Top 10 MLB Free Agents 2014
There is a little bit over a month left in the MLB regular season, but let’s look at the off season, there are some big names who are going to be free agents that are in playoff races and some who are just trying to show that they can be valuable on a team and are proving they are worth the money. These are the Top 10 MLB free agents to be in the offseason.
10. Curtis Granderson, OF
Granderson has only played in 29 games this season with the New York Yankees dealing with a broken forearm in Spring Training after being hit by a pitch by J.A Happ and then in May, Granderson broke his finger after being hit by a pitch again. When healthy, Granderson is a dangerous offensive weapon who hits for power and can steal bases. He has averaged 40 home runs and 100 RBIs over the past two season with the Yankees and due to the injuries could come as a bargain for some teams interested in an outfielder.
9. Tim Lincecum,SP
If this was two years ago, Lincecum would be in the top 3 of this list. However Lincecum has struggled over his past two seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Lincecum has an ERA over 5 the past two seasons after going through his first four seasons posting ERAs under 4 and the highest being in 2010 when he had a 3.43 ERA. Lincecum is a two time NL Cy Young winner and has shown signs of greatness still in 2013 when he threw a no hitter on July 13 against the San Diego Padres.
8. Hunter Pence, OF
Pence is not the smoothest ball player out there but he gets the job done. He has a season average of 24 home runs and 92 runs batted in during his seven year career. Pence is also a good outfielder and has a good arm and speed. The only issue with Pence is he does not have a great on base percentage. He has 15 homers this year and 18 steals for the Giants this season.
7. Nelson Cruz, OF
Cruz is currently serving a 50 game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis Scandal. Cruz had 27 home runs this season which was ranked forth in the American League. If it wasn’t for the suspension, Cruz is stock would be higher but teams could be hesitant to make a move on the outfielder. Cruz could be back for the playoffs and if he has a good postseason for the Rangers, he could be a top outfielder that many teams fight for in the offseason.
6. Hiroki Kuroda, SP
Kuroda is forth in the American League in ERA with a 2.71 ERA and has been the ace of the New York Yankees this season. Kuroda, 38, is unsure if he will be play next season but if he is you can expect him to get a nice contract from a team.
5. Carlos Beltran, OF
Beltran was a great pick up for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, when he signed a two year, $26 million contract replacing Albert Pujols. Beltran had a hard time staying healthy with the New York Mets in 2009 and many thought his career was on a downfall, but Beltran has been healthy and is on pace for his fourth straight season playing over 130 games. Beltran is hitting .311 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs this season and was the starting right fielder for the NL All-Star team the past two years.
4. Shin-Soo Choo, OF
Choo came over to the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason via trade with the Cleveland Indians. Choo has been a great addition to the Reds lineup filling a void in the leadoff spot. He has done a great job getting on base with a .413 on-base percentage and has played a terrific center field for the Reds as they are in the playoff hunt. Choo can play any outfield position and can hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases a year.
3.Matt Garza, SP
Garza is the best pitcher in the 2014 free agent class. Garza was traded to the Rangers from the Cubs in July and he is unlikely to resign with the Rangers. Garza is 3-1 with the Rangers and the only issue is his ERA at 4.32 in six starts with the Rangers. He had a 3.17 ERA with the Cubs this season. Garza is a great competitor and knows how to pitch in big games as he pitched in the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. Teams who are a starter away from completing a rotation will be looking to snatch up Garza.
2. Jacoby Ellsbury,OF
Ellsbury is the best outfielder of the free agent class and is the best leadoff hitter in the class. He leads the American League in stolen bases and triples as of August 25. The main question with Ellsbury was if he can stay healthy after playing in only 74 games last season. Ellsbury’s best year came in 2011, when he hit 32 home runs and 105 RBIs, but that year looks like a mirage as he hasn’t hit above 10 home runs in his career any other season. Ellsbury is an impact player who is a game changer with his speed.
1. Robinson Cano,2B
Cano is the best second baseman in baseball and one of the best hitters in baseball. He is a five time all-star and averages a batting average of .308 in his career with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs. Cano is one of teh smoothest players in Major League Baseball. He is turning 31 next season and he is looking for a contract over $200 million, after Dustin Pedroia’s contract extension with the Red Sox worth $100 million. According to Jon Heyman, Cano and the Yankees are far off on contract talks and Cano will test free agency. It will be interesting to see what Cano gets for a contract as teams are not giving those 10 year contracts after seeing mistakes made by the Yankees with Alex Rodriguez and the Angels with Albert Pujols. It’s risky to give Cano a 10 year deal that will end at the age of 41.