5 All-Star Free Agents Whose MLB Careers Could Be Over

With plenty of teams tanking and contending teams already having set rosters, there's going to be plenty of MLB free agents left unemployed by Opening Day.

Here are some former great players that may be forced to retire because of the slow market this offseason.

5. Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday may have a legitimate case to one day make it to Cooperstown as a Hall of Famer. Holliday was an All-Star seven times, won four silver sluggers, a batting title and an NLCS MVP on the way to World Series ring in 2011.

While he has had a great career, it may be over before he planned as Holliday is not drawing interest as a free agent. The 38-year-old can no longer contribute in the outfield defensively and there are not many times in the market for a DH that's not versatile. 

4. Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki has said that he wants to play baseball until he turns 50. Problem is, no MLB team is willing to bring in a 44-year-old outfielder no matter who it is.

Ichiro's stats speak for themselves as a sure fire Hall of Famer and one of the greatest hitters to ever live. If he wants to play until he is 50 though, he will have to do it where his career began: in Japan.

3. Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera has the least storied career of anyone else on this list, but he is also coming off the best year of anyone on the list.

Cabrera produced last year for the White Sox and the Royals as a run producer. He hit .285 and drove in 85 runs while still playing 146 games in the outfield.

It would seem like Cabrera has a lot to offer at the age of 33, yet he might find himself on the outside looking in come the start of the season, especially with his past off-field issues.

2. Jose Bautista

Remember a few years ago when Jose Bautista wanted a five-year $150 million contract extension from the Blue Jays?

Well it turns out that is the best deal that the Blue Jays never made, as his production has fallen off a cliff over the last two seasons. While Bautista has managed to hit over 20 home runs in each of the last two seasons, a paltry batting average to go along with bad defense have eroded his value entirely.

Bautista is reportedly interested in going to the Rays this year, but with no indication of mutual interest from Tampa, Bautista may have to hang 'em up. 

1. Brandon Phillips

While Brandon Phillips is not the player he once was, he is still a solid MLB player that is able to contribute on any roster. 

Phillips may not be the same defensive whiz that he was years ago, but he is not bad in field as many 36-year-old middle infielders are. A .285 average last year would indicate that he has something left in the tank too.

Still with a better second baseman on the market in Neil Walker, Phillips will need something drastic to change to find work for again.