While everyone is making playoff predictions and crossing fingers as teams vie for that elusive championship (see Chicago Cubs), we're looking ahead to what figures to be an interesting off-season. Your teams needs some back end pitching help? One big bat away from sneaking into next years playoff? Looking to patch up a bullpen that's springing leaks and you just ran out of duct tape? Assuming that A-Rod and other players who have options/out clauses in their contracts stay on their current team, look no further than the 108 Red Stitches Free Agent All Star Lineup.
Color Key: Injury Prone, Offensive Nightmare, Likely to Resign With Old Team, Bargain Buy, Franchise Savior.


- Jorge Posada: Having an unbelievable season behind the plate, offensively and defensively. Currently is batting .337 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI. His "timely" hitting (yeah yeah, there's no such thing as clutch hitting) has been the key to many of NY's wins this season, and has only let four balls get past him while behind the plate. Good luck signing him though, as he's a home town favorite and the Yankees would be crazy to let him go. Especially when the Captain says he wants him back.
Runner Ups: Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Kendall, Paul LoDuca

First Base

Sean Casey: Probably the best, and only option in this years thin crop of free
agents at first base. He's a clubhouse leader and a veteran that would provide excellent leadership and knowhow in a young locker room.
Runner Ups
: Craig Wilson, Shea Hillenbrand

Second Base

-Tadahito Iguchi: has seen a bit of a rebirth with his trade to Philly, but will be expendable once Chase Utley recovers from a broken hand.
Runner Ups: Mark Loretta, Mark Grudzielanek,

Short Stop

- David Eckstein; another clubhouse leader whose dedication to the game is second to none. Plays hard day in and day out, David would be a welcome addition to any clubhouse. Good luck prying him away from the Cardinals.
Runner Ups: Tomohiro Nioka (Yomiuri Giants), John McDonald, Omar

Third Base

- Mike Lowell; see previous blog post. This guy is on a tear this season, batting in a very dangerous Boston lineup. The only way Lowell becomes available is if A-Rod leaves NY and signs with the Sox.
Runner Ups: Geoff Blum, Aaron Boone, Pedro Feliz

The year of the outfielder. This year's crop of outfield free agents is the strongest its been in years. Here's 108 RS's rankings:

1. Torii Hunter; CF 7. Kosuke Fukudome (Chunichi Dragons, Japan) RF
2. Corey Patterson; CF 8. Trot Nixon; RF
3. Aaron Rowand; CF 9. Milton Bradley; RF
4. Barry Bonds, LF 10. Brad Wilkerson; LF
5. Bobby Abreu; RF 11. Ryan Klesko; LF
6. Jermaine Dye; RF 12. Mike Cameron; CF

Starting Pitching:

Ace: Carlos Zambrano
Middle Rotation: Curt Shilling, Jeff Weaver, Jason Jennings.
Back End Help: Eric Milton, Freddy Garcia, Josh Fogg
Long Shots: Matt Clement, Kris Benson, Bartolo Colon

Relief Corps
Best Bets: Francisco Cordero, Mike Timlin, Scott Linebrink, Luis Vizcaino,
Bargain Bin: Kerry Wood, Antonio Alfonseca, Ray King, Mike Myers, Joe Kennedy.