Blue Jays: Remaining Free Agents and could they help
As the Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit League season is about to commence, here is a look at some of the remaining available free agents on the market.
Jake Odorizzi and Jackie Bradley Jr. are arguably the biggest free agents who still remain unsigned. The Blue Jays have been linked to Odorizzi for the past two season, although it appears the hurler has remained steadfast on a three-year deal which nobody has entertained to date.
Bradley Jr. was a potential fit earlier in the offseason but would now be a redundant asset as the following the George Springer signing.
A few familiar faces are still searching for a new employer in that of Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Sogard. Both players are facing the prospect of retirement as Father Time creeps closer even though Encarnacion has gone on record that he will still like to pursue 500 homers.
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Yasiel Puig is still attempting to find a new team after sitting out last season, the “Wild Horse” may have to settle for a minor league pact and build his stock back up but it appears nobody wants to deal with the distraction that is Yasiel Puig.
Veteran hurler Rick Porcello is still available after accumulating a 5.64 earned run average in 12 appearances with the Mets last season. Cole Hamels is also still searching for another opportunity to prolong his 15-year career.
Surprisingly, Maikel Franco has yet to find a new home, the 28-year old hit .278 last season with eight homers in 60 games for the Royals. I thought early-on he may be a fit for the Blue Jays third base job but that ship has appeared to have sailed.
Veteran outfielders Nick Markakis, Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Josh Reddick and Ryan Braun are all still on the open market. They may be better suited in a designated hitter role at this stage of their career but nonetheless they are available.
The open market has thinned out in the past couple of weeks but there are still a few players who could make Toronto better especially Odorizzi.