MLB Roundup: Power stats aren't helping free agents find jobs

Mike Napoli hit 34 home runs last season for the Indians. Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports

With the last days of January now falling off the calendar, there is still an enormous number of unsigned free agents, including catcher Matt Wieters, who was drafted by Baltimore and played his entire career with the Orioles. Roch Kubatko addresses the question of whether there could be a reunion with Baltimore.

Power numbers don't carry the same weight they once did. Mike Napoli clubbed 34 homers for the Cleveland Indians last season and he is looking for a job. The Rangers want him, but only on a one-year deal (which was the same stance as the Indians, before Cleveland moved on to pursue Edwin Encarnacion). Brandon Moss, 33, is without a job after hitting 28 homers in 464 plate appearances last season. Pedro Alvarez bashed 22 homers in 376 plate appearances in 2016, and he needs a home for 2017. Chris Carter had 41 homers and 27 doubles for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is out of work. The same is true with Mark Reynolds, who hit .282 with 42 walks, 14 homers and 24 doubles last season, and an .806 OPS.

But there might be as many left-handed relievers looking for work as power hitters: Travis Wood, Jerry Blevins, J.P. Howell and Boone Logan are among the lefties in need of a spot. Right-handers Greg Holland, Joe Blanton and Peter Moylan are all available.