With a possible lockout on the horizon, it’s been mostly business as usual on the free agent market — so far.
Detroit signed left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez. Houston signed righty Justin Verlander. Noah Syndergaard moved from the Mets and to the Angels under a costly one-year agreement.
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Last week was the deadline for qualifying offers. This further clarified who was going to be in open market.
While it remains to be determined if the uncertainty surrounding the next labor deal will impact offseason moves by the best players, there is no denying that there are many good options available for teams who want to improve their team.
Below is a list of the top baseball free agents, sorted by position. In parentheses, players’ current ages appear.
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LEFT-HANDED TABLET STARTER
Carlos Rodón, White Sox (28)
It’s a toss-up between Rodón and Robbie Ray. Rodón didn’t really threaten Ray in the Cy Young vote, but his ERA was about a half a run lower and he’s also younger. And Ray received a qualifying offer while Rodón did not, so that may make Rodón a more enticing target.
Alternative options Ray: Ray did well in 2020, but it isn’t like he was a miracle worker. Also, he did very well in 2017. Clayton Kershaw has not pitched for the Dodgers but is available and, at 33 years old, can still be productive if he’s healthy.
Aaron Loup, Mets (33).
Loup was 6-0 and had…