The MLB free agency period is always a time when contending teams can find that next piece that puts them over the top.
This offseason there are some superstars up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Among the free agents available are former World Series champions, All-Stars, Cy Young, and MVP winners.
Here are the top three free agents this offseason.
1. Aaron Judge
This one is a layup, as the soon-to-be-named AL MVP Aaron Judge is the best player available on the open market.
A player of his caliber rarely becomes available, but he bet on himself his season and it is about to pay off.
Judge led the American League in home runs (62), RBI (131), runs (133), and OPS (1.111) this season.
The 30-year-old slugger carried the New York Yankees to the AL East title and should be rewarded for his efforts.
The Yankees remain the favorite to re-sign Judge, but a dark-horse team is the San Francisco Giants.
Giants head of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi, prominently linked to Aaron Judge: "I think from a financial standpoint there’s nobody that would be out of our capability. And then it’ll just be a question of whether there’s mutual interest."
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) November 10, 2022
2. Jacob deGrom
The best pitcher available is Jacob deGrom.
Despite his inability to stay healthy in recent years, he is a dominant player when on the mound.
Last season, deGrom threw 64.1 innings but had 102 strikeouts.
His ability to strike out hitters has always made him great (14.3 K/9).
It remains a mystery where deGrom will sign.
But, the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Texas Rangers remain the favorites.
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) November 10, 2022
3. Trea Turner
In a free agency full of shortstops, Trea Turner stands at the top of the pack.
The former Washington National and Los Angeles Dodger is looking for the massive payday that he deserves.
Turner is an elite hitter, that also has position flexibility.
He is a primary shortstop, that can play second base or even the outfield if necessary.
Trea Turner will sign with ___________ for ___ years, $_____. pic.twitter.com/055Jv1dMhX
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 10, 2022
Turner batted .298 with 21 home runs, 100 RBI, and 27 stolen bases last season.
At 29-year-old, the all-around star is set for a lucrative payday.
Expect the Dodgers to be accompanied by the Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Yankees in pursuit of Turner.