The Impending 2018-19 Free Agent Class

The MLB off-season is undoubtedly he most impactful of all the main professional American sports. Every year marquee names are moved constantly leaving huge impacts on the rest of the league, which is not something seen as much in other sports today.

While the typical free agent class includes a couple of big names such as in this offseason names such as Encarnacion, Chapman, Fowler and more were all free agents. The 2018-2019 free agent class is different. And when I say different, I mean it. The list of players that are set to become free agents are unbelievable, some of the greatest players in baseball set to choose their teams.

Let’s have a look at some of the players set to become a free-agent…

Note** The ages listed are current

Adrian Gonzalez (34)

Yadier Molina (34)

Ian Kinsler (34)

Nelson Cruz (36)

Adrian Beltre (37)

Adam Wainwright (35)

Mike Napoli (35)

After looking at that list you should recognize those as very good players, but when noticing their ages these players seem to lose a lot of value.

Then it gets more interesting…

Hunter Pence (33)

Adam Jones (31)

David Robertson (31)

Brett Gardner (33)

Sean Doolittle (30)

Trevor Rosenthal (26)

Now let’s start to pick things up…

Craig Kimbrel (28)

Andrew Miller (31)

Zach Britton (29)

Andrew McCutchen (30)

Michael Brantley (29)

Jose Quintana (28)

Brian Dozier (29)

Daniel Murphy (31)

Jean Segura (26)

Yu Darvish (30)

Matt Harvey (27)

Dallas Keuchel (29)

AJ Pollock (29)

Now for the final group… The superstars

Josh Donaldson (31)

Bryce Harper (24)

Manny Machado (24)

Clayton Kershaw (28)

Note** Some players (including Kershaw, have an opt out clause after 2018) and were listed

This may be one of (if not) the greatest free-agent classes ever. This list is absolutely incredible. Once you get past the power four of Kershaw, Machado, Harper, and Donaldson you are still left with an amazing group. The bullpen arms including Britton, Miller, Kimberly, Ramos, Rosenthal sure will make their new teams happy. Then there are players like McCutchen, Pollock, Segura that are core pieces to a team that will be joining this group. This class is fantastic.

While we begin to get ready for the 2017 regular season, this class looms in. Its effect will be astronomical to the league. As teams begin to prepare we can only wait for what will be inevitably coming.

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Top Ten Shortstops in the MLB today

Another great group of players we have here. Along with the 3rd basemen this group is insanely talented, the difference? The ages of these Shortstops, we truly are in the age of the shortstop. As always I try to keep these list to a minimum. So let’s start at the top.

1. Corey Seager 

2. Fransisco Lindor 

3. Carlos Correa

4.Brandon Crawford

5.Trea Turner

6.Xander Bogaerts

7. Addison Russell 

8.Jean Segura

9. Trevor Story

10.Always Díaz

Just missed: Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki

Top ten Third Basemen in the MLB Today

As we continue our top ten series we move to the third basemen. As i am sure you already know, this is a fantastic group of players, which makes these rankings very hard to pick between guys like Machado or Donaldson and so fourth. Along with the shortstops (up next) this is the hardest set of rankings to do. So as always lets start with number 1.

  1. Kris Bryant

2. Nolan Arenado

3. Manny Machado

4. Josh Donaldson

5. Kyle Seager

6. Adrian Beltre

7. Justin Turner

8. Evan Longoria

9. Jake Lamb

10. Jose Ramirez

Just missed: Todd Frazier, Mike Moustakas, Anthony Rendon

Up next will be the Shortstops…

Top ten Second Basemen is the MLB

This will be the 5th of 10th on my top 10 rankings. You can view the rest of them on my homepage. Today we will be ranking the top ten Second Basemen. This group has really evolved into becoming one of the better positions in the MLB today. So we will start with the first and finish with the tenth.

1. Jose Altuve

2. Robinson Cano

3. Daniel Murphy

4. Dustin Pedroia

5. D.J. LeMahieu

6. Ben Zobrist

7. Jason Kipnis

8.Javier Baez

9. Brain Dozier

10. Ian Kinsler

Just missed: Dee Gordon, Rougned Odor, and Joe Panik

Note: Matt Carpernter is on the top ten first basemen and Segura is considered a ss

Follow @mlbfandom_ on twitter for more and if you have any questions on these rankings you can contact me there

Top 10 First Baseman in MLB

Up next in the series for top 10 players per position is first basemen. Tomorrow the top 10 second baseman list will be released. So let’s start with the top.

1.Anthony Rizzo

2.Miguel Cabrerea

3.Joey Votto

4. Paul Goldschmidt

5.Freddie Freeman

6.Edwin Encarnacion

7. Brandon Belt

8.Matt Carpenter

9.Carlos Santana

10.Jose Abreu

Just missed: Hanley Ramirez, Chris Davis,Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, Adrian Gonalez.

What a great list of first baseman. The top six are incredible are were almost impossible to decide between.

I try to keep these lists to a minimum for the readers.

Contact me at @mlbfandom_ on twitter for more

Top Ten Catchers in MLB

Up next on the list in the series of Top ten players at each position in MLB is catchers. So lets start at number 1.

  1. Buster Posey usatsi_8784963_168380823_lowres

2. Salvador Perez

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4. Gary Sanchez

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6. Wilson Contrerastd_wilson-contreras

7. Wilson Ramos

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8. Russell Martinymartin-master1050

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10. Matt WeitersMLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles

Note: Kyle Schwarber will be included in the top 10 list of left fielders.

I try to keep these top 10 lists to a minimum and get to the point for the readers interest. If you have any questions I’d love to talk on @mlbfandom_ on twitter.

Up next on the list will be First Baseman.

Top ten Relief Pitchers in Baseball Today

Up next on the list on the top 10 series is the Relief Pitchers. This list includes both closers and typical relief pitchers.

So let’s start with #1

  1. Andrew Miller

2. Zach Britton

3. Aroldis Chapman

4. Kenley Jansen

5. Wade Davis

6. Craig Krimbel

7. Mark Melancon

8. Dellin Betances

9. Seung Hawn Oh

10. Roberto Osuna

Just missed: Edwin Diaz, Cody Allen, Jeurys Familia**, Ken Giles

Up next on the list is catchers

Top ten starting pitchers in baseball today

This will be the first article published in a series of 10. Starting with starting pitchers and ending with right fielder. The lists will be published once a day.

So here we go with the top ten starting pitchers in baseball today

  1. Clayton Kershaw

2. Max Scherzer

3. Madison Bumgarner

4. Noah Synergaard

5. Chris Sale

6. Jon Lester

7. Jake Arrieta

8. Corey Kluber

9. David Price

10. Kyle Hendricks

Just missed: Justin Verlander, Jonny Cueto, Yu Darvish, Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hammels.

This is a very strong list of starting pitchers that got tougher to distinguish forwards the bottom.

Up next on the list is Relief Pitchers (includes closers)

What makes Trea Turner so special?

Trea Turner a 23 year old speed demon, versitable player for the Washington Nationals. Trea Turner attended NC State during his college career. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 2014 draft, he was then traded to the Nationals in 2015.

In 2016 Trea Turner was outstanding. Turner hit .342/.370/.567 along with 13 home runs 33 stolen bases in just 307 at bats.

So let’s dive into these numbers…

In 307 at bats he stole 33 bags which is a stolen base in 10.7 of his at bats

The league leader in stolen bases (Jonathon Villar) had a 10.5%

In 2016 he hit .342 which would have been third in batting average in the league. Ahead of Jose Altuve

In 2016 Turner hit 13 home runs in 307 at bats which is about 4.2%

In 2016 Carlos Gonzalez’s home run rate was as well 4.2%

Not to mention Turner’ OPS was .937 in 2016

Who would that have finished in front of?

Arenado .932

Rizzo .928

Altuve .928

Betts .897

Also Turner started games at CF, SS, and 2B which is great versatility especially being able to move to the outfield like he had done last year.

So what does this lead to?

A 23 year old with…

Better stolen base/per AB than Villar

Better Contact ability than Altuve

Even power than Carlos Gonzalez

I higher OPS than Arenado, Betts, and Rizzo

A player capable of not only player both middle infielder positions, someone you could plug in to CF.

Pretty good, huh?

While some could say he was just a fluke, only time can tell, but for the mean time Trea Turner needs to be taken very seriously otherwise he will capitalize on it.

Boston Red-Sox 2017 Preview

 

Led by John Farrell, the Red-Sox look improve upon their 2016 season in which they did win the AL East, were eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in the Play Offs. 2017 brings a new year with a fresh canvas, but that comes with a whole lot of expectations for 2017. The team acquired Chris Sale from the White-Sox this off-season but did ship away phenom Yoan Moncada. It sure is crazy when a team can trade a player like Moncada and still hold unto their top prospect in Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox are primed for success in 2017 with a stronger lineup, a strong bull pen, and an even stronger rotation spear headed by Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price. The Red Sox are very very good on paper headed in to 2017 and at this point anything other than a title is a bust.

2017 Projected Record: 97–65 (Wins Al East)

Award winners:

Andrew Benintendi (ROY)

Mookie Betts (2nd in MVP voting)

Projected Line up

  1. Dustin Pedroia
  2. Andrew Benintendi
  3. Mookie Betts
  4. Xander Bogaerts
  5. Hanley Ramirez
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr.
  7. Pablo Sandoval
  8. Mitch Moreland
  9. Sandy Leon

Projected Rotation

  1. Chris Sale
  2. David Price
  3. Rick Porcello
  4. Drew Pomeranz
  5. Eduardo Rodriguez

Projected Bull-pen

Closer. Craig Kimbrel

Setup. Carson Smith

Setup. Tyler Thornburg

Setup. Joe Kelly

The only thing that could cause a lag on improvement is the loss of David Ortiz. The team will need to look to others to improve and lead this team in order to have a successful 2017 season. Players like Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Pablo Sandoval will need to pick up the slack left by the retirement of David Ortiz.

The Boston Red-Sox look very good on paper in headed into 2017. Led by a stellar rotation and a strong offense.