2005 free agent list
From Gammons today.
Also contains this insane bit:
We also know that this winter’s signings will be for 2005, with the Players Association chomping at the bit for another labor war in 2006.
There’s probably a 10% chance of labor meltdown in 1994 or worse style, in 2006. But to say that anyone’s chomping at the bit for a labor war? I don’t understand why Gammons carries this anti-MLBPA torch, taking every chance to attack them (see: Rodriguez trade) anyway, but this is ridiculous. Players don’t get paid when they’re locked out or on strike. Most of them love their jobs and love playing baseball — they’ve done it all their lives. It’s crazy to think that they want a fight, especially after all the concessions they made in the last CBA to avoid a labor action by either side.
And as much as the owners enjoy winning a good labor fight, the money they save is far less than what they lose in an extended outage. Labor negotiations are bitter and too personal between the two sides, but neither of them wants to go to the mattresses.
That aside… the really funny bit in here is “FREE AGENTS WHOSE VALUE HAS BEEN TARNISHED BY INJURY:”
which includes Magglio Ordonez, who… well, to put him in a ‘tarnished’ category is like saying the Camaro I wrapped around a phone pole while drinking Mickey’s Ice and speeding through Auburn cursing is a “pre-owned” car. It’s a fair bet Ordonez will never be the same after this.