It's no secret that many big name free agents remain unemployed despite the fact that spring training starts in about a week. Oliver Perez, Jon Garland, Ty Wigginton, Russ Springer, Brandon Lyon, and Brian Shouse may have recently hooked up with a gig, but there are still plenty of fish left in the pond. I decided to construct a full 25 man roster out of the free agent pool. Lets call them the Nowheresville Jobless.
1. Ben Sheets (R)- 13-9, 198.3 ip, 158 k, 3.09 era, 1.15 whip.
2. Randy Wolf (L)- 12-12, 190.3 ip, 162 k, 4.30 era, 1.38 whip.
3. Braden Looper (R)- 12-14, 199 ip, 108 k, 4.16 era, 1.31 whip.
4. Odalis Perez (L)- 7-12, 159.7 ip, 119 k, 4.34 era, 1.48 whip.
5. Pedro Martinez (R)- 5-6, 109 ip, 87 k, 5.61 era, 1.57 whip.
*As you can see have have balance in the rotation (3 R/2 L) along with durability. Sheets is my anchor, my ace. Wolf and Looper are solid in the 2 and 3 holes, giving the much needed 6+ inning quality start nearly every time out. I'm counting of Pedro to remain healthy and have a bounce back season, but it's okay to gamble with the 5th spot in the rotation. Chuck James, Livan Hernandez, and Tom Glavine were also taken into consideration.
1. Eric Gagne (R)- 4-3, 10 saves, 50 g, 5.44 era, 1.47 whip.
2. Chad Cordero (R)- 6 g, 2.08 era, 2.01 whip.
3. Juan Cruz (R)- 4-0, 57 g, 51.7 ip/71 k, 2.61 era, 1.26 whip.
4. Joe Beimel (L)- 5-1, 71 g, 2.02 era, 1.45 whip.
5. Dennys Reyes (L)- 3-0, 75 g, 2.33 era, 1.19 whip.
6. Will Ohman (L)- 4-1, 83 g, 58.7 ip/53 k, 3.68 era, 1.24 whip.
7. Luis Ayala (R)- 2-10, 9 saves, 81 g, 5.71 era, 1.45 whip.
*Gagne is the likely closer with Cordero and Cruz setting up, but either of them could step in should Gagne falter. Beimel is the 6th inning guy, and he's equally effective against lefties and righties. Reyes and Ohman are the lefty specialists and Ayala is long relief, being able to eat 2 or 3 innings here or there. Keith Foulke, Jason Isringhausen, Jamey Wright, and Aquilino Lopez made my decisions tougher.
*Stats listed by- Batting Average/On Base %/Slugging %
1. Orlando Cabrera (SS/R)- .281/.334/.371, 19 sb, 93 r.
2. Orlando Hudson (2B/B)- .305/.367/.450.
3. Bobby Abreu (RF/L)- .296/.371/.471, 100 r/100 rbi, 20 hr/22 sb.
4. Manny Ramirez (LF/R)- .332/.430/.601, 102 r, 121 rbi, 37 hr.
5. Adam Dunn (1B/L)- .236/.386/.513, 40 hr, 100 rbi.
6. Jim Edmonds (CF/L)- .235/.343/.479, 20 hr.
7. Ken Griffey Jr. (DH/L)- .249/.353/.424, 18 hr.
8. Rich Aurilla (3B/R)- .283/.332/.413, 10 hr.
9. Ivan Rodriguez (C/R)- .276/.319/.394, 10 sb.
*Not only is the lineup balanced (4 R/4 L/1 B), but it also has power (Dunn, Manny, Abreu, Edmonds, Griffey), and on the field there's plenty of former Gold Gloves (Pudge, the Cabrera's, Abreu, Edmonds, and Griffey). Manny is obviously the driving force of the offense. Orlando and Bobby have the ability to swipe some bags, and Dunn has had 5 straight seasons of 40+ homeruns.
1. Paul LoDuca (C/R)- .243/.321/.295.
2. Ray Durham (2B/B)- .289/.380/.432
3. Garret Anderson (OF/L)- .293/.325/.433, 15 hr, 84 rbi.
4. Nomar Garciaparra (INF/R)- .264/.326/.466.
*Gotta have a backup catcher, and the market is thin, hence LoDuca. Anderson and Durham are still very reliable hitters and capable of relieving some of the aging veterans in the lineup from time to time like Griffey and Edmonds. Nomar is only a shell of his former self, but he can still play multiple positions and be an asset off the bench. Moises Alou, Damion Easley, Frank Thomas, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grudzielanek, Kevin Millar, and Doug Mientkiewicz were whittled off the roster during try-outs.
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