Today is cool in that, for many teams, it’s pitchers and catchers reporting day. But it’s not so cool for all sorts of players still sitting in free agent limbo. Indeed, it seems like there are a lot more players — and especially a lot more good or at least useful players — still looking for work than usually is the case in mid-to-late February.
Some of this is because players are asking too much. Some of it is because players may still have draft pick compensation tied to them as a result of their rejecting a qualifying offer. There are, for any given player, reasons for why they’re still unemployed. It just seems like a lot of ’em. Among the notables, either in quality or at least in name recognition:
Some of those dudes, like Francoeur and Freese, are just roster filler. Others are fliers or reclamation projects like Brown. Others like Fowler and Desmond, however, seem like dudes who could really help a lot of teams right now. Either way, they’re all names you likely would’ve bet would be on someone’s roster by February 17. And you have to figure they and their agents are getting antsy.