MLB Free Agents 2019-20: Top 10 infielders
It's a relatively underwhelming free-agent class this year, but there are several notable infielders set to hit the open market.
For the Red Sox, it'll be Brock Holt, Mitch Moreland, and Steve Pearce testing the free-agent waters although Pearce has stated he's contemplating retirement. As for Holt and Moreland, you'll only find one of them on this list.
Here are the top 10 free-agent infielders for the 2019-20 MLB offseason. . .
This list will be updated with notable opt-outs.
1. Anthony Rendon, 3B
Rendon is one of the best third basemen in the game and certainly up there as one of baseball's most underrated players. He's set to be the premier positional player on the market this winter, though he reportedly has recently had contract extension talks with the Nationals. Regardless of where he signs, he's going to earn a pretty penny.
UPDATE (Dec. 11): The Angels have won the Anthony Rendon sweepstakes, agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $245 million contract according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
After going through two injury-plagued seasons, Donaldson bounced back in a big way for the Braves blasting 37 homers with a .900 OPS. He proved he still deserves to be in the conversation when discussing the best third basemen in the league.
UPDATE (Jan. 14): Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
3. Didi Gregorius, SS
Gregorius wasn't himself after returning from Tommy John surgery in 2019, but that won't stop him from getting paid this offseason. "Sir Didi" will be a productive starting shortstop for the next several seasons, whether that be in the Bronx or elsewhere.
UPDATE (Dec. 10): Gregorius and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. NBC Sports Philly reports it's a $14 million deal.
4. Jose Abreu, 1B
By far the best first baseman set to hit the open market, Abreu enjoyed yet another great offensive season with the White Sox in 2019 hitting 33 homers while driving in an American League-leading 123 runs.
UPDATE (Nov. 22): Abreu has agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract with the White Sox.
5. Scooter Gennett, 2B
Gennett emerged as one of the top second basemen in the league by putting up great numbers in 2017 and 2018. A severe groin strain caused him to miss time in 2019, though, and he saw a sizeable dip in his production upon returning. Still, teams in need of infield help would be foolish not to strongly consider adding the former All-Star.
6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Let's not forget Schoop was an All-Star who hit 32 homers and drove in 102 runs just two years ago. After a down 2018 season, we saw flashes of that version of Schoop with the Twins in '19 and that should help him on the open market this time around.
UPDATE (Dec. 21): Schoop will remain in the AL Central after signing a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.
7. Brian Dozier, 2B
Dozier's 42-homer 2016 season was an anomaly, but the veteran is still a good bet for 20+ homers in a season. For teams looking to add a middle infielder on a short-term deal, he's a solid option.
8. Asdrubal Cabrera, UTIL
Cabrera has been around the block in his 13-year MLB career playing for six different teams, and the veteran could make it seven as he hits free agency this offseason. The utilityman is coming off a campaign in which he hit .260 and totaled 18 homers with the Rangers and Nationals.
UPDATE (Jan. 4): Cabrera will return to Washington, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
9. Brock Holt, UTIL
Holt has been the heart and soul of the Red Sox clubhouse and an integral part of the roster over the last seven seasons, filling in holes at several positions. If the Sox don't re-sign their prized utilityman, whichever team does sign him will be getting a solid all-around player and an even better person.
10. Jose Iglesias, SS
The smooth-fielding ex-Red Sox shortstop is coming off a productive season with the Reds in which he hit .288 with 11 homers.
UPDATE (Jan. 7): Iglesias will return to the A.L. East, signing a one-year, $3 million deal (with a club option for 2021) with the Orioles.