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Type A Free Agent Outfielders

Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter won their ninth American League Gold Glove Awards yesterday.

There are four free agent outfielders at present but this number could change if other Type A outfielders are non-tendered.

Type A Free Agent Outfielders

Left Fielders

Jason Bay, Red Sox – 36 HR’s, 119 RBI’s, .267 BA….Bay was even better in his first full season with the Red Sox. He batted 46 less times in 2009 than 2008 but yet hit five more home runs and drove in 18 more runs. The Red Sox really need to re-sign Bay since he led the team in home runs and runs batted in.

Johnny Damon, Yankees – 24 HR’s, 82 RBI’s, .282 BA – Damon had his best power numbers since 2004 but part of that can probably be attributed to Yankee Stadium being a home run haven  with 17 of his 24 home runs being hit at home. Damon showed how valuable he was in the World Series by hitting in the clutch in the late innings.

Matt Holliday, Cardinals – 24 HR’s, 109 RBI’s, .313 BA – Holliday was listless in Oakland with the A’s hitting 11 home runs and drove in 54 runs batted in 346 at bats but hit 13 home runs and drove in 55 runs in 111 less at bats with the Cardinals. Holliday may receive an offer from other teams that the Cardinals won’t try to match if it inflates their payroll too much.

Center Fielders

No Type A free agent centerfielders.

Rightfielders

Jermaine Dye, White Sox – 27 HR’s, 81 RBI’s, .250 BA – It is very unlikely that Dye will return to the White Sox after being non-tendered. His batting average dropped 42 points and his slugging percentage fell 88 points  from 2008 plus he is more a DH type since his outfield play is sub-par.

Tomorrow: Type A Free Agent Starting  Pitchers

Hot Stove News

The American League Gold Glove Award winners were announced yesterday and the Yankees were only team with two winners with Mark Teixeira winning for first basemen and Derek Jeter taking the Gold Glove for shortstop. Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter won their ninth Gold Gloves.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091110&content_id=7645222&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

There won’t be any expanded instant replay anytime soon since the general managers have decided to let the commissioner decide if it is necessary and he has already stated he is not interested in expanding instant replay.

Chien-Ming Wang may be non-tendered by the Yankees. Wang is not the pitcher he used to be when he won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 with a 38-13 record. He has a 9-8 record over the last two seasons and had a 1-6 record with a 9.64 ERA in 2009.

Opposing hitters hit .365 against him in 2009 and he had a horrific 2.04 WHIP with him allowing 66 hits and 19 walks in 42 innings…..Bobby Valentine is on the list of possible managers for the Washington Nationals.

Jerry Hairston, Jr. was smart to file for free agency since it is unlikely he would play much in 2010 for the Yankees but could be a regular with another team….Jonathan Lucroy could start the 2010 season as the starter or backup to Jason Kendall for the Brewers. The team is trying to avoid paying Kendall $5 million in 2010 so it is possible he could be traded.

Lucroy has more walks than strikeouts in the minors last season which shows he is a disiplined hitter….MLB.com has reported that Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado may not return to the Mets for the 2010 season. Delgado hit 38 home runs and drove in 115 runs two seasons ago so if he is healthy he could be an offensive force for whichever team that signs him.

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