Free Agency is long over, but there are still a handful of serviceable players sitting at the bottom of the pile. Sure, everyone great is gone, but a lot of teams are going to need to bring in players to help their playoff push. Here’s where I think the remaining unsigned free agents head.
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Luke Hochevar- Nationals
The Nationals have the 27th best bullpen ERA in the MLB, and they are certainly the type of team that could use a solid setup man like Hochevar. Hochevar has a 3.78 ERA over his last two years over 88 innings. I don’t think he’s someone they want closing, as he has only 3 saves over 9 years in the majors, but he’s serviceable.
Jake Peavy- Mariners
The Mariners are running out of starters and Jake Peavy is a veteran starting pitcher who had a bad year last year, but that could easily be a fluke. The pitcher’s park will help Jake, who has pitched in two pitcher’s parks (San Diego and San Francisco) and two hitter’s parks (Boston and Chicago) and his numbers have been much better in the west.
Colby Lewis- Mets
Just like the Mariners, the Mets are running low on arms. Matz is hurt, Syndergaard is out for a while, and a Matt Harvey trade is imminent. Unfortunately, there’s no one intriguing in Las Vegas that they can call up, so I say they bring on Colby Lewis. Lewis is a solid starter who can help the Mets not completely fall out of contention during their injures.
Kelly Johnson- Rays
The Rays need a 2nd baseman, badly. Kelly Johnson is a veteran utility man who can fill that hole, as well as play some outfield in case of injury. His bat isn’t awful either. Over the last two years, he’s hit .256 with 24 homers and 81 RBIs in 612 AB.
Ryan Howard- Angels
CJ Cron and Luis Valbuena have both been huge disappointments, but Albert Pujols has had a great year. Howard and Pujols could switch off 1B and DH as Howard still has a decent power bat, hitting 25 homers last year in just 331 ABs. His .196 BA scares me, but he can still walk, so ,for that reason, I think the Angels give him a minor league contract.