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The lukewarm grill: the '08 model of the Big Hurt/Piazza

All right folks, I'm a long-time lurker/game-day poster, but this is my first time with a diary. So please be gentle.

It appears that one of the A's biggest items to address will be, again, right-handed power. Here's a list of the MLB free agents that are right-handed hitters:

Aaron Boone 1B
Aaron Rowand CF
Abraham Nunez 3B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones CF
Bobby Kielty RF
Chris Gomez 3B
Chris Woodward 3B
Damian Miller C
D'Angelo Jimenez 2B
David Eckstein SS
Doug Mirabelli C
Geoff Blum 2B
Jason Kendall C
Jason LaRue C
Jeff Cirillo 3B
Jeff DaVanon CF
Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Jorge Posada C
Jorge Velandia SS
Jose Molina C
Jose Valentin 2B
Josh Paul C
Julio Franco 1B
Kazuo Matsui 2B
Kevin Cash C
Luis Castillo 2B
Mark Loretta SS
Michael Barrett C
Miguel Cairo 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Mike DiFelice C
Mike Lamb 3B
Mike Lieberthal C
Mike Lowell 3B
Mike Matheny C
Mike Piazza DH
Mike Sweeney DH
Milton Bradley LF
Neifi Perez SS
Paul Lo Duca C
Pedro Feliz 3B
Ramon Castro C
Ramon Martinez 2B
Reggie Sanders RF
Rod Barajas C
Rondell White LF
Sal Fasano C
Sammy Sosa DH
Sandy Alomar Jr. C
Shannon Stewart LF
Tony Batista 1B
Tony Clark 1B
Tony Graffanino 2B
Torii Hunter CF
Yorvit Torrealba C

There are some signability issues with a couple of names near the top, and some of the others aren't (or will ever be) power guys. But do you think the A's will wind up with one (or more) of these guys? (Stewart is obviously a leading candidate since the A's are in negotiations with him.)

Without looking into it too much, I'd like to see the A's take a run at Mike Lamb. Opinions?

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