Top MLB Free Agents Still Available:
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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
By Jordan Gluck (Prospects/Baseball Operations Correspondent) Follow @JGluck777
The offseason is winding down right with the availability of Free Agents and the budgets of many MLB teams. The talent on the open market is not what it was a few months ago but there is still some risk/reward players in the pool along with Bourn, Lohse, and Marcum. There are certain clubs with some dollars to spend but most are to their cap or don’t see the value. Here I present to you my top 10 Free Agents who can help propel a team to more wins or be used by subpar clubs as viable trade chips as Trade Deadline Deals.
1. Michael Bourn (30) (Braves) – the clear-cut best player left on the market but with budgets near filled up it will be interesting to see how Scott Boras works his magic. There is no doubt the tender is hurting him as it hurt Soriano and Laroche. He can play CF and has blazing speed. (Texas)
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2. Kyle Lohse (34) (Cardinals)- the best pitcher left on the market only lost three games last year and appears to have more left in the tank. Unfortunately for him he was tendered and has seen little Interest because of that. (Mariners)
3. Shaun Marcum (31) (Brewers)- I am surprised that he is still available as he does have the talent to be a high 3 starter. If he is healthy I believe he might be the steal of the offseason. (Rockies)
4. Joe Saunders (31) (Orioles)- a low-end – 3 high-end 4 pitcher with decent control and no amazing stuff. He should sign soon and is sought after but for the right price. (Orioles)
5. Kelly Johnson (30) (Blue Jays)- he has been the quietest free agent of the offseason and is no longer needed by Alex Anthopoulos due to the services of Emilio Bonifacio. He can be an average to below average Second Baseman and should find a home. (Cardinals)
6. Brian Wilson (30) (Giants)- “Blackbeard” has serious injury issues and if they are not fixed soon his career maybe nearing an end. If and that’s a big if he can come back and be healthy he is a major force in the back of the Pen. (Royals)
7. Jair Jurrjens (26) (Braves)- this is a boom or bust all the way! I believe the injuries have really taken a toll but he’s worth it on a Minor League contract. (Marlins)
8. Alex Gonzalez (35) (Brewers)- he missed most of the season last year due to injury and should be ready for 2013 opening day. I don’t think he will get a starting offer – but he would be best suited for a team with a below average SS and where he can be a part-time stopgap. (Mariners)
9. Jose Valverde (34) (Tigers)- the slowest pitcher (time per pitch) is certainly feeling the effect of his terrible Post Season. I think he can be a nice pickup for about 2-3 Million and provide decent value. (Pirates)
10. Freddy Sanchez– (35) (Giants) injuries have plagued the former batting champ although he has two more rings to add to his resume. I believe he can be an intriguing sign for a team and set himself up for a decent salary with a good year. (Twins)
Each day we are counting down to spring training and opening day. I will be providing a TON of prospect coverage in the coming weeks and am thrilled for another MLB season.
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