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  1. Hudson’s still under contract with San Diego next year… owed $5.5M according to Cots. A trade candidate though.

    Comment by Bret — October 17, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  2. Good review. It might be nice to add what teams will likely be looking for a starting second baseman this offseason.

    Comment by Ben — October 17, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  3. I would hazard a guess that most of the teams that are losing their starting 2B to free agency (I think someone on Fangraphs recently posted a list of them..) would be looking for a 2B.

    Comment by SC2GG — October 17, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  4. Thanks. Not sure how I’ve missed that, I’ve been so used to him being year-to-year. Fixing…

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — October 17, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  5. The Jays will be fine with Johnson accepting arb. A slightly high one-year deal is pretty palatable, and you still have the chance at compensation if Johnson has a good year or, hopefully, a good trading chip at the deadline.

    Worst case scenario, Johnson accepts arb, has a terrible year and yields no draft pick compensation or trade value. But even this won’t hurt the Jays short or long term.

    Comment by Jeff — October 17, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  6. Reading the lists of players for whom the Orioles will illogically overpay in a few weeks is the worst way to spend a Monday morning.

    Comment by AK — October 17, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  7. What do you mean? We haven’t even posted about Magglio Ordonez yet.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — October 17, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  8. It’s true that Roberts and Hairston came up nearly simultaneously with the Orioles. Hairston came up first and had the inside track, but Roberts quickly passed him. If Roberts will be unable to play next year, the O’s could do worse than give Hairston a shot. Provided they don’t over pay him. When 2012 Orioles’ GM Jim Hendry signs Magglio Ordonez, I think I will find another team to cheer for.

    Comment by Bill — October 17, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  9. Michael Cuddyer…

    Comment by Kyle — October 17, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  10. Yeah. It’s pretty hard to call any one year deal bad. Especially when you figure the Jays payroll is going to be pretty low, and if they go the trade route like AA is hinting then there won’t be many big FA signings.

    Comment by Mark — October 17, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  11. Caroll has better than “decent OBP”, his .368 mark from 2010-11 is second to only Dustin Pedroia among secondbaseman.

    Comment by Chair — October 17, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  12. I’d give it about a .1% chance that Maggs doesn’t retire.

    Comment by JG — October 17, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  13. Where’s the Betemit?

    Comment by AG — October 17, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  14. As TLC said, “I don’t want no scrubs…”

    Comment by MC — October 17, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

  15. Kelly Johnson’s lack of respect among the scouting community makes you wonder if he has the dreaded bad face. I mean, you have to admit, his chin has no regal bearing whatsoever and his jawline is, even in the best light, a 30 on the 20-80 scale. Put a beard on it!

    Comment by Choo — October 17, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  16. Nice!

    Comment by sheets — October 17, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

  17. Don’t second basemen also age horribly (compared to SS or 3B)?

    Comment by Trev — October 17, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  18. I am going to link this to a post on a nat’s site where a number of people insist, for some reason, that Espinosa is quite likely not an option beyond the near-term… wtf, period, but even so who are you going to replace him with?

    Comment by Will H. — October 17, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  19. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Tigs take a flier on Hill or Johnson if the price is right for minimal years. Otherwise they’re looking at Santiago and Raburn again.

    Comment by Colin — October 18, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  20. Isn’t Brandon Phillips a FA?

    Comment by Cisco — October 18, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  21. Only if the Reds do the batsh*t crazy thing and decline his 2012 option–it was worth a mention, I thought, since Aaron Hill was mentioned, but I guess Matt disagreed.

    Then again, Robinson Cano also has an option, and does anyone really think the Yankees would decline that? No? Didn’t think so.

    Also, Clint Barmes bears a mention, as he can play either 2B or SS. :)

    Comment by Jim — October 22, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

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