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Diamond in the Rough Free Agents

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The Stuart Sternberg regime is a couple of months old now, and within that span of time we have seen the organizations with plenty of money to burn make some pretty average players rich beyond their dreams.

The money that was thrown at Burnett after not even being one of the top 30 starting pitchers is kind of ridiculous. I do not blame Matt Morris for looking for a new home after seeing the Cardinals salivate over A.J. Burnett. You add either Morris or Burnett to your rotation you are getting about the same grade of a pitcher.

In a sense, the Rays have some smart people running the organization. Joe Fan may want them to shell out big bucks for a big name. But, these guys seem to have the big picture in mind. Sure, they could have made a trade last week, but with thes likes of Huff, Lugo and Baez signed for just one more year, we have plenty of time to look to move them. Its a long time from now until the trading July 31 deadline.

So, what can the Rays do in the meantime. Well, from my point of view there is still a large collection of names to choose from who could help this team.

Editor's Free Agent Likes/Dislikes

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  • Nomar Garciaparra
  • Kevin Millwood
  • Jeff Weaver
  • Jarrod Washburn
  • Jason Johnson
  • Frank Thomas
  • Scott Elarton
  • Bernie Williams
  • Kevin Millar
  • Ricardo Rincon
  • Rich Aurilia
  • Alex S. Gonzalez
  • Travis Lee
  • Eduardo A. Perez
  • Tony Armas Jr
  • Joey Eischen
  • Shawn Estes
  • Todd Hollandsworth
  • Matt Mantei
  • Jeromy Burnitz
  • Todd Greene
  • Braden Looper
  • Tino Martinez
  • Erubiel Durazo
  • Doug Mientkiewicz
  • Brad Fullmer
  • Ty Wigginton
  • Brett Tomko
  • Johnny Damon
  • Reggie Sanders
  • Mike Piazza
  • Preston Wilson
  • Rondell White
  • Brad Ausmus
  • Jamie Moyer
  • Juan Encarnacion
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Joe Randa