Free agency is starting to take off after months of signing free agents at a frigid pace. Just yesterday (January 26), deals were announced for Marcus Semien (Blue Jays), Wilson Ramos (Tigers), Andrelton Simmons (Twins), Tommy La Stella (Giants), Freddy Galvis (Orioles), JT Realmuto (Phillies) and Brad Hand (Nationals).
However, there are still many good free players in the market. Here is a list of the 26 players who are not currently under contract (at the time of writing). The age indicated is the age they were on day 30. June 2021.
Masahiro Tanaka is reportedly one of the launchers, but according to MLB.com, he is in advanced talks to resume the launch in Japan.
Other free agents include Marvin Gonzalez, Brad Miller, Joc Pederson, Brett Gardner, Shin-Soo Choo, Yasiel Puig, Chris Archer, Trevor Cahill and Yusmeiro Petit.
- C – Yadier Molina (age: 38)
Molina, a nine-time Golden Glove winner, has seen his OPS drop four consecutive seasons, but has shut down five of 11 baserunners in 2020 as few have challenged him.
- 1B – Mitch Moreland (age: 35)
Moreland was outstanding for the Red Sox in 2020 (8 home runs and 1,177 OPS in 79 appearances), but failed to maintain this level of success after he was traded to the Padres (2 home runs and an OPS of 0,609 in 73 appearances).
- 2B – Jonathan Schoop (age: 29)
While he will never be a big man on base, Schoop provides pop-up innings and is an above average second base defender.
In 2020, Gregorius hit a career-best .339 with 10 home runs in 215 at-bats.
- 3B – Justin Turner (age: 36)
This is the third time in four years that Turner has scored over 300 points, while continuing to perform well at the hot corner as he ages (he turned 36 on Nov. 23).
- PMQ – Marcell Ozuna (Age: 30)
With Nelson Cruz at the DH, we will use Ozuna in the outfield as he started 19 games in left field in 2020.
Last year, Ozuna led (or led) the NL in RBIs (18), RBIs (56) and total RBIs (145) and finished sixth in the NL in MVP voting.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. (age: 31)
Bradley provided a career batting average (.283) and on-base percentage (.364) in 2020 and still covers an area like few others in center field.
While he played primarily in left field, Duvall started 16 games in right field last year and was among the championship leaders with 16 homers (64 in 2016 and 2017).
- CEO – Nelson Cruz (age: 40)
Last season, Cruz won his fourth Silver Slugger at age 40. He led the AL in home runs (16), with a batting average of 0.303, a slugging percentage of 0.397 and a slugging percentage of 0.595.
- Kolten Wong, 2B (age: 30)
Wong, who won the NL Golden Glove each of the last two seasons, is a contact hitter with minimal power who struck out just 30 times in 208 appearances last year.
Injuries limited Krohn to just 13 games in 2020, but he hit 55 home runs in 2018-19.
- Tyler Flowers, C (Age: 35)
It was kind of an interlude for Flowers in 2020 shortened, but he was averaging 2016-19 in OPS.
- Eddie Rosario, PMQ (age 29).
A member of the Minnesota team that set a single-season record for home runs in 2019, Rosario has completed 96 home runs and 99 doubles since 2017.
- Trevor Bauer, RHP (age: 30).
Dutchman Cy Young, Bauer is coming off an incredible 2020 season in which he led the ERA (1.73) and WHIP (0.79) championships with 100 hits in 73 sets. As reported in the MLB business rumors, the Mets made Bauer an offer he was considering.
- James Paxton, LHP (age: 32)
Paxton made just five starts in 2020, but he was a strong rookie in 2014-19, where he had a 3.57 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 127 starts.
- Taijuan Walker, RHP (age: 28)
Injuries limited Walker to just four starts in 2018/19, but he did well in his 11 starts for the Mariners and Blue Jays last year, finishing the year with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
- Jake Odorizzi, RHP (age: 31).
Odorizzi made just four starts last season, but he became an All-Star for the first time in 2019 with a 3.51 ERA and 178 appearances in 159 innings.
- Adam Wainwright, RHP (age: 39)
2020 was Wainwright’s best season in years, as he had just over a WHIP of 3.15 in 10 starts.
- Trevor Rosenthal, RDF (age: 31)
After missing all of 2018 and doing poorly in 2019 (15.1 sets), Rosenthal was one of the league’s top relievers in 2020 with 11 wins and 12 losses in 23.2 sets.
- Alex Colome, RHP (age: 32)
Although he doesn’t boast about the number of his opponents at home, Colome was very effective in the ninth set, winning two sets in 22.1 sets last season.
He pitched just 3.2 innings in 2020, but Giles was a reliable finisher in 2019, saving 23 games with a 1.87 ERA.
- Brandon Kinzler, RHP (age: 36).
Kinzler pitched the ninth set for the Marlins in 2020 and saved 12 games with a 2.22 ERA.
- Shane Greene, RHP (age: 32).
All-Star in 2019, Greene stands at 2.39 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over the last two seasons.
- Mark Melanson, RHP (age: 36)
Melancon has saved 205 games in his career, including 11 for the Braves in 2020.
- Tony Watson, LHP (age: 36)
For his career, Watson has an ERA of 2.80 and a WHIP of 1.09, though his 2020 numbers are even better (2.50 and 0.89, respectively).
- Tyler Clippard, RHP (age 36).
Over the past two years, Clippard finished with an ERA of less than 3.00 and a WHIP of less than 0.90.
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