We’ve all said it, this has been a crazy winter, but Baseballs silver lining is on the horizon. Spring Training has kicked off for some teams, while others wait till this week to commence camp. While we though back in December that there would be no key FA’s left come February, we were proven ever so wrong. Here is a look at who is left in the Free Agent Pool.
A) Nelson Cruz- Cruz might be the best player left on the market, Ben Greico reported last week that the M’s were in serious talks with Cruz. Cruz is a 30 HR guy, and has playoff experience. My pick:(LA Angels)
B) Stephen Drew- Drew brings both offense and defense to the table as we saw with Boston last year. Though he is not a 300 avg hitter, he is a solid lead off hitter. The Red Sox and Mets are the frontrunners for him, though the Mets have the edge considering he would start with the Mets.
My Pick: (NY Mets)
C) Ervin Santana- Another big name on the list. He might be the last starter on the list with ace caliber numbers. Santana has stayed very quiet through the offseason, yet I have a feeling he will sign before Burnnet, his only competion. My Pick:( Toronto Blue Jays)
Other Notables) Burnett is still in retirement talks, yet it looks like he will come back this year. I worry his stamina will run out come July so he does not make my list. Kendrys Moralles also has some pop, and a couple NL East teams are into him, yet I think he will underperform this year.
1) The first ever Pepper Preseason Podcast airs tomorrow at 8PM.
2) Every Tuesday and Thursday, we will be unveiling our “Prime –” Lists. Giving you the top 5 players at each position. This Tuesday we will be having our ” Prime Left Fielders” post. Hope you enjoy!