Right now, there’s a severe lack of MLB news. The hot stove of free agency has cooled off by now, and there are only a handful of valuable free agents left; however, that doesn’t mean we should just forget about them. I present to you… the Warm Stove.
Adrian Beltre: Even though he had his second-best season in his career in 2010 with 28 HR, 102 RBI and an OBP of .365, the main reason why Beltre hasn’t been signed yet is due to his age. Teams just don’t know if Beltre could have that productivity constantly at 31. He will find a team shortly, but I doubt he’ll come close to his numbers last season. That stint still did what it was supposed to do: up his value and make his case for a multi-year contract, which he will land.
Rafael Soriano: The same age as Beltre, Soriano was the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, acquiring a 1.73 ERA through 62.1 innings pitched with 45 saves and 57 strikeouts. Because of his great campaign in Tampa Bay, I’d venture that Soriano, like Beltre, finally upped his value after a disappointing, injury-checkered past and much more money than anyone is willing to pay a 31 year-old closer. He’ll probably find a job as a setup man on a team with an established closer like the Yankees.
Manny Ramirez: At this point, who really wants him? This has definitely been said before, but it’s interesting how Randy Moss and Ramirez are at the same point of squandering the remains of their talented careers. If I had to make a case for Ramirez at gunpoint, I’d say that he could be a good utility man in the AL on a budget, but I’m pretty sure Ramirez still thinks he’s worth what he was five years ago.
Carl Pavano: He’s been called the consolation prize for not getting Cliff Lee this offseason, and that’s pretty accurate. You might not believe this, but Pavano was one of the better pitchers to go after this winter. In 32 games, he logged a 3.75 ERA with 221 inning pitched. Pavano could definitely help a team trying to fill the end of their rotation.
Beltre, Soriano, Ramirez and Pavano. A few decent free agents, or a really boring dinner party? Manny would obviously be the life of that table since there’s not much competition, because he’d put mashed potatoes in someone’s hair or do something else that could be passed off as being Manny when in fact, he’s just being an asshole.