We saw an action packed 2016 offseason another great 2017 offseason is close to starting as we will see some big power bats and also some big power arms. Here, we will predict where top free agents will land.
The 36 year old veteran has had a great season so far he had a 2.12 ERA with the A’s and Dodgers this season in 110 innings pitched. Although the lefty has struggled with injuries expect some teams to try and get him for maybe a third or fourth spot in their rotation. The Dodgers will most likely work very hard to keep the lefty after he played so good.
Landing Spot: Los Angeles Dodgers
Chapman has made himself into one of the most effective closers. The southpaw hit 100 plus with his fastball has made hitters swinging at nothing. He went 36 for 39 in save attempts and tore up batters with 90 strikeouts and a 1.55 ERA in 59 appearances. Expect the Cubs to resign the closer as he most likely will make some big bucks with the closer role becoming more and more important in the MLB. Watchout for the Yankees to try to bring him back as well.
Landing Spot: Chicago Cubs
Jansen has been one of the biggest cogs in the Dodgers system with 47 saves. Dave Roberts has used a lot and Jansen has delivered with such incredible numbers. Although the Dodgers would love to resign him they might not be able to with four big Dodger names hitting the open market. The Yankees could be a top suitor for ever since Dellin Betances took over the closer roles he has not been too strong and the Yankees might look to move Betances back to a setup man and Jansen to closer.
Landing Spot: New York Yankees
Mark Melancon has been a save machine in his seven year career and has been known as a very solid closer. He has four 20 plus save seasons and is known for not blowing many saves. The 31 year old righty will get a good amount of interest. One team that stands out to me will be the Giants. They have had some closer problems with Casilla struggling and then Sergio Romo taking over the closer spot. The Giants will look to get a consistent everyday closer with Melancon.
Landing Spot: San Francisco Giants
Turner has turned into a big threat and one of the Dodgers best players. He hit .275 this season with 90 RBI’s. The big third baseman has been very reliable for the Dodgers and he will most likely be the first person the try to get a deal done with.
Landing Spot: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Jays are going to see there two biggest sluggers hit free agency this year with Edwin being one of them the Jays will work hard to keep him in Toronto but might not be able to. Encarnacion was so important to the Blue Jays hitting 42 home runs and 127 RBI’s. The slugger will probably make a lot of money for a 33 year old. Although the Jays push to resign him will be strong expect AL east rival Boston Red Sox to look at him with Big Papi retiring. In the end the Red Sox huge payroll will make it easy to give Encarnacion a large amount of money.
Landing Spot: Boston Red Sox
Bautista is the second Blue Jays slugger hitting free agency this year. Jose Bautista has been a staple in Toronto. In his seven years with the Jays he has only hit under 20 home runs once. The right handed hitting slugger is known for his bat flip and has been made a fan favorite in the Roger's Centre and expect him to stay north of the border.
Landing Spot: Toronto Blue Jays
Ramos has been great so far in the 2016 campaign although it was cut short by a torn ACL. Wilson is 29 and could get a long deal. Looking ahead it is hard to tell whether he stays in D.C. The Nationals will work hard to bring him back. Another team that could pursue him could be the Mets. We all know both teams could afford him. It will be an interesting offseason for Ramos.
Landing Spot: New York Mets
Yoenis Cespedes might of seen his final days in Citi Field after the Mets were eliminated from the playoffs with the wild-card loss to the Giants. With the hard hitting outfielder most likely opting out, Cespedes will be a free agent and one can assume that he will get a large contract since he one of the best if not the best player in this free agent class. Cespedes has seen good days and bad days but really established himself with the Mets. If the Mets have no interest in bringing him back one team that would love to add him would be the Nationals. Last offseason the Nationals tried to sign another slugging outfielder to go with Bryce Harper but came up short as they missed out on Cespedes and Jason Heyward. This offseason the Nationals will look to work much harder to sign a big star like Cespedes.
Landing Spot: Washington Nationals