Ranking the 106 best players in the 2021-2022 class

An elite and unprecedented class of free brokers is about to collide with essentially the most important labor uncertainty baseball has confronted in practically three many years.

As USA TODAY Sports rolls out its annual checklist of high Major League Baseball free brokers, two parallel tracks are lastly about to intersect: A star-studded class of free agent shortstops and the expiration of MLB’s collective bargaining settlement with the MLB Players’ Assn.

Make no mistake: The elite will receives a commission. Led by Carlos Correa, a quintet of All-Star shortstops – three of them former World Series champions and firmly of their prime manufacturing years – will discover a number of suitors and nine-figure contracts, some doubtless pushing $300 million. But a major query – when? – hovers over the group because the CBA is slated to run out at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1.

Perhaps will probably be higher late than by no means. And the underside leg of this class could have to attend fairly some time for the ramifications of a brand new CBA – assuming any lockout is transient – to settle in earlier than discovering a brand new dwelling.

As we embark on an unsure winter, right here’s a have a look at our high 106 free brokers out there, from the very elite to these with an inexpensive shot at touchdown a significant league contract. Rankings primarily based on projected future efficiency and perceived market worth:

(Age as of April 1, 2022; 2021 staff)

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Carlos Correa might command near double the $160 million Houston has provided.

1. Carlos Correa (27, SS, Astros): He might need ranked third or fourth amongst his cohorts a 12 months in the past, however after a season by which Correa led AL place gamers in WAR (7.3), posted an .850 OPS and received his first Gold Glove, give him all the cash. While the Astros have been quietly upping their ante to their No. 1 general decide in 2012, Correa might command near double the $160 million Houston has provided.

2. Corey Seager (27, SS, Dodgers): Not the best platform 12 months for Seager, who suffered a damaged hand in May when he was hit by a pitch and missed three months. Yet his slash line – .306 common, .394 on-base and .521 slugging – was the most effective of his profession for a full season and his adjusted OPS the previous two seasons (147) outshines Correa (121), to call one. Even if the 6-4 Seager finally strikes off shortstop, his elite left-handed bat at a premium place will make a wonderful long-term funding.

3. Marcus Semien (31, 2B/SS, Blue Jays): A two-time top-three MVP finisher, All-Star, Gold Glover, 45-home run man and one of the vital revered people within the recreation. Any questions? Oh, positive, Semien’s .324 profession OBP could also be trigger for some concern, however his rousing bounceback from a tough pandemic season places him shoulder to shoulder together with his elite center infield brethren.

4. Trevor Story (29, SS, Rockies): Going large on Story means inserting a small guess that he’ll bounce again after a slight regression within the twilight zone that’s the Rockies group. His OPS slid from .914 and .917 in ’18 and ’19 to .874 and .801 the previous two seasons, however he stays a legit five-tool participant (35 for 39 on stolen base makes an attempt the previous two seasons) and will flourish once more as soon as paired with one other thumper like Nolan Arenado. A franchise anchor in ready.

5. Robbie Ray (30, LHP, Blue Jays): Despite schlepping from Dunedin, Florida to Buffalo to Toronto for the wayward Jays, Ray led the AL in begins (32), ERA (2.84), innings (193 1/3), strikeouts (245), WHIP (1.05) and adjusted ERA (154). His new membership will get a rotation centerpiece and reigning Cy Young Award winner.

6. Max Scherzer (37, RHP, Dodgers): Rare is the pitcher who can full a $210 million deal after which improve his common annual worth together with his subsequent contract. But there’s just one Scherzer, who at 37 led the majors in WHIP (0.86) and fewest hits per 9 innings (6.0) and struck out 236. Now, we may even see an unprecedented quick time period deal which will take Scherzer to his fortieth birthday, with a number of win-now golf equipment – the Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals and Padres amongst them – prepared to ante up a large common annual worth to reel in Mad Max.

7. Freddie Freeman (32, 1B, Braves): Like Scherzer, his longtime NL East sparring associate, Freeman will outkick an enormous expiring contract, this one eight years and $135 million. Player and franchise each badly desire a reunion and the Braves know everybody is aware of they’re making a killing at Truist Park and its surrounding environs. Even if Freeman’s market consists of simply the defending World Series champions, search for him to exceed the worth of his outdated deal whereas practically doubling its $16.9 million common annual worth.

8. Nick Castellanos (30, RF, Reds): A superbly-timed opt-out after two years of a four-year, $64 million deal, as Castellanos posted profession highs in dwelling runs (34), OPS (.936) and adjusted OPS (136). Composing a good pitching workers as of late stays close to inconceivable; it’s attractive to think about big-market golf equipment like Boston or Philadelphia including Castellanos and opting to bludgeon opponents, as an alternative.

9. Starling Marte (33, CF, Athletics): Five years faraway from his lone All-Star look, Marte put up maybe his most interesting season but, with a .310/.383/.458 slash line in 120 video games whereas taking part in shutdown protection in heart discipline. Marte’s 5.4 fWAR trails solely Correa and Semien on this free agent class.

10. Javy Baez (29, 2B/SS, Mets): For a time – say, throughout his 2018 NL MVP runner-up season – it appeared Baez could be on the head of this free agent shortstop class. But a profession .307 OBP and get in touch with points have dulled the sting only a bit. While 2021 appeared like a downer for Baez – he was traded from the Cubs to the Mets, shifted again to second base and fell out with followers after the notorious “thumbs-down” celebration – he nonetheless produced 31 homers and an .817 OPS. Yet these numbers have been countered by an NL-high 184 strikeouts. It stays to be seen if Baez is a foundational participant, or an often-spectacular complementary piece.

11. Kris Bryant (30, 3B/OF, Giants): At lengthy final, Bryant reaches free company, although not as a 3rd baseman however quite an excellent utility maven. Bryant made his fourth All-Star staff this 12 months after which helped the Giants’ drive to 107 wins, producing an general .835 OPS and 124 adjusted OPS. The $300 million deal that when appeared his birthright could not occur, however Bryant went a great distance towards reestablishing himself as a star, and there needs to be important bidders for a participant so versatile and dependable.

12. Kevin Gausman (31, RHP, Giants): Gausman accepted the Giants’ qualifying supply and practically delivered a Cy Young-caliber season for $18.9 million, putting out 222 in 192 innings and incomes his first All-Star nod. Although Gausman’s two-pitch combine misplaced some pep across the halfway level, the Giants nonetheless received eight of his last 12 begins and 21 of 33 general. A reunion appears extremely helpful for each events – with a complete package deal nearer to $90 million than $19 million.

13. Marcus Stroman (30, RHP, Mets): An inventory of pitchers who made 33 begins with an ERA of three.02 or higher in 2021: Walker Buehler, Gausman and Stroman. That’s it. While Stroman couldn’t crack the 200-inning mark for a 3rd time after opting out of 2020, he did put up 179 innings and profession bests in ERA and WHIP (1.15) whereas sustaining his rep as a groundball-inducing machine. Stroman falls someplace between horse and ace, and there needs to be a pleasant market ready for him.

14. Chris Taylor (31, SS/OF, Dodgers): Taylor helped usher within the present obsession with multi-positional stars – and nobody, nonetheless, can do it higher. While Taylor’s offense tailed off towards season’s finish, his skill to slug 20 dwelling runs and play 5 positions – together with a really succesful shortstop – locations him among the many high 25 most dear place gamers within the NL and greater than only a poor man’s Bryant.

15. Michael Conforto (29, OF, Mets): An All-Star at 24, a 33-homer man at 27, it appears Conforto needs to be comfortably within the nine-figure contract vary this winter. But accidents and uneven efficiency have suppressed Conforto’s manufacturing simply sufficient that he stays an enigma. Still, with a profession OBP of .356 and OPS of .824, two predictions: Conforto’s complete contract worth will startle many observers, and he’ll proceed to out-perform it.

16. Avisail Garcia (30, RF, Brewers): One of the sport’s most fascinating profession transformations continues, as Garcia slugged 29 homers for the Brewers and likewise lapped the sphere in defensive metrics for proper fielders. Garcia’s 13.1 UZR/150 ranking was greater than double that of No. 2 Aaron Judge and his eight defensive runs saved trailed solely Judge and Kyle Tucker’s 11. Garcia has a .799 OPS since his All-Star season of 2017.

17. Kyle Schwarber (29, OF/1B, Red Sox): Seems like there’s sufficient Cubs legends to suit below everybody’s tree this December. Schwarber’s first 12 months away from Wrigley was a wild journey, from a gradual begin to a historic 18-homer binge in June to a hamstring damage and at last, playoff hero standing in Boston. The Red Sox could welcome a reunion, however Schwarber’s on-base abilities (career-high .374 OBP in ’21) will play in any enviornment, and he’s able to taking part in a serviceable first base.

18. Steven Matz (30, LHP, Blue Jays): Freed from Flushing, Matz produced his greatest WHIP (1.33), fielding impartial pitching (3.79) and adjusted ERA (115) since his 2016 rookie season with the Mets. He additionally minimize his dwelling runs from 1.7 per 9 innings between 2017-2020 to 1.1, practically matching the 1.0 of his rookie 12 months.

19. Eduardo Rodriguez (28, LHP, Red Sox): An intriguing free agent case: Rodriguez has youth and comparatively little tread on his tires, but additionally options three years of postseason expertise and a 200-inning season on his resume. After lacking 2020 following a bout with myocarditis resulting from COVID-19, Rodriguez’s 2021 numbers have been largely according to his profession marks, producing profession bests in strikeouts per 9 innings (10.6) and strikeout-walk ratio (3.94). SIGNED: Five years, $77 million with Tigers – Nov. 15.

20. Anthony Rizzo (32, 1B, Yankees): A desultory departure from Chicago, a bout with COVID-19 and adjustment to the AL resulted in a .783 OPS, Rizzo’s lowest since his first full season in 2013. Yet a reunion with the Yankees makes numerous sense, with a positional want and a tempting proper discipline porch serving staff and participant nicely.

21. Jon Gray (30, RHP, Rockies): A bit startling Colorado first failed in an try to increase Gray’s contract after which opted to not tender him a qualifying supply. That’s a mistake, as a result of Gray could also be on the entrance of the road for pitchers different franchises could imagine they will repair. Inconsistent and infrequently erratic in seven seasons in Denver, Gray’s profession FIP (3.91) presents higher than his profession ERA (4.26). He as soon as struck out 150 batters in 150 innings and maybe most spectacular, produced his greatest ERAs and adjusted ERAs amid record-shattering dwelling run environments in 2017 and 2019.

22. Raisel Iglesias (32, RHP, Angels): Iglesias is coming off a outstanding two-year run throughout which he struck out 134 batters in 93 innings and racked up 42 saves for the Reds and Angels. A starter as not too long ago as 2016, Iglesias averaged greater than an inning per outing and will maintain extra attraction as a multi-inning man if bidding golf equipment are so inclined.

23. Brandon Belt (33, 1B, Giants): A two-time World Series champion and infrequently polarizing presence amongst followers, Belt produced a wonderful 148-game stretch from 2020-21 – 38 homers, a .988 OPS – to immediate the Giants to have a tendency him a qualifying supply. Just two years in the past, Belt was a beneath league-average hitter, however now could characterize stability for a membership dropping Buster Posey to retirement and likelier to spend its important payroll flexibility on beginning pitching. Either means, Belt would get pleasure from a major bump in market with a common DH in impact. SIGNED: Accepted Giants’ one-year, $18.4 million qualifying supply – Nov. 17.

24. Kenley Jansen (34, RHP, Dodgers): Jansen dismissed a pair of bumpy years and completed out his five-year, $84 million take care of the Dodgers with a flourish, changing 38 of 43 save alternatives for a 106-win staff. Just 4% of Jansen’s plate appearances resulted in an extra-base hit, his lowest mark since 2013. While a Dodgers reunion stays doable, the membership nonetheless retains a number of closer-quality aid arms and Jansen, who debuted in L.A. in July 2010, could discover greener pastures as a full-time ninth-inning man elsewhere.

25. Justin Verlander (39, RHP, Astros): He was out of sight and out of thoughts throughout the Astros’ run to the World Series, however now Verlander has recovered from 2020 Tommy John surgical procedure and is throwing for groups. He’s already assured $18.4 million – the Astros tendered him the qualifying supply – and will probably be fascinating to see how rather more golf equipment are prepared to guess on a man who’s thrown simply six innings since Game 6 of the 2019 World Series. SIGNED: One 12 months, $25 million, plus participant choice with Astros – Nov. 17.

Clayton Kershaw has spent his entire 14-year career with the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw has spent his complete 14-year profession with the Dodgers.

26. Clayton Kershaw (34, LHP, Dodgers): It felt like a formality when Kershaw agreed to a three-year, $93 million extension in November 2018, the final time he was eligible to go away the Dodgers. This time seems like something however, for therefore many causes. Start with Kershaw’s well being, which is able to stay a query mark as he recovers from a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. Both participant and staff have remained cagey about their future needs, with the Dodgers not providing Kershaw the $18.4 million qualifying supply, enhancing his desirability in the marketplace. The lefty will undoubtedly enter the Hall of Fame as a Dodger; the subsequent weeks will decide if he’s a Dodger for all times.

27. Mark Canha (33, OF, Athletics): He’s been the key sauce behind the A’s shocking success the previous 4 years, producing a .366 OBP and .807 OPS in that span whereas taking part in all three outfield positions and first base. Canha’s additionally hit righties (.786 OPS) higher than lefties (.755) in his profession, giving managers the choice of conserving his bat within the lineup day by day whereas shifting him round primarily based on want.

28. Carlos Rodon (29, LHP, White Sox): After a rash of accidents restricted him to only 43 video games from 2017-2020, Rodon determined to go as exhausting as he might, so long as he might in 2021. The outcomes have been at occasions spectacular: An emotional no-hitter in his second begin, 185 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings. But Rodon pitched simply 36 innings from July 24 to the top of the common season and lasted 2 2/3 innings in an ALDS elimination begin in opposition to Houston. What now? Unfettered by draft decide compensation, Rodon ought to nonetheless elicit sturdy curiosity, although his second-half slowdown could compel golf equipment to supply offers extra closely laced with incentives.

29. Nelson Cruz (41, DH, Rays): The outdated man’s nonetheless obtained it, hitting 32 homers in 140 video games, however the first midseason commerce of his profession actually had an influence, as Cruz produced a .907 OPS for Minnesota, .725 for Tampa Bay. But Cruz minimize down on strikeout and groundball charges and nonetheless scorches the ball a median of 93 mph. A pleasant market within the AL, an enormous market if the NL adopts the DH.

30. Anthony DeSclafani (31, RHP, Giants): The Giants helped DeSclafani maximize his manufacturing after which determined to not double down on it, failing to tender him a qualifying supply. “Disco” does discover numerous bats, putting out simply 152 in his 167 2/3 innings, however allowed only one homer per 9 innings and tossed a significant league-best two shutouts. Can he maintain it? SIGNED: Three years, $36 million with Giants – Nov. 22.

31. Andrew Chafin (31, LHP, Athletics): Chafin had the most effective 12 months of his profession, combining for a 1.83 ERA between the Cubs and A’s. He proved he might retire batters from both aspect of the plate however was significantly lethal on lefties, permitting a .170/.250/.223 slash line and only one homer in 104 plate appearances.

32. Noah Syndergaard (29, RHP, Mets): Like Verlander, Syndergaard had 2020 Tommy John surgical procedure and obtained the qualifying supply from his present membership. But Syndergaard’s path again from elbow reconstruction has hit just a few potholes; regardless of having a six-month leap on Verlander, he pitched in simply two video games in 2021. It appears a lot likelier Syndergaard accepts the QO and tries all this once more subsequent winter. SIGNED: One 12 months, $21 million with Los Angeles Angels – Nov. 16

33. Eduardo Escobar (33, INF, Brewers): Pretty cool that Escobar made his first All-Star staff at 32, and his .800 OPS will enhance his 2022 payday. Can he land a multiyear deal that can take him near age 35? His 28 homers and multi-position versatility ought to assist that trigger.

34. Seiya Suzuki (27, OF, Hiroshima Carp): Hiroshima not too long ago signaled its intention to publish Suzuki, who produced a .985 OPS over 9 seasons within the NPB and slugged 38 dwelling runs in 2021. Suzuki might play heart discipline, and may very well be on the spot offense for a number of groups at little alternative value. But the blended file of current NPB transfers – similar to outfielder Shogo Akiyama, who produced an .829 OPS within the NPB, .594 in two seasons with Cincinnati – could quell some enthusiasm for Suzuki.

35. Mark Melancon (37, RHP, Padres): A more in-depth who doesn’t strike out many batters at all times offers GMs cause to worry, however Melancon has put collectively consecutive standout seasons, changing 50 of 58 save probabilities for the Braves and Padres. Yet in an period when golf equipment want versatility out of their high-leverage relievers, Melancon’s incapacity to generate frequent swings and misses, and a 1.22 WHIP in 2021, largely relegates him to a ninth-inning man – albeit an excellent one.

36. Alex Wood (31, LHP, Giants): Wood rebounded properly from two injury-plagued seasons, profitable 10 video games and posting his greatest adjusted ERA (107) since his All-Star season in 2017. And Wood, in a way, is sort of ultimate for the fashionable pitching workers – at all times prepared to take the ball, sometimes adept at consuming innings and comfy both opening or following as a “bulk” pitcher. A return to San Francisco would make sense for a lot of of those causes.

37. Zack Greinke (38, RHP, Astros): Greinke is a free agent for the primary time since 2015, coming off a 12 months he managed to make 29 begins but noticed important depreciation in most statistical classes. Perhaps most alarming for a pitcher who now depends on precision is a spike in walks per 9 innings, from 1.2 to 1.9, and a precipitous drop in strikeout-walk ratio, from 6.51 in 2019-20 to three.33 this 12 months. Still, there was Greinke beginning Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 4 of the World Series for the Astros, spinning 4 shutout innings within the latter. Yes, there’s nonetheless room on this recreation for a man pairing an 89-mph fastball with a 69-mph curve.

38. Collin McHugh (34, RHP, Rays): After opting out of the 2020 season, McHugh put collectively his most interesting season since 2015 as a multi-inning maestro for the Rays. He coated 64 innings in 37 appearances, posting profession bests in ERA (1.55), FIP (2.12) and adjusted ERA (256) whereas serving as an opener, finisher and occasional high-leverage choice. Ideally suited to the fashionable recreation, actually.

39. Kendall Graveman (31, RHP, Astros): Graveman helped carry Seattle into playoff rivalry, posting a 0.82 ERA in 30 video games earlier than he was stunningly traded to the division rival Astros. He struggled at occasions these last two months earlier than arising large within the postseason, posting a 1.64 ERA in 9 video games, together with a vital two-inning stint within the pivotal Game 4 of the ALCS.

40. Danny Duffy (33, LHP, Dodgers): He by no means pitched for the Dodgers, unable to return again from a forearm pressure after a July commerce from Kansas City. But his work over 61 innings with Kansas City – a 2.51 ERA, simply six homers allowed – will make him an elegant reclamation mission.

41. Cesar Hernandez (31, 2B, White Sox): Like an financial system automotive that simply retains working, Hernandez stays one of many extra reliable if unspectacular second base choices. This 12 months, although his defensive metrics slipped, he socked a career-best 21 dwelling runs.

42. Andrew McCutchen (35, LF, Phillies): He’s simply above a league-average offensive performer, his nook outfield metrics aren’t nice and any ballpark doubtless received’t be as pleasant as his most up-to-date. But he’s nonetheless Andrew McCutchen, adequate to slug 27 dwelling runs in 2021 and doubtlessly a pressure for a playoff contender, if positioned ready to succeed.

43. Andrew Heaney (30, LHP, Yankees): He by no means discovered his footing as a starter – his greatest season, 2018, featured 180 strikeouts in 180 innings and a league-average 4.15 ERA – however Heaney nonetheless struck out greater than 10 batters per 9 innings regardless of battling each the Angels and Yankees. SIGNED: One 12 months, $8 million, with Dodgers, Nov. 8.

Eddie Rosario won the NLCS MVP and a World Series title with the Braves.

Eddie Rosario received the NLCS MVP and a World Series title with the Braves.

44. Eddie Rosario (30, LF, Braves): The one-time Bomba Squad member in Minnesota discovered his true identification after a July commerce to Atlanta, the place he grew to become “Super Rosario,” received the NLCS MVP and a World Series title. His energy numbers – 27 mixed homers in 2020-21 vs. 32 in 2019 – are a far cry from what they have been, however there could but be extra in Rosario, whose 8.5% stroll charge with the Braves was the most effective of his profession.

45. Ryan Tepera (34, RHP, White Sox): Equally adept on each side of Chicago after a July commerce from the Cubs to the White Sox, Tepera’s 11 strikeouts per 9 and 0.88 WHIP could also be sufficient to elicit a multi-year dedication.

46. Kyle Seager (34, 3B, Mariners): Seager’s lengthy and infrequently ugly goodbye to Seattle lastly arrived when the membership declined his 2022 choice. Now, he has to hope somebody bets on the nice (35 dwelling runs in ’21) quite than be scared off by the unhealthy (.212 batting common, 161 strikeouts, league common .723 OPS).

47. Tommy Pham (34, OF, Padres): A dynamic participant for therefore a few years, Pham has appeared simply abnormal for the previous two, batting .226 with 18 dwelling runs in his final 584 at-bats. But Pham can nonetheless run (20 steals in his final 26 tries) and throw, and can discover a marketplace for his instruments, with a return to offensive prominence a bonus.

48. Jonathan Villar (30, INF, Mets): Who couldn’t use Villar? Speedy and capable of play second, third or quick whereas offering league-average offense.

49. Rich Hill (42, LHP, Mets): The historic innings-eater just isn’t but the stuff of a museum exhibit, and so Hill will be a part of Adam Wainwright within the over-40 crowd nonetheless taking down outs. After accidents restricted him to 21 begins from 2019-20, he tossed 158 2/3 innings with a 3.86 ERA in ’21 and can make a contender joyful in ’22.

50. Jose Iglesias (32, SS, Red Sox): Have glove, will journey: Iglesias’s 2021 membership(s) can be his sixth in 4 years, although he appears to go away fond reminiscences wherever he goes. The Red Sox, in reality, added him in September resulting from a brutal COVID-19 outbreak after which stored him round for the playoffs, regardless that he was ineligible to play. Player-coach in ’22?

51. Odubel Herrera (30, CF, Phillies): He jeopardized his profession after a home violence suspension value him a lot of 2019 and stored him sidelined in 2020. But the Phillies introduced him again in 2021 and Herrera showcased an elite glove in heart with a satisfactory bat.

52. Yusei Kikuchi (30, RHP, Mariners): Kikuchi made the All-Star staff however his demise had already begun – he was blasted for an 11-start stretch from July into September throughout which he posted a 6.32 ERA.

53. Aaron Loup (34, LHP, Mets): He solely will get higher with age – posted a 0.95 ERA and gave up one dwelling run all season – but will doubtless pitch for a sixth staff in 5 years. Someone get this man a multiyear contract.

54. Yan Gomes (34, C, Athletics): More than only a revered grinder, Gomes posted a 2.5 WAR in 2021 and all of a sudden finds himself the highest receiver in the marketplace this winter.

55. Joe Kelly (33, RHP, Dodgers): A enjoyable three-year journey in L.A. that started ignominiously and ended with Kelly largely indispensable. He suffered a biceps damage within the NLCS however can be prepared for the beginning of spring coaching in 2022.

56. Kevin Pillar (33, OF, Mets): Hit a career-low .231, however popped 15 dwelling runs and anyway, everyone knows he’s right here for his defensive derring-do. Still has worth, however doubtless slinks additional right into a reserve outfield function.

57. Michael Pineda (33, RHP, Twins): Somewhat surprisingly was not dealt on the commerce deadline and completed with a 3.62 ERA in 21 begins. Nowadays, he’s rather more a pitch-to-contact man who will take in innings at the back of somebody’s rotation.

58. Hector Neris (32, RHP, Phillies): For a man who by no means hesitated to take the ball – he pitched in at the very least 68 video games in 4 of the previous 5 full seasons, together with 74 in 2021 – Neris deserved higher in Philly. But unhealthy luck – 3 times, his BABIP exceeded .300 – and too many hiccups resulted in a 76% save proportion from 2016-21. Still, his profession 11.5 strikeouts per 9 augurs nicely for a contemporary begin someplace.

59. Tyler Anderson (32, LHP, Mariners): Herewith begins the parade of league-average, innings-eating lefties.

60. Jorge Soler (30, OF, Braves): In a much less analytical time, a star-hungry proprietor might need tuned in for Soler’s World Series MVP efficiency and impetuously scratched an enormous test. Alas, whereas Soler was practically excellent in three months as a Brave (14 homers, .882 OPS), he was a .192/.288/.370 performer in 94 video games with Kansas City.

61. Josh Harrison (34, INF/OF, Athletics): Truly getting higher with age, Harrison posted a career-best .366 OBP in 90 video games for Washington earlier than a commerce to Oakland cooled him a bit. He nonetheless completed with a 106 adjusted OPS and performed six positions.

62. Brett Gardner (38, OF, Yankees): Will both obtain a plaque in Monument Park or expire there as an lively participant.

63. Corey Kluber (35, RHP, Yankees): One of as of late, a staff will place a small guess on Kluber and watch it repay in an enormous means. He pitched nicely sufficient for the Yankees – a 3.83 ERA in 16 begins – however as soon as once more missed important time with a shoulder damage.

64. Corey Dickerson (32, OF, Blue Jays): Enjoyed a pleasant uptick after commerce from Miami (92 OPS plus in 63 video games) to Toronto (110 in 46).

65. Johnny Cueto (36, RHP, Giants): Contributed 114 2/3 innings to the Giants’ wild 2021 journey however couldn’t discover his means onto the postseason roster and had his 2022 choice declined.

66. Joc Pederson (29, OF, Braves): Seemed like 10 years in the past this man was a Cub. Hit 18 homers in a part-time function after which even Joctober misplaced its shine as November dawned – he hit three homers within the NLDS however completed with a 1 for 15 World Series.

67. Kwang Hyun Kim (33, RHP, Cardinals): Carried a 2.88 ERA into late July however abruptly hit a wall, ending at 4.34 and out of the rotation. Yielded an .848 OPS dealing with hitters the second time in a recreation.

68. Daniel Hudson (35, RHP, Padres): Struggled after a commerce from Washington (0.92 WHIP, 6.86 strikeouts/walks) to San Diego (1.37/3.00). Still, he punched out 75 batters in 51 2/3 innings.

69. Brad Boxberger (33, RHP, Brewers): Regained his punchability in 2021, putting out 83 in 64 2/3 innings.

70. Freddy Galvis (32, SS, Phillies): Fun reality: In 10 main league seasons, he’s by no means been a league-average hitter. Yet he stays a plus defender and revered veteran growing groups like to put amongst youthful gamers.

71. Corey Knebel (30, RHP, Dodgers): His 27 appearances have been his most since 2018, however Knebel was sharp, even incomes the “opener” nod for the clinching Game 5 of the NLDS in opposition to San Francisco. Best profiles as a fireman who’ll punch you out of a jam in opposition to right-handers.

72. Brett Anderson (34, LHP, Brewers): Ever the pragmatist, he tweeted his farewell to the Brewers earlier than season’s finish, understanding he’d fulfilled his future as an innings-eating lefty bridging a niche till youthful pitchers have been able to take the torch. So, who’s subsequent?

73. Brad Hand (32, LHP, Mets): 2021 went sideways in a rush for the three-time All-Star, who wobbled on his means out of Washington, was ghastly (7.27 ERA) in 11 video games with Toronto earlier than getting proper in a 16-game end with the Mets. Is he nonetheless a better? A dependable lefty specialist? Hopefully for Hand, a smart staff will clear up this identification disaster.

74. Adam Ottavino (36, RHP, Red Sox): Saved 11 video games and struck out 10.4 per 9 innings, although his previous two years have been uneven. Still, he’ll get you an inning or a strikeout once you want it.

75. Brad Miller (32, INF, Phillies): At occasions, Miller was the Phillies’ second-best offensive participant this season. Can do worse than a utility man who will run into 20 dwelling runs over six months.

76. Drew Smyly (32, LHP, Braves): Couldn’t fairly parlay a mini-renaissance with San Francisco right into a full-season revival with Atlanta, for which he posted a 4.48 ERA. Yet a lefty with greater than occasional swing-and-miss stuff can at all times discover a function.

77. Garrett Richards (33, RHP, Red Sox): Can a 10-year vet who admittedly struggled with the sticky-stuff ban proper himself over the winter?

78. Matt Duffy (31, INF, Cubs): After taking part in simply 46 video games in 2019-20, a pleasant, 2-WAR revival for the Duffman, who at occasions was the Cubs’ greatest participant this season.

79. Manny Pina (34, C, Brewers): He slugged a career-best 13 homers and was as soon as once more glorious defensively. A stretch as your No. 1 backstop, however not a nasty choice in a timeshare. SIGNED: Two years, $8 million with Braves, Nov. 15.

80. Jake Diekman (35, LHP, Athletics): Gave up a career-high 10 homers this 12 months, 9 of them to right-handed hitters.

Michael Lorenzen enters his eighth season in the big leagues.

Michael Lorenzen enters his eighth season within the large leagues.

81. Michael Lorenzen (30, RHP, Reds): Starter? Reliever? Two-way participant? Lorenzen just isn’t far faraway from a 2019 season the place he made 73 appearances and posted a 2.92 ERA; somebody will determine him out.

82. Ryan Zimmerman (37, 1B, Nationals): There’s no technique to term-limit this man out of D.C., significantly when he’s a cosy match alongside Josh Bell in a primary base platoon.

83. Steve Cishek (35, RHP, Angels): Tired of three true outcomes? Cishek’s your man – he gave up simply two dwelling runs in 68 innings and struck out 64.

84. Ian Kennedy (37, RHP, Phillies): His peripherals all nosedived after a July commerce from Texas to Philadelphia, the place it appeared he wanted to douse a hearth each evening. Struck out 62 in 56 1/3 innings general.

85. J.A. Happ (39, LHP, Cardinals): North America’s Fifth Starter is about to saddle up for his ninth staff in 16 years; he’d simply as quickly neglect Minnesota, the place he posted a 6.77 ERA in 19 begins earlier than a commerce to St. Louis.

86. Donovan Solano (34, INF, Giants): Donnie Barrels hit at a greater than league common charge all three seasons in San Francisco and stays a viable and pliable platoon associate throughout an infield.

87. Archie Bradley (29, RHP, Phillies): Always desperate to take the ball, Bradley hit a wall of kinds in August and September, posting a 4.50 ERA over the ultimate two months. Has averaged 65 appearances over the previous 4 full seasons.

88. Jed Lowrie (37, INF, Athletics): After dropping practically two complete seasons to damage with the Mets, Lowrie discovered the waters of the East Bay restorative, slugging 14 homers in a startling profession revival.

89. Andrelton Simmons (32, SS, Twins): Three years faraway from his most up-to-date Gold Glove, Simmons now will catch the ball and that’s about it – he posted a .558 OPS in 131 video games, or a 57 adjusted OPS. Eesh.

90. Matt Harvey (32, RHP, Orioles): Harvey was excellent in July – a 2.45 ERA in 4 begins – and atrocious the remainder of the 12 months. But the innings disaster isn’t going away anytime quickly, and Harvey ate 127 ⅔ of them for Baltimore. We say the dude will get a significant league deal this time.

91. Andrew Miller (36, LHP, Cardinals): Save for 13 crisp innings within the pandemic 12 months of 2020, Miller has scuffled since his last All-Star season of 2017. Still, he’s punching out batters at a clip of higher than 10 per 9 innings and stays brutal on lefties (.182/.257/.288), so maybe a recalibration of function and expectations will serve him nicely.

92. Roberto Perez (33, C, Indians): He’s bottomed out offensively – a .155 common and 46 adjusted OPS since 2020 – and isn’t the receiver he was. But a two-time Gold Glove catcher will virtually at all times discover a dwelling, even when not in his accustomed function.

94. Yimi Garcia (31, RHP, Astros): Saved 15 video games for Miami after which after a commerce to Houston was Everyday Yimi come October, pitching in 10 of the Astros’ 16 playoff video games.

95. Michael Wacha (30, RHP, Rays): The uncommon Tampa Bay flyer that didn’t pan out spectacularly, Wacha nonetheless gave them 124 innings in a wide range of roles and will do the identical elsewhere in ’22.

96. Jesse Chavez (38, RHP, Braves): In 37 video games, together with playoffs, Chavez didn’t yield a house run, posted a 43% groundball charge and a 1.01 common season WHIP.

97. Leury Garcia (31, INF/OF, White Sox): A South Side reunion makes some sense – the membership dealt Nick Madrigal on the deadline and Cesar Hernandez is a free agent. Garcia slugged a playoff dwelling run and manned a half-dozen positions within the common season.

98. Chris Martin (35, RHP, Braves): His WHIP spiked a bit and his leverage slipped, however Martin nonetheless racked up 13 holds and figured in Atlanta’s World Series plans. In this period of the five-inning starter, groups want a dependable sixth-inning man, too.

99. Yusmeiro Petit (37, RHP, Athletics): Much respect to the veteran righty now on a seven-year run of his ERA defying his FIP.

100. Hansel Robles (31, RHP, Red Sox): Pitched somewhat higher after commerce from Minnesota to Boston and logged a vital inning in wild-card win over Yankees. Might not match career-high 23 saves in 2019, however has the chutzpah to pitch the ninth if known as upon.

101. Hunter Strickland (33, RHP, Brewers): May lastly be in line for a assured deal after discovering the best success of his profession in Milwaukee, as many do. Posted a 1.73 ERA in 35 video games there and added three scoreless appearances within the NLDS.

102. Brian Goodwin (31, OF, White Sox): Always finds a means into somebody’s plans as a reserve outfielder.

103. Tony Watson (36, LHP, Giants): Three-batter minimal hasn’t put him out to pasture – he was equally efficient in opposition to righties (.537 OPS) as lefties (.551) in ‘21.

104. Mitch Moreland (36, DH, Athletics): Finally dipped below league average as a hitter. He’ll be conserving a watchful eye on these CBA talks.

105. Sean Doolittle (35, LHP, Mariners): Didn’t fairly full the revival he hoped for in ’21, however nonetheless punched out higher than a batter an inning and will have at the very least yet another reinvention inside him.

106. Mike Foltyniewicz (30, RHP, Rangers): An All-Star in 2018 and an opening-day starter in 2021, Foltyniewicz gave up 35 dwelling runs with a 6.02 FIP in 139 innings. But he did give them innings – and there figures to be one pitching-poor membership pondering they will repair “Folty.”

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