Here's how the next FA classes look

January 30th, 2023

The 2022-23 free-agent class had plenty of star power, with Aaron Judge, Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom, Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts among the players who were on the market.

You can find a position-by-position breakdown of the remaining free agents from the 2022-23 class here.

But what about upcoming free-agent classes? Here's a look at the notable players who are set to become free agents in 2023-24 and beyond.

Notable free agents for 2023-24

Catcher: Travis d'Arnaud (club option), Mitch Garver, Yan Gomes (club option), Yasmani Grandal, Omar Narváez, Mike Zunino

First base: Josh Bell (opt-out), Brandon Belt, C.J. Cron, Rhys Hoskins, Eric Hosmer, Max Muncy (club option), Joey Votto (club option)

Second base: Adam Frazier, Jorge Polanco (club option), Whit Merrifield (mutual option), Jonathan Schoop, Kolten Wong

Third base: Brian Anderson, Matt Chapman, Josh Donaldson (mutual option), Eduardo Escobar (club option), Evan Longoria, Manny Machado (opt-out), Justin Turner (opt-out), Gio Urshela, Joey Wendle

Shortstop: Tim Anderson (club option), Javier Báez (opt-out), Brandon Crawford, Paul DeJong (club option), Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Adalberto Mondesi, Miguel Rojas, Amed Rosario

Outfield: Harrison Bader, Cody Bellinger, Charlie Blackmon, Michael Brantley, Mark Canha (club option), Michael Conforto (opt-out), Adam Duvall, Joey Gallo, Randal Grichuk, Ian Happ, Teoscar Hernández, Max Kepler (club option), Kevin Kiermaier, Andrew McCutchen, Wil Myers, Joc Pederson, Tommy Pham, AJ Pollock, Hunter Renfroe, Eddie Rosario (club option), Jorge Soler (opt-out), Michael A. Taylor, Jesse Winker

Designated hitter: Jesús Aguilar, Matt Carpenter, Nelson Cruz, Trey Mancini (opt-out), J.D. Martinez, Shohei Ohtani

Starting pitcher: Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger (mutual option), Alex Cobb (club option), Johnny Cueto (club option), Yu Darvish, Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito, Sonny Gray, Andrew Heaney (opt-out), Kyle Hendricks (club option), Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber (club option), Lance Lynn (club option), Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle, Sean Manaea (opt-out), Germán Márquez (club option), Miles Mikolas, Wade Miley (mutual opion), Frankie Montas, Jordan Montgomery, Charlie Morton (club option), Aaron Nola, Jake Odorizzi, Shohei Ohtani, Eduardo Rodriguez (opt-out), Hyun Jin Ryu, Max Scherzer (opt-out), Luis Severino, Blake Snell, Ross Stripling (opt-out), Marcus Stroman (opt-out), Noah Syndergaard, Julio Urías, Alex Wood

Relief pitcher: José Alvarado, Matt Barnes (club option), Anthony Bass, Aroldis Chapman, Dylan Floro, Luis García, Yimi García (club option), Josh Hader, Liam Hendriks (club option), Jordan Hicks, Daniel Hudson (club option), Craig Kimbrel, José Leclerc (club option), Seth Lugo (player option), Mark Melancon (mutual option), Héctor Neris (club option), Adam Ottavino (player option), David Robertson, Ryne Stanek, Blake Treinen, Kirby Yates (club option)


With Ohtani slated to hit the open market after the 2023 season, the $360 million deal Aaron Judge signed with the Yankees might not last long as the record for a free-agent contract. The Angels' two-way superstar is in his prime, entering his age-29 season in 2024, and will be the headliner of this free-agent class.

Another big name to watch for: Machado, who can out of the 10-year, $300 million contract he signed with the Padres before the 2019 season. Machado would join Chapman as the top third basemen on the free-agent market.

Starting pitcher also looks like a strength, with Darvish, Flaherty, Giolito, Kershaw, Montas, Montgomery, Nola, Snell and Urías all eligible to test free agency alongside Ohtani.

Notable free agents for 2024-25

Catcher: Austin Barnes (club option), Travis d'Arnaud, Elias Díaz, Yan Gomes, Danny Jansen, Carson Kelly, James McCann, Francisco Mejía, Tomás Nido, Jacob Stallings

First base: Pete Alonso, Josh Bell, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Muncy, Anthony Rizzo (club option), Rowdy Tellez, Joey Votto, Christian Walker

Second base: Jose Altuve, Wilmer Flores (club option), Brandon Lowe (club option), Whit Merrifield, Jorge Polanco (club option), Jean Segura, Gleyber Torres

Third base: Alex Bregman, J.D. Davis, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Drury, Eduardo Escobar, Yoán Moncada (club option), Eugenio Suárez (club option), Justin Turner

Shortstop: Willy Adames, Tim Anderson, Paul DeJong (club option), Ha-Seong Kim (mutual option)

Outfield: Mark Canha, Michael Conforto, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Max Kepler, Manuel Margot (mutual option), Tyler O’Neill, Victor Robles, Eddie Rosario, Anthony Santander, Jorge Soler, Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo

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

Starting pitcher: Shane Bieber, Walker Buehler, Madison Bumgarner, Corbin Burnes, Mike Clevinger, Alex Cobb, Gerrit Cole (opt-out), Patrick Corbin, Johnny Cueto, Anthony DeSclafani, Nathan Eovaldi (vesting option), Max Fried, Domingo Germán, Tyler Glasnow, Marco Gonzales (club option), Andrew Heaney, Kyle Hendricks, Merrill Kelly (club option), Corey Kluber, Eric Lauer, Pablo López, Lance Lynn, Germán Márquez, Sean Manaea, John Means, Wade Miley, Charlie Morton, Chris Paddack, Freddy Peralta (club option), José Quintana, Robbie Ray (opt-out), Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Mike Soroka, Ross Stripling, Marcus Stroman, Justin Verlander (vesting option), Zack Wheeler, Brandon Woodruff

Relief pitcher: Daniel Bard, Scott Barlow, Matt Barnes, Diego Castillo, Seranthony Domínguez, Carlos Estévez, Giovanny Gallegos (club option), Yimi García, Kendall Graveman, Liam Hendriks, Daniel Hudson, Luke Jackson (club option), Kenley Jansen, Tommy Kahnle, Andrew Kittredge, José Leclerc, Jonathan Loáisiga, Jorge López, Seth Lugo, Chris Martin, Mark Melancon, A.J. Minter, Héctor Neris, Adam Ottavino, Ryan Pressly (mutual option), Tanner Scott, Paul Sewald, Kirby Yates


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 Padres will presumably attempt to sign him to an extension before that point, considering what they gave up to acquire him from the Nats at the 2022 Trade Deadline.

Additionally, this is a loaded free-agent class on the starting-pitcher front, with Bieber, Buehler, Burnes, Fried, Glasnow, López, Lynn, Márquez, Sale, Scherzer, Stroman, Wheeler and Woodruff among the notable names eligible for free agency. The crop could get even deeper if Cole and Ray opt out of their contracts.

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

Notable free agents for 2025-26

Catcher: Austin Barnes, Christian Bethancourt, Austin Nola, Salvador Perez (club option), J.T. Realmuto, Will Smith, Jose Trevino, Christian Vázquez

First base: José Abreu, Luis Arraez, Ty France, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Josh Naylor, Anthony Rizzo, Jared Walsh

Second base: Ozzie Albies (club option), Cavan Biggio, Jake Cronenworth, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Lowe (club option), Jorge Polanco, Brendan Rodgers

Third base: Yandy Díaz (option), Yoán Moncada, Eugenio Suárez, Luis Urías

Shortstop: Bo Bichette, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Nico Hoerner, Ha-Seong Kim, Jorge Mateo, Trevor Story (opt-out)

Outfield: Avisaíl García (club option), Trent Grisham, Mitch Haniger, Austin Hays, Aaron Hicks (club option), Ramón Laureano, Manuel Margot, Starling Marte, Cedric Mullins, Harold Ramírez, Bryan Reynolds, Luis Robert (club option), Kyle Schwarber, Chris Taylor (club option), Kyle Tucker, Mike Yastrzemski

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

Starting pitcher: Tyler Anderson, Chris Bassitt, Dylan Cease, Aaron Civale, Nestor Cortes, Zach Eflin, Nathan Eovaldi, Zac Gallen, Marco Gonzales, Jon Gray, Cristian Javier, Merrill Kelly, Michael Kopech, Steven Matz, Dustin May, Chris Paddack, Freddy Peralta (club option), Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill, Ranger Suárez, José Urquidy, Framber Valdez, Justin Verlander, Logan Webb

Relief pitcher: Edwin Díaz (opt-out), Pete Fairbanks (club option), Giovanny Gallegos, Ryan Helsley, Raisel Iglesias, Luke Jackson, Michael King, Rafael Montero, Andrés Muñoz (club option), Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers, Tyler Rogers, Jordan Romano, Gregory Soto, Robert Suarez (opt-out), Erik Swanson, Dillon Tate, Devin Williams


The 2025-26 class includes a solid group of catchers and an intriguing crop of starting pitchers led by Cease and Gallen, 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.