Apparently both Alan Trammell and Ellis Burks have declined the Rockies' overtures to fill vacant coaching positions according to Troy Renck at the Denver Post. He also mentions that Gary Carter and Howard Johnson are still leading candidates. Meanwhile, an interesting name that Renck brings up, Rob Deer, doesn't exactly encourage me that Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulwitzki's high K totals are going to be decreasing next season. Krieger at the News suggests Frank Robinson, and apparently he didn't get the memo on Trammell accepting a position with the Cubs.
On the free agent front, I haven't fully fleshed out how I feel the labor peace for the next five seasons will affect the player movement market, but already it seems that teams have been generally eager to avoid negotiations and arbitration with certain key skilled components (starting pitchers and dominant relievers, skilled and athletic position players) while there's less urgent movement on the corners and bench. In other words, little has changed.
For instance, Jamey Moyer's two year deal with the Phillies for $10.5 million doesn't seem like any sort of egregious spike in player salary. Still, I'm expecting that to change once the desperation for center field help by multiple teams drives those player's prices through the roof, and there should be a domino effect on down. Among the players I expect to be most overpaid this offseason are just about anybody who plays center, including Gary Matthews Jr, Juan Pierre and Eric Byrnes, as well as infielders like Craig Wilson, and Aramis Ramirez, not that either is bad, but I can see clubs getting into burdensome contracts with those two. The same standard, as always, applies to pitching where several free agents stand to reap rewards that are less than fully deserved. Chief among these is now Jeff Suppan, but I expect Barry Zito's contract probably won't be far behind in regards to egregious overspends. Generally the market seems to follow retail patterns, if you want to save it's best to sign your most sought after target by the middle of November to make sure it's still in stock, and then leave the rest of your list until the January markdowns. Of course, I think it would be nice if the retail world had a trading system similar to MLB's, as then that would mean there'd have to be some sap who'd give me their Manolo Bhlanik's for a pair of Keds.