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Justin Turner, Jackie Bradley Jr. among best remaining MLB free agents

A majority of the top free agents this offseason have already found new homes, but there are still some quality players left who can make an impact this season.

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) reacts after doubling in a run in the 6th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With Trevor Bauer taking his talents to Los Angeles to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers, most of the top free agents in baseball are now signed. Unlike, previous off-seasons, where there were a lot of noise and buzz on the hot stove. This offseason was slower due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevertheless, we still saw major signings over the last few weeks such as George Springer signing with the Blue Jays, J.T. Realmuto staying with the Phillies, and Bauer going back home to play with the World Series champions.

But with Spring Training less than two weeks away, there are still some quality free agents still on the open market. We are going to give our thoughts on those players and any latest information on where they may land.

Justin Turner

The former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman is still on the open market after a solid 2020 season. Turner slashed .307/.400/.460 with four home runs and 23 RBI. In the postseason, the 36-year-old came back down to earth, but still put up a line of .250/.333/.471 with three home runs and six RBI.

The 36-year-old has reportedly received interest from the Brewers, Braves, Blue Jays and Dodgers this offseason. Turner wants a four-year deal, but it is unlikely that he will get that from any team. Los Angeles reportedly wants him back for two years, which is plausible, but they did just sign Bauer to a massive three-year deal.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

The long-time Red Sox outfielder is still sitting on the open market, but has received interest from several teams this season. The Mets, Giants, and Red Sox are interested in his services following a breakout 2020 season. The 30-year-old slashed .283/.364/.450 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. Out of the three teams interested in JBJ, the Mets seem like a logical fit as they missed out on Springer.

James Paxton

The veteran southpaw only played in five games last season for the Yankees because of injuries. However, his first season with the Bronx Bombers in 2019 was everything that the organization could ask for.

Paxton posted a record of 15-6 (career-high wins) and an ERA of 3.82. He also recorded a ridiculous 186 strikeouts in 150.2 innings pitched and a SO/9 of 11.1 The free-agent starter hosted a workout for multiple MLB teams in December and is reportedly receiving interest from the Blue Jays, Mets, Cardinals, and Phillies. The Mets could afford to take a flyer on Paxton after missing out on Bauer. But the Phillies could also use him as the only sure things in their rotation are Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin.

Yadier Molina

The veteran catcher and future Hall of Famer will likely return for his 18th season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina has been a stalwart behind the plate for many seasons and is one of the best Cardinals in team history.

Taijuan Walker

After being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Blue Jays last season, Walker turned his career around. The 28-year-old starting pitcher had a record of 2-1 to go along with an ERA of 1.37. Walker also had 25 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched for a Blue Jays squad that found themselves in the playoffs.

As for this season, it is unclear if the Blue Jays will bring him back. But one would guess if the money is right, why not re-sign Walker?

Jake Odorizzi

Odorizzi is another starting pitcher who can come right in and help a baseball club looking for pitching this season. Last season with the Twins, Odorizzi’s play was up and down due to injuries. He posted a 6.59 ERA and gave up four home runs in 13.2 innings pitched, which is a far cry from what Odorizzi did in 2019.

In 2019, the veteran starter was named to the AL All-Star team after producing a record 15-7, 3.51 ERA, and 178 strikeouts in 159 innings pitched. The Twins are reportedly interested in re-signing Odorizzi, while there are other teams with interest.

2021 MLB free agency tracker

Rank Player Name Old Team New Team Contract info
Rank Player Name Old Team New Team Contract info
1 Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers 3-year, $102 million
2 J.T. Realmuto Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 5-year, $115 million
3 D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees New York Yankees 6-year, $90 million
4 George Springer Houston Astros Toronto Blue Jays 6-year, $150 million
5 Marcell Ozuna Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 4-year, $65 million
6 Michael Brantley Houston Astros Houston Astros 2-year, $32 million
7 Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 2-year, $34 million
8 Marcus Stroman New York Mets New York Mets 1-year, $18.9 million
9 Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Returned to Japan 2-year contract
10 Marcus Semien Oakland Athletics New York Mets 1-year, $18 million
11 Jackie Bradley Jr. Boston Red Sox Milwaukee Brewers 2-year, $24 million
12 Andrelton Simmons Los Angeles Angels Minnesota Twins 1-year, $10.5 million
13 James McCann Chicago White Sox New York Mets 4-year, $40 million
14 Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs 1-year, $7 million
15 Didi Gregorius Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 2-year, $28 million
16 James Paxton New York Yankees Seattle Mariners 1-year, $8.5 million
17 Liam Hendricks Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox 3-year, $39 million
18 Brad Hand Cleveland Indians Washington Nationals 1-year, $10.5 million
19 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals Milwaukee Brewers 2-year, $18 million
20 Charlie Morton Tampa Bay Rays Atlanta Braves 1-year, $15 million
21 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 1-year, $8 million
22 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 1-year, $9 million
23 Adam Eaton Washington Nationals Chicago White Sox 1-year, $7 million
24 Mike Minor Oakland Athletics Kansas City Royals 2-year, $18 million
25 Taijuan Walker Toronto Blue Jays New York Mets 2-year, $20 million
26 Brett Gardner New York Yankees New York Yankees 1-year, $4 million
27 Jake Odorizzi Minnesota Twins Houston Astros 2-year deal
28 Blake Treinen Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 2-year, $17.5 million
29 Cesar Hernandez Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 1-year, $5 million
30 Brandon Kintzler Miami Marlins Philadelphia Phillies Minor league contract
31 Corey Kluber Texas Rangers New York Yankees 1-year, $11 million
32 Mitch Moreland San Diego Padres Oakland Athletics 1-year, $2.25 million
33 Martin Perez Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 1-year, $4.5 million
34 Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians Kansas City Royals 2-year, $17 million
35 Alex Colome Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins 1-year, $6.25 million
36 Jonathan Villar Toronto Blue Jays New York Mets 1-year, $3.55 million
37 Drew Smyly San Francisco Giants Atlanta Braves 1-year, $11 million
38 Trevor May Minnesota Twins New York Mets 2-year, $15.5 million
39 Trevor Rosenthal San Diego Padres Oakland Athletics 1-year, $11 million
40 Nelson Cruz Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 1-year, $13 million
41 Kevin Pillar Colorado Rockies New York Mets 1-year, $3.6 million
42 Kevin Gausman San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 1-year, $18.9 million
43 Tommy La Stella Oakland Athletics San Francisco Giants 3-year, $19.5 million