MLB Free Agency: Roy Oswalt and the Top Unsigned Talent Still Available
At this point in the season, you wouldn't think that many top-notch free agents would still be available on the open market.
And you would be wrong.
Headlined by Roy Oswalt, there are a slew of free agents who can still help clubs. Find out which elite free agents are still on the market, and which ones are close to signing in the following slideshow.
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It's quite fascinating that Roy Oswalt is still a free agent.
With many teams, such as the Red Sox, lacking quality pitching, it's stunning that no one has signed Oswalt yet.
Oswalt is only 34 years old and can still pitch. In his stint with the Phillies, Oswalt was 16-11 with a 2.93 ERA. Normally, that kind of talent is not available as we head into April, but for some reason, Oswalt still is unsigned.
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Vladimir Guerrero may not be a free agent much longer. The free-swinging slugger worked out for the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday in the Dominican Republic.
Guerrero is obviously one of the premier players in baseball, but is also well past his prime. Guerrero can still hit though. In 2011 he hit .290, and in 2010 he hit .300 with 29 homers.
If the Diamondbacks are able to sign Guerrero, he could bring the team back into contention for the NL West crown.
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Just recently the Angels released Bobby Abreu and called up hotshot prospect Mike Trout.
At 38 years old, Abreu's skills are drastically diminishing, but he still deserves a spot on some team's 25-man roster.
Every year since 1999, Abreu has stolen at least 20 bases. Abreu brings a very disciplined bat and a high on-base percentage to go along with solid defense. In addition, he could mentor a younger player.
I'd imagine he won't be a free agent much longer.
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But now he opted out of the minor league deal and finds himself a free agent. Cantu has hit pretty well over his career, particularly in 2005, when he hit .286 with 28 homers and 117 RBI and in 2008 when he hit .277 with 28 homers and 97 RBI.
If Cantu could rediscover his swing from those seasons, a team would be very happy with the production he'd provide.
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A left-handed reliever is a free agent? A closer no less.
Mike Gonzalez, a left-handed reliever with closer experience, formerly with the Orioles, Braves and Pirates, is a free agent. In the past couple years, Gonzalez has struggled, but still has a career ERA below three.
What probably is holding Gonzalez back is the fact that Scott Boras is his agent. Boras has single-handily set the market prices for MLB free agents.
If Gonzalez could sign a short, low-paying contract, he would not be unemployed, but Boras won't let his client sign a contract that he thinks undervalues the player.