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Magglio Ordonez Could be Shopped

It seems as if it is getting more and more likely that the Tigers will place Magglio Ordonez on the trade block this offseason. They want to open up payroll so they can go out and fill a need or two via free agency. Their projected payroll if they keep everyone is about 125 million. They want to lower it to the 110 range. Magglio would have to go in that situation. He is set to make 15 million next year. They could probably stomach a 115 or 120 million payroll. So if they trade Magglio they still have 5 to 10 million to spend. One possible destination is to the Blue Jays for Scott Downs and a pitching prospect. Downs is the reliever they need. Marcus Thames could handle right field, but a platoon would be more helpful. They can sign David Eckstein for shortstop. A bargain-basement starter and a righty-mashing right fielder could also help. Maybe they sign  Eric Hinske or Cliff Floyd. The starter they add could be a guy like Randy Wolf or Paul Byrd. Another possibility is to trade Ordonez to the Braves for Rafeal Soriano or Mike Gonzalez. One of them could be available if the Braves resign John Smoltz for the bullpen. Both are signed on one year deals. They could then do the same I stated above to fill their other holes. It would be tough for the Tigers to improve by trading away one of their best hitters, but it is possible if they can fill multiple holes with the money opened up.

Offseason Plan: Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays, the biggest surprise of the 2008 season, will hopefully build on their successfull 2008 season with a good offseason. In my top 50 free agents, I predicted they would dole out the cash and sign Adam Dunn. If they do, their offseason would be just about done. The only needs they have are DH and right field. They sign Dunn for DH, and could resign Eric Hinske or pick up Cliff Floyd’s option for ’09. Then trade for Matt Murton. They have always liked Murton, and tried to trade for him when he was with the Cubs. Murton seems to be avalable with the A’s because they have Travis Buck, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Sweeny and eventually Aaron Cunningham for the outfield. Murton shouldn’t be too hard to pry loose from Billy Beane, a GM always open to making a deal. Maybe offer them a Jason Hammel and Mitch Talbot. Neither guy has anywhere to go in the Rays organazation. Platoon Hinske with Murton and you have a successfull right field. If the Rays can’t get Dunn, they could still go after other DHs like Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Raul Ibanez, and Jason Giambi. They can keep the same right field. They could even sign Bobby Abreu and have him play right field and DH switching off with the platoon of Murton and Hinske. They will have to move a starter in the offseason. Either Andy Sonnanstine or Edwin Jackson need to be traded to open up a spot for stud prospect David Price. Maybe instead of using the platoon of Murton and Hinske they can trade Sonnanstine or Jackson for a right fielder. The Tampa Bay Rays have options, and are only one Adam Dunn type player awaty from contending for a world series.

Designated Hitter Free Agent Market

I almost forgot about this one. So now you’ll have your entire free agent market series. Don’t forget that you can always find the whole series in the free agent market link on the sidebar.

 

Free Agents

  • Manny Ramirez
  • Vladimir Guerrero (15 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Pat Burrell
  • Adam Dunn
  • Milton Bradley
  • Jim Thome (13 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Jason Giambi (22 million club option with a 5 million buyout)
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Frank Thomas
  • Juan Rivera
  • Cliff Floyd (2.75 million club option with a 0.15 million buyout)
  • Mike Sweeny
  • Jose Vidro

Teams in Need

  • Rays
  • Blue Jays
  • Angels
  • A’s
  • White Sox
  • Rangers
  • Mariners

Left Field Free Agent Market

After the worst market in center field, you get the best one in left field.

 

Free Agents

  • Manny Ramirez 
  • Pat Burrell
  • Adam Dunn
  • Milton Bradley
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Moisis Alou
  • Garret Anderson (14 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Emil Brown
  • Juan Rivera
  • Luis Gonzalez
  • Cliff Floyd (2.75 million club option with a 0.25 million buyout)
  • Kevin Mench
  • Willy Mo Pena (5 million club option or a 2 million player option)
  • Jay Payton
  • Craig Monroe
  • Jason Michaels

Teams in Need

  • Mets (Only if F-Mart isn’t ready)
  • Braves
  • Nationals
  • Angels
  • Padres
  • Tigers
  • Orioles
  • Mariners
  • Reds
  • Phillies

Right Field Free Agent Market

Right field is next up in our free agent market series.

 

Free Agents

  • Vladimir Guerrero (15 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Milton Bradley
  • Bobby Abreu
  • Brian Giles (9 million club option with a 6 million buyout)
  • Ken Griffey Jr. (16.5 million club option with a 4 million buyout)
  • Casey Blake
  • Cliff Floyd (2.75 million club option with a 0.25 million buyout)
  • Brad Wilkerson
  • Bobby Kielty

Teams in Need

  • Mets
  • Nationals
  • Rays
  • Rangers