MLB free agent tracker 2020: Full list of signings for the 75 best available players

With the lost revenues in 2020 and the plethora of questions about the 2021 season, this offseason has more uncertainty than any offseason since baseball was on strike in the winter of 1994-95. That means the free-agent and trade markets might be slower to evolve, but rest assured there will be free-agent signings and there will be trades made. Eventually, though, this also creates a great opportunity for teams looking to be aggressive. 

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And when those free-agent signings happen, we will have the details right here. It’s a bookmark-worthy page, I guess you could say. We’re using SN’s ranking of the top 75 free agents as our guide (click here to see the full list, with player comments). Here’s a quick note on how we ranked the free agents, which might be different than how some outlets ranked these players. 

Because it’s reasonable to expect more one-year deals than normal this offseason — teams like it because they’re not committing long-term dollars when revenues are uncertain, and players might be more willing to accept short-term deals so they can hit the FA market again next offseason when things hopefully stabilize in the country — our rankings reflect that expected trend/development.

Basically, we gave more weight to what players can do in 2021-22 than what they might be able to offer, production-wise, in 2023-25. So you’ll probably see some older players ranked higher here than in other free-agent rankings. Make sense?

Cool. Let’s jump in.

(Age listed as of April 1, 2021)

1. J.T. Realmuto, C, 30. Rejected Phillies Qualifying Offer
2. George Springer, OF, 31. Rejected Astros QO
3. Trevor Bauer, SP, 30. Rejected Reds QO
4. DJ LeMahieu, 2B, 32. Rejected Yankees QO
5. Marcell Ozuna, OF, 30

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6. Marcus Stroman, SP, 29. Accepted Mets QO, a one-year deal for $18.9 million 
7. Nelson Cruz, DH, 40 
8. Liam Hendriks, RP, 32 
9. Marcus Semien, SS, 30
10. Didi Gregorius, SS, 31 
11. Michael Brantley, OF/DH, 33
12. Kevin Gausman, SP, 30. Accepted Giants QO, a one-year deal for $18.9 million

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13. Justin Turner, 3B, 36
14. Yadier Molina, C, 38 
15. Trevor Rosenthal, RP, 30 
16. Brad Hand, RP, 31
17. Kolten Wong, 2B, 30 
18. Masahiro Tanaka, SP, 32
19. Charlie Morton, SP, 37
20. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF, 30 
21. Jake Odorizzi, SP, 31 
22. Trevor May, RP, 31 
23. Joc Pederson, OF, 28
24. Taijuan Walker, SP, 28 
25. Jurickson Profar, UTIL, 28 
26. Garrett Richards, SP, 32 

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27. Adam Wainwright, SP, 39 
28. Tommy La Stella, UTIL, 32  
29. James McCann, C, 30 
30. James Paxton, SP, 32 
31. Mark Melancon, RP, 36
32. Robbie Ray, SP, 29. Signed a one-year, $8 million deal to stay with Blue Jays
33. Alex Colome, RP, 32
34. Andrelton Simmons, SS, 31
35. Alex Wood, RP, 30
36. Jose Quintana, SP, 32
37. Drew Smyly, SP, 31
38. Blake Treinen, RP, 32
39. Mike Minor, SP, 33
40. Cesar Hernandez, 2B, 30
41. Carlos Santana, 1B, 34
42. Jeremy Jeffress, RP, 33
43. J.A. Happ, SP, 38
44. Shane Greene, RP, 32
45. Kirby Yates, RP, 34
46. Jonathan Schoop, 2B, 29
47. Brett Gardner, OF, 37
48. Jake McGee, RP, 34
49. Martin Perez, SP, 29

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50. Yoenis Cespedes, OF, 35
51. Chris Archer, SP, 32
52. Greg Holland, RP, 35
53. Robbie Grossman, OF, 31
54. Enrique Hernandez, UTIL, 29
55. Keone Kela, RP, 27
56. Pedro Baez, RP, 33
57. Jon Lester, SP, 37
58. Brad Miller, UTIL, 31
59. Rich Hill, SP, 41
60. Mike Fiers, SP, 35
61. Corey Kluber, SP, 34

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62. Adam Eaton, OF, 32
63. Mike Leake, SP, 33
64. Tyler Chatwood, SP, 31
65. Anthony DeSclafani, SP, 30
66. Cole Hamels, SP, 37
67. Marwin Gonzalez, UTIL, 32
68. Jake Arrieta, SP, 35
69. Jake Lamb, 3B, 30
70. Dee Strange-Gordon, 2B, 32
71. Wilson Ramos, C, 33
72. Mitch Moreland, 1B, 35
73. Darren O’Day, RP, 38
74. Kevin Pillar, OF, 32
75. Michael Wacha, SP, 29

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