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The Top 10 MLB Players That May Change Hands This Offseason

NTK Network takes a look at the MLB free agent and trade markets, ahead of what's sure to be an exciting offseason.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2017 @4:01pm
The Top 10 MLB Players That May Change Hands This Offseason

The Major League Baseball (MLB) offseason is upon us, which means teams are getting ready to either sell off key players, buy through the trade market, or gamble on free agents with eight- and nine-figure, multi-year contracts.

With that in mind, NTK Network is taking a look at some of the top players available, either through trade or free agency, this offseason. We don’t bother to predict where a player will go or how much money he will make – we would be wrong, anyways – but we do consider why a team may want a player in particular.

Here they are, ranked from #10 to #1, with some more details about their recent contracts, wins above replacement (WAR) in 2017, and why teams may want them.

#10: Mike Moustakas, 3B, 29

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last salary: 1 years, $8.7M (2017, avg. $8.7M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 1.8
  • Why teams want him: Moustakas is young, has 40-home-run power, and is one of the few viable options available at third base. Plus, he has a World Series ring (Royals, 2015).

#9: Wade Davis, CP, 32

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last salary: 1 years, $10M (2017, avg. $10M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 1.9
  • Why teams want him: If you need a closer in 2018, Wade Davis is your best option on the market. He has deep playoff experience, and will look for deals like Aroldis Chapman ($86M) and Kenley Jansen ($80M) received last year

#8: Jake Arrieta, SP, 31

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last salary: 1 years, $15.6M (2017, avg. $15.6M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 1.9
  • Why teams want him: Arrieta has reinvented himself in the last few years, going from an Orioles afterthought to an ace for a World Series-winning team (Cubs, 2016). He’ll cash in this winter.

#7: Eric Hosmer, 1B, 28

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last salary: 1 years, $12.3M (2017, avg. $12.3M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 4.0
  • Why teams want him: Hosmer is young, and coming off a career year in which he hit .318 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs. He’d also be a lefty addition to lineups that are heavy on right-handed hitters.

#6: Lorenzo Cain, CF, 31

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last salary: 1 years, $11M (2017, avg. $11M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 5.3
  • Why teams want him: Cain is a leadoff hitter and plus-defender who plays a position (center field) that is thin on good hitters. His age works against him, but he still has a few years of speed and range left.

#5: Yu Darvish, SP, 31

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last contract: 6 years, $56M (2012-2017, avg. $9M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 3.8
  • Why teams want him: Rough World Series notwithstanding, Darvish would be an ace on many teams and is in the prime of his career. He’s due for a big raise, think more than $25 million a year.

#4: Christian Yelich, OF, 25

  • Current team: Miami Marlins
  • Current contract: 7 years, $50M (2015-2021, avg. $7M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 3.9
  • Why teams want him: One of three star outfielders the Marlins are shopping, Yelich is the youngest on this left and is being paid a reasonable salary through 2021.

#3: J.D. Martinez, OF, 30

  • Current team: Free agent
  • Last contract: 3 years, $21.5M (2015-2017, avg. $7M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 4.1
  • Why teams want him: Martinez is coming off a monster year, particularly in his one half-season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s reportedly seeking a seven-year deal worth over $200 million. Watch the Red Sox and D-Backs.

#2: Marcell Ozuna, OF, 27

  • Current team: Miami Marlins
  • Current contract: Arbitration-eligible, earliest free agent year is 2020
  • 2017 WAR: 5.8
  • Why teams want him: Ozuna’s not a big name in baseball (yet), but the outfielder just hit 37 home runs and knocked in 124 runs in his age-26 season. He put up numbers similar to the #1 guy on our list, but costs hundreds of millions less.

#1: Giancarlo Stanton, OF, 28

  • Current team: Miami Marlins
  • Current contract: 13 years, $325M (2015-2027, avg. $25M/year)
  • 2017 WAR: 7.6
  • Why teams want him: Despite the heavy price tag ($250 million over the next 10 years), Stanton is undoubtedly one of the best hitters in baseball. If someone nabs him (Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants), they could be acquiring baseball’s future all-time home run king.
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