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Cabrera, Millar latest ex-Sox to sign

Orlando Cabrera agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Reds today. Kevin Millar, meanwhile, has taken a minor-league deal to try and continue his career with the Cubs according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

What other former Red Sox are still out there?

Johnny Damon: The Yankees called his bluff and for some reason signed Randy Winn. Now Damon could be left with the Tigers or perhaps Tampa Bay. Damon hit 17 of his 24 homers at Yankee Stadium last season. Both sides messed this one up as a one-year deal for $7 million would have made great sense.

Pedro Martinez: The one-time ace pitched well for the Phillies at times last season and still has something left. The Rangers are reportedly interested, but Pedro would be better off in the easy-to-navigate National League. The Mets, who can’t get anybody signed, should swallow what little pride they have left and call him.


Nomar Garciaparra: There has been no winter chatter about Garciaparra, who hit .281 as a reserve for Oakland last season. Word is that he is seeking employment on television.

Rocco Baldelli: The pride of Rhode Island is looking for a spot as a fourth outfielder.

Wily Mo Pena: Remember him? He spent all of last season at Triple-A for the Mets. At best he’ll get a minor-league deal with somebody. But he could be washed up at 27.

John Smoltz: He got himself straight in St. Louis last season and should go back there. The Mets reportedly have an interest.

Ron Mahay: Still effective against left-handed batters, Mahay will catch on with somebody.


Paul Byrd, Bartolo Colon, Chad Bradford, Alan Embree, Eric Gagne, Tomo Ohka, Julian Tavarez: These guys are in various stages of finished but will be looking to catch an invitation to spring training to see what develops.

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