Except for a couple of big names, most of the action in the MLB offseason happened during the Winter Meetings and in subsequent days.
We can firmly say that most of the talent, or at least the top-end talent, is gone.
Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Nimmo, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Anderson, Kenley Jansen, Jose Abreu, Anthony Rizzo, Edwin Diaz and other top players have signed at this point.
There are, however, still some potential stars waiting to solve their future.
“By my count, 24 of my top 30 free agents entering the offseason have already signed. The top players still available are Dansby Swanson, Carlos Rodón, Andrew Benintendi, Nathan Eovaldi, Taylor Rogers and JD Martinez,” MLB insider Mark Feinsand tweeted.
By my count, 24 of my top 30 free agents entering the offseason have already signed. The top players still available are Dansby Swanson, Carlos Rodón, Andrew Benintendi, Nathan Eovaldi, Taylor Rogers and JD Martinez.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 14, 2022
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Swanson and Rodon should be close to deciding on a team: both are in a very good position at the moment because they are the only elite or high-caliber option at their respective positions and multiple teams are looking for an impact player in both cases.
After Rodon signs, Eovaldi shouldn’t take long to be off the board himself because he is seen as an alternative for those who lose out on the talented left-hander.
Rogers should be a reliable bullpen option on a multi-year deal, and Martinez offers a nice offensive boost from the designated hitter position.
Benintendi is coming off a stint with the New York Yankees, and his situation will likely tied to that of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds, perhaps the prize of the trade market.
MLB teams who truly want to find upgrades can still have their pick as of Wednesday afternoon.