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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hunter signs with Angels; White Sox sign Linebrink

Late last night, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim surprisingly signed Torii Hunter to a five-year, $90 million deal. Gary Matthews Jr. will be in the second year of his five-year, $50 million contract, so this move is rather strange.

There are reports out there that reliever Scott Linebrink has agreed to a four-year, $19 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees were rumored to be interested in Linebrink's services. I'm rather happy the Yankees didn't sign him, especially for that contract. He has never pitched in the American League and has been on the decline the last couple of years.


jeff said...

The cost of middle relievers and setup guys is now way out of proportion with their value.

My plan for the Yankees bullpen:

1) Trade Farnsworth for whatever they can get.

2) Stay the heck away from most free agents. Don't give a J.C. Romero-like contract to a mediocre lefty (Mahay, Affeldt, Miller, etc). I'd rather use the roster spot on a good righty.

The only free agents I'm interested in are guys with big upsides like Percival and Wood. I'd take a chance on either of them on a short-term deal.

3) If Marte can be had for a mid-level prospect, do it.

4) Stay in-house to try to fill the rest of the holes. Let Ohlendorf, Ramirez, Britton, Veras and Patterson have a chance at the start of the year.

Hopefully by midseason guys like Sanchez, Cox, Melancon and Robertson will be ready to contribute.

Good setup guys come from unusual places. Chances are there are a couple in the system. They just need a chance to prove it.

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