An All-Hit, No-Field, Off-Season Experiment

This off-season there are a plethra of all-hit, no-field free agents available.  Off the top of my head, I count:

  1. Manny Ramirez
  2. Pat Burrell
  3. Adam Dunn
  4. Jason Giambi
  5. Bobby Abreu
  6. Frank Thomas
  7. Milton Bradley
  8. Raul Ibanez
  9. Barry Bonds (ok, kidding)

With more and more teams recognizing that these types of players are overrated and with so many of them available, don't you think some will sign for surprisingly cheap prices?

Manny will get the most money, although I'm guessing the longer he waits for a contract, the less he might get.  But will teams like the Dodgers, Mets, and Yankees write a blank check for a Burrell or a Dunn if they miss out on Manny?  I don't think so.  And even when those two sign, there are many more options remaining for other teams.  Might the Tampa Bay Rays, who could use a big righty bat at designated hitter end up with someone like Milton Bradley or Raul Ibanez for $6-8MM a year for two years?

Or am I crazy?

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