MLB Rumors: Predicting Where the Top Five MLB Free Agent Hitters Will Land

Jason Radowitz predicts where the top five MLB free agent hitters will go.
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MLB Rumors: Predicting Where the Top Five MLB Free Agent Hitters Will Land

Hitting just got much more important in the MLB. With the MLB adding the designated hitter universally in the league, old players that can't field but can still hit are now hot commodities.

Yes, I'm talking about guys like Nelson Cruz, who now has 30 options instead of half of those options previously.

Anyway, here are the top five best hitters available in the MLB free agency post-lockout.

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Top Five MLB Free Agent Hitters

1. Carlos Correa

2. Trevor Story

3. Freddie Freeman

4. Nick Castellanos

5. Kris Bryant

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Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa has been linked to so many different teams it's hard to keep up. But honestly, I'd be shocked if Correa didn't become a Yankee. The Yankees are going to go all out in free agency this year. They can't let Steve Cohen and the Mets steal all of their thunder.

Maybe the Yankees even go after another big free agent along with Correa. But also Correa would fit nicely in Detroit and doesn't look bad in maroon and gold in Houston. But overall, Correa is the best player possible and there are many teams still in the hunt from what I can tell.

Trevor Story

Many will view Trevor Story as the consolation prize for not getting Correa. But Story could really be a stud if he gets out of Colorado. If he gets to play in a big market and performs, Story could really be one of the best shortstops in the game. He's got all of the tools from power to his glove.

But at the end of the day, if the Astros lose Correa, they might have to go out and get Story. Do the Astros want to continue to be competitive or what? Story and Bregman on the left side of the infield sound pretty appealing to me and the Astros get a discount on Story.

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Freddie Freeman

It would be really sad to see Freddie Freeman leave the Braves. But it sounds more likely day-by-day. Freeman went through it all with Atlanta and helped win a World Series. Now he's asking for so much and the Braves are stepping back and not agreeing with him.

There are teams like the Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers who are willing to open up their pockets for the former MVP. Again, now with the DH available on every team, Freeman kind of fits anywhere. Those big market teams are going to want him.

Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos is a machine at the plate. He's got 168 career home runs and would be paired next to a left-handed bat like Bryce Harper if he signed with the Phillies. Imagine having to face Harper and Castellanos back-to-back.

My goodness. If Castellanos wants to make an impact with a team, the Phillies seem like that team. That would be a ridiculous outfield. You'd basically be replacing Andrew McCutchen with Nick Castellanos. That would be insane.

Kris Bryant

As a Mets fan, I want to be biased. But I won't be. I think Kris Bryant ends up with the Mariners. Seattle showed that they could be competitive last season and adding a right-handed bat that can play third base is exactly what they need.

Bryant destroys lefties and he's also flexible and can play many other positions. The Mariners should do whatever they can to bring him in.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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