MLB Free Agency: 7 Veterans Who'll Still Be Jobless Come Spring Training
Many of the big names in the free agent market have signed their contracts this winter. Still, many players continue to look for teams willing to sign them for another year or two.
Veterans try to bring their experience to teams and find a way to keep playing. Some will easily find jobs by spring training; others will not have it as easy.
Whether it's injury or lack of production, these players may be on their couch, still waiting for a phone call in February.
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After being released from the Chicago Cubs this month, Koyle Hill’s name has not come up in the news.
The Cubs want a different veteran backstop. There are plenty other options other than Hill, which could spell bad news for the 33-year-old catcher.
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Edgar Renteria has found his spot on assorted teams throughout the years but his value continues to diminish. The Reds have already declined his agent’s advances.
Renteria’s days as a quick shortstop are behind him and most teams will probably look for younger options. He might be one of the last options for a few, though.
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Orlando Cabrera should be seen as an option off the bench, even if he still views himself as a starter. He’s getting older and, like Renteria, isn’t the quick-footed shortstop he once was.
If teams have the need to sign a backup guy, Cabrera could be on that list, but near the very bottom.
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Xavier Nady had been extremely skilled and useful in his first few seasons.
Unfortunately, multiple surgeries have hindered his progress. Issues staying healthy could be a huge problem when it comes to a contract.
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Felipe Lopez has two home runs and 11 RBI in 141 at-bats last season.
Those aren’t exactly the kind of stats that will bring the teams to your door this year.
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Milton Bradley just can’t keep a job. If you have read any B/R articles related to clubhouse cancers there is a good chance you’ve seen him on the list.
His awful attitude and apparent unwillingness to change will most likely offset any reasons a team would choose to sign him.
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Eric Chavez just can’t stay healthy. The third baseman played in less than 60 games last season.
Teams generally don't want to take a chance on signing someone as injury-prone as Chavez.