This year’s free agency list is a who’s-who of Guys You Want(tm) on your team. From big names to key role players to out and out studs, the players who are available this offseason is like waiving a donut in front of a sugar starved dieting person.
According to many observers, the top ten MLB Free Agents this season are:
- Manny Machado
- Bryce Harper
- Patrick Corbin
- Michael Brantley
- Craig Kimbrel
- Dallas Keuchel
- Nelson Cruz
- Nathan Eovaldi
- Adam Ottavino
- Wilson Ramos
Now, a few of the names on this list are questionable to me; Eovaldi’s performance after the World Series will make Boston probably more likely to make moves to keep him, while Nelson Cruz is closer to forty than thirty and could just as likely retire as resign anywhere. That leaves us with two can’t miss young sluggers, one young power arm, a former Cy Young winner who haven’t hit those heights again, a catcher with injury issues, an ace reliever who has gone through a lull, a hot-and-cold outfielder and a sometimes starter sometimes reliever who’s seen more ups and downs than the Wild Mouse.
Still, we’re looking at a bunch of guys on this list that could make a young team stronger or a veteran team deeper, as well as a few actual clubhouse game changers.
We’re not even talking about other guys who are going to be tip-toeing into FA-land, guys like Mike Moustakas, JA Happ, David Robertson, Joe Kelly, Charlie Morton, Josh Donaldson, Yasmani Grandal, Adam Jones, and D.J. LeMahieu.
Then, there are players like Clayton Kershaw who are expected to somehow reconfigure their current contracts with their teams and not head out into the unknown.
But we just don’t know! And that’s the fun of it all.
Every team has a list of guys they want and/or need; positions to be filled, or people they are willing to take a flyer on. I know that in my team’s case – Atlanta – we need a catcher, we need an outfielder, and we could use a couple of veteran arms, but especially relief pitching. Old friends Brian McCann and Craig Kimbrel are now available, but do we go after them again? Or do we try something new? Do we try to get folks on the cheap or do we go hunting for big game? For funsies I’d like to kick the tires on Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson, and go hard after Joe Kelly and Adam Ottavino, and maybe try to get Kimbrel back where he belongs – in a Braves uniform. But I’m not a general manager, and I don’t know what type of deals are brewing in trade opportunities. I’m just saying what I’d like to see show up rocking the A in Spring Training.
What about your teams? Who would you like to see wearing your colors when the Grapefruit or Cactus Leagues resume? Who would you rather pass you by? Are there any hidden gems that we need to know about?