MLB FREE AGENCY

Complete 2019 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Each position is broken up with featured write-ups of all top players in each position. 


CATCHERS:

Yasmani Grandal – Signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on a 1-year contract. (1/9/2019)

  • This is just an overall shocker. Yasmani Grandal had a strong market this offseason haven received interest from teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and heavily from the New York Mets. At one point this offseason, the New York Mets offered a lucrative four-year, $66 million dollar contract but he decided to turn that down, which could have ended up being a mistake money-wise. Yasmani Grandal lands with the Milwaukee Brewers who have been looking for an upgrade behind home plate for a few seasons now. Yasmani Grandal is noted to have solid power which was on display last season in which he hit 24 home runs in 124 games with the Dodgers. With Miller Park being a hitters ballpark, Grandal could use this one-year contract as an advantage to have the 2020 market be much stronger if he backs with the numbers for a second straight season.

Brian McCann – Signed with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $2 million dollar contract. (11/26/2018)

  • It’s a homecoming for Brian McCann who spent the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. Last month, the Houston Astros declined Brian McCann’s $15 million dollar club option which made him a free agent. Since hitting free agency, McCann has been linked to a reunion with the Braves and now it has all been confirmed. McCann is set to platooning this time around for the rising Atlanta Braves, he will play behind the plate with Taylor Flowers in 2019.

Martin Maldonado

Wilson Ramos

Kurt Suzuki – Signed with the Washington Nationals on a two-year, $12 million dollar contract. (11/19/2018)

  • This will be Kurt Suzuki‘s second stint with the Washington Nationals having previously played for them in 2012 and 2013. Suzuki, 35, spent the last two seasons with division rival Atlanta Braves where he put up back-to-back solid campaigns for the team. Last season, Suzuki had a batting line of .271/.322/.776. He will take over starting duties while Spencer Kieboom and Pedro Severino battle for the backup role in Spring Training.

Jonathan Lucroy – Signed with the Los Angeles Angels on one-year, $3.35 million dollar contract. (12/28/2018)

  • Sticking within the AL West, Jonathan Lucory had a step-back season in 2018 which saw him bat .241 on the season an 4 home runs with Oakland. Adding a catcher was a must for the Angels since they moved on from former gold glove winner Martin Maldonado mid-year last year. Lucroy still offers solid defensive play at age 32.

Devin Mesocraco

Robinson Chirinos

Drew Butera

Jeff Mathis – Signed with the Texas Rangers on a two-year, $6.25 million dollar contract. (11/20/2018)

  • The deal has been finalized after his physical. Mathis, not really known for his hitting skills more so for his great defensive skills behind the plate. He will serve as a backup for the Rangers as the team will move forward with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as their likely starter.

 

  • Matt Wieters
  • Nick Hundley
  • Bryan Holaday
  • Stephen Vogt
  • Adam Moore
  • Jhonatan Solano

FIRST BASEMAN:

Steve Pearce: Re-signed with the Boston Red Sox on a one year and $6.25 million dollar contract. (11/16/2019)

Logan Morrison:

Matt Adams: Signed with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $4 million dollar contract. (1/18/19)

Joe Mauer: Announced his retirement from professional baseball.

Lucas Duda:

Hanley Ramirez:

Mark Reynolds:


SECOND BASEMAN:

D.J. LeMahieu: Signed with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million dollar contract. (1/14/19)

Jed Lowrie: Signed with the New York Mets on a two-year, $20 million dollar contract. (1/15/19)

Brian Dozier: Signed with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million dollar contract. (1/13/19)

Ian Kinsler: Signed with the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $8 million dollar contract. (12/14/2018)

  • The aging Ian Kinsler lands a multi-year contract with the San Diego Padres. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Padres plan to keep Julio Urias at second while Kinsler will be shifted to third base. Last season, Kinsler had another decline at the plate as he hit .240/.301/.380 in a split-season with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Kinsler is likely that bridge player who will wait for the arrival of Fernando Tatis Jr.. Javier Guerra is currently listed as the starting shortstop.

 

  • Asdrubal Cabrera:
  • Neil Walker:
  • Andrew Romine: Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league contract. (1/11/19)
  • Logan Forsythe:
  • Sean Rodriguez:
  • Daniel Descalso: Signed with the Chicago Cubs on a two-year, $5 million dollar contract. (12/18/2018)

SHORTSTOPS:

Manny Machado:

Elvis Andrus: Decided not to opt out of his current contract with Texas Rangers. (10/29/18)

Alcides Escobar:

Troy Tulowitzki: Signed with the New York Yankees on a one-year, veteran minimum deal. (1/5/19)

  • Year’s ago this would have been a big signing but year’s later it comes with Tulo out of his prime. Troy Tulowitzki was outed in Toronto after missing all of 2018 due to ankle surgery due to bone spurs and with the team not knowing what to essentially do with him. Troy Tulowitzki had a lot of interest from NL West team’s mainly the Giants but the Yankees offered a deal and he was immediately all over for the deal. Tulo will serve as a reserve for the Yankees in 2019.

Freddy Galvis:

Adeiny Hechavarria:

  • Jordy Mercer: Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $5.25 million dollar contract. (12/14/18)
  • Jose Iglesias:
  • Eric Sogard:

THIRD BASEMAN:

Josh Donaldson: Signed with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $23 million dollar contract. (11/26/2018)

  • WHAT A CONTRACT! That is a lot of money the Atlanta Braves are throwing out there to get the best third baseman on the open market. It was reported last week that Donaldson planned on signing right after Manny Machado possibly due to the fact he wanted to see what the market was for himself. Last season, Donaldson was hit with the injury bug again with his lingering calf injury, which really affected his play even when he got traded to Cleveland. Donaldson will be joining Brian McCann who also signed with Atlanta today; both of which will be joining a young and rising talent ridden Braves team in 2019. The Braves now need to switch their focus on pitching.

Eduardo Escobar: Re-signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three-year, $21 million dollar contract. (10/22/2018)

  • Eduardo Escobar turned out to be a huge success for the Arizona Diamondbacks who lost Jake Lamb last season due to shoulder surgery. Escobar is very expendable in the infield as well. 2018 was a career year for him as he hit a career-high 23 home runs, 84 RBI’s and a .272 average.

Adrian Beltre: Announced his retirement from baseball after 21-seasons.

Mike Moustakas

  • Jung Ho-Kang: Re-signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a one-year deal. (11/8/18)
  • Jose Reyes
  • Danny Valencia
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Chase Headley
  • Pablo Sandoval: Giants picked up Pablo Sandoval’s club option of $500,000 for 2019. (10/29/2018)
  • Phil Gosselin: Signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. (12/18/2018)

OUTFIELDERS:

Bryce Harper:

Adam Jones:

A.J. Pollock:

Nick Markakis:

Marwin Gonzalez:

Andrew McCutchen: Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a three-year, $50 million dollar contract.

  • This is a big boost in the Phillies outfield which has a fair share of concern in the outfield. The Phillies already made a move to move Carlos Santana out of the first baseman role so that natural Rhys Hoskins can make the full-time transition back to first. As for McCutchen, the move brings him back to Pennsylvania, the state in which he started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates for years, so it’s sorta a homecoming for him. In 2018, McCutchen spent the season split between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankee. McCutchen put up solid stats last season as he hit .255 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI’s (bat line: .255/.368/.424). The addition of McCutchen could be one of many moves to come from the Phillies this winter. The Phillies still remain interested in former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

Billy Hamilton: Signed with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $5 million dollar contract. (12/10/2018)

  • Last month, Billy Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds which landed him on the free agent market but, he quickly found a home with Kansas City. Billy Hamilton got a lot of recognition in the minors for his elite talent speed but not much for his hitting which has been the biggest concern. In 2018, Hamilton had a stepback season on the base path as he stole 36 bases compared to the average 55 the prior four seasons. Also, Hamilton finished 2018 off below average having a batting line of .236/.299/.327 in a full season with Cincinnati. Hamilton will provide a solid defensive player in their outfield and phenomenal speed on the base path. Hamilton is one piece in the on-going rebuild for the Kansas City Royals.

Michael Brantley:

Carlos Gonzalez:

Carlos Gomez:

Avisail Garcia: Signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on a one-year, $3.5 million dollar contract. (1/18/19)

  • Garcia’s physical officially came back and the contract is official. 2018 saw a big step back in Garcia’s career as he posted a poor .236 batting average and saw him take multiple trips to the disabled list with a hamstring injury. This deal is manageable as the talent in Garcia is there but he is injury-prone. Garcia can make up to $6 million dollars in 2019 with the incentives in his contract.

Gerardo Parra:

Hunter Pence:

Cameron Maybin:

Derek Dietrich

  • Brandon Barnes: Re-signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. (12/22/2018)
  • Bubba Starling: Re-signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. (12/17/2018)
  • Rajai Davis:
  • Eric Young Jr.
  • Shane Robinson: Signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. (11/29/2018)
  • Austin Jackson
  • Paulo Orlando
  • Matt Szczur: Signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (12/14/2018)
  • Melky Cabrera
  • Gorkys Hernandez: Signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
  • Denard Span
  • Matt Joyce
  • Jabari Blash
  • J.B. Shuck
  • Nick Franklin
  • Chris Owings: Signed with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $3 million dollar contract.
  • Jon Jay:
  • Brandon Guyer:
  • Chris Young Jr.:
  • Gregor Blanco:

STARTING PITCHERS:

Clayton Kershaw: Dodgers sign Kershaw to a 3-year, $93 million dollar contract extension (11/2/2018)

  • 2018 saw a small step back but still overall productive year for the coming 31-year old. In 2018, Clayton Kershaw has plagued once again with injury (biceps and back) for the first half of the season. During the second half, on short time, Kershaw was able to finish the season strong but in the end, produced career lows in ERA and win total since 2009 where he finished the season with an 8-8 record and 2.79 ERA (9-5, 2.73 ERA in 2018). Kershaw’s contract will carry a salary of $32 million in 2019, $33 million in 2020 before hitting free agency in 2021.

Patrick Corbin: Signed with the Washington Nationals on a 6-year, $140 million dollar contract. (12/2/2018)

  • Patrick Corbin picked Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. The battle for Corbin was a lengthy battle between teams and teams did have their limits including the Yankees as they did not want a deal any longer than five-years on Corbin. As for Philadelphia, the only assumption that could be in play is that the money was too high as they are still in pursuit of Harper and Machado and just did not want to give into a high salary that could lose hope on the other two big-name players. As for Corbin, he finishes out in what will be a big three-headed monster in Washington as he will join Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer in the Nats rotation for the year’s to come. With the rotation at full strength, this could be the time the Nationals start looking at hitters on the market.

Dallas Keuchel:

David Price: Decided not to opt out of remaining four years, $127 million dollar contract with Boston

Madison Bumgarner: Giants pickup Bumgarner’s $12 million dollar club option for 2019. (10/29/2018)

  • In 2018, Madison Bumgarner took 10-steps back. Bumgarner finished 2018 with a 6-7 record, 3.26 ERA, 109 strikeouts in 129.2 innings this season. This was a second consecutive ineffective season for Bumgarner. Entering 2019, Bumgarner will be in a contract year and with the team not in talks of a contract extension right now it could bring up a possibility of a trade since the team is in re-build mode, so they say.

Charlie Morton: Signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on a two year, $30 million dollar contract. (12/20/2018)

  • The Tampa Bay Rays have a great concoction of young talent Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow, now add Morton and you could have something here. In 2018 with Houston, Charlie Morton was lights out as he finished the season with a 3.13 ERA, 15-3 W-L ratio and a 3.5 WAR. The addition of Morton gives a solid balance and leader in the rotation as the Tampa Bay Rays continue on with their franchise rebuild.

J.A. Happ: Re-signed with the New York Yankees on a two-year contract with $34 million guaranteed. (12/12/2018)

  • The New York Yankees are holding onto J.A. Happ for what is confirmed for the next two seasons. Happ’s contract with the Yankees carries a vesting option for the 2021 season. The overall addition is a great for the Yankees as they are rounding out their rotation for the long run as they just recently acquired James Paxton from Seattle. Happ will continue to resume his role in the middle of the rotation for the Yankees.

Hyun-JinRyu

Gio Gonzalez

CC Sabathia: Re-signed with the New York Yankees on a one-year, $8 million dollar contract. (11/6/2018)

  • Going forward it seems like it will be a year-to-year thing between Sabathia and the Yankees. In 2018, Sabathia had another productive season for the Yankees as he posted a 9-7 record, 3.56 ERA, 140 strikeouts in 153 innings. This offseason, Sabathia was getting a considerable amount of free agent interest from other teams like the Astros who lost Lance McCullers Jr. to Tommy John Surgery and the Oakland Athletics. 10-years in the Bronx is not enough for him and he will continue on with season 11 with the Yankees in 2019.

Adam Wainwright

Garrett Richards

Clay Buchholz

Lance Lynn: Signed with the Texas Rangers on a three-year, $35 million dollar contract. (12/12/2018)

  • The Texas Rangers have decided to go big on a pitcher who struggled in 2018. Last season, Lynn finished the season at .500 record of 10-10, a scary ERA of 4.77 in 156 innings while in a split season with Minnesota and New York (Yankees). The re-building Rangers are investing pitchers who are in their mid-30’s rather than target young which is quite an interesting way of “re-building” their rotation. Lynn is expected to be the Rangers #2 pitcher entering the 2019 season should the team not trade Mike Minor who is generating trade interest.

Marco Estrada

Wade Miley

Matt Harvey: Signed with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year, $11 million dollar contract. (12/22/2018)

  • Harvey has passed his physical and is now officially with the Los Angeles Angels for 2019. Last season, was not bittersweet for Matt Harvey as his early season struggles placed him out of the starting rotation for the Mets and into their bullpen. Later, in May, the Mets designated him for an assignment where he had flashes when he was acquired via a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey now lands with his third team in his MLB career in the Los Angeles Angels. Harvey can earn an extra $3 million in incentives. Matt Harvey will serve as a middle of the rotation for the Angels for 2019.

Tyson Ross: Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $5,75 million dollar contract. (12/10/2018)

  • The re-building Detroit Tigers added another pitcher in the name of Tyson Ross. Last season, Ross spent the season split between the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2018, Ross did find success at times but finished off the season with a rocky ERA at 4.15. The Tigers have been focused on getting depth in the rotation as this is their second pitching signing as they signed Matt Moore at the end of November. Tyson Ross could be looking at being in the backend of the rotation with Matt Moore in 2019.

Doug Fister

Matt Moore: Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $2-3 million dollar contract. (11/27/2018)

  • The exact terms of the contract salary have yet to be clarified but it is in the ballpark of 2-3 million. Earlier last month, the Texas Rangers declined Moore’s $12 million dollar club option which was to come after a rocky 2017 season. Last season, Moore has spent time in both the starting rotation and in the bullpen for the Rangers and struggled on both ends as he posted a 6.79 ERA. Coming to Detroit, his role is not firmly known but Moore could be middle to back of the rotation pitcher for the Tigers in 2019.
  • Jeremy Hellickson
  • Jason Hammel
  • Francisco Liriano
  • Brett Anderson
  • Derek Holland: Re-signed with the San Francisco Giants on a one-year, $7 million dollar contract. (1/14/19)
  • Martin Perez
  • Jaime Garcia
  • James Shields
  • Drew Pomeranz: Signed with the San Francisco Giants
  • Miguel Gonzalez
  • Chris Tillman
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Hisashi Iwakuma
  • Taylor Guerrieri: Signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. (1/9/2019)

RELIEF PITCHERS:

Andrew Miller: Signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a two-year, $25 million dollar contract. (12/21/18)

  • What a big addition for the Cardinals bullpen. Yes, Andrew Miller is 34 and is going to be coming back from a season which was riddled with injury but Miller has been a productive back end of the bullpen pitcher. When signing with the Cardinals the team did not know what exactly his role will be with the team as all eyes seem set as the setup man to closer Jordan Hicks. Andrew Miller’s contract with the Cardinals carries a 2021 $12 million dollar vesting option if he makes 110 appearances over the next two seasons.

David Robertson: Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-year, $23 million dollar contract. (1/3/19)

  • Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler made it clear that the team does not plan on having set closer for 2019 and will instead have a combination of players having the opportunity to save games this upcoming season. David Robertson joins Seranthony Dominguez as the two top relief pitchers on the team so all closing situations could very well platoon between the two in 2019.

Hunter Strickland:

Zach Britton: Re-signed with the New York Yankees on a 3-year, $39 million dollar contract. (1/11/2019)

Adam Ottavino: Signed with the New York Yankees on a 3-year, $27 million dollar contract. (1/17/2019)

  • The New York Yankees strike gold this offseason! This team has a five-headed monster in the bullpen as the addition of Ottavino just rounds out the most dominant bullpen in all of Major League Baseball. Last season, Ottavino posted phenomenal numbers including a 2.43 ERA, 122 strikeouts in 77 innings last season. We would imagine that Ottavino will work early innings alongside Chad Green for the Bronx Bombers this season.

Joe Kelly: Signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a three-year, $21 million contract. (12/21/18)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the backend of their bullpen with the addition of Joe Kelly. The Dodgers have used Pedro Baez as the team’s setup man to Kenley Jensen but the addition of Kelly could push him out of the role. Kelly was stellar this past post-season which saw him win Game 5 over his new team. Kelly’s contract also features a $12 million dollar club option in 2021.

Joakim Soria: Signed with the Oakland Athletics on a 2-year, $15 million dollar contract. (12/21/18)

  • The Oakland Athletics lost out on Jeurys Familia as he returned to the Mets on a multi-year contract. Joakim Soria comes to Oakland from Milwaukee where he posted a productive 3.19 ERA last season. He will serve as the new setup man for the Athletics.

Jesse Chavez: Signed with the Texas Rangers on a 2-year, $8 million dollar contract. (11/27/2018)

  • Journeymen… Jesse Chavez. Chavez will be making his second stint with the Texas Rangers as last year he joined the team but was later traded to the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. Chavez, 35, is notable for being versatile as he can be used in both the bullpen and in the rotation if needed to be, both needs for the Rangers. We would predict that the Rangers would use him out of the bullpen in 2019.

A.J. Ramos:

Ryan Madson:

Justin Wilson: Signed with the New York Mets on a two-year, $10 million dollar contract. (1/28/2019)

  • Justin Wilson and the New York Mets agreed to terms on a deal last week but the physical was holding the deal back. Justin Wilson joining the Mets bullpen provides solidarity within the bullpen. Justin Wilson will serve as an early inning relief pitcher for New York.

 

  • Tyler Clippard:
  • Tony Sipp:
  • Bud Norris:
  • Hector Santiago:
  • John Axford:
  • Shawn Kelley:
  • Jim Johnson:
  • Adam Warren:
  • Xavier Cedeno:
  • Brandon Maurer:
  • Brad Brach:
  • Daniel Hudson:
  • Tom Koehler:
  • Dan Jennings:

CLOSERS:

Craig Kimbrel:

Cody Allen: Signed with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year, $9 million dollar contract. (1/18/19)

  • Well, it is currently a toss up but nothing is set and stone but everything lies on a pending physical. The Los Angeles Angels have been targeting a closer this offseason and with Craig Kimbrel being the most attractive name on the free agent closer market he also demands a high salary and lengthy deal, something the Angels are not interested in doing. Cody Allen lands with the Angels who have been searching for a prominent closer and with players like Andrew Miller, Roberton and Britton all signed Cody Allen was surely the next sought after relief pitcher. 2018 was a step-back season for Allen which saw him blow 5 saves on the year and a produce a 4.70 ERA at season’s end. Should Allen bounce back in 2019 he could look at a multi-year deal like he sought this offseason next offseason.

Kelvin Herrera: Signed with the Chicago White Sox on a two-year, $18 million dollar contract. (1/7/2019)

  • What a way to round out your bullpen with the addition of Kelvin Herrera. This offseason, the Chicago White Sox went out to be in the running for big name free agents and they were able to strengthen the bullpen with Alex Colome but Herrera is the cherry-on-top. Herrera, 29, was dealt to Washington last summer in which saw a big turn around as he flopped for the Nationals as he finished 2018 with a 4.55 ERA with Washington alone. He will look to bounce back in 2019 as Colome’s setup man. (Author’s Note): With a strengthened-up bullpen, the White Sox still lack solidarity hitting wise and with them doing everything to try and get Machado and Harper in and not avail time could be running out and they could be looking for another option. 

Jeurys Familia: Signed with the New York Mets on a 3-year, $30 million dollar contract. (12/13/18)

  • Familia is coming back to the big apple! Familia re-joins the Mets after the team shipped him off last season for a pair of prospects. Familia will be the setup man for Edwin Diaz.

Brad Boxberger:

Sergio Romo:

Leave A Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.