Where are they now?
‘Where are they now?’ seems an appropriate question to ask given that we are almost a week into 2012 and more than two months into the free agent period. And yet, most of the free agents who ended last season in Pittsburgh aren’t anywhere but home, still looking to latch on with a new team.
The Pirates watched six players — Paul Maholm, Ronny Cedeno, Derrek Lee, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder and Ryan Ludwick — walk as free agents after the season. Interestingly enough, only Doumit has found a new club. He signed a one-year deal with the Twins back in November.
Lee’s name hasn’t surfaced much in the rumor mill this winter, though a market could open up for him once Prince Fielder signs. Interest in the other four doesn’t seem to be particularly strong or widespread either. Could that mean that the Pirates bring any of these available players back?
The club has expressed interest in going after Lee, though the first baseman doesn’t seem to have reciprocated that interest. Neither Cedeno, nor Ludwick, will be returning, and it’s also hard to see a scenario where Snyder is back, now that the Pirates have signed Rod Barajas. The Pirates might consider re-signing Maholm, though I don’t envision them offering significant guaranteed money.
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