The MLB season has been very eventful thus far, but it is quite clear that we have a new set of teams who are contenders and are soon to be rebuilders. For example, the Baltimore Orioles came into this season with the belief that they would at least compete for a wild card spot. However, at this present time, they are way at the bottom of the MLB standings and are now on the verge of losing their franchise player Manny Machado. This is just one major example of how a team’s performance can impact their chances of keeping their best players away from free agency. Yet, this free agency class is a huge one, so we are in for a big treat as MLB fans.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at one free agent each MLB team should sign this off-season. With the off-season still fairly far away, these opinions can change based on how the rest of the regular season goes, but regardless, these are moves that would make a ton of sense at this present time. At the end of the day, each MLB is constantly trying to complete transactions that will result in success either in the present and/or future. Whether your favorite team is a contender or rebuilder, free agency is the most important period for overall success within the organization. This off-season is set to do just that with this amazing cast of players.
Nonetheless, let’s take a look at one signing that each MLB team should sign this off-season!
30 Arizona Diamondbacks: Zach Britton
The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to have to go into this off-season with the goal of getting better players in their bullpen. The Diamondbacks definitely look like a team who can be a threat, but need an upgrade at pitching.
The Diamondbacks should sign Zach Britton this off-season to be their closer.
Britton has been dominant with the Orioles during his tenure there and will definitely be worth the investment if he can continue to be this good.
29 Atlanta Braves: Josh Donaldson
The Atlanta Braves are likely now a playoff team and that is great news for them. They have been stuck in a rebuilding period for a handful of seasons, so it is now apparent that their process of building a good team has worked.
The Braves should look to sign Josh Donaldson this off-season. Donaldson would give them an all-star at third and the power bat they desperately need. This would be work best if it is a short term deal as well.
28 Baltimore Orioles: Jed Lowrie
Jed Lowrie is a very effective baseball player because he can virtually play anywhere on the field. He has built a good career thus far and is having himself a career year. This should result in a big payday for him.
The Orioles would be wise to sign the veteran to give him a leadership role in their inevitable rebuilding period. They would have the funds to give him a large salary as well. Lowrie could be their star.
27 Boston Red Sox: Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz is still an amazing baseball player to this day and the main factor behind this is his power hitting ability. The 38 year old has hit 40 home runs in each of the last four seasons and could yet again this year.
The Red Sox should look to sign him as their DH for next season because they need a power bat. He would be a cheaper option than other players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but be just as productive offensively.
26 Chicago Cubs: Garrett Richards
The Chicago Cubs can definitely win another World Series in the near future, but pitching has been tough for them. The Yu Darvish signing has not worked out well and Jon Lester is aging so he cannot be their long-term ace.
The Cubs should make a gamble signing this off-season and bring in Garrett Richards. Richards is a quality number two starter and could work nicely with the Cubs. This would be an excellent move for the team.
25 Chicago White Sox: Nick Markakis
Nick Markakis is having himself a career year this season with the Atlanta Braves and is on the verge of playing in the all-star game. This is amazing to see because he has not made much noise since his days in Baltimore.
The Chicago White Sox should make him their big signing this off-season to help with the rebuild. If it does not work out, they could trade him away, as they will surely be a team who are sellers at next year’s deadline.
24 Cincinnati Reds: Jonathan Lucroy
The Cincinnati Reds are a young team in the midst of rebuilding, who could use another veteran in the dugout to lead them.
Jonathan Lucroy would be a great signing for next season because he is a great all-around player who fits the team's needs.
Lucroy is known to play for rebuilding teams and could easily be a star type player for the Reds next season. This is not necessarily the blockbuster signing Reds’ fans may want, but they would soon love Lucroy.
23 Cleveland Indians: Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig is going to be one of the bigger names on the free agency market this upcoming off-season. He has shown signs of being a legitimate elite talent in the MLB, but has also let his eccentric personality impact his play.
Puig is going to land himself a pretty strong payday this off-season and the Indians should be the team that signs him. The Indians need another strong bat on their roster if they want to win the World Series and Puig may be their best bet.
22 Colorado Rockies: Drew Pomeranz
Drew Pomeranz has struggled a lot this season with the Boston Red Sox, but has been a legitimate ace type pitcher in the past as well. This off-season may not land him his mega deal, but he will get one.
The Colorado Rockies would be extremely wise to give Pomeranz a chance. He may thrive in a low pressure market and he had far more success in the MLB in the National League. This seems like a great idea.
21 Detroit Tigers: D.J. LaMahieu
The Detroit Tigers are rebuilding and appear to be on the verge of making some pretty big deals at this season’s trade deadline. However, this off-season, they should sign a veteran or two to build around.
The Tigers would be wise to sign D.J. LaMahieu this off-season because he is an excellent fielder and seasoned veteran. He also can play at an all-star level, so he could even be excellent trade bait later on.
20 Houston Astros: Adrian Beltre
The Houston Astros are legitimate contenders yet again this season and could end up going back-to-back with World Series wins. This is a team who has the potential to be a dynasty, so they have some power in free agency.
Adrian Beltre should end his career with the Astros to heighten his chances of winning the World Series.
He could be their DH and slot nicely in the middle of their lineup. This would be beneficial for both parties.
19 Kansas City Royals: Neil Walker
The Kansas City Royals are in a rebuilding period and it is hard to believe that they won a World Series back in 2015. Yet, now they are in the middle of attempting to fix their broken roster which took them years to formulate.
The off-season should be a quiet one for the Royals. They could look to sign Neil Walker to be a power bat in their lineup. However, signing him would likely result in a trade later on around next season’s trade deadline.
18 Los Angeles Angels: Adam Wainwright
The possibility of Adam Wainwright being on a new team next season is astronomically high. The Cardinal’s pitcher has been there since 2005, but over the past few seasons, he has seen a drop in skill due to injury.
The Los Angeles Angels could look to sign Wainwright and put him at the bottom of their rotation. Him and Albert Pujols also had a lot of success together in St. Louis, so it could be worth putting them back together.
17 Los Angeles Dodgers: Bryce Harper
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a ton of money so they will likely be very aggressive with this amazing free agency class. However, when looking at who they should sign the most, it is apparent that it should be Bryce Harper.
Harper would fit perfectly in their outfield and give them the elite player that they desperately need in their lineup.
The Dodgers have to be proactive by signing Harper because it could be the final move that gives them their championship.
16 Miami Marlins: Andrew Miller
The Miami Marlins are in a very tough rebuilding period and it probably should have not been the case. However, after a handful of awful trades last off-season, this is where they are now and will be for a bit.
The Marlins should bring in a veteran this off-season and relief pitcher Andrew Miller could work. Miller has struggled a lot this season and could benefit pitching for a bottom tier team. If all works out, it could result in Miller being a rental next year.
15 Milwaukee Brewers: Ian Kinsler
The Milwaukee Brewers are on their way to be a top notch team in the MLB, but there are still a handful of issues that they possess. Ideally, they should look to sign a seasoned veteran to assist with their hitting.
Ian Kinsler could be a low-risk, high-reward type of signing. Kinsler this season has seen some decent power numbers, but his average has fallen off quite a bit. If given a one-year contract, this could be the perfect signing for them.
14 Minnesota Twins: Andrew McCutchen
The Minnesota Twins have seen themselves dip in the standings this season and it could result in some massive changes this off-season. The Twins do have some strong pieces to work with, but they need another bat.
Andrew McCutchen could be a very good signing for them. Although he clearly is not the same player he was with the Pirates, he would be a huge upgrade in the outfield for them. On a short term contract, this would be the perfect signing.
13 New York Mets: Mike Moustakas
The New York Mets need to find a way to stop this horrid stretch they have been on. This season is over for them, but if they hope to keep their best pitchers on the team long-term. They need to sign a big bat at least.
Mike Moustakas has to be a member of the Mets next season for the team’s sake. Moustakas is not the flashiest of names available, but he is a player who could hit clean up and provide them with the offense they desperately need.
12 New York Yankees: Dallas Keuchel
The New York Yankees are officially back and are going to win a World Series in the near future if they keep at this pace. However, the Yankees need an ace to help their chances, so their goal should be to sign a top notch pitcher.
Although he has struggled a little this season, the Yankees should sign Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel has shown that he is one of the best pitchers in the MLB when he is on his game on numerous occasions and has a ton of playoff success.
11 Oakland Athletics: Wilson Ramos
The Oakland Athletics are showing real signs that they could end up being a playoff team in the near future. However for this to actually occur, they need to make at least one big splash this coming off-season.
The A’s should sign themselves a true leader and get Wilson Ramos behind the plate. Ramos is one of the best hitting catchers in the entire MLB and could thrive in a huge role with the team. This is one to look out for later on.
10 Philadelphia Phillies: Manny Machado
The Philadelphia Phillies have truly fixed their team and are now legitimate contenders. Although they definitely have some work to do with their young roster, they are likely to sign a star this off-season.
The Phillies have been linked to Manny Machado and this would make a ton of sense. Machado would instantly become their franchise player and the team would cement themselves as real threats for years to come.
9 Pittsburgh Pirates: Lance Lynn
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of work to do with their rebuilding period, as they traded away many of their top players before this season. With that being stated, they should look to make a strong signing.
Lance Lynn to the Pirates would make a lot of sense because he is struggling immensely and could be looking for a one-year deal to redeem himself. The Pirates are a low pressure environment right now, so it could be perfect for his bounce back.
8 San Diego Padres: Asdrubal Cabrera
The San Diego Padres are still not where they want to be, but it is absolutely apparent that they have seen some significant changes of progression. The Padres are likely going to be a playoff team in the near future if this continues.
The Padres should be active this summer and sign Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera is having a fantastic season this year with the Mets and could thrive even more in a less hostile environment. The Padres are aggressive right now and it would benefit both sides.
7 San Francisco Giants: Craig Kimbrel
The San Francisco Giants are trying very hard to get themselves back in the playoffs, but the National League West is an incredibly close division. There is still hope for this season, but they need a big winning streak.
The Giants should sign themselves a star closer this off-season and Craig Kimbrel is the perfect player. Kimbrel dominated the NL and has done a very solid job with the Sox. Star closers win championships and Kimbrel may be the best bet.
6 Seattle Mariners: Cody Allen
The Seattle Mariners have turned a lot of heads this season and are likely going to make the playoffs. The Mariners have a very deep roster and now look like that they are going to be playoff contenders for years to come.
The Mariners should use this fact to lure in a top notch pitcher like Cody Allen. Allen has been a great closer for the Indians for five seasons and could work wonders with the Mariners. It could cost a lot, but it would be worth it at the end of the day.
5 St. Louis Cardinals: Brian Dozier
The St. Louis Cardinals are stuck in the in between phases at this present time and are trying to find their ways back to the playoffs. This season seems unlikely for them, but being active during free agency could change that.
Brian Dozier is a player that should stand out to them because it would give them a power bat. Dozier has struggled a bit this season, but with a new contract and better job security, he would have less pressure and would easily find his game again.
4 Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Iglesias
The Tampa Bay Rays are attempting to rebuild, but they have actually been a decent baseball team this season. They currently are close to .500 and trading away their veterans has not worked out with their plan thus far.
The Rays could actually use this fact to actually try to obtain a playoff spot next season. Jose Iglesias is a free agent target that they should look to bring in to help with this. If it does not work out however, they could use his value to bring in prospects.
3 Texas Rangers: Michael Brantley
The Texas Rangers are in a bit of hole at this present time and are no longer close to the team that made back to back World Series championships series. They now could very well start a rebuilding period if this continues.
The Rangers could look to make one last big splash by bringing in Michael Brantley in free agency. Brantley has been an under the radar star over the years, but there is no question he would work perfectly with the Rangers.
2 Toronto Blue Jays: Evan Gattis
The Toronto Blue Jays are likely going to be revamping their roster after how badly this season has gone. They thankfully have a very deep prospect pool already, so they could be back at the top of the MLB fairly soon.
The Blue Jays should still bring in a power bat to replace Donaldson this off-season and Evan Gattis could be the perfect replacement. Gattis would definitely bring some excitement to the city and more importantly, be very productive in the cleanup spot.
1 Washington Nationals: A.J. Pollock
The Washington Nationals are struggling immensely this season and could end up missing the playoffs. If this occurs, the likelihood of Bryce Harper staying around will decrease even more and that will result in some losing seasons.
The Nationals should sign A.J. Pollock as a Plan B option. Pollock has been great this season and is showing signs of his all-star self back in 2015. This would certainly be a consolation prize, but at the end of the day, still a productive signing nonetheless.