Even though Chone Figgins, Placido Polanco, and Pedro Feliz have been signed to play third base, the market is far from depleted. Free agents from Adrian Beltre to Troy Glaus are still teamless, which would be more surprising but for last yearÆs Type-A debacle, where players like Orlando Hudson and Juan Cruz remained on the market long after the winter meetings.
This year, John Lackey is probably the biggest name to be signed so far, but Matt Holliday and Jason Bay remain in the aether, and even a top trade target like Dan Uggla can be had for the right price. Teams are simply willing to wait longer and see how the market develops rather than risk paying last yearÆs prices for an early shot at players (call it Raul Ibanez Syndrome).
The Twins are pioneers for this way o ...
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