My Top 3 UNEMPLOYED Free Agents

It is February 15th and pitchers and catchers have already reported to Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida.  A number of free agents have yet to be signed.  It has to be getting a little worrisome if you are on the free agent list of the unemployed right now. They are either working out by themselves or at the MLB free agent camp in Bradenton, FL which has been nicknamed “Camp Jobless.”

My Top 3 Unemployed Free Agents

1) Lance Lynn- RHP

Lynn pitched for the St Louis Cardinals last year starting 33 games. See below for his full 2017 stats. He did sit out the entire 2016 season because of Tommy John surgery but can certainly help a pitching staff in 2018 that needs to add a consistent right-handed starter. Lynn turned down a one year $17.4 million offer from the Cardinals in hopes of getting more on the free agent market.

Year Team W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO INN H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2017 STL 11 8 3.43 33 33 0 0 0 0 186.1 151 80 71 27 10 78 153
2) Eric Hosmer- 1B

Hosmer is coming off his best offensive year ever with the Royals winning both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.  This 27 year-old can provide solid defense, 25 home runs, and played in all 162 games last year.  He’s looking for a multi-year contract bringing his World Series winning experience to a team that could use a little guidance and leadership in their clubhouse.

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2016 KC 158 605 80 161 25 104 57 132 5 3 .328 .433 .266
2017 KC 162 603 98 192 25 94 66 104 6 1 .385 .498 .318
3)  Alex Cobb- RHP

Cobb is another righty on the market who pitched 29 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays last year and rejected their $17.4 million dollar offer.   He earned just $12.2 million in his last three seasons with the Rays. He’s just a little behind Lynn (see above) stat wise but would still be a solid addition to any team looking for another starter.  Cobb also underwent Tommy John surgery in spring of 2015.  Teams have to be evaluating Lynn or Cobb at the same time, evaluating who’s the best fit for their rotation and which one can they sign for the least amount of money.

Year Team W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO INN H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2016 TB 1 2 8.59 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 32 22 21 5 0 7 16
2017 TB 12 10 3.66 29 29 0 0 0 0 179.1 175 78 73 22 6 44 128

I removed Jake Arietta and JD Martinez from my list of top 3 because they both are represented by Scott Boras.  Boras is a guy you love or hate with most baseball fans I know standing on the hate side of that fence.  I’m not certain he’s solutions minded unless the solution benefits him or his client.  So far his binders of stats and info on his clients doesn’t seem to be doing a whole lot to get clubs excited about signing them.  I am as interested in the rest of the baseball to see where these 2 end up and when.

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*(Stats courtesy of CBSSPORTS.COM)