MLB free agency: Top 10 position players available this offseason
Time to bolster that lineup
The MLB hot stove currently is at a slow simmer. Just like past offseasons, it's taking a while for team and free agents to feel out the market.
So, while we wait for things to heat up, let's take a look at 10 of the best position players on the free agent market.
10. Yasiel Puig --- Outfielder
Puig your free agent find?
For the first time since coming over from Cuba in 2012, Puig will test the open market.
Puig's biggest contract is behind him. He won't get anything bigger than the seven-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Dodgers as an international free agent in 2012.
While it's not a popular opinion, we still believe in Puig's raw talent. Some team will get him on a cost-effective deal, and they will likely be happy with what they get.
9. Corey Dickerson -- Outfielder
Sorry Giants fans, this isn't that Dickerson.
This Dickerson has been an All-Star and has won a Gold Glove.
But Corey Dickerson is a few years removed from those honors and he will have to rebuild his value after an injury-plagued 2019 season.
Teams won't have to break the bank to sign the 30-year-old, so expect a lot of clubs to be interested.
8. Avisail Garcia -- Outfielder
Garcia doesn't come with the accolades of the other players on this list, but we are a big believer in his talents.
When he was with the Tigers, Garcia was thought to be a young Miguel Cabrera. The 28-year-old never lived up to that hype, but he's still become a solid everyday player.
Garcia is a few seasons removed from hitting .330 and making his only All-Star team, but we know the potential to reach those standards is still there.
We expect Garcia to outperform whatever team-friendly contract he signs this winter.
7. Mike Moustakas -- Third baseman
Moustakas was supposed to be part of the Royals core that kept them relevant for a long time.
Instead, Moustakas is now searching for his third major league team.
That's not a bad thing considering Moustakas is coming off a 35-homer season. But the third base market is deep, so Moose likely will have to wait until Rendon and Donaldson come off the board before finding a home.
6. Didi Gregorious -- Shortstop
It took a few season for Gregorious to figure things out, but in 2017 and 2018, he was one of the best players on the Yankees.
Tommy John surgery, rare for position players, kept Gregorious out for the first half of the 2019 season. When he returned to New York's lineup, he was good, but not the same player he had been.
Now, with a full season to rest, Gregorious should revert back to his 25-home, 85-RBI production.
But the market isn't flush with teams looking for a soon-to-be 30-year-old shortstop, so this could be a long winter for Gregorious.
5. Josh Donaldson -- Third baseman
The Bringer of Rain brought back his value in 2019.
After an injury-plagued 2018 season, Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves, and he looked like his old MVP self.
Donaldson played in 155 games, belted 37 homers and drove in 94 runs.
Now, the former AL MVP is poised for a major payday.
4. Yasmani Grandal -- Catcher
All-Star catchers don't often hit the free agent market.
In Grandal's case, he's ready to cash in. After waiting until January to sign a one-year, $16 million contract with the Brewers, the 31-year-old backstop is expected to sign a long-term contract this winter.
Grandal has hit at least 22 homers in each of the last four seasons and there's no reason he can't reach that number for a few more years.
There will be no shortage of teams lining up to sign the two-time All-Star.
3. Marcell Ozuna -- Outfielder
Like Castellanos, Ozuna has age on his side as he just turned 29. A multi-year contract won't look so bad because Ozuna is on the right side of 30.
Wherever he signs, Ozuna will bring power with him. In five seasons in Miami, Ozuna clubbed 96 homers. In two seasons with the Cardinals, he hit 52 homers.
If you need 25 homers and 90 RBI on a reasonably priced contract, Ozuna is your guy.
2. Nicolas Castellanos -- Outfielder
Other rankings have Castellanos a little bit lower than this, but we are all in on the former Tiger and Cub because of his age and his increased production the last three seasons.
Castellanos, who turns 28 just before the 2020 season begins, led the majors with 58 doubles this past season. In 888 games over parts of seven seasons, the former first-round draft pick has 229 doubles.
Over the last three seasons, Castellanos has started to tap into his power, belting 26, 23 and 27 homers respectively.
We see a bright future for the young outfielder.
1. Anthony Rendon -- Third baseman
Rendon isn't quite the generational talent like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were last winter, but the former National third baseman is still pretty darn good.
The 29-year-old finished third in NL MVP voting, made his first All-Star team this past season and led all of baseball in RBI with 126.
Every team would love to have Rendon, but only a few will be able to afford him. The former No. 6 overall draft pick will likely command a contract worth well over $200 million.
But like Harper and Machado, this contract negotiation could drag out well into January or February.