Friday, December 3, 2010

The most intriguing non-tendered players

As the hot stove league continues to play out, yesterday 50 players were not offered contracts for the 2010 season.  You have your first round busts(Andrew Miller) your players who simply became too expensive for their respective teams(Bobby Jenks) and everyone else in between.  While searching through the list, I found some names that I feel can have a big impact in 2011.  Here are my most intriguing non-tenders.

  • Jack Cust-Athletics:  Cust is a butcher in the field, and struck out 127 times, in 349 AB's, but he did put up a .395 OBP in 2010.  He only hit 13 HR's last season, but in 2008, he hit 33.  Could be a fit for teams like the Mariners, or Indians who could use some pop.
  • J.P. Howell-Rays:  Howell didn't pitch in 2010, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, but in 2008 and 2009, he was one of the better relievers in the AL, putting up ERA's of 2.22 and 2.84 respectively.  He could be a fit with any team willing to take a flier on a talented left-handed reliever.
  • Bobby Jenks-White Sox:  Jenks becomes one of the best relievers on the market, since the White Sox decided not to offer him a deal for 2011.  He saved 27 games in 31 chances last year, and could be a fit for Atlanta, Los Angeles,(AL) and Arizona.
  • Russell Martin-Dodgers:  Martin has been pretty brutal the last couple of years, but was one of the best catchers in the NL in 2007 and 2008.  He hit just .248 in 2010, but could be a comeback candiate.  He still draws a lot of walks.  Possible fits:  Red Sox, Yankees, Padres, Blue Jays.
  • Lastings Milledge-Pirates:  Milledge was once hyped up as one of the best prospects in the game, when he came up with the Mets, but attitude problems, and a couple of trades have hurt his stock.  Last year with the Pirates, he hit .277 with 6 HR's.  Could be a fit with teams like the Royals, Indians, Marlins.

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