MLB Free Agency: The All Unemployment Team

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09: Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson #20 rounds the bases after hitting a home run the fifth and final game of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 9, 2019 at Suntrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09: Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson #20 rounds the bases after hitting a home run the fifth and final game of the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 9, 2019 at Suntrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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MLB Free Agency: The All Unemployment Team

The Verdict

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  1. Yasiel Puig, RF
  2. Nick Castellanos, LF
  3. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  4. Marcell Ozuna, DH
  5. Todd Frazier, 1B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  7. Castro/Chirinos, C
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Our all Free Agent Team is going to have to smash their way to the playoffs.  The lineup lacks a left-handed bat which would make them susceptible to any good RHPs.

The success of this team would probably look like the 13-2 Mariners slugging their way to 11-10 victories every day, which would be entertaining but not something that could be counted on.

While we would need to fill the rest of the roster, we will assume that the remaining spots will be replacement-level players. The free-agent team’s current WAR total is a shade under 30 at 29.9.  Looking at FanGraphs depth charts, that makes our team comparable to the Rangers, Pirates, and Blue Jays.

This team profiles as a fringe contender who could hang around until July but would fade come July and August.

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If there are any expansion owners out there in Portland, Montreal, Charlotte, or elsewhere, you could buy this team tomorrow.  The team wouldn’t be enough for the playoffs but they would be interesting and hang around longer than the Orioles or Marlins.