Tag:Craig Counsell
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:21 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:41 am

Making sense of the free-agent infield logjam

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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