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Tom Verducci
February 25, 2002
Carlos Baerga, 33, is in Red Sox camp on a minor league contract, but he might be a good bet to return to the majors for the first time since 1999. Boston has little faith in second base incumbent Jose Offerman, and a newly trim Baerga—who spent the last two seasons trying to rejuvenate his career in, among other places, the independent Atlantic League and South Korea—swung the bat well while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico....
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February 25, 2002

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Carlos Baerga, 33, is in Red Sox camp on a minor league contract, but he might be a good bet to return to the majors for the first time since 1999. Boston has little faith in second base incumbent Jose Offerman, and a newly trim Baerga—who spent the last two seasons trying to rejuvenate his career in, among other places, the independent Atlantic League and South Korea—swung the bat well while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico....

Teams looking for starters this spring might get lucky. Twins righthander Rick Reed can become a free agent if he's not dealt by March 15; he will probably be unloaded for prospects. If lefthander David Wells fills the Yankees' final rotation spot, New York will be in a position to deal righty Orlando Hernandez. Mets lefty Bruce Chen, who is out of minor league options, may be dangled if the club decides it needs another outfielder....

Reds manager Bob Boone wants righthander Scott Williamson, who had Tommy John surgery last April and who has been a starter and a reliever, to begin the season in the bullpen. "If you look at the guys who've come back from Tommy John, it's typically a two-year process," says Boone, invoking two other righties who did their post-op pitching in relief: Cardinals ace Matt Morris and Braves closer John Smoltz.

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