With teams already underway in Spring Training, a few players are still left on the market wondering just what happened over the last four months. Was it bad decision making? No interest from teams? The asking price? Whatever the reason, these players are still left without contracts heading into the 2012 season.
OF Johnny Damon: thought a deal with the Yankees was in the cards, but has turned to "PLAN B". Red Sox, Rays, Orioles in play? White Sox have been mentioned
OF Vladimir Guerrero: has said he would play for the Yankees for a one-year deal worth $1 million, a return to the Orioles or a date with the Blue Jays may be possible.
OF Magglio Ordonez: not much talk about the free agent, but he won't be accepting a minor-league deal. Blue Jays and Orioles a good fit, maybe the Rays?
INF Eric Chavez: looks like the A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh deal has actually helped Chavez return to the Yankees.
OF Hideki Matsui: has been linked to the Athletics, Yankees and Rays, but boy has the "DH" role been a non-topic this off season.
P Brandon Webb: once a top of the line starter, will be throwing for scouts soon in hopes of landing a minor-league deal.
OF Xavier Nady: could help a club with bench depth. Has hit 10 home runs in last 3 seasons after 20 in 2007.
SS Edgar Renteria: claims to be returning to MLB and has had interest, maybe the Reds?
P Javier Vazquez: has hinted at retirement if doesn't get a major league deal. Fastball was clocked at 85 mph at one point last season.
OF Raul Ibanez: has been linked to the Yankees for the last two weeks, and a deal seems likely as early as Monday.
P Roy Oswalt: Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers all still in the mix. The Phillies called, but it doesn't seem likely. The Rangers are trying to deal relief pitcher Koji Uehara to free up money for the $10 million he's looking for.
1B Derrek Lee: hard to believe the former Cub is close to a retirement presser.
C Ivan Rodriguez: has to be the quietest off season for "Pudge" as no teams as emerged as a clear cut favourite for the 21-year vet.
In case you missed it:
Roy Halladay showed up to spring training for the Phillies in this 1932 Ford. One of the better entrances since Willie Mays Hayes in Major League.
You know times are a changing, when the Yankees are trying to cut payroll before adding more pieces to the roster. Saving money on the Burnett deal allows them to sign Ibanez for only a million and re-sign Chavez for the same. It's been years, almost 20, since they had to operate like this.