Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just over a month, and the free agent market has become a large remainders bin.
In it, there are players weighing offers and those who haven't received one yet. As is the case every winter, there are players who find out they're out of the game simply because no team asks them back.
The list will surprise you - a few of these player you'll think had retired years ago. Some are former Mariners, others players the Mariners coveted as long as a decade ago. There are journeymen and future Hall of Famers out there, looking for work.
Some will wind up invited to one camp or another with a longshot's chance of earning a roster spot or accepting a minor league deal. Look the list over, see if you find anyone you'd like to see signed or invited to camp with the Seattle Mariners.
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Here's the way baseball lists 'em:
Starting pitchers: Tony Armas Jr., Brandon Backe, Jimmy Barthmaier, Miguel Batista, Erik Bedard, Paul Byrd, Daniel Cabrera, Shawn Chacon, Bruce Chen, Bartolo Colon, Jose Contreras, Doug Davis, Josh Fogg, Jon Garland, Tom Glavine, Mike Hampton, Livian Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez, Rich Hill, Shawn Hill, Jon Lieber, Esteban Loaiza, Braden Looper, Rodrigo Lopez, Noah Lowry, Pedro Martinez, Eric Milton, Dustin Moseley. Mark Mulder, Vincente Padilla, Odalis Perez, Joel Pineiro, Sideny Ponson, Mark Prior, Tim Redding, Mark Redman, Kenny Rogers, Jason Schmidt, Ben Sheets, John Smoltz, Brett Tomko, Steve Trachsel, Chien-Ming Wang, Jarrod Washburn and Todd Wellmeyer.
Relief pitchers: Jose Arredondo, Cha Seung Baek, John Bale, Brian Bass, Joe Beimel, Joaquin Benoit, Chad Bradford, Yhency Brazoban, Doug Brocail, Kiko Calero, D.J. Carrasco, Santiago Casilla, Jesus Colome, Dave Davidson, Eulogio de la Cruz, Mark DiFelice, Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, Alan Embree, Keith Foulke, Chad Fox, Eric Gagne, Jimmy Gobble, Tom Gordon, Kevin Gregg, Mark Hendrickson, Jason Isringhausen, Tyler Johnson, Masahyde Kobayashi, Mike MacDougal, Ron Mahay, Seth McClung, Guillermo Mota, Tomo Ohka, Will Ohman, Chan Ho Park, Troy Percival, Jackson Quezada, B.J. Ryan, Duaner Sanchez, Scott Schoeneweis, Zack Segovia, Brian Shouse, Jorge Sosa, Justin Speier, Russ Springer, Mike Stanton, Ken Takahashi, Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin, Billy Traber, Jose Valberde, Jose Veras, Ron Villone, Jamier Walker, Tyler Walker, David Weathers, Jeff Weaver, Kip Wells, Jamey Wright and Yashuhiko Yabuta.
Catchers: Brad Ausmus, Paul Bako, Rod Barajas,Gary Bennett, Rob Bowen, Kevin Cash, Johnny Estrada, Paul Lo Duca, Doug Mirabelli, Chad Moeller, Bengie Molina, Jose Molina, Mike Redmond and Yorvit Torrealba,
First basemen: Rich Aurilla, Hank Blalock, Russell Branyan, Tony Clark, Carlos Delgado, Darin Erstad, Nomar Garciaparra, Ryan Garko, Jason Giambi, Scott Hatteberg, Mike Jacobs, Adam LaRoche, Kevin Millar, Matt Stairs, Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, Chad Tracy, Josh Whitesell and Dimitri Young.
Second Basemen: Ronnie Belliard, Eric Bruntlett, Miguel Cairo, Ray Durham, Damian Easley, Orlando Hudson, Adam Kennedy, Felipe Lopez, Mark Loretta and Ramon Martinez.
Shortstops: Orlando Cabrera, Chris Gomez, Andy Green and Miguel Tejada.
Third basemen: Aaron Boone, Joe Crede, Morgan Ensberg, Mike Lamb and Melvin Mora.
Outfielders: Alfredo Amezaga, Garret Anderson, Josh Anderson, Marlon Anderson, Rick Ankiel, Rocco Baldelli, Emil Brown, Frank Catalanotto, Endy Chavez, Johnny Damon, Chris Duncan, Jermaine Dye, Ryan Freel, Brian Giles, Jonny Gomes, Gabe Gross, Freddy Guzman, Jerry H airston Jr., Geoff Jenkins, Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady, Trot Nixon, Greg Norton, Jay Payton, Robb Quinlan, Jeremy Reed, Dave Roberts, Gary Sheffield, Cory Sullivan, So Tagucghi, Fernando Tatis, Marcus Thames and Randy Winn.
And now, a few links:
- The Tigers need a closer and Jose Valverde seems to be the man they've focused on. If they get him, he'll cost them a first-round draft pick and a two-year deal for about $13 million.
- Catcher Bengie Molina is 35 and wanted a three-year deal this winter. Didn't happen. Now, he and the Mets appear to be closing in on a two-year deal.
- The Cubs interest in Ben Sheets slowed to a crawl when he said he wanted two years at $12 million despite missing all of 2009. The Cubs payroll is already at $140 million - and they have eight arbitration eligible players.
- After the Mark McGwire news, John Hickey recalled a conversation with McGwire and Jose Canseco, back in the day when he was an Oakland beat writer. Interesting read.
- Add Canseco: Scheduled to appear with Larry King on CNN last night, Jose canceled. "We received word from Jose ... saying, 'I am having a breakdown. I can't emotionally do it. I am emotionally drained. I am tired of defending myself,'" King said.
- Not sure what to make of this, but Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to George Bush, now has a website offering to help sports figures who find themselves in "increasingly adversarial and conflict-driven' situations.