MLB Free Agency: Speculation on Top Remaining Free Agents
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Even with spring training underway, many free agents are out on the market and have yet to be signed. While notable names like Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn did find teams this offseason, there are still a handful of stellar players with no place to call home.
Kyle Lohse, SP
Lohse had a spectacular season last year for the St. Louis Cardinals. His 16-3 record in the regular season and 2.86 ERA exemplified his efforts. Yet as of Feb. 15, Lohse was still a free agent.
The Nationals are among the possible suitors for Lohse, with ace Gio Gonzalez possibly facing a suspension for alleged HGH use, and the Padres, looking to add another quality starter to their rotation.
As of now nothing has been said on Lohse's future, but I would expect that a team will pick him up. A quality starter such as Lohse, though he is probably asking for a good deal of money, likely won't be on the market for much longer.
Grady Sizemore, OF
Sizemore, a three-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner, is another big name still on the market. After signing a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians in 2012, Sizemore did not appear in a single game due to injuries.
Now a free agent, it is unclear whether Sizemore will receive another offer from the Indians. Cleveland has been busy this offseason signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, both outfielders, so Sizemore may have to take his talents somewhere else.
He may have to go the National League to give a team depth in the outfield and a viable option at the top of the lineup.
Chris Young, SP
After starting 20 games for the New York Mets last season, Young is now a free agent. The 6'10'' right-hander, who was an All-Star with the San Diego Padres in 2007, boasts a solid resume for a team looking to bolster its pitching staff.
The latest news on Young says the Mets are looking to re-sign him, but no deal has been made yet. Chances are Young and his agent are working out the logistics of the deal, so he will likely be in New York again for the 2013 season. But if not, Young could play a big role in another team's rotation and have a considerable impact on their season.
In an offseason with major free-agent acquisitions, there are still many notable players left to be signed. A last minute pickup for some teams could be the difference between missing the playoffs by a few games and making it all the way to the World Series.
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