In the midst of a buyer's market…

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boras.jpgMASN’s Roch Kubatko thinks some of the remaining free agents on the market should consider lowering their asking prices.

Adrian Beltre, for instance, is still seeking $10-$15 million annually.  Plenty of teams are interested in the defensively stellar third baseman, but not at that price.  Adam LaRoche is rumored to be asking for a three-year, $30 million deal.  He’s out of his mind if he thinks that’s coming.  Ben Sheets reportedly wants $12 million, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch since September of 2008.

With so many free agents still looking for employment, baseball’s vaunted free agency period has suddenly blossomed into a buyer’s market and teams aren’t going to fork over major multi-year deals.  Even Matt Holliday and Jason Bay are struggling to find offers that appeal to them.

Most of us saw this coming.  Revenues are down all over the league and team philosophies have shifted more toward development.  But super-agent Scott Boras seems plenty surprised and a whole lot of veteran players are going to be jobless come March and April.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.