Top 8 Notable Remaining Baseball Free Agents

The free agent signings have been picking up speed in the last little while as we get ever closer to the opening of spring training in just about a couple of weeks.

But there are still a number of notable free agents available for the taking, and a number of teams that are in need of making some big moves. Among the teams, the following list are organizations that are still expected to make a splash of some sort:

  • Chicago Cubs
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Texas Rangers
The Cubs and Blue Jays have been seen as the leading contenders for a couple of big names; everyone's waiting on the Orioles to finally add a big-time starting pitcher; and the Yankees have had their hat in the ring for a few players. As for the Red Sox being on this list? That might just be wishful thinking for BoSox fans.

For many of those teams, they've targeted some of the following big names still out on the open market:
  1. Blake Snell, SP
  2. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF
  3. Jordan Montgomery, SP
  4. Matt Chapman, 3B
  5. JD Martinez, DH
  6. Jorge Soler, OF/DH
  7. Whit Merrifield, INF/OF
  8. Justin Turner, 3B/DH

The drop-off after the above group presents a bit of a gap, to players with major question marks, like Tim Anderson, Mike Clevinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Liam Hendriks, to part-timers like Brandon Belt and Gio Urshela. 

For Snell, the Yankees were very interested, but agent Scott Boras's demands of over $200 million on a long-term deal have cooled the talks. 

Bellinger seems to have the incumbent Cubs as his main pursuer, but likely not at the $200M price tag set by... again, Boras. 

Montgomery, after a career year, seems like he could be the next one to sign, either back with the Texas Rangers with whom he won a World Series, or a reunion with his old team, the Yankees. 

Chapman seems like it could be a three-team race between the incumbent Blue Jays, the Cubs and the San Francisco Giants.

Soler has seemed like he was on the verge of signing with the Jays for several days now, but something must be holding things up. 

Pitchers and catchers begin reporting in just about two weeks time. The clock is ticking for teams to get their rosters complete for the start of spring.

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