2015 MLB Free Agents Rumors

Analyzing The 2014-15 MLB Free Agent Class

We're always looking ahead here at MLBTR, sometimes way ahead, hence our recent publication of the 2014-15 free agent class.  These players project for free agency after the 2014 season, two seasons from now.  We know plenty of them will sign extensions between now and then, but it's still fun to discuss.

Joining This Group Later

After the 2013 season, several players have club options that seem likely to be exercised, such as James Shields and Jon Lester.  That means they'll play out the 2014 season and then become free agents.

The Under-30 Group

Clayton Kershaw, Elvis Andrus, Asdrubal Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Colby Rasmus, Homer Bailey, and Chris Perez are among those who will play the 2015 season at an age below 30.  Kershaw and Andrus, in particular, are primed for monster contracts barring major hiccups in the next two seasons.  Kershaw will turn 27 in March of 2015, and the Dodgers' ace seems the best candidate to soar past the $200MM mark whether through an extension or free agency.  Andrus, meanwhile, will enter the 2015 season as a 26-year-old.  It takes a special kind of player to put in six years of Major League service time by that age. 

Position Players

The 2014-15 free agent class is deep at shortstop at the moment, with Andrus, Cabrera, J.J. Hardy, Jed Lowrie, and perhaps Hanley Ramirez.  Sandoval, Chase Headley, and Nick Markakis are potential middle-of-the-order bats in a market that appears light on them.  Perhaps someone like Melky Cabrera can post a couple of strong seasons to solidify his status.  Otherwise you're looking at a 39-year-old David Ortiz or 35/36/37-year-olds Josh Willingham, Adam LaRoche, Victor Martinez, Aramis Ramirez, and Michael Cuddyer.

Starting Pitchers

Kershaw and Justin Verlander represent a pair of true aces who will seek record-setting contracts, should they reach free agency.  Verlander will turn 32 prior to the 2015 season.  I realize he's not like most pitchers, but the list of seven-year megacontracts given to 32-year-olds is a short one for good reason.  At any rate, it'll be fun times at MLBTR if both pitchers reach free agency, but there's a pretty good chance the Dodgers lock up Kershaw.  Beyond those two, Max Scherzer, Shields, and Lester comprise a strong second tier.  Homer Bailey, Justin Masterson, and Brandon McCarthy can join them with a pair of strong seasons.  And who knows what the mid-30s will bring for Josh Beckett and Jake Peavy.

How accurate can we be, analyzing a free agent class two years early?  Aside from all the guys who will be plucked off the market early due to extensions, some players will just see their stock plummet.  For every Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton, there's a Stephen Drew, a guy who I considered a $100MM contract candidate two years ago.


2015 MLB Free Agents

MLBTR's up-to-date list of 2015 MLB free agents is below. These are players who project to be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.  Players on the 2014 free agent list are not on this one, so when 2014 club options are exercised, this list will grow.

If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us. To see who represents these players, check out our agency database.

Updated 03-12-14

Catchers

John Buck (34)
Ryan Doumit (34)
Nick Hundley (31) – $5MM club option
Gerald Laird (35)
Russell Martin (32)
Jeff Mathis (32) – $1.5MM club option
Wil Nieves (36)
Miguel Olivo (36)
A.J. Pierzynski (38)
David Ross (38)
Geovany Soto (32)
Kurt Suzuki (31)

First Basemen

Yuniesky Betancourt (33)
Billy Butler (29) – $12.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Michael Cuddyer (36)
Corey Hart (33)
Adam LaRoche (35) – $15MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Adam Lind (31) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Mike Morse (33)
Carlos Pena (37)
Ty Wigginton (37)
Kevin Youkilis (36)

Second Basemen

Emilio Bonifacio (30)
Alexi Casilla (30)
Mark Ellis (38)
Rafael Furcal (37)
Chris Getz (31)
Tyler Greene (31)
Kelly Johnson (33)
Nick Punto (37) - $2.75MM club/vesting option with a $250k buyout
Brian Roberts (37)
Ramon Santiago (35)
Rickie Weeks (32) – $11.5MM vesting option
Ben Zobrist (34) – $7.5MM club option with a $500k buyout

Shortstops

Mike Aviles (34) – $3.5MM club option with a $250k buyout
Asdrubal Cabrera (29)
Yunel Escobar (32) – $5MM club option
Rafael Furcal (37)
Alex Gonzalez (37)
Tyler Greene (31)
J.J. Hardy (32)
Jed Lowrie (31)
John McDonald (40)
Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) – $5.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Nick Punto (37) – club/vesting option
Hanley Ramirez (31)
Jimmy Rollins (36) – vesting/club/player option

Third Basemen

Yuniesky Betancourt (33)
Wilson Betemit (33)
Alberto Callaspo (32)
Eric Chavez (37)
Jack Hannahan (35) – $4MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Chase Headley (31)
Casey McGehee (32)
Donnie Murphy (32)
Nick Punto (37) – $2.75MM club/vesting option with a $250k buyout
Aramis Ramirez (37) – mutual option
Hanley Ramirez (31)
Pablo Sandoval (28)
Ty Wigginton (37)
Kevin Youkilis (36)

Left Fielders

Melky Cabrera (30)
Chris Denorfia (34)
Jonny Gomes (34)
Tony Gwynn Jr. (32)
Scott Hairston (35)
Reed Johnson (38)
Ryan Ludwick (36) – $9MM mutual option with a $4.5MM buyout
Darnell McDonald (35)
Mike Morse (33)
Seth Smith (32)
Alfonso Soriano (39)
Vernon Wells (36)
Josh Willingham (36)
Delmon Young (29)

Center Fielders

Emilio Bonifacio (30)
Franklin Gutierrez (32)
Colby Rasmus (28)
Grady Sizemore (32)
Denard Span (31) – $9MM club option with a $500K buyout
Chris Young (31)

Right Fielders

Norichika Aoki (33)
Tyler Colvin (29)
Nelson Cruz (34)
Michael Cuddyer (36)
Chris Denorfia (34)
Jeff Francoeur (31)
Scott Hairston (35)
Torii Hunter (39)
Nick Markakis (31) – $17.5MM mutual option; $2MM buyout if club declines
Alex Rios (34) – $13.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Nate Schierholtz (31)
Ichiro Suzuki (41)

Designated Hitters

Billy Butler (29) – $12.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Ryan Doumit (34)
Adam Dunn (35)
Jonny Gomes (34)
Raul Ibanez (42)
Adam Lind (31) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Victor Martinez (35)
David Ortiz (39)
Delmon Young (29)

Starting Pitchers

Brett Anderson (27) – $12MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Josh Beckett (35)
Chad Billingsley (30) – $14MM club option with a $3MM buyout
Joe Blanton (34) – $8MM club option with a $1MM buyout
A.J. Burnett (38) – mutual option
Chris Capuano (36)
Bruce Chen (38) – $5.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Wei-Yin Chen (29) – $4.75MM club option with a $372K buyout
Kevin Correia (34)
Johnny Cueto (29) – $10MM club option with an $800K buyout
Jorge De La Rosa (34)
Ryan Dempster (38)
Gavin Floyd (32)
Yovani Gallardo (29) – $13MM club option with a $600K buyout
Jason Hammel (32)
J.A. Happ (32) – $6.7MM club option
Aaron Harang (37)
Dan Haren (34) – $10MM player option if 180 innings reached in 2014
Roberto Hernandez (34)
Luke Hochevar (31)
Hisashi Iwakuma (34) – $7MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Josh Johnson (31)
Kyle Kendrick (30)
Jon Lester (31)
Colby Lewis (35)
Paul Maholm (33)
Justin Masterson (30)
Brandon McCarthy (31)
Brandon Morrow (30) – $10MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Jeff Niemann (32)
Ross Ohlendorf (32)
Felipe Paulino (31) – $4MM club option with a $250K buyout
Jake Peavy (34)
Wandy Rodriguez (36)
Ervin Santana (32)
Joe Saunders (34)
Max Scherzer (30)
James Shields (33)
Carlos Villanueva (31)
Ryan Vogelsong (37)
Edinson Volquez (30)
Jerome Williams (33)

Closers

Andrew Bailey (31)
Jason Grilli (38)
LaTroy Hawkins (42) – $2.25MM club option with a $250K buyout
Casey Janssen (33)
Jim Johnson (32)
Jason Motte (33)
Chris Perez (29)
J.J. Putz (38)
Sergio Romo (32)
Rafael Soriano (35) – $14MM vesting/club option
Huston Street (31) – $7MM club option
Jose Veras (34) – $5.5MM club option
Brian Wilson (33) – $9MM player option

Right-Handed Relievers

David Aardsma (33)
Mike Adams (36) – $6MM club option
Matt Albers (32) – $3MM club option with $200K buyout
Burke Badenhop (32)
Ronald Belisario (32)
Matt Belisle (34)
Heath Bell (37)
Jared Burton (34) – $3.6MM club option with a $200K buyout
Joba Chamberlain (29)
Manny Corpas (32)
Jesse Crain (34)
Kyle Farnsworth (39)
Jason Frasor (38)
Kyuji Fujikawa (34) – $5.5MM club/vesting option with a $500K buyout
Luke Gregerson (31)
Matt Lindstrom (35)
Brandon Lyon (35)
Carlos Marmol (32)
Dustin McGowan (32) – $4MM club option with a $500K buyout
Peter Moylan (36)
Pat Neshek (34)
Darren O'Day (32) – $4.25MM club option with a $400K buyout
Juan Carlos Oviedo (33)
Joel Peralta (39) – $2.5MM club option
David Robertson (30)
Fransicso Rodriguez (33)
Joakim Soria (30) – $7MM club option with a $500K buyout
Koji Uehara (40)
Jamey Wright (40)

Left-Handed Relievers

Craig Breslow (34) – $4MM club option with a $100K buyout
Sean Burnett (32) – $4.5MM club/vesting option with a $500K buyout
Phil Coke (32)
Scott Downs (39) – $4MM vesting option with a $250K buyout
Tom Gorzelanny (32)
Jose Mijares (29)
Andrew Miller (30)
Franklin Morales (29)
Joe Thatcher (33)

Cot's Baseball Contracts was used in the creation of this list.