MLB Free Agents 2019-20: Top 10 outfielders
Barring any surprises (a Mookie Betts trade, perhaps?), the Red Sox likely won't be in the market for a premier outfielder this offseason. But the same can't be said for a bunch of other MLB teams lacking outfield depth.
So who are the best options on the open market this winter? Here's a look at the top 10 free-agent outfielders. . .
This list will be updated to include notable opt-outs.
1. Nicholas Castellanos, RF
Castellanos was sensational after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs at the 2019 trade deadline. The soon-to-be 28-year-old hit .321 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, and a 1.002 OPS in 51 games with Chicago. He's a good bet to hit around .300 with 25+ homers, which obviously will make him a coveted option this winter.
UPDATE (Jan. 27): Castellanos is heading to the Cincinnati Reds on a multi-year contract, according to The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal.
2. Marcell Ozuna, LF
Ozuna is proving his worth so far in the postseason as he's been raking vs. the Braves in the NLDS. That'll certainly help his free-agent value, but his slugging ability has never really been in question. The two-time All-Star hit .243 with 29 homers and 89 RBI in 2019.
UPDATE (Jan. 21): Ozuna has signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced.
3. Yasiel Puig, RF
Puig isn't the MVP-caliber player we thought he could be back in 2013, but he still brings plenty of value to a major league roster. The ex-Dodgers slugger, although as streaky as they come, would fit seamlessly into the middle of countless big-league lineups.
4. Brett Gardner, LF
Somehow, at age 36, Gardner just produced the best offensive season of his 12-year MLB career. He notched career highs in home runs (28), RBI (74), and OPS (.829). I could see the Yankees veteran returning to New York on a short-term deal, but plenty of other teams could use his services.
UPDATE (Dec. 12): Gardner will return to the Yankees, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $12.5 million deal that includes an option for a second season.
5. Avisail Garcia, RF
Tampa Bay signed Garcia to a one-year deal last winter and has to be pretty pleased with what it got from him at the plate. The right-handed slugger hit .282 with 20 homers in 2019 and should be a solid pickup for any team in need of some pop in their lineup next season.
UPDATE (Dec. 16): Garcia has agreed to a two-year, $20M deal with the Brewers, per Jon Heyman.
6. Corey Dickerson, LF
Dickerson missed most of the 2019 campaign due to injury but was productive at the plate while he was active. In 77 games between Pittsburgh and Philidelphia, the former All-Star and Gold Glove award winner hit .293 with eight homers and a .886 OPS.
UPDATE (Jan. 6): Dickerson has signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with the Miami Marlins.
7. Cameron Maybin, RF
Maybin revitalized his career upon joining the Yankees last spring. The journeyman outfielder hit .285 with 11 homers and a .858 OPS in 82 games with New York. Regression is an obvious concern, but plenty of teams will take a chance on Maybin after witnessing that kind of production.
8. Adam Jones, RF
Jones' days as one of the game's best outfielders are far behind him but he should still get some attention on the open market this winter. The four-time Gold Glover and five-time All-Star hit .260 with 16 homers during his lone season in Arizona.
UPDATE (Dec. 10): Jones has signed a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes and will play in Japan.
9. Gerardo Parra, LF
Parra likely won't find himself starting on an MLB roster next season at this point in his career but could still be a valuable bench outfielder. The two-time Gold Glover saw improvement at the plate after moving on from the Giants to the Nationals in 2019.
UPDATE (Nov. 20): Parra signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants.
10. Jarrod Dyson, CF
Dyson isn't going to be picked up by any teams in the market for a slugging outfielder, but he provides a speedy option off the bench. He's stolen 25+ bases in seven of his 10 MLB seasons.