Carlos Zambrano and Jermaine Dye signed extensions with their respective Chicago clubs this weekend taking two marquee names off the board for the offseason. Both men would have been the subject of some fearsome bidding when the season came to a close but now general managers around baseball will have to turn their gaze elsewhere to find the solution to their team's problems.
If that need is an outfielder there should be some interesting options on the table. Andruw Jones will be available and has had enough good years that you can look past this season's struggles. There's also Torii Hunter and Japanese phenom Kosuke Fukudome to whet appetites. Adam Dunn might be cut loose by the Reds, Aaron Rowand is a fine player and even Barry Bonds is on the open market, if that's your cup of tea, so don't lose any sleep about Dye.
With Zambrano off the market the pickings are mighty slim if you're looking for a top-flight starter, though. Here's a look at who will (and who could be) free this November, not including the three 300 game winners, each of whom could be a free agent because, unless you're the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Braves or Padres, there's little reason to stitch a jersey with the name Clemens, Maddux or Glavine on the back. Continued reading is not recommended for those with weak stomachs or the appreciation of young starters with a plethora of ability.