The Major League Baseball offseason is still months away but that won’t stop our free agent watching. This years class of free agents includes several key All-Stars including starting pitchers David Price and Johnny Cueto as well as another big name starter that could opt out in Zach Greinke.
While the focus will be on the top tier starting pitching the number of top hitters is solid as well. This group includes players like outfielders Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes and Jason Heyward. Other names that stand out include first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters who both look to move on from Baltimore.
Here is a quick look at where a few of these stars could land around Major League Baseball during free agency.
David Price: The Detroit Tigers starter will be the main focus among all the options on the mound. Look for the Tigers to make a run at him after Price pitched to a 9-2 record with the fourth lowest earned run average in the American League. That being said if the Dodgers lose out on Greinke we like his chance to move out West.
Zach Greinke: At this point we expect Greinke to opt out of his final year of a three year $71 million dollar deal he signed with the Dodgers. This opens him up for another pay day. One team that could be a sleeper that many could look past is the Orioles who could lose as many as nine players this offseason.
Matt Wieters: Wieters is a big force behind how well the Orioles pitching staff has done over the past few seasons. Unfortuantly for the Orioles, Wieters is represented by Scott Boras who will be looking for a big time pay day this offseason something that likely won’t come from Baltimore. This opens up the door for Wieters to sign with the Atlanta Braves as he played his college ball at Georgia Tech and has a home in Atlanta.
Justin Upton: The top power hitting option on the market this offseason could be Justin Upton. Upton is hitting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 48 runs batted in. That being said he does play half of his game at Petco Park in San Diego a stadium that is more of a pitchers ball park. Upton could find his way to the east coast this offseason either with the New York Mets or Yankees. Both teams will need to add some younger talent in the outfield with Carlos Beltran and Curtis Granderson getting older.
Johnny Cueto: Los Angeles Angels could be a nice landing spot for the Cincinnati Reds starter but teams like the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers could make a hard run. Cueto is line for a very nice pay day this offseason and adding him to the Astros roster could make them a legit title contender next season despite being in first for most of the first half of 2015.
Other landing spots for a few other players include:
Chris Davis – Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmerman – Texas Rangers
Jason Heyward – Baltimore Orioles
Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
Yoenis Cespedes – Miami Marlins