Dallas Keuchel

Top 5 MLB Free Agents Who Will Sign Next

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After months of uncertainty, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado can no longer call themselves free agents. It took until the end of February, but the two top MLB free agents have found homes in Philadelphia and San Diego, respectively.

However, the same can't be said for a bunch of other members of this year's free-agent class. There are still plenty of All-Stars available as we enter March, players who recently helped win pennants and World Series titles. There's enough talent left on the open market that a team made solely of free agents would probably win 85 games.

With that in mind, here are the top five MLB free agents who will be next to sign.

5. Carlos González, OF

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Carlos Gonzalez was the focus of trade rumors leading up to his free agency, but now that he has hit the open market, no one seems to want him. CarGo hasn't reached the heights of his incredible 2010 season in recent seasons, but he was an All-Star in 2016. In 2018, he hit .276 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI and is easily one of the best outfielders on the market.

4. Adam Jones, OF

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Speaking of top outfielders, Adam Jones was a five-time All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles and hit 25 or more home runs in every season from 2011 to 2017. Jones had a .281 batting average with a .313 OBP in 2018 and smacked 15 homers. Jones may be 32, but he can still hit and provide solid defense in the outfield for a contending team.

3. Gio Gonzalez, SP

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Many baseball pundits thought Gio Gonzalez made himself some money with the way he pitched down the stretch for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. But apparently that's not the case. Gonzalez is still unsigned, despite being just a year removed from a 2.96 ERA with the Nationals and pitching to a 2.13 ERA in his final five starts of the 2018 season with the Brewers. He's the second best starting pitcher that's still available, meaning some team is likely going to get an All-Star at a discount price. 

2. Craig Kimbrel, RP

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Craig Kimbrel was an All-Star in 2018 and won a World Series with the Red Sox, yet here he is. He's been an All-Star seven of the last eight years, only missing while on the Padres in 2015. In his last two seasons, Kimbrel has pitched to a 1.43 and 2.74 ERA and saved a total of 77 games. With so many teams putting a focus on high-leverage relievers, it's bizarre that one of the best closers in the game is still a free agent. Kimbrel will be signed soon, he has to.

1. Dallas Keuchel, SP

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There is no reason that Dallas Keuchel should still be available in March. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner was an All-Star in 2017, when he pitched to a 2.90 ERA, and even in a down year in 2018, the lefty still had a serviceable 3.74 ERA. Keuchel is still better than most starters in the Majors, as is apparent by his top-50 starting pitcher average draft position, despite not having a team for 2019. The fact that a former Cy Young Award winner is still unsigned says a lot about the current state of Major League Baseball contracts. 

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