Free Agent Notes: Aramis, Chavez, Counsell, Wakefield

Let's round up the latest rumors on a few members of this winter's free agent class:

  • Agent Paul Kinzer told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (Twitter link) that, while Aramis Ramirez has a limited market, there are at least two teams very interested in the third baseman.
  • Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (via Twitter) that Eric Chavez's agent told Yankees GM Brian Cashman his client wants to play in 2012. Presumably, since the call went to Cashman, Chavez has some interest in rejoining the Yanks.
  • Plenty of teams are interested in Craig Counsell for a coaching or front office position, but Counsell hopes to play one more year, tweets ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. We heard yesterday that Counsell was listening to both playing and "non-playing" offers.
  • Barry Meister, Tim Wakefield's agent, told reporters today that he and Wakefield have talked about the possibility of the knuckleballer signing with a National League team. Meister added that a lot of clubs have called, but he thinks "it would be a shame" if Wakefield didn't pitch for the Red Sox. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has a transcript of the conversation.
  • Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes isn't officially a free agent yet, but that didn't stop agent Adam Katz from talking to reporters, including Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, about his client. While there have been some questions about whether Cespedes would need to spend time in the minors, Katz said he believes the 26-year-old is ready for the bigs.


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27 Comments on "Free Agent Notes: Aramis, Chavez, Counsell, Wakefield"


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3 years 7 months ago

I’ll take Chavey back.  Solid bat and can still flash the leather.  Just hope he stays healthy because A-Rod will probably fall apart again :P.

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vonhayesdays
3 years 7 months ago

Injuries have always been Chavey’s problem though too 

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slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Great news, Chavez is a gammer!

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yabud
3 years 7 months ago

Id love to see Aramis in a Jays uni.

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Vlad27
3 years 7 months ago

What about Lawrie ?

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yabud
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe they do move Lawrie back to 2bag, as ridiculous as that is. I had a hard time writing that, but you never know.

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safari_punch
3 years 7 months ago

Lawrie’s defense looks “clunky” to me. I think he’ll eventually be a corner outfielder.

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3 years 7 months ago

Lawrie made some rookie mistakes playing third (cant blame him, it was his first time ever playing third), but he also made some amazing plays playing third. He looked to get better and better as time went on and sometimes even looked like Scott Rolen (not saying hell be that good). 

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yabud
3 years 7 months ago

Very true. I could forsee a Braun like switch to LF although it would be spectacular to see him stick at 3B… Regarding Aramis, I just think he would bring an element to this team that we havent had in forever. Veteran leadership who can produce – even if its at DH. 

Think Vernon Wells – Contract + Intensity + Production.

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cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

You are the only one.  lol.  Where would he play and I doubt if he wants to be a DH.  The Jays already have Lawrie at third, eliminating that position and I doubt if he wants a bench role. 

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yabud
3 years 7 months ago

No DH in the AL anymore?

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Lars Chunks
3 years 7 months ago

Wake’s agent thinks he can win 15 games.  Good joke.

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Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

i want wakefeild for the braves. it would be enjoyable to watch him