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- Ceasar Izturis - He is a career .225/.295/.322 hitter. He has won a Gold Glove and at the age of thirty-one probably still has some years left. He made about $1.5 million last year in Baltimore and was limited to a handful of games because of injury. The Orioles have made it clear that they have no intention of bringing him back, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. He has been drawing interest from other teams. Given his injury history and his age the Reds or other teams could sign him at a low amount, or make him an invitee to Spring Training with no guaranteed roster spot. This makes him a low risk, possibly decent reward kind of guy.
- Orlando Cabrera – The fan favorite journey man is a free agent again. He is thirty-seven and definitely on the tail end of his career, but the guy is a ball player. He is a career .272/.317/.390 hitter. He made right around a one million last year, and again could be a very low risk addition. The wild card in this addition would be his willingness to return to a team that was not willing to make a long term commitment to him a few years back.
- Craig Counsell – The ageless wonder, with the once funny batting stance, was a nice addition last year for the Brewers, a team who was searching for some veteran leadership. It is rumored that several teams are interested in offering him positions in their front offices, but he hopes to play another year. He is forty-one years old and definitely limited in the years remaining with the ability to play at the Major League level, but could fit nicely in the Reds short term plans. Again he is a very low risk addition.
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