MLB Rumors: One Free Agent Each Team Should Sign
MLB Rumors: One Free Agent Each Team Should Sign
We'll be watching regular-season games in the MLB a month from now. However, due to the 99-day lockout, there are still so many players in the free agency pool looking for a new home.
Those players are going to start to sign with teams in the next couple of weeks to prepare for the season. Therefore, we've put together a list looking at the best possible free agent for each team's roster.
Here's the list of one player each team should sign in the MLB free agency.
Baltimore Orioles - SP Garrett Richards
The Baltimore Orioles obviously need pitching help. For Baltimore, Richards has potential, despite having an ERA of 5 with the Red Sox last year. He would be an innings eater and a guy that can help the younger guys develop.
Boston Red Sox - RP Kenley Jansen
I think it's time for the Red Sox to move on from Matt Barnes. After the all-star break, Barnes allowed an ERA of 6.48. He literally lost the closer role and wasn't even on the AL Championship Series roster.
Go give Jansen a call, who had a 2.22 ERA in 69 innings with the Dodgers.
Tampa Bay Rays - 1B Colin Moran
For a while, the Pirates were considered the Colin Moran's because he was the only guy doing anything for the Pirates at times. He's a left-handed bat that has plenty of power. I mean, come on, he's such a Rays player. .258 average, 10 home runs, and 50 RBIs in 318 at-bats. That's what the Rays want!
New York Yankees - SS Carlos Correa
The Yankees need to make a splash and the only acceptable splash is getting Carlos Correa. Correa is a franchise player and likely the best player you can get in this year's free agency. The Yankees need to do something to their lineup this season and adding Correa is the only acceptable way to go.
Toronto Blue Jays - 2B Donovan Solano
The Blue Jays are pretty much set in the infield except for second base. Solano had an OBP of .340 in his last three seasons with the San Francisco Giants and would be an actual second baseman with everyday experience.
Minnesota Twins - RP Colin McHugh
The Twins will be fine offensively. It's pitching that they'll need to address. Last season, Colin McHugh took big strides and did whatever the Rays needed from opening games to closing games. The movement on his pitches was nasty and he was just impossible to hit throughout the season. Go get him, Twins!
Cleveland Guardians - OF Jorge Soler
I think Cleveland now realized what they lost in Eddie Rosario by giving up on him so quickly. If the Guardians want, they can go and offer Jorge Soler and bring some offense back into the lineup, adding him into the division that he's comfortable with and knows very well.
Detroit Tigers - RP Andrew Chafin
Chafin is going to be a hot commodity. He might end up going to a legitimate contender who is willing to pay a little bit more for relief pitching. Either way, if the Tigers can get Chafin into their bullpen, that would be a huge win. He had an ERA of 1.83 in 68.2 innings last season. There are not many relievers putting up those numbers right now. The Tigers would win way more games with a better bullpen.
Chicago White Sox - OF Michael Conforto
The White Sox have so many right-handed bats in their lineup. It's time to get some left-handed power. Conforto didn't have the best season last year and he kind of was a letdown. But in a lineup like the White Sox, Conforto wouldn't have as much pressure and can relax and just play baseball again. Conforto would be an insane addition to the White Sox.
Kansas City Royals - RP Ryan Tepera
I don't care which relief pitcher it is. But the Royals need relief help. The offense is young and talented and the starting pitching staff has potential. Go get Ryan Tepera, who threw a 2.79 ERA in 61.1 innings of work.
Oakland Athletics - OF Odubel Herrera
The A's lost Mark Canha to the Mets and will have Ramon Laureano suspended for a solid portion of 2022. The A's likely won't go after the big names so instead, go get Herrera who is versatile. It's crazy that Herrera is only 29 and it seems like he's been in the league forever.
Seattle Mariners - 3B Kris Bryant
If the Mariners think they're going to compete again next year, go get Kris Bryant. Add a right-handed bat that can smash lefties. Bryant can also play 1B or the outfield along with the 3B. Adding Bryant puts the Mariners in contention in the division.
Los Angeles Angels - RP Brad Hand
I don't want to use other relief pitchers. But if the Angels went and got Tepera or Jensen, that would be fine too. Just go out and find some relief help. The Angels have a star-studded team with two MVP caliber players and now a starting rotation that has Noah Syndergaard in it. Go get relief help!
Houston Astros - SS Trevor Story
The Astros want to remain competitive. Despite losing out on Carlos Correa, the Astros should look into signing Trevor Story. Story and Bregman would be a great duo on the left side of the infield and would be extremely fun to watch. Story isn't Correa but has the potential to put up Correa-like numbers, especially in Houston.
Texas Rangers - OF Seiya Suzuki
The Rangers have already done so much in free agency. They've committed to finally winning. So now they should go out and sign Japanese outfielder, Seiya Suzuki. He's hit 189 career home runs in nine years and could be an absolute gem. He would add so much to this roster.
New York Mets - SP Yusei Kikuchi
The Mets already have Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer but they'll need a left-handed starter that has legitimate potential like Kikuchi. He's got to limit walks and home runs, but I'm sure deGrom can help him with that! He didn't have the best second half last year but as a number five pitcher, Kikuchi would fit right in for the Mets.
Atlanta Braves - 1B Kyle Schwarber
If the Braves actually lose out on Freddie Freeman to the Dodgers, the Braves will have to go extra hard on Kyle Schwarber. They'll need a power bat from the left-handed side that can do a lot of the things that Freeman did. Schwarber isn't Freeman but he eases the blow a little bit.
Miami Marlins - OF Nick Castellanos
The Marlins already added Avisail Garcia. Imagine Nick Castellanos following him. There would be so much power in the Marlins lineup. And honestly, the Marlins have a lot of potential with a terrific starting rotation that is young and flat-out good. Castellanos might want to join a contender, but the Marlins are going to be really good soon if they can just start spending.
Washington Nationals - SP Carlos Martinez
Don't expect the Nationals to do much this season. After trading away Trea Turner and Max Scherzer last season, it's clear that the Nationals are in rebuild mode. However, they need a guy to eat innings. Carlos Martinez can be that guy. He has potential and has shown it throughout his career. Maybe the Nationals think that they can get more out of him.
Philadelphia Phillies - OF Nick Castellanos
Alright, sorry Marlins. Castellanos would look better in Philadelphia. Castellanos and Bryce Harper in the same lineup would be absolutely deadly. Harper is putting up ridiculous numbers recently and Castellanos would be the perfect bat in front of Harper in the three-spot. It just makes too much sense. The Phillies need to steal Castellanos away from Miami!
Milwaukee Brewers - DH Nelson Cruz
The Milwaukee Brewers have all the pitching, but what about hitting? With the DH in place, Nelson Cruz would be the perfect fit for the Milwaukee Brewers. The offense lagged a bunch last season and having a power hitter like Cruz in the lineup could change a lot of things.
Pittsburgh Pirates - SP Tyler Anderson
I don't know if the Pirates will do anything, but the best-case scenario would be to re-add Tyler Anderson to the team. Anderson joined a contending Mariners team last season so it would be hard to think that Anderson would pack up and go back to Pittsburgh to lose. Anyway, the Pirates need help everywhere. We'll see if they do anything.
Cincinnati Reds - OF Tommy Pham
If the Reds lost out on Nick Castellanos, the Reds will need some help in the outfield. Pham isn't Castellanos but has enough power and is patient at the plate. He could be a DH and platoon with other Reds bats like Nick Senzel and Tyler Naquin. I think Pham would fit well with the Reds.
St. Louis Cardinals - RP Joe Kelly
The Cardinals will be fine offensively and the starting pitching should be more healthy this season. But the relief pitching needs help and Joe Kelly could be that guy. Kelly will be asking for a solid amount of money but if the Cardinals want to win the division, they'll need to pay up for a veteran that has postseason experience. Kelly loves the spotlight and loves pitching in big moments. That's what you want!
Chicago Cubs - 1B Anthony Rizzo
The Cubs should just go back and get Anthony Rizzo in Chicago blue again. Rizzo was an integral part of their postseason run and World Series championship and with the DH in the National League, the Cubs can now fit Rizzo in their plans. Go get Rizzo!
San Francisco Giants - SP Carlos Rodon
The Giants already made a big splash and added Carlos Rodon to the team. He's the one guy the Giants needed to sign. San Francisco needed starting pitching depth and got it with Rodon, who could be huge for them against other NL West teams in the Padres and Dodgers.
Colorado Rockies - SP Matt Boyd
The Rockies need starting pitching help with Jon Gray leaving the team. Matt Boyd is an interesting addition because he went from allowing a ton of home runs previously to limiting home runs last season. If he's able to keep the home runs down and limit high fly balls, Boyd is a great option for the Rockies at the top of their rotation.
San Diego Padres - OF Corey Dickerson
The Padres just need depth and maybe a designated hitter now. Therefore, the Padres can look to sign Corey Dickerson, who has six home runs and 29 RBIs in 336 at-bats with a .271 average. For a low price, he's got a lot of potential and can be big for a Padres team that is in win-now mode.
Los Angeles Dodgers - 1B Freddie Freeman
The Dodgers lost Corey Seager and now could use another big name despite adding Trea Turner earlier last season. Freeman and the Dodgers are said to be close in talks and usually, when the Dodgers are close, they get the deal done. They're one of the few teams that love to spend and Freeman loves to hear that.
Arizona Diamondbacks - IF Jonathan Villar
The Diamondbacks need infield help and Jonathan Villar was actually a very surprising player for the Mets last year. Throughout all the injuries that the Mets endured, Villar was the main guy to step up and had some really great weeks of hitting the ball. He'll still make some bone-headed mistakes on the basepaths but overall, he brings a lot to the table.
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.