One Team Players – The Best In The Era of MLB Free Agency

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 24: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges his teammates in the dugout after recording his 2,000th career hit with a single against the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on September 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 24: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges his teammates in the dugout after recording his 2,000th career hit with a single against the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on September 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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C – Jorge Posada, Yankees

Jorge Posada is not in the MLB Hall of Fame, but the former All Star still deserves praise for his work as a good hitting catcher. He was one of the important cogs of the Yankees dynasties. While not as famous as some of the other NY stars like Jeter and Bernie Williams, he still played a large role. Joe Mauer also would have been a strong choice here, but Posada’s lengthy time behind the plate earns him the nod. The Yankees recognized Posada by honoring him in Monument Park in 2015.

DH – Edgar Martinez, Mariners

Designated hitter is just not a position that you think of for players staying with a team for their whole career. But, Edgar certainly fits the bill. Not as famous as some of his fellow Mariners players, Martinez is the only member of those famous 90s-00s teams to stay in Seattle his entire career. In an interesting form of recognition, hungry Mariners fans can now head over to Edgar’s Cantina at T-Mobile Park.

SP – Brad Radke, Twins

Of all the positions, starting pitcher is the hardest to come by for this list. Radke put up some very respectable numbers for the Twins, posting a 148-139 record over 12 seasons, along with winning 20 games in 1997. Radke was elected to the Twins Hall of Fame in 2009.

RP – Mariano Rivera, Yankees

Rivera was a dynamo for the Yankees and will forever be known for his role on so many Yankees World Series winning teams. Being a closer tends to be a nomadic role, but somehow Rivera stayed in NYC his whole career. The first unanimous selection to the MLB Hall of Fame, Rivera is right up there in the pantheon of Yankee pitching greats with Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, and Lefty Gomez, joining them in Monument Park in 2016.