As the destinations of Major League FA big-fish players are revealed one after another, the market is approaching its end. However, there are also free agents who are still looking for a team. Are there still items for sale that attract the club’s attention?
On the 19th (hereafter Korean time), infielder Justin Turner and outfielder Michael Brantley agreed to contracts with the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, respectively. After parting ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Turner signed a two-year, $22 million contract with Boston, and Brantley signed a one-year, $12 million contract.
‘MLB.com’ quickly highlighted the uncontracted players for each position remaining in the free agency market. The media said, “It is not that there are no players left in the market that teams can catch because of the free agent contracts of superstars.”
The media introduced right-hander Nathan Eovaldi as a starting pitcher. This year, Eovaldi pitched in 20 games and recorded a 3.87 ERA with 6 wins, 3 losses, 109⅓ innings, and 103 strikeouts. The media said, “There are concerns about injuries after suffering shoulder and elbow injuries over the past few seasons, but when healthy, he has proven to be one of the great starters in the American League over the past five seasons.”
Giant first baseman Trey Mancini was named the designated hitter. Mancini, who played for the Baltimore Orioles and Houston this year, had a batting average of 0.239, 18 homers, 63 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.710 in 143 games. Except for 2016, which was his debut season, he had his worst year. In particular, after moving to Houston, he suffered from a batting average of 0.176 OPS and 0.622 extreme sluggishness.
However, the media looked optimistically, saying, “Mancini returned after battling cancer and proved that he still has one shot by recording 39 homers and an OPS of 0.735 over two seasons. It can be an effective contract for a team that needs an above-average hitter.” 메이저놀이터
Jurickson Profar, the main left fielder who ate Kim Ha-seong for two years, is also waiting for a new contract. Profar, who mainly played as a leadoff this year, recorded a batting average of 0.243, 15 homers, 58 RBIs and an OPS of 0.723 in 152 games. The media highly praised Profar’s utility defensive ability and recommended, “With Andrew Benitendi (White Sox) retired from the market, Profar, who had a strong season in San Diego this year, is the best left fielder left.”
Additionally, the media cited catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Will Myers, second baseman Gene Segura, shortstop Jose Iglesias, third baseman Evan Longoria, center fielder Adam Angel, right fielder Adam Duvall, and reliever Craig Kimbrel.
In addition to them, infielders Brandon Belt, Elvis Andrews, Matt Carpenter, outfielder Michael Conforto, and pitchers Michael Waka, Wade Miley, and Will Smith are looking for a team.