2019 MLB Free Agency Outlook + Predictions

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2019 MLB Free Agency Outlook + Predictions

Ethan Schwam

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Free agency in the MLB is upon us, which means it is time for some of the league’s best players to make their decisions on where they will play next season and beyond. There are so many headline players ready to sign a new contract, among those, MVP runner-up Anthony Rendon, and Cy Young Award runner-up Gerrit Cole. Also, household names such as Stephen Strasburg, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna hit the open market. Many players like the ones mentioned above have not signed new contracts yet, but some big names have. Mike Moustakas signed with the Cardinals recently, and closer Will Smith inked a deal with the Braves just as free agency began, while the best catcher on the market, Yasmani Grandal, made a deal with the White Sox happen. Nevertheless, there are still a ton of good players on the market, and here are my predictions for the landing spots and contracts for eight of the best remaining free agents.

 

 

  • Gerrit Cole – Yankees: 8 Years, $268 Million

 

Although Cole has implied that he wants to pitch in the west coast for the rest of his career, the New York Yankees have tons of money to spend, and some pitching needs, so they could potentially pay up for the best pitcher on the market to put on the pinstripes. 

 

  • Anthony Rendon – Nationals: 8 years, $244 Million

 

Rendon has many suitors outside of his former team, but I believe that the Nats will resign him due to the fact that they just won the world series, still have a formidable playoff squad, and Rendon gets to stay home and ink a deal in DC. 

 

  • Stephen Strasburg – Padres: 6 Years, $186 Million

 

Strasburg is from southern California, right where the Padres play. They have the money, and the need for Strasburg, so possibly a hefty offer to him could get the job done for the Padres and let Strasburg come back home. 

 

  • Zack Wheeler – Twins: 5 Years, $120 Million

 

Reports have surfaced that the bidding for Wheeler has reached $100 million, so it is almost certain he will land a deal in that range. The Twins have a low payroll and a playoff appearance last year, with their only true need being pitching, so it is certainly realistic to seem them potentially break the bank for Zack. 

 

  • Josh Donaldson – Rangers: 3 Years, $66 Million

 

The Rangers seem to be in on third basemen this free agency, snd Donaldson would be the perfect acquisition to open up their new stadium. He is a power hitting, right-handed bat that is much desirable for Texas and could help them make a playoff push. 

 

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu – Angels: 3 Years, $51 Million

 

Ryu will be staying in LA, just not with his former team, the Dodgers. The Angels are looking for a big-name pitcher to fill their pitching woes from the last few seasons, and the lefty Ryu may just be their perfect choice. 

 

  • Didi Gregorious – Reds: 3 Years, $39 Million

 

Coming off of a bit of a injury-prone season, Didi wants to still command lots of money in free agency. The Yankees surprisingly did not extend a qualifying offer to him, so Didi hits the open market and will be the Reds’ second big acquisition along with Mike Moustakas. 

 

  • Nick Castellanos – White Sox: 3 Years, $54 Million

 

The power bat in Castellanos is a perfect fit for the Sox, who are looking to make another splash after signing Yasmani Grandal. A DH type player, he may be a liability in the field, but he is a perfect bat to add to a potentially loaded White Sox lineup. 

 

Where will the best players in free agency end up landing? Who will get a massive contract? Find out as free agency starts to buzz in MLB this winter.