MLB Free Agency Rankings 2021-22

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Here are the top available names in MLB free agency this off-season. This class is pretty jam-packed with talent.

MLB Free Agency Rankings – Top 20

SS Carlos Correa: Detroit Tigers, 10 years, 350 million

Correa is one of the safest free agent signings ever. At the end of a 10 year deal he will only be in his age 36 season and he has shown a lot of improvement in his defense, durability and hitting entering his prime. He is a future Hall of Fame talent and has an impressive track record and postseason numbers and any team would benefit by adding him. Every team should be in on him but I like a reunion with AJ Hinch.

2. SS Corey Seager: New York Yankees, 10 years, 325 million

Seager has established himself as a big splash as well this year, coming back healthy from some injury woes. He is probably a little below Correa in talent and may have to move to third base eventually but any contender looking for a huge piece should be in on him. The Yankees have a ton of infield questions and Seager would solidify their infield immediately.

3. SS Trevor Story: St. Louis Cardinals, 8 years, 245 million

Story is uber-talented as well in this crop of shortstop though a bit older than the others he has the most tools with his speed and consistent defense. The worry for him is leaving Coors. His offensive production may take a hit but the bottom line is Story has a good swing and he should actually improve upon a down season in 2021.

The Coors hangover effect means his numbers at home will get worse but his road numbers should improve and he should put up production in a way similar to Nolan Arenado did. A lot of teams could be in on him too including the Rangers.

4. 3B Kris Bryant: New York Mets, 6 years, 170 million

Bryant is a great middle of the order bat. There are questions about how he may age and he doesn’t have one elite skill but he has pop and a great bat. He could fill a role like he did for the Giants last summer. The Cubs could look strongly into bringing the fan favorite back but the Mets make a lot of sense, as do the Phillies. He will make a team a lot better during the front end of whatever deal he signs.

5. 1B Freddie Freeman: Atlanta Braves, 6 years, 160 million

The consistent, sweet-swinging first baseman won’t be leaving Atlanta. It sounds like a deal will get hatched out sometime this month for Freddie and he will continue to be an All-Star in Atlanta.

6. SS Marcus Semien: Toronto Blue Jays, 5 years, 125 million

Semien has actually been one of the best middle infielders in baseball since 2019 in WAR. He has positional flexibility too and the power he showed is legit. I don’t think Toronto can afford to lose him. He will have many suitors if he doesn’t.

7. SP Max Scherzer: New York Yankees, 2 years, 62 million

Max should be highly in demand because while I wouldn’t say he is at his peak right now, he hasn’t declined a ton. You know exactly what you’re getting in the strikeout heavy ace. The Dodgers will want to try hard to keep him, but any contender on the brink of success could greatly benefit.

8. SS Javier Baez: Chicago Cubs, 8 years, 225 million

Baez has his concerns as far as getting on base and making tough outs on the basepaths by being overaggressive at times but he has power, versatility and is the most exciting player in baseball you could argue. Even in a slump he still can help a team with his glove and speed. The Mets will try to keep him at second/third but the Cubs can offer him shortstop/third and familiarity and I think they want to bring back one of their stars.

9. SP Robbie Ray: Los Angeles Angels, 4 years, 95 million

Ray had a breakout year and was one of the best pitchers in the AL. He is also the K/9 leader for any qualified player ever. His command could be iffy and his track record isn’t spotless but he could provide a top of the rotation arm for many teams and any team who needs a starter should be in on him. Ultimately, I think he will sign with the Angels who badly need starters.

10. SP Marcus Stroman: San Francisco Giants, 6 years, 150 million

Stroman seems to me as the safest option on the market. He is a borderline ace and will pitch a solid amount of above average innings for the team he ends up with. If he has a solid defense behind him, it will make him all the more better. You can see how successful he has been though throughout his career.

11. SP Justin Verlander: Detroit Tigers, 2 years, 28 million plus incentives

I think Verlander has some risk but likely will rebound well from his Tommy John. I think the Tigers are the perfect match as he can lead the staff of young arms and they can benefit from him. He could help a team on the brink of success or who already has made the playoffs.

12. OF Nicholas Castellanos: Chicago White Sox, 4 years, 80 million

He is a below average fielder but one of the better hitters in baseball. If the White Sox got him their line-up would be dangerous, but I’d watch out for the Padres too. He could already fit in the middle of any contenders line-up though and may be one of those senaky signings that helps a teams run production a lot. Plus he can DH some days in the AL.

13. SP Kevin Gausman: Toronto Blue Jays, 4 years, 85 million

The Giants finally put together Gasuman’s pitch mix after years of promise and solid pitching. He should be able to hold down his newfound stuff and become a dependable number two starter in most cities. I think the Jays will be heavy on him as they need some reliable pitching to go with their mix of young arms and veterans.

14. SP Carlos Rodon: St. Louis Cardinals, 3 years, 63 million

Rodon was a high draft pick who was always solid but unspectacular. That changed last year but the one big thing was that he still didn’t hit a ton of innings pitched. In today’s game though that shouldn’t be as big of a problem as it was in years past if he can give you 150 solid innings. Last year he had about 1 WAR for every 27 innings he pitched, which is very impressive.

15. OF Starling Marte: New York Mets, 3 years, 60 million

Marte’s calling card is his speed and while he is on the wrong side of 30 and he may not steal 40 bases a ton more seasons, he can still be a quality corner outfielder who can hit at the top of the order with power and be a true table setter for a team as he gets on base.

16. UT Chris Taylor: Texas Rangers, 4 years, 70 million

Taylor got buried on the Dodgers but he is a pretty solid player, one from the Zobrist academy of ballplayers. A contender could keep using him as a swiss army knife or he could step in as an above average regular for any team. He was in a slump but came back on in the play-offs and the list of offers he gets will likely be long.

17. OF Mark Canha: Milwaukee Brewers 3 years, 55 million

Another greatly underrated player and WAR darling, Canha has improved since he was a Rule 5 pick for the A’s since 2015 and can do a little bit of everything. He a teams dream player that they can insert into the line-up and count on major production. The Brewers definitely need someone like him to boost their team even more after their early exit.

18. 1B Anthony Rizzo: Boston Red Sox, 4 years, 75 million

Rizzo probably isn’t worth as much as he thought going into free agency as his overall numbers have taken a dip. He is still an above average player though who fits into the middle of a good teams order. He looks like a .280, 25 homer bat still. The Red Sox need a natural first baseman badly and Rizzo should fill production lost by Schwarber.

19. SP Clayton Kershaw: Los Angeles Dodgers 3 years, 65 million

Kershaw has had some rough seasons dealing with injuries. The Dodgers are among the deepest teams in recent memory though and Kershaw is still a marvel, though not a Cy Young contender, at this point. The Dodgers can afford to let their franchise icon hopefully give them 170 innings for a few upcoming seasons and those will be better than most guys they could feasibly get.

20. SP Eduardo Rodriguez: Seattle Mariners, 3 years, 60 million

Rodrgiuez seemed to have bad luck last year as his Outs Above Average on Baseball Savant showed him as the unluckiest pitcher on defense. He has been a middle of the rotation anchor on a World Champion and can also miss some bats. He is a very good get. I think the Mariners will try and snatch him up to help out their pitching staff, an era that needed the most help last year.

Other Notable Free Agents

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21. OF Kyle Schwarber: Rays, 2 years, 28 million

22. OF Michael Conforto: Giants, 1 year, 21 million

23.SP Noah Syndergaard: Mets 1 year, 18 million

24. 1B Brandon Belt: Giants 3 years, 50 million

25. SP Steven Matz: Braves, 2 years, 27 million

26. RP Raisel Iglesias: Padres, 3 years, 42 million

27. RP Kenley Jansen: Angles, 2 years, 26 million

28. SP Jon Gray: Giants, 3 years, 60 million

29. DH Nelson Cruz: Twins, 1 year, 10 million

30. 3B Eduardo Escobar: Phillies, 3 years, 38 million

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31. SP Anthony DesClefani: Rangers, 2 years, 30 million

32. SP Zack Greinke: Padres, 1 year, 16 million

33. OF Avisail Garcia: Guardians, 2 years, 24 million

34. RP Kendall Graveman: Astros, 3 years, 27 million

35. OF Jorge Soler: Rockies, 2 years, 26 million

36. OF Eddie Rosario: Cubs, 1 year, 10 million

37. 3B Kyle Seager: Yankees, 2 years, 28 million

38. SP Yusei Kikuchi: Twins, 2 years, 25 million

39. RP Corey Knebel: Red Sox, 2 years, 18 million

40. SP Alex Wood: Rays, 1 year, 13 million

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41. RP Mark Melancon: Phillies, 1 year, 9 million

42. RP Collin McHugh: Dodgers, 2 years, 22 million

43. C Yan Gomes: Marlins, 3 years, 30 million

44. SP Michael Pineda: Astros 1 year, 13 million

45. SP Alex Cobb: Phillies, 2 years, 21 million

46. SS Andrelton Simmons: Athletics, 1 year, 5 million

47. RP Yimi Garcia: Giants, 2 years, 13 million

48. RP Andrew Chafin: Giants, 2 years, 12 million

49. 2B Jonathan Villar: Reds, 1 year, 4 million

50. OF Andrew McCutchen: Padres, 1 year, 7 million

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51. OF Joc Pederson: Royals, 1 year, 9 million

52. SP Danny Duffy: Giants, 1 year, 6 million

53. RP Adam Ottavino: Phillies, 2 years, 10 million

54. RP Ryan Tepera: White Sox, 1 year, 5 million

55. RP Archie Bradley: Blue Jays, 1 year, 5 million

56. RP Michael Lorenzen: Nationals, 2 years, 10 million

57. RP Joe Kelly

58. OF Leury Garcia

59. RP Daniel Hudson

60. OF Tommy Pham

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61. OF Kevin Pillar

62. OF Yoshi Tsutsugo

63. SS Jose Iglesias

64. RP Luis Garcia

65. SP Martin Perez

66. SP Dylan Bundy

67. SP Tyler Anderson

68. OF Kole Calhoun

69. SP Zach Davies

70. RP Alex Colome

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71. RP Sean Doolittle

72. SP Jake Junis- Sleeper

73. SP Chris Archer

74. RP Aaron Loup

75. RP Joely Rodriguez

76. 2B Josh Harrison

77. SS Freddy Galvis

78. SP Johnny Cueto

79. IF Matt Duffy

80. OF Corey Dickerson

81. RP Hector Neris

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