|The Top Remaining Free Agents|
|On Thursday, the Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with starting pitcher Edwin Jackson that is reportedly worth between $8 million and $12 million. It also means that each of baseball's top 20 domestic free agents, as ranked by SI.com at the off-season's beginning, now has an employer. Still, of the top 50 available players, eight remain available, with every club's pitchers and catchers due to report to spring training in fewer than three weeks.|
As you scan the list of those who remain on the market, one theme will emerge, and it helps to explain why players of their caliber remain jobless: In a game that values youth more than ever before, they are old. None of the eight is younger than thirty, and they have an average age of 35.
Even so, while none of them can likely carry a team any longer, each still has the potential to be a valuable role player -- and even a key contributor on a championship-caliber club, as the Cardinals found out after they signed 35-year-old Lance Berkman before last season, and the Rangers discovered after signing then 35-year-old Vladimir Guerrero two off-seasons ago.
Here, then, is the list of those eight players, with the destination that might make the most sense for them, as well as two additional player who did not make SI.com's original list but are both available and intriguing.
Note: Original Reiter 50 rank in parentheses where applicable.
|Other Notable Remaining Free Agents|
|OF Rick Ankiel; OF Yoenis Cespedes; 3B/DH Eric Chavez; OF J.D. Drew; OF Kosuke Fukudome; IF/OF Bill Hall; RP Jason Isringhausen; 1B/OF Conor Jackson; RP Hong-Chih Kuo; RP Scott Linebrink; DH Hideki Matsui; 2B/3B Aaron Miles; 1B/OF Xavier Nady; SP Ross Ohlendorf; OF Magglio Ordonez; RP Arthur Rhodes; C Ivan Rodriguez; 3B Mark Teahen; SS/3B Miguel Tejada; C Jason Varitek; SP Chris Young|
|The complete 2011 Reiter 50|