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Who's going to be the next Carlos Beltran? That's the question now that the deadline passed for teams to negotiate exclusively with their own free agents and no 11th-hour deals were announced.

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Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano appear to have the best chance to cash in big.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs offered Ramirez a five-year contract worth at least $70 million, but no word of a deal was coming out of the 28-year-old's camp as the midnight deadline passed on Saturday.

That could be good news for the Angels. The Los Angeles Times reported that the team was prepared to move quickly on the top available players. The Tribune said the Angels could make Ramirez an offer as soon as Sunday.

"I expect some of the free agents will want to take their time," Angels general manager Bill Stoneman told the Times. "That's not something we want to do."

ESPN's Keith Law ranked Ramirez as the "best all-around position player on the free-agent market this winter," and the third baseman's representatives seemed to feel the same way.

"If he hits the market, we'll be looking at Beltran money," Ramirez's agent Paul Kinzer told the Times before the deadline.

Beltran signed a seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets in 2004.

Ramirez started slowly last season but finished with a .291 average and career highs of 38 home runs and 119 RBI. He opted out of the last two years and $22.5 million of his contract with the hope of a larger payday.

Kinzer said he would be receptive to a quick, impressive offer.

"When you come in aggressively, you can get a deal done," he told the Times.

But the Angels might have competition from more than the Cubs. The Dodgers are reportedly also interested in Ramirez.

The market for Soriano is a little more difficult to gauge. What appears clear, however, is that the Nationals likely will not sign the 40-40 player.

The 30-year-old batted .277 last season with 46 home runs, 95 RBI and 41 stolen bases for last-place Washington, but the Nats never saw a deal they liked for Soriano. Now, their budget may not fit what the player will earn.

Some other big names that hit the market on Sunday are the Rangers' Carlos Lee, the Giants' Jason Schmidt, the A's Barry Zito, the Astros' Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte and the Dodgers' J.D. Drew.

In addition, Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been the focus of a bidding war between a number of MLB teams. ESPN.com has reported that the Red Sox have offered the most money to his team, the Seibu Lions, to win the rights to negotiate with the hurler.

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17 per for Aramis. wow lol.

If the Yankees dont win Matsuzaka. I'd look for Cashman to really look into trading Arod, and this news of Aramis seeking 17mill/yr only helps out the Yankees end in negotiations.

Yanks aren't trading AROD.

Ramirez probably won't get 17 mill per but he is a great hitter and will get a fat contract.

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17 per for Aramis. wow lol.

If the Yankees dont win Matsuzaka. I'd look for Cashman to really look into trading Arod, and this news of Aramis seeking 17mill/yr only helps out the Yankees end in negotiations.

umm the Yankees pay A-rod like 14 million, don't they? Texas picks up a large chunk remember.

A-rod > Aram-ass, regardless of the price

no team is stupid enough to pay 17 million for Aramis

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umm the Yankees pay A-rod like 14 million, don't they? Texas picks up a large chunk remember.

A-rod > Aram-ass, regardless of the price

no team is stupid enough to pay 17 million for Aramis

I think that's the point Barton is making. A-Rod can be had for less per year than Ramirez which would make him a more enticing option for any team seeking a third baseman.

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I think that's the point Barton is making. A-Rod can be had for less per year than Ramirez which would make him a more enticing option for any team seeking a third baseman.

That is exactly what I am saying.

If the Yankees dont get Matsuzaka, wtf are they going to do?

They arent gonna sign Zito. Maybe they go after Schmidt. They were gonna resign Moose either way. So right now, we're looking at.

Wang

?????

Moose

Randy (no way Cash is counting on him for opening day)

Pavano (see randy)

**Hughes by midseason**??

There are too many question marks on this staff, even Wang and Moose.

Arod + Proctor or Humberto Sanchez could fetch us a grade A pitcher, and teams are stilling asking about Arod, it will not die.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs offered Ramirez a five-year contract worth at least $70 million, but no word of a deal was coming out of the 28-year-old's camp as the midnight deadline passed on Saturday.

He's being offered at least 14 mil a year to stay where he is?

And he's not happy with that?

I think I've lost track of what ball players are worth.

That sounds like mvp $$$ to me.

Is Aramis an mvp?

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That is exactly what I am saying.

If the Yankees dont get Matsuzaka, wtf are they going to do?

They arent gonna sign Zito. Maybe they go after Schmidt. They were gonna resign Moose either way. So right now, we're looking at.

Wang

?????

Moose

Randy (no way Cash is counting on him for opening day)

Pavano (see randy)

**Hughes by midseason**??

There are too many question marks on this staff, even Wang and Moose.

Arod + Proctor or Humberto Sanchez could fetch us a grade A pitcher, and teams are stilling asking about Arod, it will not die.

ARod is not getting traded.

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