Hot Stove about to warm up

damjet With Lackey and Bay getting settled with their new teams and Holiday seemingly about to become a Cardinal the other 200 or so remaining free agents will begin to rapidly sign. The next biggest names out there are Johnny Damon and Aroldis Chapman.

Damon who was an early favorite to resign with the Yankees is probably not going to come down to what the Yankees offered him, If an offer is even still on the table.  Even though Damon is a defensive liability his offence will provide someone with an offensive boost. Seems to me though that the Yankees have a potent enough lineup that they could run with Brett Gardner in LF and not lose much.

There are a bunch of teams in on Aroldis Chapman. The Red Sox have an offer on the table although it seems like a low ball offer. The Marlins,Blue Jays and Yankees have also expressed interest. The Yankees know that they could outbid all these teams if they want to. But the key word here is if they want to. The Yankees scouts are the best in the business and If they say that Chapman is a good investment then they will buy in. I say how many times does a lefty that can throw 100 mph come along. His secondary pitches are a bit shaky but he is young and may have a world of potential.

Here is the list of the remaining Free agents :

Catchers
Brad Ausmus (41)
Paul Bako (38)
Rod Barajas (34) – Type B, offered arb
Michael Barrett (33)
Ramon Castro (34)
Toby Hall (34)
Bengie Molina (35) – Type A, not offered arb
Jose Molina (35)
Miguel Olivo (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Mike Redmond (39)
Yorvit Torrealba (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Javier Valentin (34)

First basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Jeff Bailey (31)
Hank Blalock (29)
Russell Branyan (34)
Miguel Cairo (36)
Frank Catalanotto (36)
Tony Clark (38)
Carlos Delgado (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Ryan Garko (29)
Eric Hinske (32)
Mike Jacobs (29)
Adam LaRoche (30) – Type B, not offered arb
Kevin Millar (38)
Fernando Tatis (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Chad Tracy (30)
Daryle Ward (35)
Dmitri Young (36)

Second basemen
Ronnie Belliard (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Nick Green (31)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Orlando Hudson (32) – Type A, not offered arb
Adam Kennedy (34)
Felipe Lopez (30) – Type B, not offered arb
Mark Loretta (38)
Pablo Ozuna (35)

Shortstops
Alfredo Amezaga (32)
Orlando Cabrera (35) – Type A, can’t be offered arb
Chris Gomez (39)
Nick Green (31)
Khalil Greene (30)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Miguel Tejada (36) – Type A, not offered arb

Third basemen
Rich Aurilia (38)
Adrian Beltre (31) – Type B, offered arb
Aaron Boone (37)
Joe Crede (32)
Nomar Garciaparra (36)
Adam Kennedy (34)
Mark Loretta (38)
Melvin Mora (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Pablo Ozuna (35)
Robb Quinlan (33)
Miguel Tejada (36) – Type A, not offered arb

Left fielders
Garret Anderson (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Marlon Anderson (36)
Emil Brown (35)
Jack Cust (31)
Johnny Damon (36) – Type A, not offered arb
David Dellucci (36)
Cliff Floyd (37)
Jonny Gomes (29)
Matt Holliday (30) – Type A, offered arb
Reed Johnson (33)
Greg Norton (37)
Wily Mo Pena (28)
Jeremy Reed (29)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Cory Sullivan (30)
Fernando Tatis (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Marcus Thames (33)
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Center fielders
Alfredo Amezaga (32)
Josh Anderson (27)
Rick Ankiel (30)
Rocco Baldelli (28)
Endy Chavez (32)
Darin Erstad (36)
Ryan Freel (34)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Reed Johnson (33)
Scott Podsednik (34)
Jeremy Reed (29)

Right fielders
Ryan Church (31)
Jack Cust (31)
Jermaine Dye (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Brian Giles (39) – Type B, not offered arb
Jonny Gomes (29)
Gabe Gross (30)
Vladimir Guerrero (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Eric Hinske (32)
Geoff Jenkins (35)
Austin Kearns (30)
Xavier Nady (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Designated hitters
Hank Blalock (29)
Jack Cust (31)
Jason Giambi (39)
Vladimir Guerrero (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Aubrey Huff (33)
Mike Jacobs (29)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Matt Stairs (42)
Mike Sweeney (36)
Jim Thome (39)

Starting pitchers
Brandon Backe (32)
Cha Seung Baek (30)
Miguel Batista (39)
Erik Bedard (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Kris Benson (34)
Paul Byrd (39)
Daniel Cabrera (29)
D.J. Carrasco (33)
Aroldis Chapman (22)
Bartolo Colon (37)
Jose Contreras (38)
Doug Davis (34) – Type B, not offered arb
Lenny DiNardo (30)
Adam Eaton (32)
Shawn Estes (37)
Josh Fogg (33)
Jon Garland (30) – Type B, not offered arb
Tom Glavine (44)
Mike Hampton (37)
Mark Hendrickson (36)
Livan Hernandez (35)
Rich Hill (30)
Shawn Hill (29)
Jason Jennings (31)
Jason Johnson (36)
Randy Johnson (46) – Type B, not offered arb
Braden Looper (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Noah Lowry (29)
Pedro Martinez (38)
Eric Milton (34)
Dustin Moseley (28)
Mark Mulder (32)
Brett Myers (29)
Vicente Padilla (32) – Type B, not offered arb
Odalis Perez (33)
Joel Pineiro (31) – Type B, offered arb
Sidney Ponson (33)
Mark Prior (28)
Horacio Ramirez (30)
Tim Redding (32)
Jason Schmidt (37)
Ben Sheets (31)
John Smoltz (43)
Brett Tomko (37)
Chien-Ming Wang (30)
Jarrod Washburn (35)
Todd Wellemeyer (31)
Kip Wells (33)

Closers
Kevin Gregg (32) – Type A, not offered arb
Mike MacDougal (33)
Jose Valverde (32) – Type A, offered arb

Right-handed relievers
Jose Arredondo (26)
Brian Bass (28)
Joaquin Benoit (32)
Chad Bradford (35)
Doug Brocail (43) – Type B, not offered arb
Kiko Calero (35) – Type B, not offered arb
D.J. Carrasco (33)
Santiago Casilla (30)
Clay Condrey (34)
Brendan Donnelly (38)
Octavio Dotel (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Eric Gagne (34)
Dan Giese (33)
Edgar Gonzalez (27)
Tom Gordon (42)
Matt Herges (40)
Jason Isringhausen (37)
Jorge Julio (31)
Shane Loux (30)
Seth McClung (29)
Guillermo Mota (36) – Type B, not offered arb
Joe Nelson (35)
Chan Ho Park (37) – Type B, not offered arb
Tomo Ohka (34)
Troy Percival (40)
Tim Redding (32)
Duaner Sanchez (30)
Rudy Seanez (41)
Justin Speier (36)
Russ Springer (41) – Type B, not offered arb
Julian Tavarez (37)
Jose Veras (29)
Luis Vizcaino (35)
Tyler Walker (34)
David Weathers (40) – Type B, not offered arb
Jeff Weaver (33)
Jamey Wright (35)
Tyler Yates (32)

Left-handed relievers
John Bale (36)
Joe Beimel (32) – Type B, not offered arb
Alan Embree (40)
Scott Eyre (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Eddie Guardado (39)
Mark Hendrickson (36)
Ron Mahay (39)
Will Ohman (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Horacio Ramirez (30)
Glendon Rusch (35)
Scott Schoeneweis (36)
Brian Shouse (41) – Type B, offered arb
Ken Takahashi (41)
Ron Villone (40)
Jamie Walker (38)

List is as orriginally posted on MLBTR

As they sign I will let you know where they go, but what Im more interested in is where do you think they will end up? Who do you think will end up with Damon and Chapman and who will be playing Left field for the Yankees next year.

I feel a contest comming on. and here it is. Pick ten Players and tell me where they will sign mail your answers to mdrook6206@hotmail.com whoever gets the most right will win a DVD copy of Don Larson’s perfect game. Good luck and dont forget to follow us on twitter at Yankeesmagazine.

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