Extra Bases

Plenty of talent still available

The Sox appear to be done with their roster, at least for now. Just for fun, here’s a look at the top free agents still out there.

Amazingly, you can still go two deep with somewhat reasonable players:

1B: Russell Branyan, Carlos Delgado
2B: Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez
SS: Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Tejada
3B: Joe Crede, Melvin Mora
DH: Jim Thome, Jason Giambi
OF: Rick Ankiel, Reed Johnson
OF: Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady
OF: Jermaine Dye, Gary Sheffield
C: Bengie Molina, Jose Molina
SP: Joel Piniero, Vicente Padilla
SP: Jon Garland, Pedro Martinez
SP: Ben Sheets, Braden Looper
SP: Chien-Ming Wang, Mark Mulder
SP: Erik Bedard, Jarrod Washburn
RP: Kiko Calero, Chan Ho Park,
RP: Ron Villone, Kevin Gregg
RP: David Weathers, Jamey Wright
Also: Endy Chavez, Hank Blalock, Ronnie Belliard, Jerry Hairston Jr., Marcus Thames, Adam Kennedy, Rocco Baldelli, John Smoltz, Brett Tomko, Jose Contreras, Rod Barajas.

Is there anybody on this list who would give the Red Sox a significant upgrade? Kiko Calero is an interesting guy. He had a 1.95 ERA in 67 appearances for Florida last season, opponents hit .180 against him and he allowed seven extra-base hits. Just saying.

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