Five Unsung MLB Free Agents Still Available

03
Dec

David Price has been the big news maker of the offseason after signing a gigantic deal to go to Boston, but there are still plenty of MLB Free Agents still available beyond the big names. These aren’t necessarily the five best, just five guys that few are talking about who could still have a big impact with the right team.

Mark Lowe

Relief pitchers are always in high demand, and considering there aren’t many high profile relievers on the market, Lowe could end up signing for a tad more than he’s worth. Watching the Royals dominate their way through the postseason showed just how valuable having a lockdown pen can be. Even though Lowe didn’t have the smoothest go of it in the postseason, hisĀ 1.96 ERA during the regular season is definitely something to contend with.

Trevor Cahill

It’s almost useless to look at Cahill’s numbers from 2015 considering he had one of the most peculiar seasons in memory. He went from being traded to the Braves, to being the highest paid active player on the Braves, to being waived by the Braves, to Cubs minor league contract, to valuable postseason pitcher. It’s that last part that makes him worth considering for some team at this point in the year. Cahill isn’t going to be a lockdown closer, or even a setup man, but his six games pitched and only two runs allowed in the postseason showed that he can keep things in check when needed.

Tim Lincecum

People forget just how good Lincecum was a couple of years ago. Sure, he’s dropped off rather drastically, but when your starting point is what his was, a drastic dropoff can sometimes be okay. He still pulled off a 7-4 record and a 4.13 ERA last year, and he’s only 31. He’s not going to get A-list starter money, but put him as the fourth pitcher in the rotation for someone like the Cubs, Dodgers, or Astros and you’ve got a rotation that’s well on its way to dominance.

Justin Morneau

Morneau spent much of 2015 sidelined, but when he was on the field, he was still better than .300 at the plate. He’s also only one year removed from winning the NL batting title. Of the five I have listed here, he’s the one I’m most surprised isn’t being talked about. I see him heading back to the American league where he can serve in a DH role at times. Teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, or Orioles would be solid fits, though a team like Pittsburgh also would make sense.

Jeff Francoeur

Francoeur’s career has been a far cry from the hype that came about when he was a rookie in Atlanta, but he’s still a valuable outfielder that plays right field with the best defenders in the game. He won’t be starting for any contender, but over the past three years, he’s battedĀ .295 as a pinch hitter. It’s not a legendary figure, but it’s definitely valuable to have a guy who can come in and be close to .300 when cold.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.