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Baseball Winter Breakdown
December 13, 2004
Tom Verducci's Free-Agent Bargain Hunt
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December 13, 2004

Baseball Winter Breakdown

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?My suspicion is that the team that ends up with free agent Carl Pavano will overpay for a righthander whose strikeout rates--5.63 per nine in '04--are unspectacular.

?The Mariners' courtship of Carlos Delgado and Richie Sexson reminds me of the Orioles last winter: Baltimore bought sluggers Miguel Tejada, Rafael Palmeiro and Javy Lopez and barely improved. Seattle should add a starter and upgrade its dreadful bullpen.

? Albert Chen weighs in on baseball and other topics in the Daily Blog every Tuesday at SI.com/scorecard.

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