Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: MLB Rumors: Ranking the Top 10 Free Agent Hitters Remaining on the Market (Part 2)

Monday, January 24, 2011

MLB Rumors: Ranking the Top 10 Free Agent Hitters Remaining on the Market (Part 2)

7. Orlando Cabrera

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 12: Orlando Cabrera #2 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a double in the fourth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark on September 12, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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Orlando Cabrera is a solid option for a team looking for a backup shortstop. Buster Olney of reported that the Twins might view Cabrera as an upgrade over Alexi Casilla on a cheap, one-year deal.

In 2010, Cabrera hit .263, with four home runs and 42 RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds. He is a little guy who swings hard and has a little bit of power.

8. Hank Blalock

ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 11:  Designated hitter Hank Blalock #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the Florida Marlins at Tropicana Field on June 11, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Blalock did not do well in 2010, and the Rays took him out of his misery. When Gabe Kapler came off the disabled list, Blalock was given the boot from Tampa Bay.

2009 was a little better for the designated hitter. That year, he mashed 25 home runs, but he hit just .234.

Not much has been reported about Blalock this offseason. Any American League team in desperate need of power might want to give him a minor league deal and a shot to bounce back.

9. Joe Crede

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Joe Crede #24 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on June 11, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Crede is ready for a comeback after sitting out 2010 following back surgery, according to Scott Merkin of

"He's healthy, ready to go and he's going to continue his career. He's ready to come back and play," agent Scott Boras said.

In 2009, Crede hit .225, with 15 home runs, but has hit as many as 30 home runs in a season.

Merkin also said that Crede is a bargain at third base, but is a poor bet to stay healthy. Still, he could be an adequate regular.

10. Eric Chavez

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 11:  Eric Chavez #3 of the Oakland Athletics on May 11, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to the Dodgers' website, Los Angeles has considered signing Eric Chavez.

In recent years, Eric Chavez has been plagued with injuries while playing for the Oakland Athletics. Once a potential superstar third baseman, Chavez is now looking for a change of scenery.

If a team can sign Chavez to a minor league contract at or near the minimum, this would be a low-risk solution.

At 33, he might have a little bit left, so why not take the chance on this rag-tag misfit if the philosophy worked in 2010 for the San Francisco Giants?

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