MLB Free Agency: A handful of players elect free agency

Jun 28, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Tyler Colvin (21) hits a single during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

With the post-season underway, players from teams who did not make the playoffs are deciding if they want to file for free agency.

So far today around 13 players across the league have decided to test the free agency market. First group of players who elected are from the Los Angeles Angels.

Names include pitchers Daniel Stange, Elvin Ramirez, Billy Buckner and outfielder Scott Cousins.

Cousins spent almost all of 2013 at the Triple-A level with a .233/.310/.306 batting line through 52 games.

Ramirez posted a 5.46 ERA with a 49/45 K/BB ratio at the Triple-A level.

Stange who struggled with the Angels this season and at the Triple-A level posted a 4.52 ERA over 52 appearances. All these players could possibly get a minor league deal this winter.

Next group of players comes from the Colorado Rockies.

Pitcher Chris Volstad who struggled with the Chicago Cubs continued to do so with the Rockies after posting a 4.58 ERA over 127 2/3 innings pitched.

Hisanori Takashia who spent time with the Chicago Cubs and Rockies Triple-A farm teams posted a 4.25 ERA over 38 appearances.

Another former Cub Tyler Colvin hit only .160 with three home runs and 10 RBI’s over 75 plate appearances with the Rox this season.

The Houston Astros announced three of their own.

Edgar Gonzalez who spent most of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury put up ridiculously high 7.50 ERA over eight relief appearances. Not that great of a season, shouldn’t have trouble finding a minor league contract but he needs to remain healthy and keep that ERA below 7.

Hector Ambriz had a 5.70 ERA through 43 games with the Houston Astros this season. A promising pitcher who should receive a spring training invite.

Wade LeBlanc posted 5.40 ERA over 17 appearances between the Miami Marlins and the Astros. He’ll most likely settle for a minor league deal.

The Boston Red Sox will lost reliever Alfredo Aceves after he posted a 4.86 ERA over 37 innings.

The last two players who have elected free agency so far today come from the Baltimore Orioles. Taylor Teagarden was removed from the 40 man roster after playing 23 games with them this season. He put up a lousy .167/.180/.300 batting line and could find another backup role this winter.

Jairo Ascenio was also removed from the 40 man roster by the Orioles this season after posting a terrific 2.66 ERA in 47 relief appearances. Out of this entire group, he should have no trouble finding a contract. He may actually have the best shot at picking up a major league contract.

Topics: Billy Buckner, Chris Volstad, Hisanori Takahashi, MLB Free Agency, Scott Cousins, Tyler Colvin

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