As MLB teams begin training camp soon, there are players still available to sign and play in 2013.
After all the large free-agent signing splashes have been made, teams are now looking to improve their rosters before opening day. Every team can use a quality starting pitcher like Kyle Lohse and a good hitter with pop and a member of the 30-30 club like Grady Sizemore.
Teams should definitely take a chance on these two players if they want a chance at the postseason.
Kyle Lohse, SP
After watching Zack Greinke, Edwin Jackson and Anibal Sanchez get multi-year, multi-million dollar deals, Lohse remains unsigned. With pitchers reporting to training camp, the 34-year-old is missing valuable training time with a potential new team and catcher.
Lohse had a 16-3 record with a 2.86 ERA in 2012, his second season in a row where he remained healthy and was a Cy Young candidate. Lohse would be a great addition for a team looking for a pitcher who can eat up innings while avoiding allowing runs.
According to NBC Sports, the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have “no interest” in Kyle Lohse, a potential disadvantage when discussing contract figures with a new team.
Many teams fear giving up a draft pick in order to acquire Lohse.
Agent Scott Boras negotiated a deal for Michael Bourn, who also had a draft-pick compensation issue, with the Cleveland Indians for four years, $48 million—more than insiders expected. If anyone can convince a team they need Lohse like they need water, it's Scott Boras.
Grady Sizemore, OF
After back surgery, knee surgery and other nagging injuries ruined his 2012 season, the three-time all-star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner is still available. At 30 years old, he can still provide value to a team in need of an outfielder who can hit for power.
When healthy, Sizemore is a run-producing and on-base machine, ranking seventh in walks with 98 walks in 2009. In that same season, he hit .268 with 33 home runs, 90 RBI, 101 runs and .374 OBP.
If the Yankees can give an often-injured power hitter like Travis Hafner a one-year deal, Sizemore should find a team willing to give him another chance. He might have to sign a minor league deal and prove himself again but it’s a shot both team and he should take.