Holliday, Bay, Lackey look like best of intriguing group of free agents
Beyond hard-hitting outfielders
After last year's unusual winter, in which certain star players got paid big bucks, some were paid handsomely and other good ones were left standing at the altar, it'll be interesting to how this coming winter's class will be treated. I asked one general manager and one agent to gauge where the market might go, and in some cases their predictions differed wildly, especially with the biggest position-player stars, Holliday and Bay (in a few cases, though, their predictions were exactly the same).
It's never easy to predict how high free-agent salaries might go. But after a winter in which stars
With almost all the playoff entrants all but decided now, it's time to take a look at the best of the upcoming free agents. I have listed the predictions of the agent and GM, and also put in my two cents (my predictions were made before seeking theirs). A couple of their predictions were ranges, and talented yet fragile
The market also includes some talented players who have questions of injury or recent underperformance, such as pitchers
There are also a number of players with options who could become free agents.
• There are several theories for the Rays' stunning 11-game slide, which ended on Sunday: 1) the
• The Tigers showed great integrity and interest in winning by continuing to play
• A geographic shocker from a friend that few (if any) have noticed: Los Angeles leads both leagues in hitting while New York is second in both. The Angels lead the AL with a .286 batting average; the Yankees are second at .283. The Dodgers lead the NL at .273 with the Mets second at .270. Yes, that's right, the Mets are second in batting average.
• The Mets' real offensive problem is power, and they will look for home run hitters as they eye free-agent options for left field, first base and catcher.
• The Rangers are in the usual spot of rooting for the Red Sox, who are playing the AL West-leading Angels this week. With seven games of their own left against the Angels (and a 9-3 record vs. L.A.), the division title is now Texas' best playoff hope, even though they trail both the Angels and Red Sox by six games in the loss column.
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