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RONALD BELISARIO, RHP Non-tender club: Dodgers Why he

RONALD BELISARIO, RHP
Non-tender club: Dodgers
Why he could help: Belisario’s fastball averaged 94.4 mph last season and the reliever has a 60.8 percent groundball rate. Belisario has allowed only 16 home runs in 265 career innings, but a 1.47 WHIP last season contributed to a 3.97 ERA. | Photo Credit: AP

There are 43 new free agents after clubs opted not to tender the more than three dozen position players, starting pitchers and relievers contracts for the 2014 season. Here's a look at 10 players who could prove bargain signings for whichever club decides to sign them.

J.P. ARENCIBIA, C Non-tender club: Blue Jays Why
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J.P. ARENCIBIA, C
Non-tender club: Blue Jays
Why he could help: During the last three seasons the backstop has produced an anemic average (.214) and on-base percentage (.260). But he’s also hit 62 home runs, fifth-most for a catcher during that stretch. With a dearth of power and catching in baseball, he should be sought after. |

JOHN AXFORD, RHP Non-tender club: Cardinals Why he
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JOHN AXFORD, RHP
Non-tender club: Cardinals
Why he could help: Axford has a strikeouts per nine innings rate of 9.00 or greater each of the last five seasons, though he also walks 4.05 walks per nine in his career. The ex-Brewers closer had 105 saves from 2010-2012 and boasts a fastball that averaged 95.4 mph in 2013. |

ANDREW BAILEY, RHP Non-tender club: Red Sox Why
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ANDREW BAILEY, RHP
Non-tender club: Red Sox
Why he could help: Bailey won’t be ready until midseason due to shoulder surgery. But he has a career 2.64 ERA and 89 saves in five seasons for the A's and Red Sox. Bailey also boasts a 9.37 strikeouts per nine innings and manageable 2.85 walks per nine with a fastball around 94 mph. |

RONALD BELISARIO, RHP Non-tender club: Dodgers Why he
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RONALD BELISARIO, RHP
Non-tender club: Dodgers
Why he could help: Belisario’s fastball averaged 94.4 mph last season and the reliever has a 60.8 percent groundball rate. Belisario has allowed only 16 home runs in 265 career innings, but a 1.47 WHIP last season contributed to a 3.97 ERA. |

CHRIS COGHLAN, INF/OF Non-tender club: Marlins Why he
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CHRIS COGHLAN, INF/OF
Non-tender club: Marlins
Why he could help: Coghlan was National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 after hitting .321 with a .390 on-base percentage. But he has a .307 OBP since. Still just 28, Coghlan has experience in left, center and right field and at second and third base. More of a reclamation project. |

TOMMY HANSON, RHP Non-tender club: Angels Why he
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TOMMY HANSON, RHP
Non-tender club: Angels
Why he could help: Hanson, 27, finished third in 2009 National League Rookie of the Year voting. The starter has a 3.28 ERA with 431 strikeouts in 460.1 innings during his first three seasons, but has slumped to a 4.76 ERA the past two seasons. Could be a solid reclamation project. |

DAN HUDSON, RHP Non-tender club: Diamondbacks Why he
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DAN HUDSON, RHP
Non-tender club: Diamondbacks
Why he could help: When healthy, Hudson has been a very good starter. The former top White Sox prospect has an average fastball of 93 mph and a 3.10 career strikeout to walk ratio. But he pitched just 45.1 innings in 2012 and not at all in 2013 after requiring Tommy John surgery twice. |

GARRET JONES, INF/OF Non-tender club: Pirates Why he
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GARRET JONES, INF/OF
Non-tender club: Pirates
Why he could help: Jones has seen most of his time at first base and in right field. He’s dreadful against lefthanders (.578 career on-base plus slugging percentage), but great against righthanders: .271 average, .337 on-base percentage and .489 slugging percentage (.826 OPS). |

JUSTIN TURNER, INF Non-tender club: Mets Why he
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JUSTIN TURNER, INF
Non-tender club: Mets
Why he could help: A versatile infielder, Turner is a righthanded bat who hits better against righthanders (.708 career on-base plus slugging percentage) than lefthanders (.644 OPS). Despite this reverse split, he’s been deployed about equally against righties and lefties the past two seasons. |

RYAN WEBB, RHP Non-tender club: Marlins Why he
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RYAN WEBB, RHP
Non-tender club: Marlins
Why he could help: Webb’s fastball velocity declined to 92.3 mph last season, but the reliever still posted a 56.3 percent groundball rate (57.4 career rate). He posted a 2.91 ERA in 2013 and has allowed only 13 home runs in 276 career innings. |

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