December 03, 2005
Cash Now Wide Open On CF
From the Post:
"It's going to be hard for me to predict on center field," Cashman said. "It's going to be something that will evolve over time. Right now, it's Bubba Crosby on paper or somebody else from our system. But over time, maybe as early as [the winter meetings that start Monday in Dallas], we are hoping some more legitimate choices that the price tag, whether it's a free agent or a trade, hopefully the price tag make sense to us.
If it does, we will be very aggressive. It's a developing situation, one that I can't really handicap."
So, it's Bubba, someone from the farm, someone from a trade, or a Free Agent.
Looks like the field, to me, is Bubba Crosby, Kevin Thompson, Joey Gathright, Jason Michaels, Juan Pierre, Craig Monroe or Nook Logan, Juan Encarnacion, Johnny Damon, Nomar Garciaparra, Torii Hunter, or Jeremy Reed.
Or maybe someone like Brad Wilkerson or Dave Roberts or Wily Mo Pena - who have not been discussed as much in these parts? See below from the Chicago Tribune:
San Diego is shopping some of its middle-aged players, including pitcher Adam Eaton and third baseman Sean Burroughs. The re-signing of Brian Giles probably means center fielder Dave Roberts is a goner. ... The Reds are hoping to get pitching help for Austin Kearns or Pena with the Cubs still a rumored possibility. ... ... Washington will try to use its surplus of outfielders and middle infielders to land a starter, with Jose Vidro, Junior Spivey, Brad Wilkerson, Ryan Church and Marlon Byrd in several discussions.
With so many options, I think Cashman is going to sit and wait for the person that comes cheap. Don't be shocked if it does not happen until some of the names mentioned above start to find homes and the market starts to change towards the buyers favor.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 3, 2005 09:37 AM
According to the ATM reports, the DBacks are interested in making Nomah a CF'er.
If he's interested in converting, and his legs are healthy, I see no reason why NY shouldn't go after him