MLB Free Agent Pool Drying Up

Justin Upton

Justin Upton in 2015. (photo by Johnmaxmena2 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Upton_sd_2015.jpg#/media/File:Upton_sd_2015.jpg)

They haven’t turned the hot stove off yet, but the gas (read: money) supply may be running out. With the majority of the cash being spent on pitching this off season, the market and cash for the remaining MLB free agent position players on the market may be limited. In the first podcast of 2016, host Gene Gumbs looks at the latest MLB moves and the biggest names still left out there.

Free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Dexter Fowler are still sitting out there wondering when they are going to get some love and money. First baseman Chris Davis turned down a lot of money from the Orioles and has yet to get another. (He’d be a great sign in Boston with the impending David Ortiz retirement and Hanley Ramirez experiment at first. Just sayin’.}

There are still a couple of starting pitchers left out there, but only a couple of those would seem to be of the caliber that could make them difference makers. Wei-Yin Chen, late of the Orioles, and Yovani Gallardo, who turned down a qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers, could both step into the #3 slot of a team’s rotation. Gallardo, 29, obviously believes he is worth more than the 15.8 million Texas offered. Chen, 30, is reportedly looking for a five-year deal in the 80 million dollar range.

Other notable arms still on the market are Doug Fister, Mat Latos, Tim Lincecum, Ian Kennedy. Of that list, the one that might command the most is Fister. He had a sub-par 2015, but this is a guy with a career 3.42 ERA and a WHIP of 1.2. He’d make a great middle-of-the-rotation acquisition.

Also in this MLB Free Agent Episode:

  • Dodgers have signed a couple of pitchers, but they have big problems
  • Gonna be a looooong year in Cincinnati
  • San Francisco Giants may be top Hot Stove chefs
  • Marshawn Lynch is a disgrace
  • Road warriors rule in NFL playoffs
  • My pick for team of the week

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