Youngest Free Agents Remaining

Now that Spring Training is underway, few notable free agents not named Roy Oswalt remain. Some players (min. 50 PAs in 2011) and pitchers (min. 20 IP in 2011) are available, but they’re generally nearing the ends of their careers or recovering from serious injuries. There are currently just eight remaining free agents who will play the 2012 season at or under the age of 33.

Kyle Davies, 28, checks in as the youngest free agent available, but he hasn’t drawn any reported interest after posting a 6.75 ERA in 13 starts for the 2011 Royals. The markets for 31-year-olds Sergio Mitre and Felipe Lopez have been equally quiet.

Jon Garland, 32, had a physical scheduled with the Indians this week, but he didn’t take it, so his minor league contract fell through. Another 32-year-old, Chris Young, pitched just 24 innings last year, though he did draw some interest from the Mets over the winter. Brandon Webb, also 32, hasn't appeared in the Major Leagues since Opening Day, 2009

The two remaining 33-year-olds seem to be line for minor league deals, if they do sign. Xavier Nady didn't offer the Diamondbacks much in terms of power, on-base skills or defensive value last year and Michael Wuertz walked 26 in 33 2/3 innings for the Athletics.

Health permitting, all of these free agents are young enough to turn their careers around, so a comeback story or two might be in store. That said, it’s no surprise that teams are generally focused on their own players at this point in the year.

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