock bottom deal.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2002 at 03:34 PM (#561646)
I'm puzzled as to why Rushford got non-tendered. How much money could he possibly have made?
   13. Bud Selig Posted: December 21, 2002 at 04:05 PM (#561647)
Enough to buy me a new toupee.
   14. MM1f Posted: December 21, 2002 at 04:37 PM (#561648)
Are the Braves interested in resigning Lightenberg?

They'd better be...
   15. Jimbo Jones Posted: December 21, 2002 at 08:43 PM (#561657)
I assume you guys are talking about Relaford? The word here in Seattle is that the Mariners were right at their official ownership induced payroll ceiling, the 92 mil mark, and they wanted to add a few more people (importantly, Colbrunn to pinch hit, and a lefty pitcher of some variety). The rightly figured out that Mclemore and Relaford duplicate each other, and I'm sure they had a difficult time moving the ancient Mclemore and his three mil.

While the better solution to this cash crunch was obvious (DON'T SIGN DAN WILSON), I can see where they are going with this. Relaford made 1.275, and would probably have moved up closer to 2 mil. If Colbrunn can be had for the same price, he fits the team a lot better. Relaford had that one great year, and was close to a league average hitter last year, but for a utility guy, he is wildly unpredictable and his defensive numbers look bad (at least, his career RF--I don't know how he does with more advanced defensive metrics).

Folks I'd be chatting with if I were inhabiting Pat Gillick's body:

Fick
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2002 at 09:49 PM (#561661)
Jim Rushford was a 28-year-old rookie who got a cup of coffee with the Brewers last year. He's an Indy league vet who looks like a decent fourth outfielder, leading the entire minors in BA in 2001. He's pretty much restricted to first or an outfield corner, but he's not a bad fielder, and he's got enough power, walks, and contact ability to make his lefty stick valuable. He's one of my faves, in case you didn't notice, and I thought he'd look pretty good on the Brewers' bench next year.

Desi Relaford, on the other hand, is a less surprising N-T. He's a good utility man, but the M's were making noises about having an empty wallet last week, and I sort of expected him to go. He shouldn't have trouble finding work, though he might have to wait for Martinez to sign somewhere first.
   17. Fog City Blues Posted: December 21, 2002 at 09:50 PM (#561662)
Very scary. From the SF Chronicle: "The Giants also declined arbitration to switch-hitting infielder Neifi Perez, making him a free agent, but both the Giants and Perez's agent expressed confidence the two sides will agree to a multiyear contract."

A multiyear contract for Neifi? They have a gaping hole in the outfield and in the #5 spot in the batting order and their priority is to sign Neifi Perez to a multiyear contract?
   18. Cooper Nielson Posted: December 22, 2002 at 12:27 AM (#561663)
Say what you will about Robert Fick as a baseball player -- his last name's still fun to conjugate.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 22, 2002 at 05:32 AM (#561669)
If anybody knows what it's like to forget which team he's playing for, it's got to be Dave Martinez.
   20. NTNgod Posted: December 24, 2002 at 04:40 AM (#561678)
According to Rotoworld, the A's picked up Chris Singleton on a 1-year deal with a club option for 2004....
   21. Mr. Crowley Posted: December 24, 2002 at 05:07 AM (#561682)
It's a trap!

(To keep other GMs from totally devaluing the likes of Timlin, Bordick, and Singleton, all of whom are special in their own way.)

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