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3 MLB Free Agents Most Likely to Change Teams This Offseason

Dan Israeli

With the 2019 MLB season officially in the books, attention will soon shift to the winter meetings, where free agency will kick off with a very talented crop of players seeking new contracts.

While some teams will do their best to retain their prized free agents, it's very likely that several star players will be donning new uniforms once the 2020 MLB season kicks off next year. Here are the three free agents most likely to change teams this offseason.

3. Yasiel Puig, OF, Cleveland Indians

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Yasiel Puig split time between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians last season, finishing the year with a .267 batting average and 24 homers. His numbers weren't elite, and the outfielder has had an up-and-down career thus far. If Cleveland elects not to re-sign Puig, the Boston Red Sox could be a potential landing spot, especially if the team parts ways with Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez.

2. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

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Mike Moustakas continues to bet on himself, as the Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman has opted out of his option and will test free agency. He had a solid campaign in 2019, clubbing 35 homers and driving in 87 RBI in 2019. The Brewers may opt to spend their free agency money on starting pitching this year, decreasing the likelihood that they give Moose the contract he desires. Still, there should be a handful of teams interested in a hard-hitting third baseman with a decent glove. The Philadelphia Phillies look like a solid fit for Moustakas.

1. Gerrit Cole, SP, Houston Astros

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Arguably the top free agent in this year's class, Gerrit Cole is coming off a monster year, in which he went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts. While the Houston Astros should make an effort to re-sign the 29-year-old, they will receive stiff competition from a number of other clubs, as Cole is expected to receive a massive deal. While Cole shot down rumors he wants to play on the west coast, teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels are still rumored to be in on his services. The New York Yankees may also get in on the bidding, putting the Astros in a real precarious spot to retain Cole, as they owe Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke a combined $65 million in 2020.

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