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Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

Top 10 free agents this off-season

Player, Pos.-Info

1. CC Sabathia, SP - Should get richer deal than Johan Santana's $137 million.

2. Manny Ramirez, OF - Will attitude problems return once his pockets are full?

3. Mark Teixeira, 1B - Switch-hitting slugger + Scott Boras • Payday!

4. A.J. Burnett, SP - Playoff-stud status was swiped by Cole Hamels.

5. Francisco Rodriguez, RP - Set single-season saves record in '08.

6. Rafael Furcal, SS - Must show he's recovered from back injury.

7. Derek Lowe, SP - Nothing flashy, but he is reliable.

8. Adam Dunn, 1B - Whiff, homer, cash check. Whiff, homer, cash check.

9. Oliver Perez, SP - Enigmatic but has talent to dominate on any given day.

10.Brian Fuentes, RP - Brewers and Cards eying lefty closer.

On the radar

The Pirates might shop the free-agent market for a starting pitcher, bullpen help and a right-handed hitter. A few players who might be on the team's radar:

Player, Pos.-Info

Paul Byrd, SP - At 38, will he have anything left in his tank next season?

Willie Bloomquist, UT - 31-year-old can play 2B, 3B, SS or CF.

Odalis Perez, SP - Won seven games for the woeful Nats last season.

Braden Looper, SP - Back-to-back 12-win years after converting to starter.

Jason Jennings, SP - Pitched in just six games due to torn elbow tendon.

Randy Wolf, SP - Helped spark Astros' late surge last summer.

Mark Hendrickson, RP - Better as reliever (3.03 ERA) than starter (6.24).

Kevin Mench, OF - Was cut by Blue Jays at season's end.

Gabe Kapler, OF - Hit .354 with four homers in 82 at-bats against lefties.

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