Sunday, November 25, 2007
P Matt Clement
Teams Interested: Blue Jays, Padres, Indians, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Pirates.
- The Pirates are the latest team to have contacted Clement about pitching next season, but they do not seem to have much of a chance. The NL Central is becoming a strong division again, and Clement would probably only pitch for the Reds, who are managed by Dusty Baker, or the Cubs, his former team. The Padres probably have a good chance because they were his first team, and it is where he lives. Since he didn't pitch this year and missed part of last year, he will probably take a one year deal loaded with incentives.
P Octavio Dotel
Teams Interested: Tigers, Royals, Mets, Braves, Cardinals, and Brewers.
- Dotel is starting to draw more interest now that Francisco Cordero is off the market. The Tigers, who are looking to build up their bullpen, have shown the most interest, but do not rule out a desperate team like the Brewers from coming in. The Royals seem more interested in finding a bat before a reliever, and have already signed Japanese reliever Yabuta. If the Tigers can come in with a three year deal, worth 12-14 million dollars, I bet they would sign him.
P Randy Wolf
Teams Interested: Phillies, Rangers, Rockies, Astros, and White Sox.
- Since the Dodgers are no longer interested in bringing him back, it seems his former team, the Phillies have the best shot. Wolf is probably looking at a similar one to two year deal after he put up 9 wins in the first half of the season. The Astros are interested too, but might aim for something bigger after missing out on Torii Hunter and Scott Linebrink. For now, I think the Phillies are the front-runner but we will see what happens.
P Freddy Garcia
Teams Interested: Mets, Pirates, Marlins, and Astros.
- The Mets were very close to landing Freddy Garcia before the Phillies did, and it is probably better for them now. Not only will they not have to give up anything for him, but he will sign for a reduced price because he struggled and was injured part of this season. The Marlins would also be a good fit because they are looking for veteran pitchers, but his price may jump out of their range.