MLB Unsigned Free Agent Tracker

For a variety of reasons and/or theories, Major League Baseball’s “Hot Stove” was, and continues to be, extremely chilly this offseason. While there are many documented perspectives on why this is happening, the list below is simply to keep you in the loop on who’s still available, up until the end of March and Opening Day. Clearly, by looking at the median age of the players, most of these guys are veterans.

Here’s a running list of the Top 15 unsigned free agents that are still available for the taking on the market (ordered by their WAR from the 2017 season):

All images used from Baseball Reference (baseball-reference.com)


Lance Lynn

Age: 30
Position: Starting Pitcher
2017: 11-8, 3.43 ERA, 2.8 WAR
Fits: Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Phillies, Reds, Rockies

Lynn has been surprisingly great throughout his career, never having suffered an under. 500 record or +4.00 ERA in any of his six seasons. Still only 30 years old, ANY team could benefit from signing this guy. Lynn not only provides depth, but rather, a #2/3 rotation guy with ace potential. MIL, PHI, SEA and CIN could all use some strength in their rotations while the Rockies could challenge for the NL West division title with Lynn’s arm.

Status: UNSIGNED


Alex Cobb

Age: 30
Position: Starting Pitcher
2017: 12-10, 3.66 ERA, 2.3 WAR
Fits: Braves, Brewers, Mariners, Rockies, White Sox

What team couldn’t use a front end rotation guy with six seasons of experience? I mean, yes, the injury history certainly exists, but Cobb proved healthy last season by starting 29 games and posting excellent numbers. This life-long Tampa Bay Ray sports a 3.50 career ERA and should be starting for some team come Opening Day, particularly any of those listed above.

Status: UNSIGNED


Jake Arrieta

Age: 32
Position: Starting Pitcher
2017: 14-10, 3.53 ERA, 1.9 WAR
Fits: Brewers, Phillies, Rockies, Twins

Arrieta is the perfect example of how dry this market has been. Just THREE SEASONS AGO, at age 29, he won the National League Cy Young award. And while his numbers in the subsequent two seasons haven’t been equal to 2015, his production has still been better than 90% of the league. Arrieta is a stud. An ace. The only reason he hasn’t been signed yet has to be the dollar figures. MIL and COL would contend with Arrieta, while PHI and MIN, trending up, could use him as their ace of the present.

Status: UNSIGNED


Mike Moustakas

Age: 29
Position: Third Base
2017: .272, 38 HR, 85 RBI, 1.8 WAR
Fits: Braves, Marlins, Padres, Pirates, Reds, Royals, Tigers, White Sox

This one is pretty shocking to me. His power numbers (38 home runs and .521 SLG%) are pretty ridiculous for a guy who’s still sitting out here on the open market. The Royals, in the midst of a rebuild, have shown no interest in bringing him back, but it’s puzzling as to why other teams haven’t jumped. At only 29 years old, maybe his asking price is too high? Regardless, I think he’ll be playing somewhere before the season starts. All of the teams listed above are either weak at third base, or their prospects are still a couple of years away. After experiencing two World Series trips, he likely won’t want to be part of a rebuilding effort, but money talks.

Status: UNSIGNED


Neil Walker

Age: 32
Position: Second Base
2017: .265, 14 HR, 49 RBI, 1.5 WAR
Fits: Tigers, Reds, Padres, Phillies

Walker spent time between the Mets and Brewers last season, but put up respectable offensive numbers, especially for a middle infielder. He also posted the highest On Base Percentage (.362) of his entire career, including .409 in 38 games with Milwaukee. While the teams listed above aren’t expected to contend for the playoffs this year, Walker could provide some depth at the middle infield position.

Status: UNSIGNED


Greg Holland

Age: 32
Position: Relief Pitcher
2017: 3-6, 3.61 ERA, 41 Saves, 1.4 WAR
Fits: Angels, Athletics, Cardinals, Rangers, Tigers

Holland, a 2017 All-Star, declined his player option with the Rockies, who then promptly went out and signed Wade Davis (his former teammate in KC) to be their closer. Now, Holland is on the market. While at 32, he’s still an excellent late inning piece that could be added, however, there are a couple of red flags: The injury history (he missed all of 2016) and the second half of last season (2-5, 6.38 ERA). Of the fits listed, you’d think that if Holland declined to come back to the Rockies, he would only sign somewhere that he could close, and that will be competitive. Neither LAA or STL have sure things in the 9th inning.

Status: UNSIGNED


Brandon Phillips

Age: 36
Position: Second Base
2017: .285, 13 HR, 60 RBI, 0.9 WAR
Fits: Phillies, Reds

Sure, he’ll be 37 shortly into the season, but if a team needs a veteran presence and one of baseball’s all-time “good guys,” Phillips has value. Also, he actually did put up decent numbers and in a full season (split between the Braves and Dodgers), he hit for a higher average than his career and stole 11 bases. The old man can still run. Would be cool to see him come home to Cincy for one final reunion.

Status: UNSIGNED


Adam Lind

Age: 34
Position: First Base
2017: .303, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 0.8 WAR
Fits: Nationals, Rockies, White Sox

Lind actually put up extremely good numbers last season while playing part time in Washington. In only 301 plate appearances, Lind managed to hit over .300 with very solid power numbers. Even at 34, he’s worth taking a flyer on if you need a left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, even on an occasional basis.

Status: UNSIGNED


Trevor Rosenthal

Age: 27
Position: Relief Pitcher
2017: 3-4, 3.40 ERA, 11 Saves, 0.6 WAR
Fits: Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, Tigers

It wasn’t long ago (three seasons to be exact) that Rosenthal was dominating ninth innings and racking up bundles of saves for the Cardinals. In ’16 and ’17, he floated between closer and setup guy while posting only “pedestrian” numbers. Some closers go through rough patches, so the last two seasons might not be an indication that Rosenthal is necessarily “bad,” especially at only 27 years old. Teams should give a hard look at him to strengthen their pen.

Status: UNSIGNED


Jonathan Lucroy

Age: 31
Position: Catcher
2017: .265, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 0.6 WAR
Fits: Blue Jays, Mariners, Phillies

Most teams could use a veteran catcher, and one that could step right in as a starter. Lucroy was actually an All-Star as recent as 2016 and had 481 plate appearances between Colorado and Texas last year. This guy should, and I think will be, playing somewhere in 2018.

Status: UNSIGNED


Matt Holliday

Age: 38
Position: Outfield
2017: .231, 19 HR, 64 RBI, 0.0 WAR
Fits: Indians, Nationals, Phillies, Twins

Matt Holliday’s peak has come and gone, but could still help someone in an outfield platoon situation, even at the age of 38. While his average plummeted, his power numbers were still respectable in 2017. He’s also a defensive liability, but his bat and leadership might be worth a one-year deal, especially to some new guys.

Status: UNSIGNED


Carlos Gonzalez

Age: 32
Position: Outfield
2017: .262, 14 HR, 57 RBI, -0.2 WAR
Fits: Rockies, Phillies, Rays

There’s no doubt that CarGo had a down season in 2017. But it might be wise to treat it has just that… ONE season. He’s a career .288 hitter and has blasted over 20 home runs in 6 of his 8 full seasons. At only 32, I would be on the three-time All-Star still having some juice in the tank. And clearly, the Rockies already miss him.

Status: UNSIGNED


Jayson Werth

Age: 38
Position: Outfield
2017: .226, 10 HR, 29 RBI, -0.7 WAR
Fits: See: Matt Holliday

Werth just finished that gargantuan 7-year, $126 million contract, so the dude has certainly made his paper. At 38, he might be a short-term solution for a team that wants a veteran presence and some platoon/pinch hit scenario assistance. Though, taking a pay cut would be an understatement.

Status: UNSIGNED


Brandon Moss

Age: 34
Position: Outfield / First Base
2017: .207, 22 HR, 50 RBI, -1.0 WAR
Fits: Marlins, Tigers, White Sox

Granted, Moss just become a free agent after the A’s released him on Tuesday. His 2017 season wasn’t great, but he might garner a look as a quick “feast or famine” power option for a club that needs depth in the outfield or at first base.

Status: UNSIGNED


Jose Bautista

Age: 37
Position: Outfield
2017: .203, 23 HR, 65 RBI, -1.7 WAR
Fits: Astros, Giants, Indians, Nationals

Sure, he’s old and he just posted the worst full season of his entire career… but it looks like he’s finally going to have his vision corrected! Jose isn’t the player he used to be, clearly, but he could still help a team in the outfield, even if it’s the right platoon situation. Keep in mind, Jose doesn’t need the cash, so he won’t just go play for anyone. He wants to win.

Status: UNSIGNED