MLB Free Agents: top 10 players and likely destinations

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) walks into the dugout to start Game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on October 6, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) walks into the dugout to start Game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on October 6, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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There are still unsigned MLB free agents and several contending teams that need to make another move. Who fits the best where?

There have already been countless articles written, highlighting just how exciting the current offseason has been, especially compared to the past few years (including one of my own). Here at Call to the Pen, I also recently wrote up a list of the top-five free agents currently left on the market, using FanGraphs 2020 Top 50 MLB Free Agents list.

Now we need to take a look at the entire free agent class as a whole and determine which contending teams should be signing who.

But first, there needs to be some guidelines, as this exercise is meant to be as realistic as possible and not just a list declaring every team should sign the best available player; it needs to make sense in terms of roster-construction, plus each team’s current financial situation needs to be taken into consideration.

We also need to define which teams are contending teams. This could be a little complicated, being that teams like the Angels, Reds, Rangers and even White Sox seem to be determined to contend in 2020. However, you could perhaps say that for literally every team except maybe a few (Marlins, Mariners, and Tigers come to mind).

So to keep this from being a novel, let’s just stick with 2019’s playoff teams as our group of contending teams. Also, obviously it’s doubtful that all ten of these teams sign more MLB free agents, so look at this list as more of if they were to make another signing:

Remaining MLB Free Agents Best Fits

TEAM PLAYER POSITION
Braves Josh Donaldson 3B
Nationals Daniel Hudson RP
Cardinals Marcell Ozuna OF
Brewers Will Harris RP
Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu SP
Yankees Jason Castro C
Rays Starlin Castro INF
Twins Homer Bailey SP
Astros Kole Calhoun OF
A’s Cesar Hernandez 2B

Let’s look at each team, swapping back and forth between the NL and AL…