The Diamondbacks released Eric Byrnes, owed $11MM, in January of this year. In March of 2009, the Giants released outfielder Dave Roberts and ate $6.5MM in salary. Soon after, the Tigers cut Gary Sheffield despite $14MM left on his contract. In '08, the Orioles cut Jay Gibbons and assumed his remaining $11.9MM. That same month, the Astros released pitcher Woody Williams despite his $6.5MM commitment. Which well-paid veterans might be on the chopping block for 2010? My entirely speculative list follows.
- Eric Chavez, Athletics: one year, $15MM. Even as a utility man, Chavez is a tough fit on an A's roster that includes an out of options Jake Fox. Chavez retiring might make this situation easier on everyone.
- Jeff Suppan, Brewers: one year, $14.5MM. For the first time in his Brewers career, Suppan is battling for a rotation spot.
- Carlos Silva, Cubs: two years, $25MM. Though the Cubs are only on the hook for $16MM of Silva's contract, it still may make sense to cut him if he shows nothing in Spring Training.
- Jose Guillen, Royals: one year, $12MM. Coming off ankle and back surgery, Guillen is slated to be the Royals' full-time DH. CHONE projects him to hit just .254/.309/.398 in 2010.
- Dontrelle Willis, Tigers: one year, $12MM. Willis is in good spirits as he tries to return from anxiety and command issues and earn a rotation spot.