By Ross Sutton
Due to the fact that a large majority of the player movement during this historically boring offseason has been via trade, there is still a lot of premiere talent left on the free agent market. That being said, here are my predictions for where the top 10 remaining free agents will land.
After having a great season with the Colorado Rockies, Greg Holland has shown he is an extremely dependable closer. I see Holland’s best fit being with a team that is looking to contend this year, has been willing to spend this offseason, and needs a guy they can count on to shut it down in the ninth.
Predicted Landing Spot: Los Angeles Angels
Coming off of a career year with 38 home runs, Moustakas surprisingly has not received much interest on the free agent market. Due to this lack of interest, I think Moustakas might need to bet on himself and prove his value for next season. My prediction is that Moustakas will take a one year deal with a team that has a talented lineup that could allow him to see a lot of fastballs, and a stadium that is extremely beneficial to left-handed hitters.
Predicted Landing Spot: New York Yankees
After spending the second half of the 2017 season in New York with the Yankees, Todd Frazier proved that he can be a valuable part of a contending team, both on the field, and in the clubhouse. Frazier has also said multiple times that he loved playing in New York which is very close to his hometown of Toms River, New Jersey. I believe Frazier would be a great fit on a team that could use a veteran presence and can compete this season if healthy.
Predicted Landing Spot: New York Mets
Lance Lynn had a very solid season last year coming off of Tommy John surgery the year before. Lynn has developed a reputation as a guy that will take the ball every fifth day and give you a solid start. I see Lynn’s best fit being with a team whose rotation was a major disappointment last year and could use an innings-eater like Lynn.
Predicted Landing Spot: San Francisco Giants
Coming off of a solid season with a 3.66 ERA with the Tampa Bay Rays, Alex Cobb has shown he is a valuable part of a starting rotation. With the Rays now in rebuild mode, he is unlikely to re-sign with the team. The best fit for Cobb would be with a team that is looking for a cost-effective option for the starting rotation, has shown a lot of interest in him this offseason, and is very likely to lose their top starter from the last few seasons.
Predicted Landing Spot: Chicago Cubs
Lorenzo Cain is coming off of another great season with the Kansas City Royals and with the team’s tight budget, they are very unlikely to re-sign him this offseason. Cain’s best fit would be with a team that has shown they want to win now and desperately need a center fielder that can cover a lot of ground.
Predicted Landing Spot: San Francisco Giants
After another great season with the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta has shown that despite not being very effective early in his career, his success the last couple of seasons is no fluke and that he can be counted on in the playoffs. I believe Arrieta would fit best with a team that needs a top of the rotation arm to get themselves over the hump and into the playoffs.
Predicted Landing Spot: Milwaukee Brewers
Coming off of yet another solid season, the face of the Kansas City Royals over the last few seasons is now a free agent. After winning a World Series with the team in 2015, playing for a team that is looking to contend immediately might not be a priority for Hosmer when choosing where to sign this offseason. The best place for Hosmer to sign might be with a team that has reportedly already offered him a very lucrative seven year deal worth $147 million.
Predicted Landing Spot: Kansas City Royals
Yu Darvish is coming off of effective season with the Rangers and Dodgers. Probably due to his poor performances in the postseason, Darvish has not received a lot of interest this offseason. This, combined with the fact that Darvish is 31, might be lowering the price a team would have to pay for his services. This makes his best fit with a team that does not usually spend too much on free agents, has been linked to him a few times during the offseason, and would greatly benefit from having a true ace in their rotation.
Predicted Landing Spot: Minnesota Twins
While many expect J.D Martinez to eventually sign with the Boston Red Sox this offseason, I am not so convinced that is the best fit for Martinez. The Red Sox already have a strong, young group of outfielders on the current roster. Some would say that Martinez could simply be the designated hitter for the team, but he has previously stated this offseason that he wants the opportunity to play in the field every day, and that does not seem likely to happen if he were to sign with the Red Sox. Martinez and his agent Scott Boras also seem determined to get a seven year deal and the Red Sox have reportedly only offered him a five year deal. That being said, I believe that J.D Martinez fits better with a team that could potentially contend this year, has a hole in right field, and could be desperate to give their current superstar a reason to re-sign with the team next offseason.
Predicted Landing Spot: Toronto Blue Jays
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