We highlighted some of the big names in the MLB and their recent decisions in yesterday’s article. We’ll add a lot more players and let you know if they’ve signed, or remain out there on the open market in today’s piece.
Marwin Gonzalez, who turned himself into a legitimate hitting machine while in Houston, finds himself unsigned on the open market. He can launch 30 home runs in any given season while hitting between .260-.290. He has a lot of potential, and it’s surprising.
Dallas Keuchel, also a former Astro, was a Cy Young award winner. He’s a talented pitcher who is yet to pick a team. This comes as a big surprise, despite the fact that he struggled mightily in 2018. How many young Cy Young winners can really say they are without a home just three years later, one month prior to the season starting?
Rather than talk about Bryce Harper again, let’s go right to Craig Kimbrel. He has been one of the most consistent closers of the past eight years, a guy who has extremely velocity and a knack for finishing games without too many issues. However, he completely imploded during the playoffs for Boston. He nearly cost them three or four playoff games with his lack of control. He was selected to the All-Star Game for the seventh time in eight years and saved his most games since 2014. SIGN THE MAN!
Other notable unsigned FA’s:
Gio Gonzalez, Adam Jones, Jose Iglesias, Evan Gattis
The Tigers made some headlines yesterday when they added longtime Pirates infielder Josh Harrison. He is very capable of being a regular, and Detroit has every intention of making him the regular second baseman. He is strong in the field with his defensive game, and boasts a decent offensive repertoire as well, as he can hit close to .300 in any given season.
A move that has gotten very little attention was Daniel Murphy signing with the Rockies. After being dealt to the Cubs very late last season, he opted to take his talents to the hitter-friendly Coors Field, where he can get a lot done. This move could help put this team even further over the top offensively than they already are. With DJ LeMahieu on the outs and headed to NY, he will fit in brilliantly. Murphy will tear it up here.
One of the most underrated moves of the offseason was made by the Angels. They have had great hitters for a number of years now, but the pitching always lets them down, especially the bullpen when they have to come in and get it done. They signed former Indians closer Cody Allen—a huge upgrade who they had on the roster prior. They need to make a playoff appearance under Mike Trout again, and they have to do it soon. It’s been too long since he’s made it that far.
Manny Machado is a Padre… and we continue to wait on Harper. A surprising retirement announcement came from San Francisco earlier this week when Bruce Bochy said he’d be hanging it up after the season.