While most of the attention will be on the winner of Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, a number of big-name players participating in Wednesday night's do-or-die final are entering MLB free agency this winter, in what could be an offseason that brings about major potential power shifts in both the American and National League landscapes.
There will be a ton of prized free agents teams will be vying for this offseason, but let's take a look at the top-3 talents currently playing in the World Series.
1. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals
Rendon put together an MVP-caliber season in 2019, which came almost as unexpectedly as the Nationals' World Series run in itself. The 29-year-old third baseman hit .319 with 34 home runs and 126 RBI in the regular season. He has even continued his success in the postseason, batting .339 with a couple of pivotal home runs in October. Rendon will, most certainly, demand a huge amount of money on the open market, especially at a position which isn't terribly deep. Currently in the heart of his prime, if the Nationals can't match the offers Rendon is likely to table, he could be on his way out of Washington in similar fashion to Bryce Harper.
2. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg's impressive Game 6 performance may have bumped up his future asking price this offseason, but even prior to that, the 31-year-old veteran starter was in position to command a huge raise. Going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in the 2019 regular season, plus a 1.98 ERA in October, Strasburg could fit the bill as an ace in almost any team's starting rotation. A number of clubs will surely make a run at the San Diego native this winter, but if the Nationals go on to win the World Series, he might be faced with a tough choice.
3. Gerrit Cole, SP, Houston Astros
Gerrit Cole is widely considered the top free-agent prize in all of baseball this offseason. He is 29 years old and coming off arguably the most impressive season of his MLB tenure, posting a career-best 20-5 record, career-best 2.50 ERA and career-high 326 strikeouts (212 1/3 innings pitched). There is a ton of discussion around just how much money Cole will demand, but it wouldn't be farfetched to see that number approach record highs for a pitcher. Cole is the type of player that could bring a major shift to the baseball landscape, and if he leaves the Astros, they would instantly take a step back. If he decides to join another 2020 World Series contender like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers or LA Angels, that impact could prove even greater. A number of players and teams should be waiting on the domino effect from Cole's free-agency decision before making any major moves themselves, so strap in, we could be in for another long offseason of waiting on free agents.
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