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Old Dec 13th 2008, 8:30 am
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Any of these guys sound like a good FA pickup?

Ty Wigginton, 1B/2B/3B/LF. I don't know what the Astros are going to do at third base now, but they decided they couldn't afford Wigginton. The 31 year-old hit a strong .285/.350/.526 in 429 plate appearances. He probably doesn't mind reaching free agency early in a weak third baseman market. The Indians and Twins still have vacancies.

Joe Nelson, RP. Wow...a 2.00 ERA still gets you non-tendered in Florida. He's not that good, but he had a huge strikeout rate and is definitely a useful reliever.

Daniel Cabrera, SP. This guy was once considered very nasty to face, at times posting big strikeout and groundball rates. With a fresh start, who knows.

Joey Gathright, Willy Taveras, OF. For a couple of burners their recent plus/minus ratings in center field are poor. And you can't steal first base.

Jonny Gomes, OF. He's got pop, and destroyed lefties outside of this year. That's about it though.

Takashi Saito, RP. Dominant big league numbers, but he's a huge question mark after having platelet-rich plasma injected into his elbow in an experimental procedure. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Tim Redding, SP. Probably good for a sub-5.00 ERA as a fifth starter.

Chris Capuano, SP. The Brewers may re-sign him. Capuano had his second Tommy John surgery in May. He was a useful mid-rotation guy in 2005-06.

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Joey Gathright, John Bale
Jamie Burke
Joe Nelson
Aaron Miles, Randy Flores, Tyler Johnson
Norris Hopper, Gary Majewski, Matt Belisle
Doug Mathis
Daniel Cabrera, Lance Cormier
Denny Bautista
Ty Wigginton, Reggie Abercrombie
Jonny Gomes
Willy Taveras
Takashi Saito, Scott Proctor, Yhency Brazoban, Angel Berroa
Clay Hensley and Charlie Haeger
Chris Britton and Justin Christian
Tim Redding
Chris Capuano
Kevin Cash
Chuck James
Chris Burke, Robby Hammock, Wil Ledezma, Jeff Salazar
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id take a flyer on Willy Taveras.
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Capuano could be a good pickup.

Fill in as a LOOGY until his arm strength gets back up. He was very good against LH hitters.
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Daniel Cabrera, simply for his very good arm. Jonny Gomes, because he's always killed lefties. He could be a nice guy to bring off the bench. And Chris Capuano, who would be a low risk, high reward candidate.
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Jonny Gomes would be interesting, although the Cubs have had their fair share of pure power hitters like Fox, Dubois, and Craig put up big numbers at AA/AAA the past couple of years and haven't given them a shot, even after the call-ups.
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I would take a flier on Daniel Cabrera.

A FA I'm hoping the Cubs take a look at is Switch hitting back-up C, Adam
Melhuse to replace Hank White.
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It is a bad year to be a FA. It looks like the general managers are trying to lower the prices on these guys.
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It is a bad year to be a FA. It looks like the general managers are trying to lower the prices on these guys.
Good.
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It is a bad year to be a FA. It looks like the general managers are trying to lower the prices on these guys.
How so?
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By letting them " cool " on the shelf.

You let inventory build and lower demand , and lesson one in economics prevails.
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