Rummaging through the free agent bin lead me to compile the following list of unemployed players that I feel could be useful given the right opportunity.
Russell Branyan/1B (35)- tons of power (56 HR past 2 seasons), but is essentially limited to DH duties due to aching back.
Willy Aybar/1B/2B/3B (27)- lackluster in 2010, but a very useful piece to plug in for Maddon with the Rays the 2 seasons prior to that.
Troy Glaus/1B (34)- knocks the snot outta lefties (.273/.938 career). San Diego would have been a good fit before they signed Jorge Cantu.
Ronnie Belliard/1B/2B/3B (35)- might be at the end of his rope, but he's versatile and has had a decent stick for a utility infielder in the past.
David Eckstein/2B (36)- the little engine that could is a leader by example, but his chances to set the example are becoming limited.
Christian Guzman/2B/SS (32)- perfect for utility infielder, as he can play up the middle and still hits for average despite a poor showing in Texas to end the season.
Felipe Lopez/SS/2B/3B/OF (30)- plays all over the diamond, is a switch hitter, can swipe a bag or pop a homerun and is only 1 year removed from a great season (.310/.810 in 151 games in '09). Shocked a team with playoff aspirations has snatched him up yet. Would think he'd be a fit for the Yankees to back up their entire infield.
Aaron Miles/2B/SS/3B (34)- has hit .281 or better 3 of the past 4 seasons. Lets not forget his 5 relief appearances either (3.60 ERA/1.00 WHIP in 5 IP).
Orlando Cabrera/SS (36)- has been to the postseason 4 straight seasons with 4 different teams. He's barely above replacement value at SS, but could still be a useful bench piece.
Joe Inglett/2B/0F (32)- can play almost any position on the field if a necessity arises and has a decent slash line over the past 5 seasons- .286/.345/.397 (.742 OPS).
Scott Podsednik/OF (34)- still has speed (65 SB past 2 years) and hits for average (.300). The Angels might still throw him a bone despite the recent acquisition of Vernon Wells.
Laynce Nix/OF (30)- can play all 3 outfield spots and had been productive for the Reds the past 2 seasons (.257/.780)
Vladimir Guerrero/DH (35)- this future Hall-of-Famer can still rake, but finding an employer has proven difficult. Coming off a season in which he hit .300/.841 with 29 HR and 115 RBI should help though. Look for him to land in Baltimore or Texas.
Jeremy Bonderman/SP (28)- Hasn't been quality since 2006 (14-8, 4.08 ERA), but this former 1st rounder is still young enough to help out a staff in need of innings ate. Seems like a good fit for the Indians or Pirates.
Dave Bush/SP (31)- his career ERA is 4.66, and that's pretty much what he is, a back end of the rotation starter.
Freddy Garcia/SP (35)- after going 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA last season for the ChiSox, it's surprising he hasn't been signed yet. The Yankees could be a landing spot for him.
Justin Duchscherer/SP (33)- was great in 2008 and 2010, but problem is he can't stay healthy. He'd be great insurance/6th starter for a contending team.
Rodrigo Lopez/SP (35)- tossed 200 innings last season, albeit with a ghastly ERA. That's gotta be worth at least a minor league contract with spring training invite.
John Maine/SP (29)- horrible 2010 that lead to a non-tender. If he can regain his health he still has 4th starter potential. Was rumored to be on the Phillies radar.
Kevin Millwood/SP (36)- he's durable and is 1 season removed from a decent campaign (13-10, 3.67 ERA in '09). Could re-sign with the O's.
JD Martin/SP (28)- the former 1st round pick deserves a chance in somebodies rotation. I would say the Nationals are a good fit, but they're the numbskulls that left him loose.
Alfredo Aceves/RP (28)- has been good when given the opportunity (14-1, 3.21 ERA over past 3 season with NYY). He's a failed starting pitcher in the minors, but his relief stats in the majors are quality.
Joe Beimel/RP (33)- it's just a matter of time before he lands a contract. He's had a run of 5 decent seasons in a row. Has reported "several irons in the fire", so expect a signing soon.
Lance Cormier/RP (30)- pitched well enough over the past 2 years with the Rays to get a slot in someones bullpen (113 G, 3.55 ERA).
Manuel Corpas/RP (28)- has closing experience (34 SV), and his home/away splits are worth noting- 4.27 ERA at home in Colorado and 3.56 away from the thin Rocky Mountain air.
Elmer Dessens/RP (40)- has a 2.71 ERA in 81 games over the past 2 seasons with the Mets. I know he's old, but that stinginess has got to count for something.
Chad Durbin/RP (33)- has been to the playoffs 3 straight seasons with the Phillies and has a 3.62 ERA over 194 G and 226 IP. Perfect for middle relief.
Ron Mahay/RP (39)- the converted outfielder has only had 1 season with an ERA over 3.95 since 2006 (4.29 in '09). Basically he's been reliable.
Robert Manuel/RP (27)- very brief MLB experience, but has been excellent in the minors (2.25 ERA in 3 Triple A seasons).
Dennys Reyes/RP (33)- the hefty lefty failed a physical earlier this offseason in Philly, but the fact of the matter is that he's had a string of 5 consecutive productive seasons and until that arm falls off should be given a chance to pitch.
Chris Ray/RP (29)- a spotless 5-0 record with a 3.72 ERA with the Rangers and Giants last year, plus closing experience (51 SV).