- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
In the sports world, January is known more for bowl games and NFL coaching turnover than baseball hot stove machinations. But try telling the 80-plus free agents still on the market that the month is inconsequential.
The list of job seekers includes the usual array of characters. There are Scott Boras clients (Jeff Weaver and Julian Tavarez), recent non-tenders (Josh Fogg), lefty lifers (Buddy Groom) and spare-part veterans (Carlos Baerga, Jose Offerman and Daryle Ward) in search of just the right fit.
There was a time when the game's biggest names spent the month of January monitoring their stock portfolios and polishing their golf swings. No more. They've joined the ranks of the baseball proletariat.
Several active players with Hall of Fame credentials, including Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa, are still looking for work.