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Ranking the best MLB free agents still available


Ranking the best MLB free agents still available

With the 2016 season now just six weeks away, the MLB offseason should in theory start truly heating up. The market has moved slowly in terms of position players with several big stars still out there.

Now that spring training is just over the horizon, here is a look at the best MLB free agents still looking for contracts:


1. Justin Upton, LF - It has been over two weeks since Jason Heyward - the top position player free agent - signed with the Cubs. That made Upton the biggest name out there. He's 28 and is coming off an All-Star season. One has to imagine he signs soon.

2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF/CF - The Mets have already given up hope of signing Cespedes and reports now have the White Sox and Orioles as the most likely landing spots. Wherever he goes, he's expected to make well north of $100 million.

3. Alex Gordon, LF - Like Cespedes, Gordon appears very unlikely to return to his former team, the Kansas City Royals. Gordon is older than Upton and Cespedes - he turns 32 in February - but he's coming off his third straight All-Star season and has one of the best gloves in the business.

4. Chris Davis, 1B - Davis had a sizable offer from the Orioles, but it appears both sides are playing hardball. Davis hit 47 homers last year and could produce a domino effect in the free agent market once he does sign, wherever that is.

5. Dexter Fowler, CF - Fowler has not received much interest this winter given the depth at his position, but he provides solid value with a .363 career OBP. He also hit 17 homers and stole 20 bases in 2015.

6. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP - Chen is a 30-year-old lefty who has improved his ERA in three straight seasons. He was very good with a 3.34 ERA in 191 1/3 innings last season in the AL East.

7. Howie Kendrick, 2B - Daniel Murphy signing with the Nationals should help Kendrick receive more interest in free agency. He's 32, but had another good year at the plate with a .295/.336/.409 slash-line in 2015.

8. Ian Desmond, SS - Desmond has had trouble finding interest as a shortstop, which has raised questions of whether he would switch positions to either second base or the outfield. It will be interesting to see how much money he gets if he is signed to play in a different spot.

9. Yovani Gallardo, RHP - Gallardo turns 30 in February, but has been consistently good with a 3.69 ERA over the last seven seasons. He is also durable with at least 180 innings pitched in each of those years.

10. Denard Span, CF - Span has been working out for interested teams to show he is recovering well from left hip surgery. When healthy, he's one of the best free agents of this class. But he needs to prove that he is fine physically as a guy who relies on speed and defensive range.

11. Gerardo Parra, LF - Parra, 28, is a left-handed bat who hit .291 with 14 homers, 14 steals and 51 RBI in 2015. He's not great, but he would provide value to most teams, depending on the role he would accept.

12. Doug Fister, RHP - Fister is navigating through free agency at a tough time, as he is coming off the worst season of his career. Given he was so good from 2011 through 2014 - he had a 3.11 ERA in 116 games - there's a good chance that this past season was an aberration.

13. Mat Latos, RHP - Like Fister, Latos is banking on teams looking past his 2015 season and hoping he can regain the form he held in previous years. Latos had a 3.27 ERA from 2010 through 2014.

14. Ian Kennedy, RHP - With a 4.25 ERA in the past three seasons, Kennedy may have to wait until closer to spring training to sign, if he plans on letting the market for starting pitchers play out a little more.


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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats. 


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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.

Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:

It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.

Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.