MLB Team by Team Offseason Previews

MLB Team by Team Offseason Previews
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Our MLB offseason preview takes a look at past and current payrolls, notable free agents, and possible contract extension & trade candidates from each of the 30 MLB teams heading toward the chaotic winter meetings.


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Arizona Diamondbacks

Current Payroll: $62.6M (5 players)
2017 Payroll: $115M (23th)

Notable Free Agents

J.D. Martinez (OF, 30) - Expected to garner one of the highest salaries/contracts of the offseason, valuing at nearly $26M currently.

Fernando Rodney (RP, 40) - 39 saves at 39 years old. He can still get the job done and should be a lock for another 1 year deal.

 

Extension Candidates

Paul Goldschmidt (1B, 30) - Goldschmidt's $11M salary for 2018 is his first above $10M. The perennial MVP candidate is in need of a major raise, but is held back by a $14.5M club option for 2019 as well. It's time for Arizona to do right by their steady producer.


Robbie Ray
 (SP, 26) - Ray had a breakout year in 2017 and is slotted for his first crack at arbitration this offseason. Arizona may look to avoid this with a "bridge" extension that works for both sides over the next 3-4 years.

Atlanta Braves

Current Payroll: $79.7M (8 players)
2017 Payroll: $115M (23rd)

Notable Free Agents

R.A. Dickey (SP, 43) - Dickey managed 10 wins and a 4.31 ERA through 2017 and might have trouble securing a role for the upcoming season.

 

Extension Candidate

Tyler Flowers (C, 31) - Signed away from the White Sox back in 2015, Flowers has proved a steady backstop and an increasingly solid bat as well. He carries a $4M salary in 2018, the final year of his contract.

 

Trade Candidate

Julio Teheran (SP, 26) - He took a step back in 2017 and holds salaries of $8.1M, $11.1M, and $12M through 2020. His value would be similar to Jose Quintana's move to the Cubs.

Baltimore Orioles

Current Payroll: $60.9M (4 players)
2017 Payroll: $18.25M (9th)


Notable Free Agents

Welington Castillo (C, 30) - Declined a $7M player option to make himself available this winter. He holds a $9M market value with us currently.

Nearly the entire rotation:
Jeremy Hellickson (SP, 30) - Acquired from the Phillies at the deadline, slipped a bit in 2017 and should fall into the $10-$15M third tier of SP pay. 

Chris Tillman (SP, 29) - Had a dreadful 2017 and was demoted to the pen for most of it. His 7.84 ERA will haunt him this winter.

Wade Miley (SP, 30) - See above (5.61 ERA). 

Ubaldo Jimenez (SP, 33) - See two above (6.81 ERA)


Extension Candidate

Jonathan Schoop (2B, 26) - Our 42nd best value batter hits for average (.293), power (32 HR, 105 RBI), and holds 2 more years of arbitration eligibility. A bridge deal could be on the table.


Trade Candidate
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Zach Britton (RP, 29) - The closer will cost Baltimore north of $12M in the final year of his arbitration, and can still garner a decent draw back. In an offseason where the Orioles need starting pitchers, moving Britton makes good business sense.


Manny Machado (3B, 25) - All signs point to Baltimore NOT extending Machado for the long-term, so with 2018 his final year of arbitration, this may be the winter that Machado is dealt for parts. It would be a huge draw, and a great get for both sides.

Boston Red Sox

Current Payroll: $146.2M (6 players)
2017 Payroll: $222.5M (3rd)

Notable Free Agents

Addison Reed (RP, 28) - A great 2 years with the Mets/Red Sox has Reed one of the most inviting relievers on the market. He'll push the $9M mark.

Eduardo Nunez
 (INF, 30) - The versatile defender has found consistency and some power at the plate over the past few seasons, however it's likely his $11.5M market value will be a reach for most teams. He'll take less and be a nice value. 

 

Extension Candidates

Chris Sale (SP, 28) - The likely Cy Young runner up has proven time and time again that he's an elite SP in this league for the long haul. His $12.5M salary in 2018 and $15M option for 2019 are steals in this right. While a blockbuster extension is warranted, Boston seems unlikely to go this route until this time next year.


Mookie Betts
 (OF, 25) - After an outstanding 2016, Betts slid back down to earth a little bit in 2017. He'll face arbitration for the first time this winter, sure to warrant him a nice raise from his $950,000 salary last season. But Boston may be smart to poke at a 3-4 year "bridge deal" when Betts isn't at his peak demand.

 

Trade Candidates

Jackie Bradley (OF, 27) - The Red Sox simply have too many good young outfielders in their system to keep them all for the long-term. Bradley has put together back to back excellent years, especially as a defensive CF. With plenty of teams in need, Boston can value him high this winter. 


David Price
 (SP, 32) - Price can opt-out of his massive contract after 2018, where he holds a $30M salary. With a few off-field incidents, injuries, and a demotion to the bullpen all a part of his 2017, it's possible Boston is having discussions to find him a fresh start. We hear the Marlins have a big contract they're looking to dump as well...

Chicago Cubs

Current Payroll: $128.9M (8 players)
2017 Payroll: $182.4M (10th)

Notable Free Agents:

Jake Arrieta (SP, 31) - Chicago slapped a qualifying offer on their ace, but this shouldn't stop a team or two from putting in a sizeable offer sheet. Arrieta holds a market value north of $26M this offseason, but may settle in a little closer to $23M when it's all said and done.


Wade Davis
 (RP, 32) - The heir to Chapman held his own in 2017 (32 saves, 2.30 ERA), but may not be the long-term choice in Chicago. He'll test the waters for a deal likely in the $15M per year range. 

 

Extension Candidates

Kris Bryant (3B, 25) - The annual MVP candidate has 4 years of arbitration eligibilty ahead of him. The Cubs certainly don't have to lock him into a higher-priced contract, but it stands to benefit both sides to have their cornerstone player paid, happy, and under contract for the short-term as they look to fill holes around him.


Justin Wilson
 (RP, 30) - Wilson may be asked to take on a bigger role in his final arbitration-eligible season. In doing so, the Cubs may bridge him into a 2-3 year contract for security.

 

Trade Candidates

Ian Happ (OF, 23) - The youngster did not disappoint in his first year with the Cubs, showing power, defense, and a great sense for the game. GM Theo Epstein may be chomping at the bit to garner a huge return for the 23-year-old in order to setup the next phase of this dynasty for the long haul.

Chicago White Sox

Current Payroll: $15.95M (3 players)
2017 Payroll: $94.8M (26th)

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Extension Candidates

Avisail Garcia (OF, 26) - Had a breakout 2017 campaign with 27 doubles, 18 HR, 79 RBIs, and a .330/.380/.506 slashline. He'll garner a nice raise in year 2 of arbitration, but should be on track for a long-term deal as a part of the Sox future.

 

Trade Candidates

Jose Abreu (1B, 30) - We wouldn't call this a likely move, but the bottom line is that the White Sox are targeting 2020 as their "Astros target year" to win. Abreu is locked up through 2019 ($18M, $23M estimates), so he's likely either a long-term extension candidate, or a very strong trade chip.

Cincinnati Reds

Current Payroll: $68.7M (5 players)
2017 Payroll: $115.3M (24th)

Notable Free Agents:

Zack Cozart (SS, 32) - The top shortstop on the market is valuing at $13.5M, following 24 HR, .295 average campaign. Demand should push his projected contract to around 3 years, $45M.

 

Trade Candidates

Devin Mesoraco (C, 29) - The Reds handed Tucker Barnhart a 4 year $16M extension a few months ago, putting Mesoraco and his $13.125M salary for 2018 on notice.


Billy Hamilton (OF, 27) - The speedster may have fallen out of favor with the rebuilding Reds. His projected $5M arbitration salary for 2018 is rich for a team that needs everything.

Cleveland indians

Current Payroll: $107.67M (12 players)
2017 Payroll: $139.1M (18th)

Notable Free Agents:

Carlos Santana (1B, 31) - Santana will be a tough bat to lose should be jump ship this winter. While the power took a step back in 2017, he's still an annual 30 double, 30 HR, 90 RBI hitter. He carries a market value north of $18M into free agency.

 

Jay Bruce (OF, 30) - Bruce was an integral trade deadline addition for Cleveland, but will likely price himself out of sticking with the Tribe past 2017. His defensive struggles & inability to hit lefties well has his market value around $15M, but demand should pus his number near $18M.

 

Bryan Shaw (RP, 30) - Shaw will be one of the more coveted middle-relivers on the market this winter and should have no trouble locking in a contract in the 2 year, $14M range.

 

Extension Candidates

Cody Allen (RP, 28) - With 96 saves and a 2.81 ERA over the past 3 seasons, Allen has done plenty to supplant himself at the back end of the Indians pen for a few more years. He enters the final year of arbitration in 2018 ($11M projection), and should be on the radar for a 3-4 year extension. He's currently valuing at $13.75M per year.

 

Trade Candidates

Danny Salazar (P, 27) - Injuries & a slip in production pushed Salazar to the bullpen in 2017, but he has a shot to compete for their rotation in 2018 with a strong spring. But the Indians need outfield help, and a fresh start for Salazar may be beneficial to both.

 

Jason Kipnis (2B, 30) - Injuries and strong play from young infielders actually pushed Kipnis to centerfield for the end of 2017. Based on their current roster, outfield may be the only logical position for Kipnis in 2018. It may be time for the Tribe to move on from their long-time star.

Colorado Rockies

Current Payroll: $85.3M (6 players)
2017 Payroll: $146.6M (17th)

Notable Free Agents:

Greg Holland (RP, 31) - Holland maxed out on all incentives, raising his 2017 compensation to $13M, a figure inline with his current market value as he hits free agency. He'll be in search of a 3 or 4 year deal.

Carlos Gonzalez (OF, 32) - The oft-injured former all-star hasn't refound his power stroke since returning to the regular lineup, and may need to take on a 1 year "prove-it" deal to regain his stance in the market.


Jonathan Lucroy (C, 31) - He isn't the lucrative option he was a year ago this time, but Lucroy will still be seeking a $12M+ multi-year contract on the open market.

 

Mark Reynolds (3B/1B, 34) - The veteran has always had power, but the 34 year old reduced his strikeouts and raised his average significantly over the past 2 seasons in Colorado. He's inline for a 2 year deal that could get up to $30M.

 

Extension Candidates

Nolan Arenado (3B, 26) - The annual MVP candidate holds a $17.75M salary in 2018, and his arbitration eligible for the final time in 2019. The Rockies have plenty of fish to feed this offseason, so ramping Arenado up to his $26M+ market value may not be feasible just yet.

 

Trade Candidates

Charlie Blackmon (OF, 31) - It seems ridiculous to think a team would shop their best offensive player and MVP candidate just a month after his best season, but the truth here is Colorado won't be able to afford to extend ALL of their strong young players. Blackmon's value is at an all-time high, so it would behoove them to at least listen to offers this winter.

Detroit Tigers

Current Payroll: $102M (4 players)
2017 Payroll: $198.7M (5th)

Notable Free Agents:

None

 

Extension Candidates

Jose Iglesias (SS, 27) - His final year of arbitration should come with a manageable $5M price tag, and the 27-year-old hasn't exactly filled up the stat sheets over the past 3 seasons, but Detroit needs to start somewhere in their rebuild. Iglesias is also a potential trade target this winter.

 

Trade Candidates

Ian Kinsler (2B, 35) - Detroit can cap off their salary dump (Miguel Cabrera's $244M notwithstanding) by moving on from Kinsler. He'll enter 2018 with an $11M salary, the final year of his contract and may be a more likely deadline deal than offseason move.

Houston Astros

Current Payroll: $86M (9 players)
2017 Payroll: $150M (15th)

Notable Free Agents:

Cameron Maybin (OF, 30) - Didn't have a huge impact with their World Series run, but he's been effective wherever he's landed and shoud garner plenty of interest on the open market, where he's valuing just north of $13M.

 

Extension Candidates

Dallas Keuchel (SP, 29) - With Verlander now in the fold, Keuchel's arguably the best SP2 in all of baseball. A poor 2016 has his current market value at $23.6M, which ranks 10th among starting pitchers.


Marwin Gonzalez (OF, 28) - He hit 34 doubles, 23 HR, 90 RBIs and a .303/.377/.530 slash in 2017, and holds a $5.125M in 2018, the final year of his deal. He holds a calculated market value just shy of $19M.

Kansas City Royals

Current Payroll: $153.7M (6 players)
2017 Payroll: $158.2M (13th)

Notable Free Agents:

Eric Hosmer (1B, 28) - He's been fantastic over the last 3 years in KC, and will be one of the most coveted free agents on the market. His $21M calculated market value is likely a starting point.

Mike Moustakas (3B, 29) - The Royals may lose both corners of their infield this winter, as Moustakas is valuing towards a new contract worth $18M per year.

 

Lorenzo Cain (OF, 31) - Cain represents one of the better offensive & defensive outfielfd options on the open market. His value calculates to $17M per year, but a lack of consistent power likely drives that price down to around $15M.

 

Melky Cabrera (OF, 33) - Steady as she goes: Melky annually chimes in with 35+ doubles, 15+ HR, 85+ RBIs, and an average slightly under .300. He'll fall into the 3rd-tier of outfielders this winter (likely $12.5Mish) , providing teams that wait a bit with a nice value.

Notable Free Agents:

Brandon Phillips (2B, 36) - Still managed 34 doubles, 13 HR and 60 RBIs in a limited role last year, and will be a nice veteran fit in 2018, especially with a manageable $6Mish salary.

 

Trade Candidates

Acquire a 2B.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Current Payroll: $179.7M (11 players)
2017 Payroll: $265M (1st)

Notable Free Agents:

Yu Darvish (SP, 31) - Arguably the best available pitcher on the open market, Darvish will be clamoring for that $30M mark this winter. Our calculations find him more suited for the $24M-$25M range.

 

Brandon Morrow (RP, 33) - Kept his ERA (2.06) and WHIP (.9) low across 50 IP in 2017, and should be considered for many setup roles across the league. He'll likely eclipse the $6M per year mark.

 

Trade Candidates

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, 35) & Scott Kazmir (SP, 33) - LA will need to eat much of the $22.3M/$17.6M they owe each respectively in 2018, but any little bit of savings will help as they look to reduce payroll a bit.

Miami Marlins

Current Payroll: $97.9M (8 players)
2017 Payroll: $117.5M (21st)

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Trade Candidates

Giancarlo Stanton (OF, 28) - Stanton has 3 years & $77M remaining through 2020 after which he can opt-out of the next 7 years & $218M. But how many teams are really looking to add 60 HRs & 130 RBIs to their lineup anyway?

 

Christian Yelich (OF, 25) - All he's done is average 170 hits, 37 doubles, 20 homers, 87 RBIs, and a .291 average over the past 2 seasons. He holds 4 years, $37M + a $15M club option on his contract and would be pull back a very nice haul for the Marlins.

 

Marcell Ozuna (OF, 27) - Ozuna is inline for a near $7M pay raise in year two of arbitration, a number the Marlins reportedly do not want to live with. With two years of arbitration eligibility remaining + a career year statistically, it will take a big haul to acquire him this winter.

Milwaukee Brewers

Current Payroll: $32M (4 players)
2017 Payroll: $83.4M (30th)

Notable Free Agents:

Neil Walker (2B, 32) - Fell back down to earth a bit in 2017, but still should snag a multi-year deal worth at least $12M.

 

Anthony Swarzak (RP, 32) - A versatile reliever who could be signed for a bigger role going forward. He's valuing close to $7M this winter.

Minnesota Twins

Current Payroll: $70.4M (5 players)
2017 Payroll: $138.6M (19th)

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Extension/Trade Candidate

Brian Dozier (2B, 30) - The Twins took a huge step forward in 2017, and with much of their roster under team control, appear poised to contend again in 2018. Dozier will enter a contract year in 2018, carrying a $9M salary. But back to back outstanding production seasons have his calculated market value just shy of $19M.

New York Mets

Current Payroll: $71M (5 players)
2017 Payroll: $154.8M (14th)

Notable Free Agents:

Jose Reyes (INF, 34) - Reyes was nearly DFA'ed after a miserable first two months, but finished off 2017 with 25 doubles, 15 HR, 58 RBIs and 24 SB. He's nowhere near his younger self, but should still be considered a valuable depth infielder in the league.

 

Extension Candidate

Jacob deGrom (SP, 29) - While injuries have sidelined Syndergaard, Matz, & Harvey over the past few seasons, deGrom has been a reliable rock at the top of the rotation. He holds three more years of arbitration eligibility, so this is certainly not a necessary option, but with an estimated $40M+ in play over those next 3 seasons, the Mets may be smart to buy out the eligibility and tack on a few extras years with their ace.

New York Yankees

Current Payroll: $117M (7 players)
2017 Payroll: $224M (2nd)

Notable Free Agents:

Todd Frazier (3B, 31) - Added as a deadline piece for the postseason push, Frazier was an aduequate upgrade at 3B for the Yankees. He'll likely price himself into a $12M per year multi-year deal, quite possibly across town in Queens.

 

C.C. Sabathia (SP, 37) - It sure looked like Sabathia was on his way out after an awful stretch from 2013-15. But he's now put together back to back really nice seasons to end out his contract. He'll be in the market for a 1 or maybe 2 year deal, with an annual cost between $10M-$12M.

 

Jaime Garcia (SP, 31) - Garcia wasn't asked to do too much in his 2 months with the Yankees, but he showed enough to garner plenty of interest this winter, especially at what is calculating toward a team-friendly $10M per year market value.

 

Trade Candidate

Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, 34) - With Gardner, Hicks, and Judge supposedly locked into their respective roles for 2018, and Clint Frazier waiting in the wings, Ellsbury's role has all but diminished. Unfortunately his contract comes with $68M due over the next 3 seasons, making him virtually untradeable without the Yankees taking on a significant amount of retained salary. This will be a situation to watch this winter.

 

Dellin Betances (RP, 29) - Betances has two years of arbritration eligibility remaining which should come with an estimated $4M price tag in 2018. He was shaky for the Yankees down the stretch, to be delicate, and could benefit from a change of scenery and a more consistent role going forward.

Oakland Athletics

Current Payroll: $18M (3 players)
2017 Payroll: $86M (29th)

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Trade Candidate

Ryon Healy (DH, 25) - The A's have dealt most of their young talent, and appear poised to do the same with Healy, who carries high value and doesn't have much of a defensive role positionally going forward. With 5 years of control left and a 30 double 25 homer season to boot, he'll draw a strong price.

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Trade Candidate

Cesar Hernandez (2B, 27) - He's been linked to trade rumors in the past so this winter should be no different. Herandez carries a projected $4.5M arbitration salary into 2018 after 3 straights solid seasons in Philly.

 

Freddy Galvis (SS, 27) - Galvis is set to enter his final year of arbitration, which will come with a salary of around $7M. Philly seems willing to shop their entire middle infield in order to pull back legitimate pitching this winter.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Current Payroll: $75.1M (10 players)
2017 Payroll: $109M (25nd)

Notable Free Agents:

None.

 

Extension Candidate

Jordy Mercer (SS, 31) - He's likely not going to win any Gold Gloves, but the 31 year old appears to be the Bucs most productive option at SS for the next few seasons. He'll draw an estimated $6.5M salary in his final year of arbitration, set to become a free agent in 2019. Tacking on a few more million and an extra year might be a smart move for the short-term (2 years, $20M).

 

Trade Candidates

Andrew McCutchen (OF, 31) - The Pirates have no obvious CF replacement, but with McCutchen entering a contract year, may choose to gain something in return while possible. He's set to make $14.5M in in 2018.

 

Gerrit Cole (SP, 27) - Cole still has two years of arbitration eligibility, including a projected $7.5M salary in 2018, but his long-term future in Pittsburgh is bleak, and the Pirates should listen to offers this winter.

San Diego Padres

Current Payroll: $31.6M (4 players)
2017 Payroll: $92M (28th)

Notable Free Agents:

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, 29) - He compiled 13 wins and a respectable 3.89 ERA in 2017, and could find offers in the $12M per year mark once the major assets come off the board.

 

Trade Candidates

Brad Hand (RP, 27) - Hand was forced into the closer role he compiled 21 saves and 104 Ks in 80 innings. San Diego sounds ready to sell high with him this winter if the price is right.

San Francisco Giants

Current Payroll: $167M (11 players)
2017 Payroll: $191M (6th)

Notable Free Agents:

None

 

Trade Candidates

Denard Span (OF, 33) - The Giants appear poised to make a splash both in free agency & with trades this winter. Span along with a few others (Joe Panik, Brandon Belt) could be packaged together with prospects to bring in some flesh blood to the Bay Area.

Seattle Mariners

Current Payroll: $119M (7 players)
2017 Payroll: $171M (12th)

Notable Free Agents:

Yonder Alonso (1B, 30) - Alonso found power to start 2017, but his production dwindled as the year progressed. His calculated market value stands at $7M, and he may struggle to find that in a multi-year deal.

 

Danny Valencia (3B, 33) - Valencia may end up in a nice spot should teams miss out on the bigger available third basemen (Moustakas, Frazier, etc..). His production has been good since 2015, calculating his market value to $14M.

St. Louis Cardinals

Current Payroll: $135M (10 players)
2017 Payroll: $149M (16th)

Notable Free Agents:

Lance Lynn (SP, 30) - He's never going to strikeout 200 batters again, but Lynn will be a nice target for many teams, carrying a likely market value of $18M into the winter.

 

Trade Candidate

Stephen Piscotty (OF, 26) - Piscotty rewarded the Cardinals for their 6 year $33.5M extension by batting .235 with 9 homers and 39 RBIs. While they haven't written him off, a change of scenery might do both well at this point.

Tampa Bay Rays

Current Payroll: $55.6M (6 players)
2017 Payroll: $92.5M (27th)

Notable Free Agents:

Alex Cobb (SP, 30) - Cobb represents a nice backup plan for teams looking to add a top of the rotation player, but can't afford to spend $25M on Darvish/Arrieta. He'll join Lance Lynn in the 2nd-tier of available SPs, carrying a $16M market value.

 

Logan Morrison (1B, 30) - After 3 seasons in which he hit 11,17,15 homers repsectively, Morrison exploded with 38 homers and 85 RBIs in 2017, inflating his calculated value to $15M. He'll likely settle in more around $12M, which is generally still too rich for Tampa's blood.

 

Lucas Duda (1B, 31) - Tampa may look to keep their cheaper 1B option in Duda, who has power to all fields but struggles to keep his average north of .225 at times. He'll likely be seeking around $10M per year.

 

Trade Candidate

Chris Archer (SP, 29) - Archer holds salaries of $6.4M & $7.6M, then club options of $8.25M through 2021 - a very team friendly contract. Tampa, as they always do, will listen to offers this winter and will likely need to be blown away to make this happen.

Jake Odorizzi (SP, 27) - With two years of arbitration left (and a projected $7M salary in 2018), this could be the pitcher the Rays DO move this winter.

Brad Miller (SS, 28) - Miller struggled to maintain his outstanding 2016 campaign last year, and if a trade partner isn't available is a contender for a non-tender. He has two years of arbitration available and is slotted to make north of $4M in 2018.

Texas Rangers

Current Payroll: $108M (7 players)
2017 Payroll: $185.8M (8th)

Notable Free Agents:

Carlos Gomez (OF, 31) - Gomez re-gained a bit of his power stroke in 2017, and could be looked at as an underrated outfield option on the open market. When healthy he's still good for 30 doubles, 20 steals, and 60+ RBIs to go with excellent defense.

 

Andrew Cashner (SP, 31) - Cashner signed a 1 year "prove-it" deal with Texas and managed a solid season with the Rangers (11-11, 3.40 in 166 innings). He'll struggle to garner a deal worth more than the $10M he earned in 2017.

 

Trade Candidate

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, 35) - With a whopping $62M remaining on this contract through 2020, the Rangers would have to be willing to retain a ton of salary to get Choo out of town, but he put together a fairly nice 2017 campaign to increase his value (20 doubles, 22 homers, 78 RBIs).

Toronto Blue Jays

Current Payroll: $87.8M (7 players)
2017 Payroll: $199M (4th)

Notable Free Agents:

Jose Bautista (OF, 37) - After a rough offseason, Joey Bats returned to Toronto on a 1 year $18M salary. His 23 HR, 63 RBIs were outweighed by a miserable .204 average in 2017. With no qualifying offer compensation tagged to him this year, Bautista should find a 1 year possible in Matt Holliday's $13M range.

 

Trade Candidate

Marcus Stroman (SP, 26) - He's arbitration eligible for another 3 seasons, and coming off a nice 2017 (13-9, 3.09, 164 Ks), but the Blue Jays need to replenish a lot of this team with youth as they continue their build-up plan. Stroman would pull back a nice haul this winter.

Washington Nationals

Current Payroll: $140M (11 players)
2017 Payroll: $189M (7th)

Notable Free Agents:

Brandon Kintzler (RP, 33) - He reeled in 29 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 2017, and carries a market value of $7M. Anthony Swarzak and Bryan Shaw will help push this price this offseason.

 

Howie Kendrick (INF, 34) - The veteran has maintained a high average at the plate and strong defense across multiple positions into his thirties and should be viewed as an asset to contenders in need of flexibility and depth for 2018. His production has him valuing around $10M.

 

Extension Candidate

Bryce Harper (OF, 25) - It's highly unlikely that Bryce Harper does anything to circumvent a look at the open market next winter, but the Nationals should at least make every effort to keep their franchise player around for the long haul. He's averaging 30 doubles, 31 homers, 90 RBIs, and a .297 average over the past 3 seasons. Excellent numbers - but not $400M numbers (Daniel Murphy is averaging 42 doubles, 21 homers, 90 RBIs, .316 average over his past 3 and signed for $12.5M per year.). Harper's calculated market value lies just north of $26M currently, which would rank 3rd among active batters (Miggy Cabrera $31M, Cespedes $27.5M). It seems reasonable for Washington to push an offer in the range of 5 years, $150M to Harper this winter.

 

Trade Candidate

Gio Gonzalez (SP, 33) - Why would you trade a 33-year-old starting pitcher coming off of his best season in 5 years? Because he's coming off of his best season in 5 years. It's tough to imagine Gio repeating 2017 (15-9, 2.96 ERA, 188 Ks), and his value is sky-high this winter. Washington should at least be listening.




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