In the course of the previous few weeks, we’ve seen many of the marquee free agents come off the board, with greater than $3 billion in contracts signed by 5 dozen gamers.
MLB.com takes a have a look at 10 potential commerce candidates who might be on the transfer between now and Opening Day (gamers listed alphabetically by final title):
With Eric Hosmer and No. 2 prospect Triston Casas forward of him on the depth chart at first base, Dalbec is a person with no position on the Crimson Sox roster. The 27-year-old had a stable 2021 season (25 house runs, .792 OPS), however he managed simply 12 homers and a .652 OPS in 117 video games in 2022, struggling to recapture his efficiency from the prior two seasons. Boston has let groups know that Dalbec is accessible, with Tampa Bay reportedly expressing curiosity.
Having already misplaced Xander Bogaerts to free company, the Crimson Sox will certainly really feel stress to signal Devers to a multi-year extension. Devers is alleged to be in search of greater than $300 million, and based on a supply, Boston’s early gives are effectively in need of that whole. Will Boston be taught a lesson from the Bogaerts scenario? If the membership and Devers are far aside in extension talks, the Crimson Sox might look to maneuver Devers with one 12 months remaining till he turns into a free agent relatively than risking him signing elsewhere with nothing to point out for it apart from Draft-pick compensation.
The Mariners have loads of beginning pitching depth, with Robbie Ray, Luis Castillo, Logan Gilbert, Marco Gonzales and George Kirby becoming a member of Flexen and top pitching prospect Emerson Hancock. Seattle appears unlikely to signal a big-money free agent, so its greatest avenue to filling its remaining holes is the commerce market – which occurs to be president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto’s specialty. Flexen was moved to the bullpen final season when the Mariners traded for Castillo, so transferring him to a membership in search of rotation assist would appear to make sense.
The White Sox have fielded quite a few calls on their All-Star nearer, and though Chicago isn’t actively purchasing Hendriks, there’s a real looking risk he might be moved. The White Sox might use upgrades at second base, within the nook outfield spots and within the beginning rotation, so a Hendriks deal might assist cowl a number of of these positions. Hendriks has a restricted no-trade clause that enables him to dam a deal to 5 unspecified groups, giving the White Sox a big selection of golf equipment to speak to in regards to the nearer.
Now that Willson Contreras, Christian Vázquez and Mike Zunino have all landed free-agent offers and the Braves traded for Sean Murphy, the main target of the catching market turns to Toronto, the place the Blue Jays have three stable backstops on their roster. Jansen seems to be the probably to be traded, although Toronto might deal Gabriel Moreno or Alejandro Kirk if the value is true. The Rays, D-backs, Astros, Crimson Sox and Cubs are among the many groups seeking to improve behind the plate, placing the Blue Jays in a powerful place.
López was a well-liked commerce goal previous to final summer season’s deadline, and that was earlier than he threw a career-high 180 innings. After going to an arbitration listening to with the Marlins final 12 months — the membership gained — it appears unlikely that Miami will signal him to a long-term extension, even after Cy Younger winner Sandy Alcantara signed a five-year, $56 million extension a 12 months in the past. If the Marlins can deal López for a controllable bat — suppose Minnesota’s Luis Arráez — a deal might come to fruition, particularly with high prospects Eury Pérez, Jake Eder and Dax Fulton knocking on the massive league door. López is beneath membership management by means of the 2024 season.
Shortly earlier than the Winter Conferences, Reynolds requested a commerce out of Pittsburgh, formally placing him on the commerce block. That’s to not say the All-Star outfielder will likely be moved between now and Opening Day; sources say the Pirates’ asking worth is understandably excessive, as Reynolds — who has 51 house runs, 152 RBIs, 54 doubles and an .861 OPS in 304 video games because the begin of 2021 — is beneath membership management by means of the 2025 season.
An All-Star in every of the previous two years, Soto is beneath membership management by means of 2025, making him an reasonably priced, engaging commerce candidate for plenty of golf equipment. Given the costs that relievers have commanded so far within the offseason, Soto might deliver again a pleasant package deal of gamers and/or prospects if the Tigers determined to deal him.
Assuming that Oswald Peraza and/or Anthony Volpe get an opportunity to interrupt camp with the Yankees this spring, New York may have a glut of infielders on its roster. Torres is a 12 months away from free company, set to earn no less than $9 million in his closing 12 months of arbitration; given the Yankees’ want so as to add one other beginning pitcher in addition to a bullpen piece or two, the 26-year-old might be moved in an effort to trim some payroll. D.J. LeMahieu might assume second-base duties, whereas Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Volpe, Peraza and Oswaldo Cabrera is also within the combine if Torres will get traded.
Arizona acquired Kyle Lewis final month, including a much-needed right-handed bat to its left-leaning outfield combine. With 4 younger lefty-hitting outfielders — Varsho, Jake McCarthy, Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll – on the roster, the D-backs will probably look to maneuver one in all them so as to add one other right-handed bat someplace within the infield. Varsho has already drawn curiosity from plenty of golf equipment, together with the Astros.