We're always looking ahead here at MLBTR, hence our recent publication of the 2013-14 free agent class. These players project for free agency after the 2013 season, two seasons from now. We know plenty of them will sign extensions between now and then, but it's still fun to discuss.
The Under-30 Group
Adam Jones, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jesus Flores, Alexi Casilla, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Sweeney, Phil Hughes, Jair Jurrjens, and John Lannan will be under 30 for the 2014 season. Jones and Cabrera play premium positions and are in line for huge contracts if they maintain their upward trajectory over the next two years.
The best position players on the 2014 list itself include Joey Votto, Mike Morse, Paul Konerko, Chase Utley, Cabrera, Martin Prado, Alex Gordon, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jones, Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, and Corey Hart. But once you consider players with club options likely to be exercised for 2013, you might consider adding Brian McCann, Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler, David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, and Curtis Granderson. Votto looks like the best all-around hitter in the group. Center field could be deep, with Ellsbury, Jones, and Granderson.
Top starters rarely hit the free agent market. Tim Lincecum, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, and Chris Carpenter head up the list, which could also include Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, and others if options are exercised. There are several potential number one starters in that mix, but two seasons have a way of changing things.