2009 MLB Free Agents – Big Names Join the List

JONNY GOMESSome pretty big names joined the free agent list when they were not tendered offers to stay with their clubs.  Jonny Gomes slugged the baseball pretty well in his brief time with the Reds, but it wasn’t enough for Cincinnati to want to throw cash his way.  Gomes is a high energy outfielder, with as much power as anybody in the game.  Then there’s Colorado Rockies thirdbaseman Garrett Atkins, in an effort to save money, the Rocks are turning over the hot corner duties to Ian Stewart.  Jack Cust nailed 84 big flies in Oakland for the A’s the last three seasons, but was surprisingly let go.  Another surprise was when Pittsburgh decided to cut ties with their closer, Matt Capps, but it’s the Pirates, so what would you expect?  The Washington Nationals also decided not to bring back their closer, if they have a better option, I haven’t heard it.  Starting pitcher Scott Olsen was also asked not to return to Washington, probably due to his poor attitude, but he throws the ball with his lefthand so somebody will take a flier on him.  Chien-Ming Wang won’t be returning to the Bronx, I can kind of see this, what with Wang’s history of injuries, they can go out there and pretty much sign whomever they want.

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