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Baseball Free Agent 2004-5
 

"Every year, there is a plethora of baseball free agent talent available. This winter will be no different."
 

Baseball Free Agent Review
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports for a number of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com. He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

Every year, there is a plethora of baseball free agent talent available. This winter will be no different. Here’s a look at some of the top free agents available...

Baseball Free Agent #1—Pedro Martinez

He is one of the best pitchers of all time and is commanding a lot of attention on the market. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and New York Mets have all shown strong interest. The Red Sox have reportedly offered Pedro a two year/twenty-five million dollar contract, with an option for a third year. The Yankees might trump that offer by giving Pedro a four-year deal. The Mets are the real wild card. Would they be willing to overpay for Pedro and trump both offers? We’ll see. My money is Pedro winding up back in Boston.

Baseball Free Agent #2—Carlos Beltran

He came up big during the postseason and now he’s going to cash in during the off season. Houston, the Chicago Cubs, and, of course, the Yankees are in the running for Beltran. His agent is supposedly asking for a ten year/two hundred million dollar contract. In my opinion, Beltran isn’t worth that kind of money. I mean, that’s A-Rod money, and Beltran certainly isn’t in the same class as Rodriguez- but who is? The only team I see even thinking about giving him that kind of money is the Yankees. That’s why I think Beltran will sign with New York.

Baseball Free Agent #3—Carlos Delgado

He’s one of the best first basemen available in this free agent market. Delgado is coming off a solid year in Toronto and is looking at a big pay cut (was getting paid eighteen million dollars last season). If he were willing to play for maybe eight to ten million dollars per year, then a number of teams would love to have him. As of now, the Seattle Mariners are showing the most interest.

Baseball Free Agent #4—Nomar Garciaparra

He didn’t help get the Cubs back to playoff contention, but he did play well after arriving in Chicago. He will probably get a nice-sized contract just because he still has name recognition. The Anaheim Angels seem to be interested, as do the New York Mets. A crazy scenario that’s been discussed is Nomar signing with the Yankees and moving to second base. I don’t see it happening, but you never know with George.

Baseball Free Agent #5—Adrian Beltre

Beltre is definitely one of the best third basemen on the market. He put up impressive numbers with the Dodgers. He could very well re-sign with Los Angeles. But, if they don’t keep him, look for Anaheim, the New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox to show interest.

If you’d like more baseball free agent information, check out these sites…

ESPN Baseball Free Agent Tracker

Baseball Free Agent List

Fox Sports Baseball Free Agent List

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