Prominent hitters who may swing it in '09 or call it a career

Originally Published: November 19, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Hot Stove season is off to a fine start for Ryan Dempster, Jeremy Affeldt and Eri Yoshida, the 16-year-old female knuckleballer who was drafted by a Japanese League club this week. And life is good if your name happens to be CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Manny Ramirez or A.J. Burnett.

For lots of other job seekers, it could be a long, stressful winter ahead.

No species is more endangered than the fading star nearing the end of his career. Just flash back to last winter -- when ...

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