When it comes to the MLB free-agent outfield market, it's Aaron Judge and then everyone else.
Judge headlines the 2022-23 free agent class and should earn an enormous contract following an MVP-caliber year with the New York Yankees. Once he's off the board, clubs in need of outfield help will be looking at names like Brandon Nimmo, Andrew Benintendi and Joc Pederson.
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The Boston Red Sox recently signed center fielder Kiké Hernandez to a one-year contract extension, but they should still be in the market for outfielders this winter. Trade deadline addition Tommy Pham will be part of the 2022-23 free agent class and the outfield depth behind Hernandez and Verdugo isn't all that promising.
So, which players could they target? Here's a look at the top 10 outfielders who could hit free agency this offseason.
1. Aaron Judge
The Yankees of all teams wouldn't really let a superstar and face of the franchise like Judge slip away this offseason, would they? Regardless, Judge is set to earn a monster contract after a historic season in the Bronx.
UPDATE (Dec. 7): Judge has agreed to a massive nine-year, $360 contract with the Yankees to remain in New York, per multiple reports.
2. Brandon Nimmo
Nimmo may not be a household name, but he'll be one of the most valuable outfielders on the market this winter. The New York Mets center fielder will be coveted for his above-average glove and ability to get on base consistently.
UPDATE (Dec. 8): Nimmo is re-signing with the Mets on an eight-year, $162 million deal, per the New York Post.
3. Andrew Benintendi
Benintendi's brand new approach at the plate paid dividends as he earned his first MLB All-Star nod in 2022. The former Red Sox outfielder hasn't seen the same success since leaving the Kansas City Royals for the Yankees, but he's still one of the more intriguing names in a thin outfield market.
UPDATE (Dec. 16): Benintendi reportedly is signing a five-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.
4. Joc Pederson
Pederson's 2022 campaign with the San Francisco Giants has been one of the best of his career. The two-time All-Star has the second-best OPS of his career (.865) through 112 games. That, plus his reputation as a playoff performer, should put him on plenty of teams' radars this offseason.
UPDATE (Nov. 15): The Giants announced Pederson accepted their qualifying offer.
5. Mitch Haniger
Haniger has missed most of the 2022 season due to an ankle injury and didn't look the same upon returning to the Seattle Mariners lineup. Still, his stellar 2018 and 2021 seasons should be enough to entice clubs to sign him this winter.
UPDATE (Dec. 6): Haniger is headed to the San Francisco Giants on a three-year contract, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.
6. Joey Gallo
Teams should know what they're getting with Gallo at this point. Yankees fans got the full experience when he hit just .159 with 106 strikeouts and 12 homers in 82 games. A change of scenery has worked out for Gallo in L.A., so perhaps a bounce-back campaign could be in the cards next year.
UPDATE (Dec. 16): Gallo is joining the Minnesota Twins on a one-year contract, per reports.
7. Michael Conforto
Conforto sat out the 2022 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He also was a free agent last winter but couldn't land a major league contract. Now presumably fully healthy, the ex-Mets outfielder should have no problem joining a club in need of some pop in their lineup.
8. A.J. Pollock
After posting a .892 OPS with the Dodgers in 2021, Pollock didn't look the same after joining the Chicago White Sox for 2022. Age could be catching up to the former All-Star, but teams should be willing to give him a one-year "prove it" deal.
9. Tommy Pham
Pham showed with the Red Sox that he still has plenty left in the tank. Boston could look to bring the journeyman outfielder back for 2023 as a result.
10. Kevin Kiermaier
Kiermaier doesn't offer much of anything offensively at this point in his career, but his defensive prowess is second to none. He'll have no problem finding a job as long as the glove continues to work its magic.
UPDATE (Dec. 10): Kiermaier is signing with the Toronto Blue Jays.