Since free agency opened across Major League Baseball on Oct. 29, nearly half of MLBTR’s top 50 available players have come off the board. Twenty-three of those players have landed new contracts, leaving 27 without teams as the New Year approaches. Based on the original rankings compiled by MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams and Jeff Todd, here’s a look at where the 20 best free agents left currently stand as 2018 nears an end:
1. Bryce Harper, OF (original prediction: 14 years, $420MM): With Scott Boras as his agent, it’s unsurprising that Harper – who may be in line for a record-setting contract – remains unsigned. As you’d expect, there has been no shortage of offseason rumors centering on the 26-year-old Harper, who has been connected to his only team to date – the Nationals – as well as the Dodgers, Phillies, Braves, Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Yankees and White Sox over the past couple months. On paper, the most logical landing spot for the superstar may be Los Angeles, which jettisoned pricey outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp in a trade with the Reds earlier this month. However, despite their financial might, the Dodgers haven’t handed out exorbitant free-agent contracts during president Andrew Friedman’s reign, and they’re reportedly not inclined to give Harper the long-term pact he wants.
2. Manny Machado, SS/3B (original prediction: 13 years, $390MM): As a 26-year-old who has been an elite player at times, Machado entered free agency in a similar position to Harper. Like Harper, Machado has drawn interest from the the Phillies, Yankees and White Sox, having met with all three teams this month. Various reports have indicated Machado wants to play for the Yankees, yet the infield-needy club doesn’t seem prepared to go to the $300MM mark for him. Regardless, we may find out his next destination soon.
3. Dallas Keuchel, LHP (original prediction: four years, $82MM): While Keuchel’s still an easily above-average starter, the career-long Astro hasn’t been able to replicate the AL Cy Young-winning form he showed in 2015. Both Keuchel’s recent decline in production and his age (he’ll be 31 on New Year’s Day) are working against him on the open market, but he’s nonetheless seeking a five-year deal. His desire for security over the next half-decade has reportedly led to leeriness from the Phillies and Nationals (and maybe others). But beyond Philadelphia and Washington, a bevy of other teams have shown interest in Keuchel during free agency. The Boras client is going to do well on his next contract, then, though he may have no choice but to drop his price before he puts pen to paper with someone.
4. Craig Kimbrel, RP (original prediction: four years, $70MM): Although Kimbrel is one of the greatest relievers in history, he showed some cracks last season as a member of the World Series-winning Red Sox. Compared to Kimbrel’s otherworldly 2017 campaign, his strikeout rate fell by nearly 11 percentage points, his swinging-strike rate dropped by more than 2.5 points and his walk rate increased by over 7 ticks. Kimbrel was still outstanding, granted, but maybe not enough to merit the massive contract he’s pursuing. The richest deal ever given to a reliever – five years, $86MM – belongs to the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman, who signed it when he was still in his late 20s. Kimbrel will turn 31 in May, and there hasn’t been strong reported interest in him thus far. The Red Sox, Phillies, Cardinals and Braves have been connected to Kimbrel in rumors, but none of those clubs are itching to meet his demands.
5. Yasmani Grandal, C (original prediction: four years, $64MM): Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60MM offer from the Mets, who have since filled their vacancy behind the plate with Wilson Ramos. In the estimation of MLBTR readers, he made a mistake in spurning the Mets’ generous proposal. Along with New York, each of the Nationals, Braves, Astros, White Sox and Angels entered the offseason as potential Grandal suitors but have since made acquisitions behind the plate. In some cases (Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Anaheim), those pickups haven’t been particularly expensive, so perhaps Grandal will still end up in one of those cities. The longtime Dodger probably won’t continue his career with them, however, as they’ve been more connected to Marlins star J.T. Realmuto – whose presence on the trade market doesn’t do Grandal any favors – and aren’t champing at the bit to hand out a long-term deal to the switch-hitting 30-year-old.
6. A.J. Pollock, CF (original prediction: four years, $60MM): Even though he’s 31 and has dealt with a spate of injuries during his career, reports have indicated Pollock’s holding out for a lengthy commitment worth $80MM or more. When healthy, Pollock’s probably worth that type of money. The problem is that the soon-to-be former Diamondback is coming off a three-year stretch in which he missed 249 games. Further, perhaps because of his supposed demands, a couple of the teams that have been connected to Pollock this offseason may have already moved on from him. The Astros signed Michael Brantley, while the Reds acquired Puig and Kemp. The Mets and Braves may be among the teams still in play for Pollock, a qualifying offer recipient, though the former’s GM has suggested otherwise and the latter doesn’t seem likely to give a lucrative, long-term contract to a 30-something.
7. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP (original prediction: six years, $42MM): As a free agent from Japan, the 27-year-old Kikuchi is the only player on this list with no major league track record. Further, unlike other free agents, there’s a deadline for Kikuchi to sign. Kikuchi’s Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, posted him Dec. 4, giving him and Boras until Jan. 2 to hammer out a deal with a major league club. Assuming Kikuchi does sign, there’s optimism he’ll become the latest big league success story from his homeland. In the meantime, it’s anyone’s guess which team Kikuchi will choose, as he implied earlier this month he’s open to joining any of the majors’ 30 franchises.
8. Marwin Gonzalez, UTIL (original prediction: four years, $36MM): There’s a lot to like about Gonzalez, a switch-hitting, league-average offensive player who can line up at every infield position and both corner outfield spots. Gonzalez, who will turn 30 in March, reportedly drew interest from just about every team at the start of the offseason. Things have been quiet on the Gonzalez front lately, though, aside from a connection to the Padres three weeks ago.
9. Zach Britton, RP (original prediction: three years, $33MM); 10. David Robertson, RP (OP: three years, $33MM); 11. Adam Ottavino, RP (OP: three years, $30MM): Considering these three are the best non-Kimbrel relievers available and have some common teams chasing them, we’ll group them together. The Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox have been after all three at times, and there has been plenty of interest from other clubs. Still, given that Britton, Robertson and Ottavino are all over 30, it’s unclear whether three-year estimates will prove overly optimistic.
12. Jed Lowrie, 2B (original prediction: three years, $30MM): Lowrie was one of the A’s best players and among the majors’ premier second basemen from 2017-18, but he’s also a soon-to-be 35-year-old with an extensive injury history. Moreover, he’s part of a market which features several other starting-caliber second basemen, and Oakland – arguably his most likely destination at one point – removed itself from the equation when it acquired Jurickson Profar last week. The switch-hitting Lowrie nonetheless wants a three-year deal, though he may have to settle for two.
13. Kelvin Herrera, RP (original prediction: one year, $8MM): With a strong platform season, the 28-year-old, flamethrowing Herrera may have been in line to sign the second-richest deal among relievers this winter. Instead, after a tremendous start with the Royals, he scuffled following a June trade to the Nationals. Worsening matters, Herrera’s season ended in late August on account of a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. Herrera’s now making progress in his rehab, though reported interest in him has been almost nonexistent so far this offseason. Minnesota’s the only team that has been connected to Herrera on MLBTR’s pages since the 2018 campaign ended.
14. Gio Gonzalez, LHP (original prediction: two years, $24MM): Gonzalez is a longtime innings eater who has totaled at least 2.0 fWAR in nine straight seasons, yet only the Mets have shown reported interest in him thus far. He can probably thank his age (33) and somewhat disappointing 2018 for that. Compared to 2017 – one of Gonzalez’s most effective seasons – his inning, strikeout, walk and run prevention numbers all went in the wrong direction.
15. Brian Dozier, 2B (original prediction: one year, $10MM); 16. DJ LeMahieu, 2B (OP: two years, $18MM): The Nationals have been tied to these two accomplished second basemen in free agency, though it stands to reason Dozier and LeMahieu have more than one matching suitor. The Dozier rumor mill has been nearly silent, however, owing to the surprisingly poor 2018 the former Twins star endured with them and the Dodgers. LA may end up replacing Dozier with LeMahieu, who also had a less-than-ideal season from an offensive standpoint. However, the stellar defensive track record the 30-year-old LeMahieu built as a member of the Rockies at least gives him a high floor.
17. Mike Moustakas, 3B (original prediction: two years, $16MM): Moustakas was one of the most well-known stragglers on a slow-moving market last offseason. Moose entered the winter looking like a potential $85MM player, but he ultimately re-signed with the Royals in March for just a $6.5MM guarantee. Now, after his offensive production declined in 2018 between Kansas City and Milwaukee, it’s an open question whether Moustakas will do much better this offseason. So far, the Brewers, Cardinals, Phillies and Mets have shown some level of interest in the 30-year-old.
18. Cody Allen, RP (original prediction: two years, $16MM): Allen enjoyed tons of success as the Indians’ closer from 2013-17, and had that continued last season, he could have been in line for a huge contract. Unfortunately for Allen, though, his numbers came crashing down in 2018, and his velocity dropped as the year progressed. Given that teams can’t regard the 30-year-old as a shutdown option anymore, reported interest has been scarce. It seems the Indians could bring Allen back, while the division-rival Twins have also considered him.
19. Nick Markakis, OF (original prediction: two years, $16MM): Brantley and Andrew McCutchen are off the board, and Harper and Pollock are unrealistic for most teams. That could work to the advantage of Markakis, the next best free-agent outfielder available, though he’s more of a satisfactory regular than a high-impact one. Markakis was a first-time All-Star in 2018, but the 35-year-old’s offensive production cratered over the season’s last two months, giving him a final batting line that was more decent than exceptional. Still, as a roughly league-average hitter who gets on base, can handle both lefties and righties and hasn’t missed more than seven games in a season since 2012, Markakis could give some team an acceptable stopgap over the next year or two. A return to Atlanta, where he has played since 2015, may be in the offing.
20. Derek Holland, LHP (original prediction: two years, $15MM): After four straight down or injury-limited seasons with the Rangers and White Sox, Holland had to settle for a minors deal with the Giants last February. It proved to be a perfect match, as Holland made the Giants’ roster and returned to relevance in San Francisco. Across 171 1/3 innings (36 appearances, 30 starts), Holland showed better velocity than he offered in 2017 and posted a 3.57 ERA/3.87 FIP, a career-high K/9 (8.88), a personal-best infield fly percentage (11.8) and his second-highest swinging-strike rate (10.1 percent). So, even though Holland’s still unemployed, he’ll get a guaranteed contract – potentially from his old team in Texas – this offseason.
Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.
I’m pretty sure the top 5 will all sign with the Yankees. Maybe even all top 10. Then they just need to trade for Kluber, Bumgarner, Syndergaard, Trout, and they’ll be all set.
And somehow still finish second in the AL east
You’re a moron & the Yankees aren’t getting Kluber!
That went right over your head.
I bet you feel pretty dumb now that you can’t delete your post too.
Hey that’s the guy Kluber gave four stars, so I think he’d know!!
I think his sarcasm went over your head too.
You left out Acuna, who will be acquired in exchange for a AA infielder and some cash.
Of course, how could I forget Acuna?! Definitely. I also heard they’re set to send Sonny Gray to the Padres for Tatis Jr. and Ellsbury to the Blue Jays for Vlad Guerrero Jr. Pretty solid deals for all involved.
…..Shows what an Acid trip does to ya
Says guy who’s never tried it.
Brown Trout Fisherman
That’s probably accurate. According to all the rumors.
Why not fold the league into the Yankees and let them play themselves in inter squad games for the locals, while the rest of us get a rest and tune the hell out.
If only that would happen.
So then why are you on here? Tune out already!
How childish are you guys? Who cares what one fan thinks? As much as I am a fan we haven’t won anything since 2009 and we haven’t been out here signing the top FA in quite some years. Why the hate? You know the biggest contract handed out by the Yanks in the last 5 years? Chapman probably?
I’m surprised how one word can trigger people so easily.
You’re not wrong, but don’t forget they also traded for the biggest contract in baseball at the time (Stanton)
“We all want a salary cap” We being you and your cats, Pooky, Cuddles, Bieber, and your favorite Butterscotch.
Chisox… Even if all of that happens, the Sox will still be second class to the Cubs.
So,That’s team A deciding they needed to move a player and the player dictating who he would approve. That’s different than inferring the Yanks continuously buy the very best players and hand out 7 figure deals every year. I know we sign guys but in the last 5 years we haven’t been the big spenders. We let a lot of guys pass.
Hardly. Cubs have 2 good seasons over a 115 year span. White Sox have a few decades before they are that bad. Plus white Sox aren’t saddled with one of the worst managers ever.
How can you reach 3 consecutive NLCs and only have 2 good reasons?
I kind of suspect your impartiality now
*seasons. Autocorrect didn’t correct…
What the hell are you talking about?
Yankees have not won since 2009 and don’t have even close to one of the highest payrolls! Just petty jealousy and irrational hate.
Boy when have the Yankees last even won the pennant?
Boston Red Sox own the Yankees and have celebrated FOUR championships since the Yankees …. can’t even remember.
Funny how once the league changed from 8 teams in each league and winning the pennant was the same thing as winning a division, suddenly not so many world championships ….
The Red Sox are the Yankees Daddy!
as much as i hate to say it until any mlb team has more titles than the yankees no one is there daddy
Sorry, until the Yanks win again, they are in the same boat as the Royals and Cubs and D’Backs and Astros and Phillies and White Sox and Marlins. One championship in the past 15 years.. I know we all wish we could pretend we are the same as 20 years ago… but this is now. Yankees have been in the world series at least once every decade for the past 100 years… they are at risk of ending that this year.
It’s a new game. You can’t just buy a championship like in previous years. It takes work. Yankees need to adapt.
like i said i have no love for the yankees but they have been until recently they’ve been a mediocre ball club shedding salaries and rebuilding there farm. now there at the end of that have a solid home grown core with just a few pieces there ws contenders and they have the cash to get them pieces
Interesting how you view history. The split took place in 1969.
Yanks have appeared in 11 WS and are 7-4. Sox have appeared in 6 WS and are 4-2
11 > 6 and 7 > 4. Also, since 1995 the Yanks have made the playoffs
Since 1993 the Yanks have finished worse than 2nd place 3x. The Red Sox have finished worse than 2nd on 10x and a few of those years they were below .500 and finished 5th.
I give credit to the Sox for their recent success. They are a well ran organization. But honestly…..we don’t need Maury Povich to tell us the Sox are NOBODY’S “daddy”. Show some class and act like you’re used to winning. Yanks have had several dynasty runs. The (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 70s and 90s. You guys have had a few pockets of success. Prior to that most of our parents weren’t even born yet.
Can u please say ” dey daddy”
…will finish 3rd.
People need to realize that Cashman isn’t going to overspend anymore. That’s why he and George had disagreements before Hal took over, because Cashman wanted to keep their homegrown players instead of trading them or spending money on big Free agents. So this notion that the Yankees will always sign the biggest names isn’t true anymore.
“So this notion that the Yankees will always sign the biggest names isn’t true anymore.”
Until they sign Manny.
The Yankees have a bunch of young inexpensive players on their roster…. they are still 6th in payroll.
Yankees signed the 9th rated free agent Haap and number 45 CC. They are supposedly interested in Manny at #2 and a couple relievers.
Yankees still spend on free agents.
Most yankee fans are this shallow
The Twins plan for fielding is to throw their gloves at balls like little leaguers.
Recount please 9>12
look again. they’re all there.
I think Manny will make his decision known when the ball drops in Times Square on New Years. Harper ? I have absolutely no idea at this point as there aren’t as many teams Gunning for him as I thought there would
Manny will probably take a $200 over six to play for the Yankees and I could see the Cardinals, Dodgers, or Cubs making a similar offer to Harper afterwards. Maybe $225 over 6 with an opt out. Harper is 26 I’m sure he could still brake another $100 to $150 million contact at age 30 or 31 which would yield him his $350 to $400 contract overall.
Just by signing Macahdo, that will put the Yankees 4th in payroll and very close to being number 1 if they spend on their bullpen.
If the cubs didn’t have darvish I would 100000000% pick them to sign Harper if the Yankees get machado but they don’t seem willing to go over the luxury tax threshold. Sadly Darvish and chadwood were huge wastes of money for the cubbies
Agree on Machado. After he made his visits, it looks like he is close to signing with someone. Lord only knows with Harper. Boras will drag it out to the last minute. Wouldn’t surprise me if it goes right up to spring training.
I will be sorely disappointed if the Phil’s dont get a pitcher via trade (Kluber, Ray, Greinke) or Keuchel. The rest are pretty much meh.
Phillies are legitimate landing places for about half of these guys. They could do that and still make a trade or two to raise the floor….
I would prefer 3 cheap years of Gio for the Phillies.
Would the Tigers reach .500 next year if they signed the top 10 on this list?
With Fulmer and 5 rhp pitching prospects in the top 100 (fab 5 as they are nicknamed) absolutely, they would be over .500 and a darkhorse playoff candidate.
With Harper, Machado & Grandal in the lineup, plus a 1-2 punch of Fulmer & Kuechel I think they’d be okay.
Brave in nebraska
Does anybody know the years left on Khris David from Oakland? Wonder if the Braves could pry him away. They have the pitching that you need.
Davis is going to ARB for the 3rd and final time.
He’s a pending free agent I believe
Davis is not a free agent until AFTER 2019. He will get a truckload of money in ARB in January,
Pending means waiting.
Excellent hitter but, he’s awful in the field. Worst arm in baseball.
That’s why the A’s made him a full time DH. I think he had a bad injury to his arm from childhood, right?
Khris wrote an article about his throwing issues in the Players Tribune last year. It’s an interesting read and explains why he rarely plays the field anymore.
Where is Jon Jay? Cards fans want him back, and since he is the best OF of all time in Field%(try not to laugh here), he should command a 3/45M deal somewhere. That 1 tool of singling flairs commands respect. Come on Mozeliak, you know you want to bring him back. You would have the sheeple so giddy, it would allow you another 5 years of missed playoffs without worrying about your job.
what are you trying to accomplish? internet vermin.
Cute reply, fruitcake. Just asking where one of the greatest to play CF is on this list? I’ve been told for 7 years now by the STL media and fans how great Jay is. Just wondering why he’s not on this list. Don’t get your panties in a wad.
no one has ever claimed he’s one of the greatest cf. get over yourself
You must not live in STL. How do I get over myself? Is that a new magic trick?
So far I’ve found 2 people who CAN’T dispute what I’ve said about Willie Jay. I’ve received two sheeple comments of the same tone. Congrats boys! Did Mozeliak call you yet and congratulate you on your replies?
Who said Jon Jay was good? He worked out better for stl than the hyped up rasmus but the dude has an arm like a 12 minute spagetti noodle and other than the occasional hot streak couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag.
Snakebyte32, if you live in STL, you would know what I’m talking about. Jay has been gone 3 years now, and media and fans still talk about him. How good he was. Some still want him back. There are a lot of people that will want him in the Cardinals HOF when he retires, and no, I’m not joking about that. It is truly the most unreal thing I’ve witnessed in the last 10 years here. This town falls in love with the most mediocre players.
What me worry?
Everytine I read one of your posts I get a good laugh, followed by uncontrollable vomiting . Thanks Daved
Sounds like a medical issue you should have checked out.
No we don’t want Jay back. Lbvvs
Nobody said otherwise except daved because he’s an a-hole.
This is a great example of how the sheeple just lose it. Say something remotely true that contradicts their brainwashed minds, and you get immediate comments of “troll”, “ahole”, etc. It’s so good and true, that I did my Psychology thesis on it and received an A.
You’re almost as good a poster as John Jay is a major leaguer today.
And you get just about as much attention (read the first sentence of your first post, saw it was you, and moved on).
Will say that you’re neck-and-neck with the other 11 year-old that posts about the Yankees all the time.
Samuel, Your type of commenting was Chapter 3 of my thesis, “The Contradicting Sheeple”. You state, and I quote, “read the first sentence of your first post, saw it was you, and moved on”. Really? You moved on? What part of commenting and referencing my comment is moving on to you? People can come on here and claim how much of an azz I am, but all I’m doing is stating facts and pointing out the stupidity of some of you, Samuel. FYI, JOHN Jay was the 1st Chief Justice of the U.S.. JON Jay is a mediocre baseball player. So keep living in denial about how much you gloss over my comments. You love them so much that you can’t help but respond and make yourself look dumb doing it.
The Braves like being cost conservative , not to be confused with cheap. Yes Donaldson has a one year 23 million deal, thanks mainly to AA hoping for old days…..and it could happen.
Resign Nick and look around later or see is Pache is ready. Maybe sign Allen and or Holland and call it a day.
Pick up a waiver catcher this spring, if Flowers gets hurt McCann is no longer a everyday player.
Duvall giving a spring is as likely to bounce back as Donaldson.
As much as I love Kakes as a person and professional (one of the best) we need a bit more pop UNLESS we can rely on JDs bat for a WHOLE season like as have become accustomed to relying on Kakes.. If inciarte can take off and run with the leadoff spot and Albies can get back to 2018 first half form in the 2 spot that will elongate this lineup enough to put Kakes in the 6 spot which is where he belongs. (If he has to be in the top 5 spots in this lineup our lineup isn’t long/great enough for the postseason.)
8) Swanson (until he breaks out this year)
Realmuto and a power contact hitting right fielder would lengthen this lineup from good to amazing..
(Esp when inciartie and Freeman are at their best.)
It would honestly be nice to see what Duvall brings to the table in a fresh start with no stress or pressure to perform mid-season and instead starting over in spring training In a new stress -free enviro.
@doxiedevil You act as if 2017 was such a distant memory. He was injured in 2018.
Pache is AT LEAST a year away… likely to be a mid-season 2021 call up… dude was overmatched at the plate in his promotion to AA last year
Where’s David Robertson? Did he sign and I missed it or is he not top 20?
Yeah, bad idea to lump Britton/Robertson/Ottavino into one listing. Made it very confusing at a glance.
No it didn’t.
Slow your roll there guy. Special people take a little more time!!
You’re right…the helmut should have been a hint.
GET IT DONE CASHMAN!!
Thanks. I saw Britton and went to the next.
He’s listed at #10 in this article.
He is at number 10. 9, 10 and 11 are lumped into one paragraph.
A’s need to get Kikuchi. He is exactly what they need. A left handed starting pitcher. Either get him or Gio or both and I will be happy with this offseason.
Same thoughts, it would be an excellent move. Add Kikuchi and Miley A’s brass!
I don’t know about Miley he made some good starts for the brewers, but he was dealing with injuries and only had 5.6 K/9 and last few seasons, he has not pitched well.
Lowrie made the list but not DJ LeMeheiu? Former Gold Glove and Silver Slugger!
Nm- I see him now.
Kikuchi to the Cubs. Lester, Darvish, Hamels, Hendricks, Quintana and Kikuchi.
Look as his IP. He’s not a 200 inning guy.
Get 25 starts out of him and he’s a buffer against Darvish not being ready and/or being limited.
Just what Cubs need, 6 #3 starters.
Another high-priced mess created by the self-proclaimed genius that is, ironically, an intellectual train-wreck, in any situation that is not the roll out of a rebuild (see Red Sox and Cubs), that is Theo Epstein.
Even if what you say is true, and the Cubs have “Six #3 starters”, wouldn’t that be better than having ONE #3, ONE #4, TWO #5’s and a #6?
Not if your other guys are TWO #1’s or ONE #1 and ONE #2.
How is Dozier ranked anywhere near LaMahieu … someone explain this to me please…. I’ll take LaMahieu every single day of the year
DJ’s played almost his whole career at Coors Field yet his career SLG is under .400?
Dozier’s upside is much better and DJ’s bat is really over-rated.
Didn’t he win the batting title one year for batting average?
Well, he didn’t win a batting title for having the lowest ERA, so yes, he won it batting .348 in 2016.
Harsh, but respectable lol.
It was the only year he posted an OPS+ above 100 (which is league average for that year)
And, again because it’s worth mentioning, he’s been playing half his games in the most hitter friendly park known to man for the majority of his career…
Mostly because Brian Dozier was one of the 3 best 2B in baseball from 2013-2017? Only Jose Altuve was genuinely “better” over that time span. Robinson Cano was on the same level.
Over that span.
#1 Altuve 24.5 fWAR
#2 Cano 23.7 fWAR
#3 Dozier 21.7 fWAR, then skip 15 places and you get to
#19 LaMahieu 8.8 fWAR
LaMahieu is an all glove second baseman. They’re a dime a dozen, but it’s nice to have a guaranteed role player on the roster if you need to patch that hole for a year or two. Dozier is a potential All Star 2B if his injury really was the reason he struggled last year.
Over $1B predicted for the top 5 guys, and they’re all trash according to most of the commenters here.
The projected lengths of contracts are absurd. Nobody would sign anyone until they are in the neighborhood of 40 on long term deals any more. I could imagine, say Harper, being signed for much more than 30 mil a year, but certainly not a 14-year deal. The long term risk is just too great. I think the Donaldson contract is the sign of future: perhaps overpay a bit in AAV, but keep contracts short.
I’d like to imagine that’s the case, but Donaldson is also a 33 year old that hasn’t played a full season since 2016. Until a big free agent signs a short-term/high AAV contract, I won’t hold my breath.
Yanks will sign Manny Machado for 7 years with numerous opt outs at 245 mill. This will give him 35 mill per year.
Yanks will come in the last second and sign Bryce Harper for 8 years at 300 with numerous opt outs as well.. 37.5 per year and he will hit free agency at 34yo which will allow him to cash in on one last big contract depending on how he ages.
I see this as strong possibilities.
The Yanks will then consider dealing Andujar and Gray to Padres and in turn Pads will send some high end prospects to Cleveland and the Yanks will either land Kluber or Bauer.
Great post, I can see this happen….
Rosterbation at it’s finest. Did you like your own comment too?
Dude you live in fantasy land.
Come on Yanks. Just resign Robertson and Britton please. Then get Marwin. I still want Harper over Machado. But as long as they get Robertson and Britton I’d b good with whatever of the 2 big guns they choose.
Interestingly, when the Hot Stove League got underway, I thought with all the quality left handers available, that Kikuchi would not score that big of a deal…now, with more than a few teams looking for a lefty in their rotations, and the 2nd of January fast approaching, he could do very well..Boras will get him well healed…
Yankees have enough unearned championships. They need a salary cap and 30 year drought to set the league back in balance. Screw the national media for their yankee bias too. It’s disrespectful to baseball fans in other cities.
Congrats, you just won the worst post of 2018 award! Boston and Cubbies won WS with large payrolls and free agents, so to make your statement is ridiculous.
How long did it take those teams to win a championship? The large payrolls from a few teams won’t change what has been historically a smorgasbord for the Yankees.
Fans aren’t stupid, they see the bias and manipulation that has led to the annual redistribution of talent to the Yankees and coastal cities in general.
Blah blah blah. Bias blah blah blah…. getting old now.
No, the Yankees and their unsophisticated fans are getting old. The MLB is a farce.
What “manipulation”? FA are free to sign with whomever they want. Teams are allowed to trade with whatever team offers the best package. Chicago is a major city too. Stop whining because your team is so shabbily ran.
How great is a salary cap working in the NBA where 6 teams have basically won most of the titles the last 30 years.
Chicago, for all that is great about it, has been one of THEE most overrated sports cities ever.
5 sports franchizes, almost all original teams, and yet they’ve won 12 titles in the last 50 years and Jordan’s Bulls accounted for 6 of them. Your baseball teams have won 2 in the last 75 years!!!! There’s no way two teams in one of the biggest cities in America should be so bad considering they’re market size and loyal fanbases.
The White Sox have been irrelevant in the last decade and it has nothing to do with being outspent but rather out managed from an organizational standpoint. Even with all that failure, who’s the last impact player they’ve produced Since Chris Sale was drafted in 2010?
The Yanks built their current team almost exclusively off of players they either drafted, traded for or via international free agency. Money doesn’t always equal success but the Yanks have been far, far, far ahead of the Sox in terms of “building’ their teams of late.
You could live in STL where they have lost not 1, but 2 NFL franchises in the last 31 years. The hockey team hasn’t won a title ever in 50+ years. They had professional basketball, but they lost that too. And they have Cardinals baseball that has won 11 titles, but most people that witnessed the first 6 are dead now.
This coming from a New York sports fan? News flash – NOBODY outside of New York cares about what the Yankees did 60 years ago. Since the start of the 21st century, New York’s EIGHT sports franchises have combined for a whopping 3 championships – and that’s riding on the back of the god awful Giants who account for 2 of them.
The Jets haven’t won since 1968. The Yankees have won once this century despite spending significantly more than just about everybody. The Mets haven’t won since ’86. The Rangers haven’t won since ’94. The Islanders haven’t won since ’83. The Nets have NEVER won a NBA title, and the Knicks are arguably the MOST overrated franchise in the history of sports. Oh yah, they haven’t won anything since ’73.
I’ll even go back to the 90’s if you want – that way we can include the last time the Yankees and Bulls were legitimate championship-or-bust teams. .
New York’s 8 franchises: 9 championships
Chicago’s 5 franchises: 11 championships
Which sports city is more overrated again?
Clearly, Minnesota sports franchises are the best. We had that fluke ’87 World Series and the pretty legit ’91 World Series. Then we have all those other major sport championsh…. Grumble grumble, the Lynx…
I’m guessing you mean Boston and LA????
Making everyone else terrible doesn’t make the league better
Just makes it more uniformly terrible
Don’t penalize the owners willing to spend, get rid of the ones who won’t.
14 years/$420M. ridiculous.
i suppose never say never, but i would be very very surprised if some team is dumb enough to make an offer that absurd
If the Yanks pass/miss out on Harper then I would love them to pass on Manny too and instead spread the money around to improve a few things.
LF- Markakis (left-handed bat. good contact hitter. hits for average, OBP and the majority of his power is to RF/RCF. He also has a lifetime OPS @ NYS of .902, @ Fenway of @ .818, @ Rogers of .845.
2B-Jed Lowire (switch hitter, crushes righties as a LHB. Move Torres to SS. Career .302/.364/.443 at NYS
Plan B- If not Lowrie then sign either Iglesias (1/$8 mil) or Hechavarria (1/$4 mil). to play SS.
Bullpen- Britton and Robertson.
Marwin would be a good fit with the Yankees to hold down an INF position until DiDi returns.
Yuck the Fankees
Blue Jays would be a good fit for Holland?
To all the people who don’t know the difference. RESIGN means to voluntary leave a job or position. RE-SIGN means to engage to continue to play for a team by signing a new contract.
Marwin Gonzalez would be a great fit in ATL. I believe a 4 yr deal at around 40 to 50 mil would be reasonable value. A jack of all trades on defense and a switch hitter to bat in the 5th or 6th spot would vastly improve this team.
Cardinals should get Gonzalez, but they have Gyorko, Wong and Drew Robinson, who are just so much better.
Would like to see the Mets go after Keuchel or Gio,Britton and Marwin.
Machado just signed with the Yankees. You heard it here first. You can put it on the board YESSSS
6-8 year deal
Phillies only interest is Free Agents #21 and higher in this smoke and mirror off season for them.
Cash, please sign Kikuchi.
and release Greg Bird.
GET IT DONE CASH!!!
Florial-Bird-Andujar to Giants for Harper.
Get it done ey!!
I feel like the Kikuchi rumors have been fairly subdued… he only has a few days to sign
Pitches Love Velocity
Padres should offer Kelvin Herrera a 2 year 20 mill contract.
1 year 12 Mill w a 1 year 8 Mill player other mutual option attached.
Put him in as an 7th 8th inning guy trade chip mid season.