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Two free-agents on the Marlins watch list have found a home elsewhere.

As Dan mentioned in the comments last night, Erstad has basically worked out a deal with the White Sox.

Another piece of the 2002 World Series squad has been lost as Darin Erstad signed a one-year deal with an option for 2008 to play for the White Sox.
Two sources within the Chicago organization confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Erstad agreed to terms with the club pending a physical to be conducted later in the week.

Also, the Phillies are going to roll the dice with Alfonseca.

Right-hander Antonio Alfonseca agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

Alfonseca agreed to the major league minimum of $380,000, and if he appears on the regular-season roster, his base salary will be increased to $700,000.

Oh well.

Personally, this doesn't bother me in the least.  If either or both would have been in camp for spring training, fine.  But the way I see the upcoming season is that it will still be an evaluation year for the kids.  And I would rather see what the kids can do, and they can be surprising at times both good and bad, instead of adding veterans way past their prime's who would present a logjam into evaluating how the younger ones can perform in the majors.