2010 MLB Free Agency: The 10 Most Overrated Players on the Free Agent Market

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent INovember 12, 2010

2010 MLB Free Agency: The 10 Most Overrated Players on the Free Agent Market

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 16:  Javier Vazquez #31 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers on August 16, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    With the MLB offseason in full swing, big free-agent signings are on the horizon and many teams are already trying to get the best fits.

    Each year there are some signings that work out very well for some teams, and there are other signings that contribute nothing.

    The 2010 offseason should be no different, as there will be a fair share of undervalued and under-appreciated players available. On the other hand, there will be some overvalued or overrated players that will be there for the taking.

    This offseason, it seems as if there is a high amount of overrated players that will be out in the open for clubs to scoop up to add to their teams.

10. Juan Uribe

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants looks on during batting practice against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo
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    Uribe is coming off a career season which saw him hit 24 long balls and drive in 85 runs, as he helped lead his team to a World Series title.

    However, not everyone should buy into the hype of the 31-year-old shortstop who owns a career average of .256 and who has been inconsistent at the plate throughout his entire career.

    He also has a career.300 OBP and plays average defense at his shortstop position. Although Uribe is coming off a great season, he is still merely an average-to-just above average shortstop at the major-league level.

9. Jeff Franceour

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 26:  Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Texas Rangers makes a pitching motion on the field prior to a workout session at AT&T Park on October 26, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The Texas Rangers will face off against the San Francisco G
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    Francoeur, or "Frenchy" as many call him, is still young at 26-years-old and he is a solid defensive player. But he is nowhere near worth the $5 million that the Mets and Rangers paid him last season.

    He is known for his defense, as he has a .984 career fielding percentage. But he is overvalued due to the fact that he is in a relatively weak free-agent outfield class this offseason. He is really no more than an average outfielder.

    Owners might try to put up a good price for "Frenchy", but if they are smart, they will pass or wait to sign him near the end of the free agency period.

8. Carl Pavano

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during game two of the ALDS game against the New York Yankees on October 7, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    Similar to fellow free agent Javier Vazquez, Pavano had a career year recently in an otherwise average career for the most part.

    The only difference for Pavano was that he had his career year in 2010. Vazquez had his in '09, meaning that Pavano could be getting a large contract from a future team this offseason.

    If you look at his career ERA of 4.34 and his rash of injuries, you will see that Pavano is one of the most overrated pitchers in this current free-agent market.

7. Jason Varitek

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    BOSTON - MAY 27:  Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals on May 27, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    The 38-year-old former captain of the Red Sox never quite lived up to his status in the last few years that he played in Boston.

    Varitek hit just .232 in 39 games in 2010 and he had a measly .209 average in the previous season.

    Although he was a three-time All-Star in Boston, he was and is overrated due to the high number of votes he received from playing in Boston. Also, he has missed too many games to injuries to ever live up to his former captain billing.

6. Kerry Wood

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Kerry Wood #39 of the New York Yankees gets set to throw a pitch against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Rang
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    Wood is easily the most overrated closer in baseball.

    He has blown save after save since becoming a closer years ago with the Chicago Cubs. He has blown 20 saves in 82 career opportunities and he is a liability for any team when handed the ball with the lead in the ninth inning.

    Although he did finish the 2010 season strong with the Yankees, Wood is still not worth his $10 million price tag at all.

5. Carlos Pena

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after a 5-2 win against the Texas Rangers during game 4 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
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    Pena will hit his home runs, but that is about all that he will give you offensively.

    He is skilled defensively, which should strengthen his value this offseason. But the fact that he hits for both a low average (.196 in 2010) and strikes out a lot (321 times combined in the last two seasons) makes him overvalued for his position.

    He is a solid guy if you need power and defense, but you can't expect much else out of the former first-round pick.

4. Manny Ramirez

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Chicago White Sox stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Im
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    "ManRam" has been overrated since he started doing his "Manny being Manny" routine, in which he would do something unusual in the middle of a game.

    After he went to the Dodgers at the trading deadline of the 2008 season, many said that he was a big pick-up for a team on the rise.

    I disagreed, as I see nothing but a washed-up former Performance Enhancing Drugs user who is past his prime and who has become one of the most overrated players in the game.

3. Jorge De La Rosa

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 21:  Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 21, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/G
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    The 29-year-old De La Rosa has improved slightly each season over the course of his career.

    However, don't be fooled by De La Rosa's ERA and relatively high strikeout numbers. He has also been known to follow a great outing with a poor showing the next time out.

    He has also been known to get in a lot of jams due to the amount of hits he gives up (723 in 710 career innings pitched) and he can be very wild at times. Jorge is a decent pitcher, but nowhere near the type-A status that he has had heading into this offseason.

2. Javier Vazquez

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Javier Vazquez #31 of the New York Yankees walks off the mound after giving up two runs in the seventh-inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 23, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mi
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    When Javier Vazquez was traded from Atlanta, some Braves fans claimed that the 2009 season was a fluke for Vazquez and that he would come back down to earth in 2010.

    In fact, that was exactly the case when Vazquez went to New York and put on the pinstripes. His ERA ballooned from 2.87 to 5.32 and his win total decreased from 15 to 10.

    Vazquez has merely been a slightly above-average starting pitcher over his career (4.26 ERA), and with the $11 million he made last season, he is arguably the most overrated pitcher in the market this offseason.

1. Adam Dunn

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals tosses his bat after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 29, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Dunn is one of the most overrated players in the game right now, because of his lack of defense and high strikeout numbers during his career.

    Although he has managed to hit 38-plus home runs in each of the last seven seasons, he has also struck out an average of at least one time for each game he has played.

    Although Dunn has been a very consistent power hitter in the major leagues, his .967-career fielding percentage and one-dimensional style are too much of a risk for a GM. He is way overvalued at this point in his career.


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