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Six-Year Free Agents

   Baseball America has the list. Here's who I'd rate as the best of the crop, not that anyone is likely to make a huge impact. A few of these guys might have a shot at making the Reds better:

-- Juan Brito-C-Ari. Age 27. Didn't hit in cups of coffee with AZ and KC. Went 8-43-.296 .360 .449 in AAA in '06.
-- Jeff Bajenaru-RHP-Ari. Age 29. 14 MLB games last 3 years. 4-3 4.50 w/7 SV 79 H in 80 IP 72 K 40 BB .258 BAA in AAA in '06. Traded for Alex Cintron last season. Hard-throwing RP.
-- Mike Bacsik-LHP-Bal. Age. 29. 5-5 5.88 in 22 MLB games. Hittable, but doesn't walk many. 11-0 2.79 w/81 H in 87 IP 59 K 19 BB and .248 BAA last year in AAA. Might finally be coming around.
-- Brian Bowles-RHP-Bal. Age. 30. 10-10 3.23 w/156 H in 156 IP 78 K 53 BB and .264 BAA in AAA last year. Was OK in brief stint with Jays. Throws 94, but lacks command.
-- Eddy Rodriguez-RHP-Bal. Age 25. Tolerable in two short MLB stints. 3-1 1.71 w/12 SV, 33 H in 47 IP 55 K and 18 BB with .191 BAA in AAA in '06. I like this guy.
-- Jermaine Van Buren-RHP-Bos. Age. 25. 4-0 2.98 w/37 H in 45 IP, 46 K 18 BB and .233 BAA in AAA in '06. Cup of coffee w/Cubs in '05. Reds reportedly were interested in him last season. Herky-jerky motion makes him hard to hit, but has trouble with control.
-- Luis Montanez-OF-ChiC. Age 24. 3rd overall pick in 2000 draft. Played in Futures Game. has taken awhile to come around, but hit .368 in AAA in '06.
-- Lee Gwaltney-RHP-ChiC. Age 26. Hits 94 and has a plus-plus splitter. Good numbers in minors. Out until July w/torn labrum. Probably not worth the time.
-- J.R. House-C-Hou. Age 26. 5-36-.412 in AAA in '06. I interviewed him when he was considering playing football at Marshall. Opted for baseball, then football at WVU, then back to baseball. Nice kid.
-- Jose Diaz-RHP-KC. Age 24. Traded at various times in deals for Jeromy Burnitz, Scott Kazmir and Matt Stairs. Mid-90s arm but lacks command. 4-3 3.07 w/4 SV and 58 H in 92 IP w/91 K and 57 BB in '06.
-- Mitch Wylie-RHP-NYM. Age 24. Rule 5 pick in '06, but was returned. 2-4 2.96 47 H in 48 IP 53 K 11 BB in AAA in '06.
-- Jesus Colome-RHP-NYY. Age 29. 6 OK MLB seasons with TB. 11-22 4.73 career line. Throws hard. Couldn't hurt.
-- Steve Andrade-RHP-SD. Age 29. 3-2 3.19 with 54 H in 67 IP 67 K and 30 BB in '06. .218 BAA. Rule 5 pick who bounced around. 4 games with KC last year.
-- Guillermo Quiroz-C-Sea. Age 25. 3-28-.304 .359 .428 in AAA in '06. 0-10-.200 in 3 MLB seasons. Solid catcher.
-- Jean Mach-RHP-TB. Age 24. 6-1 2.64 16 SV 68 H in 71 IP 68 K 37 BB in AA in '06. Has hit 98 mph.
-- Al Reyes-RHP-TB. Age 35. Was very good w/STL before arm injury sidelined him all of '06.
-- Jon Leicester-RHP-Tex. Age 28. 5-1 3.89 40 H in 41 IP 35 K 15 BB with Cubs in '04. Plus FB, but inconsistent control.
-- Matt Riley-LHP-Tex. Age 26. Ex-Baltimore prospect. 5-4 5.99 in 4 years with Orioles.

   Others of mild interest: Brian Forystek-RHP-Bal, Jason Pearson-RHP-Bal, Mike Restovich-OF-ChiC, Tim Redding-RHP-ChiW, Stephen Randolph-LHP-ChiW, Tino Sanchez-C-Col, Lee Gardner-RHP-Det, Nick Trzesniak-C-Fla, Edgar Gonzalez-2B-Fla, Mike Gallo-LHP-Hou, TJ Nall-RHP-LAD, Matt Merricks-RHP-LAD, Tim Lavigne-RHP-NYM, Kevin Olsen-RHP-Oak, Brett Roneberg-IF-Pit, Luis Figueroa-C-Tor.

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