Are Kyle Lohse and Kris Benson holding up the show for other free agents to get signed? A number of recognizable names are still available.
Remaining FA Starters: Tony Armas, Kris Benson, Bartolo Colon, Josh Fogg, Freddy Garcia, Jose Garcia, Livan Hernandez, Byung-Hyun Kim, Kyle Lohse, Rodrigo Lopez, Eric Milton, Mike O'Connor, Russ Ortiz, Odalis Perez, John Thomson, Steve Trachsel, Jeff Weaver, David Wells. (Note: This is a partial list)
Remaining FA Relievers: Antonio Alfonseca, Armando Benitez, Shawn Chacon, Akinori Otsuka, Brian Rogers, Brad Salmon, Aaron Sele, Ron Villone, Bob Wickman. (Note: This is a partial list)
Beerleaguer: Lohse is the best available, while Benson might be the best sleeper. The Phils are obviously involved in both, but the extent of their association with Lohse remains a mystery. Meanwhile, there’s a rumor circulating the message boards that Benson will be in town today to hammer out a deal. We’ll keep an eye on it. The rumor allegedly has roots on Sirius Sporting News Radio. On the bullpen side, Chacon and Wickman are the best available from this dwindling, depressing list. I look at Ron Villone as someone who may be worth a minor league invite as added depth. I'd put Odalis Perez in the same category, and possibly Tony Armas.