Strictly speaking, the practice of free agency is much like investing. There are your penny stocks, your blue chip stocks, and everything in between. But there is one type of investment that would make any Wall Street person happy— a low-risk, high-reward gamble.
That is exactly what we will be discussing today. Every year, dozens of veterans, many past their primes and some who have lost their way, will be invited to Spring Training by teams as non-roster invitees. Many of these players sign minor league contracts and, if they play well enough in the spring, are added to the major league roster.
Major contributors last year included Ryan Vogelsong (pictured) of the Giants, Casey Kotchman of the Rays, and Freddy Garcia of the Yankees.
Today, we'll look at some veteran free agents who could find some Spring Training invitations at their doorstep, along with the teams most likely to send those invitations.