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With MLB free agency right around the corner, we'll undoubtedly have numerous players trading in their old jerseys and ball caps for new ones. This has potential to be an all-time offseason spending spree, so let's take a look at the five most appealing players that'll be changing teams in 2019.
1. Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
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It's probably the worst kept secret in all of baseball that Harper is leaving the DMV area after the 2018 season. Many experts predict he'll wind up with the Philadelphia Phillies because of all the funds they have available, along with a young core primed for big things in the future. If not Philly, the New York Yankees are certainly in play since Harper grew up as a huge fan of them, while the Chicago Cubs are also an option since he's very close friends with fellow Nevada-native Kris Bryant.
2. Manny Machado (Los Angeles Dodgers)
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Speaking of New York and Philly, these are the likely two landing spots for Machado -- with the possibility of heading back to Los Angeles on the table as well. If the Dodgers make a considerable push in the postseason, that may be enough to keep the All-Star shortstop at Chavez Ravine. Oddly enough, Philly has an inordinate amount of money to sign both Harper and Machado, but the thought of the price tag on that final tab could be too rich for their blood.
3. A.J. Pollock (Arizona Diamondbacks)
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Pollock had a fractured thumb earlier this season that cost him a good chunk of games, and that seemed to limit his production at times. Regardless, he's still one of the most versatile players in the game, and shouldn't come at too high of a cost either. The D-Backs would love to hang on to Pollock, but there are a lot of guys on this roster commanding top-dollar this offseason. The possibilities where he could end up are endless -- who wouldn't want a five-tool outfielder with postseason experience?
4. Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins/Los Angeles Dodgers)
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Dozier got off to an incredibly slow start in 2018, but his career resume is one of the best among all free agents. Especially with so many teams looking for middle-infield help, he could get paid well in the right situation just based on need alone. Plenty of teams will likely be lining up around the block for Dozier's services.
5. Jed Lowrie (Oakland A's)
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Lowrie hasn't finished the regular season on a great note, but he did have a breakout 2018 campaign on many levels. Much like Dozier above, middle-infield help is something that will always be highly regarded, and Lowrie also possesses switch-hitting ability as well. The A's have a lot of young talent at middle-infield, so he'll likely be one of the expendable ones -- especially for a team that never spends top-dollar for their players.
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