Which Unsigned Baseball Veteran Would Be the Best Pickup?

Dillen BearContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

There are many unsigned veterans out there, but three come to mind: future Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodriguez, six-time all-star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, and 214-win pitcher Pedro Martinez. Which one is the best, you ask? Well, I think it would be Pedro, Nomar, and then Pudge.

Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez is a for sure Hall of Famer with 214 wins stacked up in his career and more than 3,000 strikeouts compared to only 750 bases on balls. That's not to mention his 2.91 career ERA. On June 3, 1995 on the Montreal Expos, Petie pitched a nine-inning perfect game before he gave up a hit in the 10th. But it was still nine innings, which should count.

The best place for Pedro I think is either the Rockies or Marlins. They both need good pitching and don’t have that starter that they can really trust for 20 wins!

Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra was born on Monday, July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California. Garciaparra was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 31, 1996, with the Boston Red Sox. In his second season he played 153 games and in 684 at bats batted .306. He has more than 1,700 hits in his career and 920 runs batted in, and his career batting average is .314. To go along with all of this Nomar has a .525 career slugging percentage.

If you can believe this Nomar has never won a World Series. Nomar was a six-time all-star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006). I don’t need to go on about this guy, do I? The best place for him I think is in Pittsburgh. They need a guy that they can trust to hit 15 homers a season.

Pudge (Ivan) Rodriguez

This future Hall of Fame catcher has had a great 18-season career. He has caught a perfect game thrown by a good friend Kenny Rogers. He has over a .300 career batting average and more than 1,200 runs batted in. To go along with that he is in the top five most caught games.

He may not have a bat anymore, but his glove makes up for it. He throws out over 35 percent of the runners trying to steal. He has a .475 slugging percentage and more than 290 home runs. He was voted American League MVP in 1999. In 2003 Pudge won a World Series with the Marlins.

The best team I think for him to go to is the Pirates. A veteran presence might help them, and they need a catcher that can throw out some runners.