Here's how future free-agent classes look

February 28th, 2024

Shohei Ohtani, Blake Snell, Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman and Jordan Montgomery were among the top stars who reached free agency after the 2023 World Series.

But what about upcoming free-agent classes? Here's a look at the notable players who are set to become free agents in 2024-25 and beyond.

Notable free agents for 2024-25

Catcher: Elias Díaz, Gary Sánchez (mutual option), Yasmani Grandal, Danny Jansen, Travis d'Arnaud, Yan Gomes, Francisco Mejía, Austin Barnes (club option), Omar Narváez, Carson Kelly, James McCann, Martín Maldonado (club option), Tomás Nido, Austin Nola, Austin Hedges, Jacob Stallings, Max Stassi (club option), Andrew Knizner

First base: Paul Goldschmidt, Pete Alonso, Rhys Hoskins (opt-out), Anthony Rizzo (club option), Josh Bell, Rowdy Tellez, Christian Walker, Ryan O'Hearn, Carlos Santana

Second base: Gleyber Torres, Brandon Lowe (club option), Ha-Seong Kim (mutual option), Whit Merrifield (club option), Wilmer Flores (player option/club option), Jorge Polanco (club option), Brandon Crawford, Brandon Drury, Adam Frazier (mutual option)

Third base: Alex Bregman, Justin Turner, Eugenio Suárez (club option), Gio Urshela, J.D. Davis, Yoán Moncada (club option)

Shortstop: Willy Adames, Tim Anderson, Miguel Rojas (club option), Amed Rosario, Paul DeJong, Garrett Hampson, Joey Wendle

Outfield: Juan Soto, Cody Bellinger (opt-out), Alex Verdugo, Michael Conforto, Joey Gallo, Tyler O’Neill, Joc Pederson (mutual option), Anthony Santander, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (opt-out), Teoscar Hernández, Aaron Hicks, Andrew McCutchen, Kevin Kiermaier, Max Kepler, Harrison Bader, Mark Canha, Mitch Haniger (opt-out), Hunter Renfroe (player option), Manuel Margot (mutual option), Charlie Blackmon, Randal Grichuk (mutual option), Jason Heyward, Jurickson Profar

Designated hitter: Eloy Jiménez (club option), Marcell Ozuna (club option), Daniel Vogelbach, Matt Carpenter

Starting pitcher: Gerrit Cole (opt-out), Justin Verlander (vesting option), Max Scherzer, Corbin Burnes, Clayton Kershaw (player option), Zack Wheeler, Max Fried, Shane Bieber, Walker Buehler, Nathan Eovaldi (vesting option), Robbie Ray (opt-out), Alex Cobb, Kyle Hendricks, Charlie Morton, Freddy Peralta (club option), Merrill Kelly (club option), Lucas Giolito (player option), Sean Manaea (opt-out), Michael Wacha (player option), Wade Miley (mutual option), Lance Lynn (club option), Kyle Gibson (club option), Luis Severino, Frankie Montas (mutual option), James Paxton, Jack Flaherty, Yusei Kikuchi, Patrick Corbin, Anthony DeSclafani, Nick Pivetta, Martín Pérez, Domingo Germán, Marco Gonzales (club option), Andrew Heaney, Eric Lauer, John Means, Zach Plesac, José Quintana, Michael Soroka, Ross Stripling, Spencer Turnbull, Luke Weaver, Alex Wood

Relief pitcher: Kenley Jansen, Giovanny Gallegos (club option), Ryan Pressly (mutual option), Craig Kimbrel (club option), Hector Neris (club option), Adam Ottavino, Aroldis Chapman, Daniel Bard, Kendall Graveman, David Robertson (mutual option), Paul Sewald, Jonathan Loáisiga, Blake Treinen, Scott Barlow, John Brebbia, Diego Castillo, Andrew Chafin (club option), Adam Cimber, Jake Diekman, Seranthony Domínguez (club option), Carlos Estévez, Dylan Floro, Josh Fleming, Shintaro Fujinami, Luis García, Yimi García, Jakob Junis (mutual option), Phil Maton (club option), Matt Moore, Brent Suter, Luke Jackson (club option), Tommy Kahnle, Joe Kelly, Andrew Kittredge, José Leclerc, Jorge López, Chris Martin, Nick Martinez (opt-out), Keynan Middleton (club option), Shelby Miller (club option), A.J. Minter, Emilio Pagán (opt-out), Wandy Peralta (opt-out), Tanner Scott, Lucas Sims, Will Smith, Josh Staumont, Chris Stratton (player option), Lou Trivino (club option), Kirby Yates

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The marquee name in the 2024-25 class is Soto, who will be coming off his age-25 season when he is eligible to test the open market for the first time. The Yankees will presumably attempt to sign him to an extension before that point, considering what they gave up to acquire him from the Padres this offseason.

Additionally, this is a loaded free-agent class on the starting-pitcher front, with Burnes, Wheeler, Fried, Scherzer, Bieber and Buehler among the notable names eligible for free agency. The crop could get even deeper if Cole opts out of his contract, though the Yankees can supersede his opt-out by adding one year and $36 million to his deal.

Teams will also have a wide variety of infielders to choose from, whether it’s at first (Alonso, Goldschmidt), second (Torres, Kim), third (Bregman) or shortstop (Adames).

Notable free agents for 2025-26

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Will Smith, Salvador Perez (club option), Mitch Garver (mutual option), Gary Sánchez, Tom Murphy (club option), Austin Barnes, Martín Maldonado, Christian Bethancourt, Jose Trevino, Christian Vázquez, Max Stassi, Victor Caratini

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yandy Díaz (club option), Rhys Hoskins (mutual option), Josh Naylor, Anthony Rizzo, José Abreu, LaMonte Wade Jr., Ty France, Jared Walsh

Second base: Luis Arraez, Ozzie Albies (club option), Ha-Seong Kim, Brandon Lowe (club option), Jorge Polanco, Whit Merrifield, Wilmer Flores, Brendan Rodgers, Adam Frazier, Cavan Biggio, Luis Rengifo, Jon Berti

Third base: Max Muncy (club option), Eugenio Suárez, Yoán Moncada, Luis Urías

Shortstop: Bo Bichette, Trevor Story (opt-out), Orlando Arcia (club option), Tommy Edman, Jorge Mateo, Miguel Rojas

Outfield: Cody Bellinger (opt-out), Luis Robert Jr. (club option), Kyle Tucker, Cedric Mullins, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Hays, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor (club option), Starling Marte, Trent Grisham, Mitch Haniger, Hunter Renfroe, Lane Thomas, Ramón Laureano, Manuel Margot, Harold Ramírez, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Avisaíl García (club option), Nick Senzel, Willi Castro, Randal Grichuk

Designated hitter: Eloy Jiménez (club option), Marcell Ozuna

Starting pitcher: Dylan Cease, Zac Gallen, Framber Valdez, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Nathan Eovaldi, Brandon Woodruff (mutual option), Kodai Senga (opt-out), Chris Bassitt, Aaron Civale, Nestor Cortes, Zach Eflin, Jon Gray, Merrill Kelly, Mitch Keller, Dustin May, Tyler Mahle, Michael Kopech, Freddy Peralta (club option), Marcus Stroman (vesting option), Lucas GIolito, Sean Manaea, Michael Wacha, Wade Miley, Lance Lynn, Seth Lugo (club option), Kyle Gibson, Kenta Maeda, Germán Márquez, José Urquidy, Ranger Suárez, Tyler Anderson, Frankie Montas, Marco Gonzales, Steven Matz, Miles Mikolas, Chris Paddack, Cal Quantrill, Erick Fedde

Relief pitcher: Edwin Díaz (opt-out), Devin Williams, Liam Hendriks (mutual option), Ryan Pressly, Craig Kimbrel, Hector Neris, Taylor Rogers, Tyler Rogers, Jordan Romano, Ryan Helsley, Raisel Iglesias, José Alvarado (club option), Ryan Brasier, Andrés Muñoz (club option), David Robertson, Robert Suarez (opt-out), Erik Swanson, Andrew Chafin, Seranthony Domínguez, Pete Fairbanks (club option), Giovanny Gallegos, Jakob Junis, Phil Maton, Gregory Soto, Pierce Johnson (club option), Luke Jackson, Michael King, Nick Martinez, Keynan Middleton, Rafael Montero, Emilio Pagán, Wandy Peralta (opt-out), Aaron Bummer (club option), Colin Poche, Dillon Tate, Chris Stratton, Woo-Suk Go (mutual option), Lou Trivino

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The 2025-26 class includes two big-time catchers in Realmuto and Smith and an intriguing crop of starting pitchers led by Cease, Gallen and Valdez. But the headliners here are Guerrero, Bichette and Tucker -- three of the best young position players in the game. Guerrero will be just 26 years old when he’s eligible for free agency at the end of the 2025 season, while Bichette will be 27 and Tucker will be 28.

Notable free agents for 2026-27

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Mitch Garver, Jonah Heim, Alejandro Kirk, Tyler Stephenson, Tom Murphy, Ryan Jeffers, Jake Rogers, Eric Haase

First base: Yandy Díaz, Rhys Hoskins, Nathaniel Lowe, Ryan Mountcastle, Andrew Vaughn, Seth Brown

Second base: Ozzie Albies (club option), Brandon Lowe, DJ LeMahieu, Jeff McNeil (club option), Nico Hoerner, Thairo Estrada, Jonathan India, Mauricio Dubón, Santiago Espinal

Third base: Jeimer Candelario (club option), Anthony Rendon, Alec Bohm, Ramón Urías, Patrick Wisdom, Josh Rojas

Shortstop: J.P. Crawford, Gavin Lux, Orlando Arcia

Outfield: Ronald Acuña Jr. (club option), Cody Bellinger, Luis Robert Jr. (club option), Adolis García, Randy Arozarena, George Springer, Nick Castellanos, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Ian Happ, Daulton Varsho, Seiya Suzuki, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (club option), Chas McCormick, Taylor Ward, Chris Taylor, Dylan Carlson, Tyrone Taylor, Jake Fraley, Myles Straw (club option), Kyle Lewis, Avisaíl García

Designated hitter: Eloy Jiménez, Jorge Soler

Starting pitcher: Kevin Gausman, Freddy Peralta, Sandy Alcantara (club option), Sonny Gray (club option), Brandon Woodruff, Jesús Luzardo, Chris Sale (club option), Marcus Stroman, Robbie Ray, Tarik Skubal, Triston McKenzie, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon, Jeffrey Springs (club option), Dane Dunning, Kyle Wright, Seth Lugo, Lance McCullers Jr., Drew Rasmussen, Patrick Sandoval, Tony Gonsolin, Casey Mize, Garrett Whitlock (club option), Josh Fleming, Trevor Rogers, Luis Garcia, Tyler Wells, Brady Singer, David Peterson, Ian Anderson

Relief pitcher: Emmanuel Clase (club option), Liam Hendriks, Bryan Abreu, Pete Fairbanks, Andrés Muñoz (club option), Robert Stephenson, José Alvarado, Brusdar Graterol, Evan Phillips, Adbert Alzolay, A.J. Puk, Joel Payamps, Kevin Ginkel, Jason Adam, Reynaldo López, (club option), James Karinchak, John Schreiber, Joe Mantiply, Joe Jiménez, Wandy Peralta (opt-out), Cionel Pérez, Aaron Bummer, Pierce Johnson, Trevor Stephan (club option), Garrett Crochet, Josh Sborz, Woo-Suk Go

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Assuming the club options for Acuña, Robert, Alcantara and Albies are picked up, there's no clear headliner in this free-agent class (yet). Díaz, Arozarena, Garcia, Crawford, Gausman, Peralta, Luzardo, Perez and Heim are among the best players in this group.