The bidding for big-ticket free agents such as first baseman
The Twins weathered the loss of
The Reds aren't often thought of as players in free agency, but they could be an NL Central sleeper in '09; Lowe, 35, would make them a bona fide contender. He's a durable righthander who may be the safest bet in a deep free-agent pitching pool. His ability to induce ground balls is a huge asset in tiny Great American Ballpark, and his signing would allow Cincinnati to keep
Both Southern California clubs need to come to their senses. Two winters ago they each entered into an outlandish five-year deal with a free agent who is now an extra outfielder at best. Rather than waste a roster spot -- or, heaven forbid, a lineup spot -- on a player who isn't worth one and who won't be happy if he's not starting, the teams need to cut their mistakes and move on. Don't let the first bad decision lead to more bad decisions.
Roberts, playing his walk year in 2009, was
Fans and insiders alike expect New York to go hard after