With the offseason in full swing and the Winter Meetings are over, there are alot of players that is still on the market. With that in mind, here are the Top Five remaining free agents who have two months to look for a new home before spring training begins:
1. Shin-Soo Choo- One of the biggest free agents this offseason is still not signed yet. Choo, who hit .285 with 21 HR and 54 RBI’s and 114 walks could be a solid addition to a team. Staying in Cincinnati still makes plenty of sense, as do the longstanding Texas rumors. The Diamondbacks would be a good fit to balance out some of the attributes lacking in newly-acquired left fielder Mark Trumbo.
2. Nelson Cruz- Cruz can hit one out in any ballpark. However, he is 33 years old and giving players over the age of 30 huge contracts do not pan out very well. Also with the PED concerns still lingering over Cruz’s head, you got to wonder who will shell out a substantial money for him.
3. Grant Balfour- The best closer left in the free agent pool. He is up there in age (turns 36 later in the year) but he has an impressive 1.052 WHIP and 259 strikeouts in 254.2 innings over the past four seasons. Teams like the Yankees and Orioles are in need of a closer. With the retirement of Mariano Rivera, you can take it to the bank that the Yankees will give Balfour a great offer.
4. Mark Reynolds- With the Alex Rodriguez suspension still up in the air, Mark Reynolds would make a great short and long term solution for the Yankees. He could play first base, some outfield and be a designated hitter. He has power in his bat so he can bring power to any lineup. Problem is he strikes out a lot.
5.Raul Ibanez- At the age of 41, Ibanez proved that he still has pop in his bat. Ibanez would make a great addition to any team especially for teams like the Orioles and the Mariners.