MLB 2018 Free Agency Predictions
All updates in the prediction sections are as of 1/2
Notable Free Agents who have already signed (as of 12/5).
All numbers in parenthesis are the ESPN free agent rank of the player.
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks→ Nationals (3)
Josh Donaldson, Indians→ Braves (8)
Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox→ Red Sox (11)
CC Sabathia, Yankees→ Yankees (27)
Jesse Chavez, Cubs→ Rangers (28)
Steve Pearce, Red Sox→ Red Sox, (49)
The Huge Ones
Manny Machado, Los Angeles Dodgers, SS/3B (1)
The option for Manny Machado to play either shortstop or third base makes him open to a lot of teams in need of the position. The Braves and Phillies were thought to be some of the potential suitors for Machado but Josh Donaldson signed with Atlanta and the Phillies traded for Jean Segura which limits both their chances. Machado has seemed to lean towards the Yankees and that’s probably where he’ll end up even with his ‘Johnny Hustle’ comments.
Prediction: New York Yankees, Second: Philadelphia Phillies,
Other Possibilities: Chicago White Sox
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals, RF (2)
Bryce Harper is not a top fielder like Manny Machado is and playing a corner outfield spot will limit the amount of teams that will try to sign him. He will still have a very big market though and could turn into a bidding war for a couple teams. The Phillies will try very hard to sign him but I don’t think the Nationals will let a division rival take him from them. The Nationals will have some spending limitations from the Patrick Corbin deal which could open up a spot for a team outside the NL East
Prediction: Chicago Cubs, Second: Philadelphia Phillies,
Other Possibilities: Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Big Ones
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians, RF (4)
Basically this will be for whoever will pay the most money of the people who missed out on Bryce Harper.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies, Second: Chicago White Sox,
Other Possibilities: Houston Astros
Update: Brantley signed with the Astros.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros, SP (5)
Like Michael Brantley, this will be a bidding war for the top left-handed starting pitcher left after Patrick Corbin signed.
Prediction: Houston Astros, Second: New York Yankees,
Other Possibilities: Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds
AJ Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks, CF (6)
The market could be very slow or very fast for Pollock with numerous teams trying to become relevant after long rebuilds with young unproven players at center.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox, Second: Philadelphia Phillies,
Other Possibilities: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels
Andrew McCutchen, New York Yankees, CF (13)
The same stuff that happens to Pollock will probably happen to McCutchen who will probably get signed either right before or after Pollock does.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies, Second: Chicago Cubs,
Other Possibilities: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers
Update: Andrew McCutchen signed with the Phillies.
JA Happ, New York Yankees, SP (17)
The Yankees losing out on Corbin probably means at least another starting pitchers will sign with them.
Prediction: New York Yankees, Second: Houston Astros,
Other Possibilities: Cincinnati Reds
Update: JA Happ signed with the Yankees.
Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox, RP (40)
Many teams will try to sign Kimbrel but his price might be affected by all the failed reliever signings from last year.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs, Second: Boston Red Sox,
Other Possibilities: Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves
Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, RP (43)
When and for what price Miller signs for will probably be affected by Kimbrel which could help or hurt him.
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies, Second: Atlanta Braves
Other Possibilities: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals
Update: Andrew Miller signed with the Cardinals.
Other Notables 2018 Team 2019 Team (Prediction)
|Jed Lowrie (7)||A’s→||A’s
|Charlie Morton (9)||Astros→||Astros
Signed with Rays
|Yasmani Grandal (10)||Dodgers→||Astros
|Hyun Jyu Ryu (12)||Dodgers→||Dodgers
Signed with Dodgers
|Lance Lynn (14)||Yankees→||Braves
Signed with Rangers
|Wilson Ramos (16)||Phillies→||Phillies/Mets
Signed with Mets
|Nelson Cruz (19)||Mariners→||Twins
Signed with Twins
|Gio Gonzalez (22)||Brewers→||Reds|
|Matt Harvey (24)||Reds→||Reds
Signed with Angels
|Mike Moustakas (25)||Brewers→||Brewers|
|Adam Ottavino (31)||Rockies→||Cubs|
|Jeurys Familia (33)||A’s→||Red Sox
Signed with Mets
|David Robertson (34)||Yankees→||Yankees|
|Marwin Gonzalez (35)||Astros→||Dodgers|
|Kelvin Herrera (38)||Nationals→||Nationals|
|Joe Kelly (41)||Red Sox→||Red Sox
Signed with Dodgers
|Drew Pomeranz (42)||Red Sox→||Red Sox|
|Jeremy Helickson (46)||Nationals→||Twins|
|Ryan Madson (47)||Dodgers→||White Sox|
|Cody Allen (48)||Indians→||Indians|