I thought it might be too early to talk about the hot stove season as we just start to move onto the World Series, but I'm hearing enough talk about free agents already to make it interesting. Who are some of the big free agents of 2008, and how much do you think they will be worth per season? Starting with the Dodger team members at the end of their contracts: Rafael Furcal ($13 m). Could be worth more, but his history of injuries has to reduce his value, and it hardly helps to make three errors in one inning of your last game before free agency. Today, Furcal says he really wants to stay in LA and the Dodgers are saying they want him back. Manny Ramirez ($24 m). Probably he will get his best offers from the AL. Can't hurt his prospects to have hit over .500 during the post-season, not to mention having been a model citizen for the past three months. Derek Lowe ($15 m). He became one of the most reliable starters in the NL this year. Jeff Kent ($0). He will retire, almost without a doubt. Nomar Garciaparra ($?). Says he's considering retirement. If he does come back, it will have to be as a pinch-hitter and utility infielder. Casey Blake ($10 m). His age argues against him getting much more. Brad Penny ($12 m). Even journeymen starting pitchers earn $10 million these days, so Penny could be worth more, even after having missed most of 2008. The Dodgers have an option on him for next year, which they probably won't pick up. Greg Maddux ($?). Says he's considering retirement, but why? If he does retire, somebody better snatch him up fast as a pitching coach.