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2018 Will End With a Whole Lot of Free Agents Still Unsigned

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Last year, in the final few days before the calendar flipped to 2018, we were struck by the sheer volume of useful free agents still on the market. It was upwards of 150 guys who were at least on the borderline of being worthy of a big league deal, or at least were clear Spring Training invites.

Of course, as the market freeze out extended well into Spring Training, loads of those players wound up having to settle for minor league deals if they got them at all. Because of that, and because the one-off explanations/excuses for the slow market never struck us as nearly as powerful an explanation as the tightness that came with the new CBA, I can’t say I’m shocked to see that we’re in nearly the same place a year later.

Just to put some names on it, with 2018 about to flip to 2019, the following useful free agents (no doubt among others) remain unsigned. To be sure, a lot of these guys will sign minor league deals, at best. But before last year, even a lot of those types were long signed to minor league deals before the end of December.

In some ways, it’s heartening to see that this is a top-heavy list. On the other hand, this is still a whole lot of baseball players that merit finding a place to play, at least in Spring Training, and now they’ve got to begin a new year without a job:

  1. Bryce Harper, OF
  2. Manny Machado, SS/3B
  3. Craig Kimbrel, RHP
  4. Adam Ottavino, RHP
  5. Zach Britton, LHP
  6. Dallas Keuchel, LHP
  7. A.J. Pollock, OF
  8. Yasmani Grandal, C
  9. Marwin Gonzalez, UTL
  10. Jed Lowrie, INF
  11. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
  12. Brian Dozier, 2B
  13. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  14. Nick Markakis, OF
  15. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP
  16. Wade Miley, LHP
  17. Gio Gonzalez, LHP
  18. David Robertson, RHP
  19. Kelvin Herrera, RHP
  20. Cody Allen, RHP
  21. Justin Wilson, LHP
  22. Martin Maldonado, C
  23. Ervin Santana, RHP
  24. Adam Jones, OF
  25. Asdrubal Cabrera, UTL
  26. Josh Harrison, UTL
  27. Brad Brach, RHP
  28. Clay Buchholz, RHP
  29. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
  30. Derek Holland, LHP
  31. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
  32. Evan Gattis, C/DH
  33. Carlos Gonzalez, OF
  34. Jose Iglesias, SS
  35. Freddy Galvis, SS
  36. Denard Span, OF
  37. Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
  38. Oliver Perez, LHP
  39. Shawn Kelley, RHP
  40. Curtis Granderson, OF
  41. Matt Wieters, C
  42. Sergio Romo, RHP
  43. Gerardo Parra, OF
  44. Brett Anderson, LHP
  45. Neil Walker, UTL
  46. Tyler Clippard, RHP
  47. Ryan Madson, RHP
  48. Devin Mesoraco, C
  49. David Phelps, RHP
  50. Logan Morrison, 1B/DH
  51. Carlos Gomez, OF
  52. Jon Jay, OF
  53. Bud Norris, RHP
  54. Greg Holland, RHP
  55. Jerry Blevins, LHP
  56. Martin Perez, LHP
  57. Adam Warren, RHP
  58. Tony Sipp, LHP
  59. Francisco Liriano, LHP
  60. Jake Diekman, LHP
  61. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  62. Mark Reynolds, 1B/DH
  63. Edwin Jackson, RHP
  64. James Shields, RHP
  65. Matt Holliday, OF
  66. Jose Bautista, OF
  67. Marco Estrada, RHP
  68. Hanley Ramirez, DH
  69. Brad Miller, UTL
  70. Chris Young, OF
  71. Lucas Duda, 1B/DH
  72. Aaron Loup, LHP
  73. Daniel Hudson, RHP
  74. Tony Barnette, RHP
  75. Zach Duke, LHP
  76. Cameron Maybin, OF
  77. Matt Joyce, OF
  78. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  79. Doug Fister, RHP
  80. Adam Liberatore, LHP
  81. Randall Delgado, RHP
  82. Sean Rodriguez, UTL
  83. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
  84. Nathan Karns, RHP
  85. Jim Johnson, RHP
  86. Bert Traylor, SS
  87. Danny Valencia, UTL
  88. Melky Cabrera, OF
  89. Nick Hundley, C
  90. Austin Jackson, OF
  91. Hector Santiago, LHP
  92. Brandon Maurer, RHP
  93. John Axford, RHP
  94. Santiago Casilla, RHP
  95. Craig Gentry, OF
  96. Hunter Pence, OF
  97. Marc Rzepczynski, LHP
  98. Alcides Escobar, SS
  99. Chase Headley, 3B
  100. Abraham Almonte, OF
  101. Phil Hughes, RHP
  102. Jaime Garcia, LHP
  103. Tom Koehler, RHP
  104. A.J. Ramos, RHP
  105. George Kontos, RHP
  106. Chris Hatcher, RHP
  107. Fernando Salas, RHP
  108. Zach McAllister, RHP
  109. Boone Logan, LHP
  110. Josh Tomlin, RHP
  111. Rene Rivera, C
  112. Bobby Wilson, C
  113. Drew Butera, C
  114. Tim Collins, LHP
  115. Chris Tillman, RHP
  116. Junichi Tazawa, RHP
  117. Tommy Milone, LHP
  118. Peter Moylan, RHP
  119. Adam Rosales, UTL
  120. Ryan Schimpf, UTL
  121. Jose Reyes, INF
  122. Bartolo Colon, RHP
  123. Jason Hammel, RHP
  124. Jeanmar Gomez, RHP
  125. Jose Lobaton, C
  126. Justin Grimm, RHP
  127. Jandel Gustave, RHP
  128. Brandon Guyer, OF
  129. Chris Volstad, RHP
  130. Andrew Romine, UTL
  131. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  132. Yovani Gallardo, RHP
  133. Ryan Flaherty, UTL
  134. A.J. Ellis, C
  135. Matt Belisle, RHP
  136. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  137. Chris Stewart, C
  138. Tony Cruz, C
  139. Gordon Beckham, UTL

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Author: Brett Taylor

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