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Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:21 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:41 am
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There are a ton of free agents still left unsigned on the market. And many of them are very viable utility infielders, making for quite a logjam.

There are at least eight infielders who look to be utilitymen, backups or perhaps part-time starters somewhere, and it's like a game of musical chairs. At least a half-dozen teams, and perhaps one or two more than that, are looking for such types of infielders in the slowest-moving free-agent market in history.

Ryan Theriot, Eric Chavez, Aaron Miles, Jack Wilson, Orlando Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Alex Cora and Craig Counsell are the eight infielders remaining on the market, and former MVP Miguel Tejada is playing in winter ball and hoping for a comeback. All offer something different.

Theriot, a versatile player with a good stick, is being looked at by the Reds and Rays after hitting .271 and earning a ring with the Cardinals. Chavez, the former A's star, is talking to the Yankees about a return after being a plus on the field and in the clubhouse for them last year, but the Rays, Nats and hometown Padres are also interested. Wilson, the defensive specialist at shortstop, makes sense for the Braves and others.

Miles hit .275 with the Dodgers and had 45 RBIs in a very productive year. Renteria has played a key role for two World Series winners. Cabrera has been something of a good-luck charm. Cora is being looked at by a couple teams as a player, and a couple others as a coach. Counsell suffered through a rough slump last year and like Cora is seen as a potential future big-league manager.



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Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:24 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

just for your imformation craig counsell announce his retirement.  the brewer hire him to work in front office.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

I think Cincy has enough utility depth in the system already without signing somebody else.
If you just want a guy to hit .230 and play infield once or twice a week, none of these FAs is necessary.
I would take Theriot, I suppose, if the price was right.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:19 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

Tigers, sign Renteria and trade it back to Braves for Jurrjens
That is funny to think that Brave would trade a Pitcher they like for a player they don't want back



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam



    Reds would have had a  grat offseason if they sign Teriot and a serviceable left fielder!!!!  Add that to Madison, Lato's and Marrshall and the Reds would have gotten alot better!



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:19 am
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

Tigers, sign Renteria and trade it back to Braves for Jurrjens
Amusing. You clearly must be joking!



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

yeah but... he's start hittin' any day now.
we need to be patient with him, he'll turn it around......
dustbag  



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

Tigers, sign Renteria and trade it back to Braves for Jurrjens



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

I think Counsell and Cora both retire as players and become coaches.

If Dusty Baker has his way, he'll have another over-the hill, hitless and rangeless guy that used to be a MLB shortstop playing (badly)nearly every day on his team.


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