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2012 MLB Free Agents: Likely Landing Spots for Most Underrated Players

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Infielder Kelly Johnson #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by manager John Farrell #52 after scoring against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on September 25, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2011

Even though the focus will be on players like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes and C.J. Wilson throughout the winter, there are several undervalued players on the market who can help teams fill holes.

Here are three underrated players and the teams who could use them most.


Kelly Johnson, 2B

While Toronto will likely offer Johnson arbitration, he could do better for himself on the open market since he plays a weak offensive position. He is one year removed from hitting 26 home runs and stealing 13 bases for Arizona.

Johnson would benefit from more patience at the plate as he stuck out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances this season, but there are no perfect free agents. The 29-year-old will give teams solid pop and above average defense. Not bad for somebody no one is talking about.

Potential Suitors: Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants


Grady Sizemore, OF

A lot of teams will probably shy away from Sizemore because he's struggled to stay off the disabled list over the last three years. Also, he hasn't played more than 106 games during that span. However, if he could recapture his 2008 form, the former Cleveland Indians star could be a huge bargain.

Sizemore's knees won't let him steal nearly 40 bags ever again, but he could still be a solid contributor in other areas. He'll come at a reduced price, probably on a one-year deal, and he'll be out to prove he can still help a team produce runs while staying on the field for more than two weeks at a time.

Potential Suitors: Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics

Erik Bedard, SP

Another injury-prone player who will be looking for a reputation makeover, Bedard has ace potential but will get lost in the shuffle behind the other big names available. He hasn't posted an ERA above four since 2004 and the advanced numbers say that's no fluke.

Bedard has struck out nearly a batter per inning during his career and was able to post some strong numbers with Baltimore in the vaunted AL East. Limiting walks will always be his biggest key other than staying healthy. He'd be a terrific under-the-radar option for almost any team.

Potential Suitors: Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds


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