Best MLB free agents still looking for contracts
Ranking the best MLB free agents still looking for contracts
Now that spring training is just over the horizon, here is a look at the best MLB free agents still looking for contracts.
13. 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.
12. Mat Latos, RHP
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.
11. 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.
10. 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.
9. 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.
8. 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.
7. 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.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.