While Adrian Beltre is the last big name free agent off the market, that doesn’t mean all the talent is gone. There are still a good number of players on the market that could help a team this season. As it stands now, teams are scrambling to try and address their needs before the available talent pool has dried up.
Some teams will get healthier than others, other teams will suddenly have more to spend, and it could lead to some players in some interesting places. Here is a look at some of the latest rumors involving potential baseball free agent signings.
Previous Team: Texas Rangers
Latest Rumor: The Tampa Bay Rays. It appears that with the signing of Adrian Beltre, the Rangers will be moving Michael Young to DH. This leaves Vlad out of a job.
The Angels were reportedly interested, but they don’t seem to have any room for him. The Rays are interested, but only for the right price.
The Odds: Vlad may have trouble finding work elsewhere. He can only DH. The Rays seem like a good fit for Vlad if he’ll drop his price a little.
Previous Team: Detroit Tigers
Latest Rumor: The New York Yankees. Bonderman is a big name on the market because he’s been a proven winner in the past. He’s been injury prone which makes teams a bit skeptical but his experience, when healthy, could be of value to a team looking for a fourth or fifth starter to their rotation.
The Odds: Don’t bet on it. There are a handful of other teams interested including the Mets, Mariners, Rangers, and Nationals. The Yankees will wait too long on Pettitte while Bonderman ends up with the Mariners or Nationals.
Previous Team: Minnesota Twins
Latest Rumor: The Cubs. Pavano has been rumored to be heading back to Minnesota, as well as heading to the Nationals. As of late, however, several other teams have gotten in the mix including the Cubs. Pavano is reportedly asked for a three year deal from his next team.
The Odds: Unlikely. While the Cubs are in a rebuilding process, they have enough veteran leadership in their pitching staff. They won’t want to give Pavano three years. Pick him to go to a team that isn’t even on the rumour list. Pavano could end up in San Diego.
Previous Team: Chicago White Sox
Latest Rumor: The New York Yankees. Things are getting thin for the Yankees when they are considering a reclamation project like Colon. However, times are tough and they need help. If Colon can come back and be close to what he once was he’d be a steal.
The Odds: Probable. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians have cooled off on Colon. The Yankees know it would cheap to sign him if he didn’t work out. Just don’t expect the Yankees to stop there. With Bonderman and Pavano still on the market, they will find additional help.
Previous Team: Colorado Rockies
Latest Rumor: Kansas City Royals. There are at least half a dozen teams that are interested in Francis. He’s coming off a year long rehab from elbow surgery, so he’s a steal if he can return to form. The Royals, coming off of the Greineke deal, are looking for a guy at the top of the rotation.
The Odds: Unlikely. Unless the Royals throw the kitchen sink at Francis he’s liable to sign with the Yankees or the Rangers. Both need pitching help after losing out on the Cliff Lee signing. Francis could come along slowly and bring real value to their staffs.
Previous Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Latest Rumor: Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have been looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder and Podsednik fits the bill. He’s also a guy who can lead off or bat near the bottom of the order to give them speed. The only thing holding it up is that Podsednik comes at a much higher price.
The Odds: Good. The Reds know they can’t take their foot off the gas now. They are a couple of players away from competing. Podsednik won’t be so expensive that they can’t sign him, and he’ll provide some much needed post season experience.
Previous Team: Chicago White Sox
Latest Rumor: New York Yankees. The Yankees know they need depth in their outfield and Andruw Jones could give them that. At the very least he could provide stability in the outfield and give them defensive relief in the later innings.
The Odds: Not great. The Yankees are kicking the tires on a lot of different players. Andruw Jones could be heading back to Atlanta where he spent most of his career. They could use the veteran leadership, and they could get him on the cheap.
Previous Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Latest Rumor: Chicago White Sox. This is a pipe dream in most people’s estimation. The Sox have already spent their winter dollars. Perhaps if they could get a taker for the contract of Edwin Jackson they could afford to nab Soriano, who is looking for a three year deal.
The Odds: Not happening. He’s a solid closer and could do the Sox much good, but the Sox don’t have the money and won’t be able to find it. The possible destination for Soriano is the New York Yankees. He would deepen that bullpen and the Yankees can afford him.
Previous Team: San Francisco Giants
Latest Rumor: Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have reportedly put out an offer for Renteria, but he has yet to sign. The Giants tried to low ball him, so it’s unlikely he’ll be in San Francisco.
The Odds: Great. There aren’t a ton of teams out there that are vying for Renteria’s services so it’s likely he’ll go to Cincinnati, where he’ll have a chance to win.
Previous Team: San Diego Padres
Latest Rumor: New York Mets. The Mets are looking for something, anything, to help them bolster their rotation. Chris Young has had a string of injuries and therefore he’d be looking for someone to take a chance on him again.
The Odds: Great. Chris Young is a fly ball pitcher and the Mets have a fly ball park. Young wouldn’t sign for much, so there’d be less pressure. It’s a win-win for both sides.