Last of the Free-Agent Pickings-- C, 1B, and SP

So it looks like we're probably set at SS and 2B if all goes well with the Hudson signing and the Bartlett trade. Good? Yes.


The problem is that we don't have a starting first baseman or backup catcher. Moseley is in the mix for fifth starter, but I have a feeling he'll fill the Tim Stauffer "flex" role at long reliever/spot starter, so I'm a bit uncertain there too. Not good.


This glorious list, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors dot com, shows us all the remaining free agents on the market at our positions of need, with stats from last season. Let's hear some thoughts on these guys.


FIRST BASE: (Not a going concern anymore with the signing of Brad Hawpe, but just for funzies...)

Garrett Atkins-- .214/.276/.286, 1 HR, 9 RBI in 140 AB with Baltimore Signed with Pittsburgh

Russell Branyan-- .237/.323/.487, 25 HR, 57 RBI in 376 AB with Cleveland and Seattle

Troy Glaus-- .240/.344/.400, 16 HR, 71 RBI in 412 AB with Atlanta

Mike Hessman-- Sub-Mendoza with the Mets, don't even bother

Nick Johnson-- Sub-Mendoza with the Yankees, don't even bother

Casey Kotchman-- .217/.280/.336, 9 HR, 51 RBI in 414 AB with Seattle

Adam LaRoche-- .261/.320/.468, 25 HR, 100 RBI in 560 AB with Arizona

Derrek Lee-- .260/.347/.428, 19 HR, 80 RBI in 547 AB with the Cubs and Atlanta Too pricey.

Fernando Tatis-- Sub-Mendoza with the Mets, don't even bother

Willy Aybar-- .230/.309/.344, 6 HR, 43 RBI in 270 AB with Tampa Bay

Jorge Cantu-- .274/.320/.446, 11 HR, 56 RBI in 472 AB with Texas

Mark Kotsay-- .239/.306/.376, 8 HR, 39 RBI in 327 AB with the White Sox

Mike Sweeney-- .252/.321/.444, 8 HR, 26 RBI in 151 AB with Seattle and Philadelphia



Josh Bard-- .214/.276/.357, 3 HR, 10 RBI in 112 AB with Seattle

Bengie Molina-- .249/.297/.326, 5 HR, 36 RBI in 377 AB with San Francisco and Texas

Gregg Zaun-- .265/.350/.392, 2 HR, 14 RBI in 102 AB with Milwaukee



Brian Bannister-- 7-12, 6.34 ERA, 77 K, 23 starts/127.2 IP with Kansas City

Jeremy Bonderman-- 8-10, 5.53 ERA, 112 K, 29 starts/171 IP with Detroit

Doug Davis-- 1-4, 7.51 ERA, 34 K, 8 starts/38.1 IP with Milwaukee

Justin Duchscherer-- 2-1, 2.89 ERA, 18 K, 5 starts/28 IP with Oakland

Jeff Francis-- 4-6, 5.00 ERA, 67 K, 19 starts/104.1 IP with Colorado

Freddy Garcia-- 12-6, 4.64 ERA, 89 K, 28 starts/157 IP with the White Sox

Braden Looper-- 14-7, 5.22 ERA, 100 K, 34 starts/194.2 IP with Milwaukee (2009)

Rodrigo Lopez-- 7-16, 5.00 ERA, 116 K, 33 starts/200 IP with Arizona

Kevin Millwood-- 4-16, 5.10 ERA, 132 K, 31 starts/190.2 IP with Baltimore

Carl Pavano-- 17-11, 3.75 ERA, 117 K, 32 starts/221 IP with Minnesota Too pricey.

Brad Penny-- 3-4, 3.23 ERA, 35 K, 9 starts/55.2 IP with St. Louis

Andy Pettitte-- 11-3, 3.28 ERA, 101 K, 21 starts/129 IP with the Yankees Too pricey.

Nate Robertson-- 6-8, 5.95 ERA, 63 K, 18 starts/101.1 IP with Florida

Ian Snell-- 0-5, 6.41 ERA, 26 K, 8 starts/46.1 IP with Seattle

Jarrod Washburn-- 9-9, 3.78 ERA, 100 K, 28 starts/176 IP with Detroit and Seattle (2009)

Brandon Webb-- 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 2 K, 1 start/4 IP with Arizona (2009) Signed with Texas

**A note about Webb. His disastrous 2009 campaign was only one year removed from his 22-win Cy Young season. Lack of a decent sample size in the meantime precludes any ability to judge by his recent performance.

Todd Wellemeyer-- 3-5, 5.68 ERA, 41 K, 11 starts/58.2 IP with St. Louis



Personally, I think Webb, Garcia, and Francis would be excellent candidates for a good year in San Diego, and Branyan or Sweeney would be acceptable at 1B. Zaun might be the best choice for a backup catcher.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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