5 Best MLB Free Agents Still on the Market
Spring Training is underway and the new baseball season is finally here! Most teams' rosters are close to set for 2020, but there are still some difference makers left on the free agent market.
Here are the top five free agents still available for the 2020 season.
5. Addison Russell
Addison Russell failed to live up to expectations for the Chicago Cubs, though he did show flashes when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, ranking 19th in NL MVP voting. Russell's batting average and K/BB ratio has always been relatively poor, but he's a plus defender and still has some upside at only 26 years old. He was serving a suspension to open the 2019 season and off-field issues could be keeping teams away, but somebody will likely take a shot on his potential.
4. Danny Salazar
It has been a frustrating couple years for Danny Salazar. The once up-and-coming prospect has now missed almost two full seasons in a row due to injury. Still, with a career ERA of 3.82 and 688 strikeouts in 591.1 innings, the 30-year old starter-reliever flex is a buy-low candidate that could pay huge dividends for a club, providing more upside than a less exciting weathered arm like Andrew Cashner or Matt Harvey.
3. Aaron Sanchez
This is a tricky one with a back and forth track record. Aaron Sanchez is a former All-Star and Cy Young candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016. He has also had injury struggles, and had an ERA over 5.00 in 2019. Last year a trade to the Houston Astros mildly revitalized his ability, and he earned two wins in four starts. Sanchez doesn't have much of a floor to speak of, but he's also flashed promising upside and is still just 27 years old.
2. Sam Dyson
Sam Dyson has put together a consistently dominant career as a reliever with sub-3.00 ERA's in four of his six full major league seasons. At age 31, his last two seasons have been some of his best, beating his career average with a 3.47 FIP in each. Bullpen is more important than ever in today's MLB, and Dyson shouldn't have trouble finding a new home.
1. Yasiel Puig
The clear and obvious top talent available in this year's MLB free agency has to be outfielder Yasiel Puig. It's possible he is unsigned because of the drama he sometimes brings to the clubhouse, but Puig is a passionate player with a cannon for an arm who can still hit effectively. The Cuban native batted .297 during his time with the Cleveland Indians last season, and had 24 HR and 84 RBI total in 2019. He also had 84 RBI in 2018, showing his consistency at the plate. Puig will be an immediate boost to the lineup of whatever team does end up inking him to a deal for 2020.
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