MLB Free Agency: Ranking 10 Best Players Left On the Market
MLB free agency is in full swing with a lot of the top free agents already off the board.
Teams that missed out on the best available will be scouring the open market, looking for an extra bat or arm to give their team a boost. While the pickings are fairly slim at this point, there are still a couple of big names out there that could make an impact.
Of the available free agents, which are the best ones available?
10. Orlando Cabrera
It seems as if Orlando Cabrera is a free agent every offseason.
Cabrera is getting up there in age, which is the likely cause of some of the mental errors he's had while fielding. But he's still a capable short stop.
He won't be blasting shots out of the park, but he can still hit. Not to mention, there are far worse shortstops out there.
9. Johnny Damon
The Yankees look smarter now by not retaining him last offseason.
Damon saw a serious decline in production while playing for the Detroit Tigers, but he can at least pick up some of the slack from last year.
If he can get to 15 home runs and 70 or so RBI, he could be a great addition for any team.
Damon can still be a starter with some clubs and a DH for others.
8. Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee is past his prime and not that far away from retiring, but he's not all that close either.
He hit 19 home runs and 80 RBIs with a .260 average last season.
Teams looking to fill up their first base position probably have an eye on Lee. The Nationals are reportedly in play for him.
However, if Washington doesn't pick him up, he will still draw interest.
7. Orlando Hudson
Orlando Hudson likely saw his final days wearing a Minnesota Twins uniform.
If your team needs a defensive second baseman, Hudson is your man.
He may not give you a whole lot in terms of hitting, but he's not awful either. If you're lucky, you'll get about a dozen home runs and 60 RBI from him.
6. Adam LaRoche
At 31 years of age, Adam LaRoche is an affordable bat that any team could keep around for years to come.
He's been fairly consistent throughout his career and he can give a team roughly 25 homers and close to 100 RBI, not bad for a player in the middle of the batting order.
5. Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez is a big risk, but one that could pay huge dividends if he can have a bounce back year.
Of course, any team that signs him would have to be willing and prepared to handle whatever baggage he brings along with him. But if he plays well, the team might as well stock up on aspirin and reap the rewards.
4. Vladimir Guerrero
Vladimir Guerrero can still be a big bat for a team in need. The only question comes down to how many productive years he has left and what the team would be willing to mortgage on him.
As the Rangers' DH last season, Guerrero had a .300 average while hitting 29 home runs and 115 RBIs, so it's clear he can still hit and play.
He may not be a star anymore, but he can contribute to a lot of teams.
3. Jorge De La Rosa
Jorge de la Rosa will not be a team's ace, but he can be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter.
At only 29 years of age, he's still in his prime and he can help add some depth to a team in need.
He posted a 4.22 ERA with an 8-7 record in Colorado and teams will not have to pay a premium to get him.
2. Carl Pavano
The New York Yankees may not like the idea of Pavano making a return after his disastrous stint, but he may be the best option they have—aside from making a trade—after missing out on Cliff Lee.
He posted a 17-11 record with a 3.75 ERA last year and he's in his mid-30s.
Pavano is durable and he has good command on the mound.
Plus, with that porn 'stache, how could you not want him on your team?
1. Rafael Soriano
Rafael Soriano is the top closer on the open market and the interest in him will only grow as December comes to a close.
He is fresh off his first All-Star selection, he led the AL in saves with 45 this past season and he had a 1.73 ERA with 57 strikeouts.
Soriano turns only 31 in two days and he's unquestionably the top relief pitcher teams will be chasing after.