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Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams

February 26, 2019

Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the notable free agents remaining for all 30 Major League clubs as Spring Training gets underway. NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST Atlanta Braves Notable free agents remaining: RHP Peter Moylan Nick Markakis was a valuable member of a youthful Braves club in 2018, providing veteran leadership

Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the notable free agents remaining for all 30 Major League clubs as Spring Training gets underway.
Atlanta Braves
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Peter Moylan
Nick Markakis was a valuable member of a youthful Braves club in 2018, providing veteran leadership and making the All-Star team for the first time in his career, so they brought him back on a one-year deal with a club option for '20. Kurt Suzuki formed a productive catching tandem with Tyler Flowers across 2017-18, but the 35-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Nationals.
Miami Marlins
Notable free agents remaining: INF/OF Derek Dietrich
The Marlins' roster is replete with players who are at the early stages of their big league careers, putting them years away from free agency. After trading multiple big-name players last offseason, Miami will likely now look to deal veterans Starlin Castro and Martín Prado, as they are owed nearly $27 million combined in 2019. Meanwhile, Dietrich elected free agency after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers.
New York Mets
Notable free agents remaining: OF Austin Jackson, RHP AJ Ramos, INF José Reyes
The Mets re-signed catcher Devin Mesoraco to a Minor League contract to serve as depth for the newly acquired Wilson Ramos and holdover Travis d'Arnaud. Jackson, AJ Ramos and Reyes are unlikely to be back, and Jerry Blevins signed a Minor League deal with the A's.
Philadelphia Phillies
Notable free agents remaining: 3B/OF José Bautista
All four players on Philadelphia's initial free-agent list were acquired late in the 2018 campaign as the Phillies made a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Wilson Ramos signed with the division-rival Mets, but the Phils traded for J.T. Realmuto to replace him.
Washington Nationals
Notable free agents remaining: OF Bryce Harper, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Harper is one of the top free agents on the market, and the Nats are making a major push to keep him in Washington. Washington traded for Yan Gomes and signed Kurt Suzuki this offseason to address the catcher position. Left-hander Sean Doolittle will be back, as the Nats exercised his option for 2019.
Chicago Cubs
Notable free agents remaining: LHP Jorge De La Rosa
The Cubs exercised their $20 million club option for Cole Hamels, who was acquired from the Rangers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, picked up Pedro Strop's $6.25 million option and tendered contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players, so they didn't have any major free-agent departures.
Cincinnati Reds
Notable free agents remaining: None
Outside of Matt Harvey, who joined the Angels on a one-year deal, the Reds didn't have any key departures or options to worry about this winter, though Scooter Gennett is due for free agency following the 2019 season and has been mentioned in trade rumors.
Milwaukee Brewers
Notable free agents remaining: LHP Gio Gonzalez
Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria declined player options, and although Soria signed with the A's, Moustakas returned on a one-year deal with an option for 2020. The Brewers picked up Jeremy Jeffress' $3.175 million team option, meanwhile.
Pittsburgh Pirates
Notable free agents remaining: None
The Pirates opened up some payroll flexibility and a roster spot by declining Josh Harrison's $10.5 million option, and he went on to sign with the Tigers.
St. Louis Cardinals
Notable free agents remaining:
RHP Bud Norrisf
Adam Wainwright agreed to a one-year deal to return for his 15th season with the Cardinals. Improving the bullpen to build around Jordan Hicks was a priority for St. Louis, especially with the departure of Norris, who provided stability at closer for much of the season. As a result, the Cards signed Andrew Miller in December.
Arizona Diamondbacks
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Clay Buchholz
The D-backs made one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offers to Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock, both of which were declined. Corbin went on to sign with the Nationals, and Pollock landed with the NL West-rival Dodgers.
Colorado Rockies
Notable free agents remaining: OF Carlos González, OF Matt Holliday
With DJ LeMahieu signing with the Yankees and new acquisition Daniel Murphy expected to move to first base, the Rockies may be set to turn the reins at second base over to one of their middle-infield prospects, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers. Colorado also lost Adam Ottavino to the Yanks and saw Gerardo Parra head to the Giants on a Minor League deal after his $12 million team option was declined.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Ryan Madson
Clayton Kershaw, who had an opt-out clause that would have voided the final two years of his deal, signed a three-year, $93 million contract to stay with the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Los Angeles made qualifying offers to Yasmani Grandal (who signed a one-year deal with the Brewers) and the oft-injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, with the latter accepting.
San Diego Padres
Notable free agents remaining: None
The Padres' 2018 roster will remain mostly intact with only A.J. Ellis (who transitioned to a front-office role with San Diego) and Freddy Galvis (who signed with the Blue Jays) entering free agency.
San Francisco Giants
Notable free agents remaining: None
San Francisco exercised its options on Madison Bumgarner and Pablo Sandoval, bringing them back for 2019, and re-signed Derek Holland, who enjoyed a bounceback campaign and anchored an injury-riddled Giants rotation in 2018.
Baltimore Orioles
Notable free agents remaining: OF Adam Jones
The O's traded nearly every player on an expiring contract, including Manny Machado, Zack Britton and Brad Brach, during their 2018 roster purge. Baltimore would have dealt Jones as well, but he was unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights. Jones may be interested in returning, but he would likely need to accept a reduced role as the Orioles look to the future.
Boston Red Sox
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Craig Kimbrel, 2B Brandon Phillips
The Red Sox have retained most of their roster after winning the World Series in 2018, re-signing postseason heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce and picking up Chris Sale's $15 million option for '19. Eduardo Núñez exercised his $5 million player option for '19, and David Price decided not to opt out of the remaining four years and $127 million on his contract. Kimbrel could end up being the only key player Boston loses, as he rejected the club's qualifying offer.
New York Yankees
Notable free agents remaining: None
Pitching was the main focus for the Yankees during the offseason. They re-signed CC Sabathia to a one-year deal and reliever Zack Britton to a three-year pact, and traded for James Paxton. Meanwhile, David Robertson moved onto the Phillies. The club declined a $12.5 million club option for 35-year-old outfielder Brett Gardner, New York's longest-tenured player, but re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million.
Tampa Bay Rays
Notable free agents remaining: OF Carlos Gómez
Sergio Romo was an integral member of the Rays' pitching staff for much of the 2018 season, racking up 25 saves and making five appearances as an "opener," but Tampa Bay opted to move on from the righty, who signed with the Marlins. As for Gomez, the veteran outfielder is unlikely to be back after posting a .634 OPS over 118 games in 2018.
Toronto Blue Jays
Notable free agents remaining: None
Much like Baltimore, Toronto dealt many impending free agents during the 2018 season, including Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, Steve Pearce, Curtis Granderson and John Axford. The Jays picked up Justin Smoak's reasonable $8 million club option and added Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard to their rotation, while Marco Estrada departed.
Chicago White Sox
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Miguel González, RHP James Shields
Chicago picked up Nate Jones' $4.65 million option, but declined Shields' option for $16 million, opting instead for a $2 million buyout, and decided not to tender a contract to Avisaíl García, who signed with the Rays.
Cleveland Indians
Notable free agents remaining: None
The Indians have some security in the bullpen with midseason acquisitions Brad Hand and Adam Cimber both controllable for several more seasons. Those two should help to replace Andrew Miller, who signed with the Cardinals, and Cody Allen, who joined the Angels. Outfield is also an area of need, especially with Michael Brantleyjoining the Astros and Lonnie Chisenhall and Melky Cabrera both signing with the Pirates. The Tribe picked up Carlos Carrasco's $9.75 million club option for '19 but opted to buy out Brandon Guyer for $250,000 instead of exercising his $3 million option, and he landed with the White Sox. Third baseman Josh Donaldson's stay in Cleveland was brief, as he inked a one-year, $23 million deal with the Braves.
Detroit Tigers
Notable free agents remaining: None
Jose Iglesias, Francisco Liriano and the retiring Victor Martinez are the key departures for the rebuilding Tigers, who signed Jordy Mercer to replace Iglesias and added Matt Moore and Tyson Ross to their rotation.
Kansas City Royals
Notable free agents remaining: None
After trading Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas last season, the Royals let Alcides Escobar walk, since Adalberto Mondesi is now their starting shortstop. They did, however, bring back Wily Peralta, who emerged as their closer last season, on a restructured contract.
Minnesota Twins
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Matt Belisle, 1B/DH Logan Morrison
With Joe Mauer retiring and the Twins declining to pick up Morrison's $8 million option for 2019, Minnesota had a need at first base and designated hitter, leading to the additions of C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz. Minnesota also signed Jonathan Schoop to replace the departed Brian Dozier (traded to the Dodgers in July). Santana's $14 million option was declined after the righty missed nearly all of '18 with finger issues.
Los Angeles Angels
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Jim Johnson, OF Chris Young, RHP Blake Wood
The Angels will retain much of their core. Johnson will likely draw interest on the open market for clubs in need of dependable bullpen arms. Young suffered a season-ending injury (labral tears in both hips) but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Houston Astros
Notable free agents remaining: DH Evan Gattis, LHP Dallas Keuchel, C Martín Maldonado, LHP Tony Sipp
Keuchel has spent his entire career with Houston, but he could anchor another team's staff in 2019 after declining a qualifying offer from the Astros, who added Wade Miley. Brian McCann returned to Atlanta on a one-year deal, and Charlie Morton signed with the Rays. Maldonado is not expected back after the team inked Robinson Chirinos.
Oakland A's
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Edwin Jackson
Jed Lowrie, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets, was the biggest name among A's free agents, but Oakland let the veteran walk after acquiring Jurickson Profar to handle second base. The A's also lost Jeurys Familia to the Mets, Trevor Cahill to the Angels and Shawn Kelley to the Rangers, but added Joakim Soria, re-signed Mike Fiers and Brett Anderson, and brought in Marco Estrada.
Seattle Mariners
Notable free agents remaining: OF Denard Span, RHP Adam Warren
Nelson Cruz has moved on to the Twins, and the rebuilding Mariners are unlikely to re-sign any of the other players on this list.
Texas Rangers
Notable free agents remaining: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Yovani Gallardo
Adrian Beltre retired, and Texas declined its options on Doug Fister, Matt Moore and Martin Pérez. Fister joined Beltre in retirement, while Moore landed with the Tigers and Perez with the Twins. Colon and Gallardo are unlikely to return after the Rangers signed Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Jason Hammel and traded for Drew Smyly.

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