Here's how the next FA classes look

November 19th, 2022

The 2022-23 free-agent class has plenty of star power, with Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom and a stellar crop of shortstops among the available players.

You can find a position-by-position breakdown of the current free agents here.

But what about the 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

First base: C.J. Cron, Rhys Hoskins, Max Muncy (club option), Joey Votto (club option)

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

Third base: Matt Chapman, Rafael Devers, Josh Donaldson (mutual option), Eduardo Escobar (club option), Manny Machado (opt-out), Gio Urshela, Joey Wendle

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

Outfield: Harrison Bader, Charlie Blackmon, Mark Canha (club option), Randal Grichuk, Ian Happ, Teoscar Hernández, Max Kepler (club option), Hunter Renfroe, Eddie Rosario (club option), Jorge Soler (opt-out), Michael A. Taylor, Jesse Winker

Designated hitter: Miguel Cabrera (club option), Shohei Ohtani

Starting pitcher: Carlos Carrasco, Alex Cobb (club option), Yu Darvish, Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito, Sonny Gray, Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn (club option), Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle, Germán Márquez, Miles Mikolas, 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, Marcus Stroman (opt-out), Julio Urías, Alex Wood

Relief pitcher: José Alvarado, Matt Barnes (club option), Anthony Bass, Dylan Floro, Luis García, Yimi García (club option), Josh Hader, Liam Hendriks (club option), Jordan Hicks, Daniel Hudson (club option), José Leclerc (club option), Mark Melancon (mutual option), Héctor Neris (club option), Ryne Stanek, Blake Treinen, Kirby Yates (club option)


If Ohtani gets to free agency after the 2023 season, look out. The Angels' two-way superstar will be in his prime, entering his age-29 season in 2024, and would be the headliner of the free-agent class.

Another big name to watch for: Machado. If Machado opts out of the 10-year, $300 million contract he signed with the Padres before the 2019 season, that would really make third base a headlining position, with Devers and Chapman also set to hit free agency.

Starting pitcher also looks like a strength, with Darvish, Flaherty, Giolito, Kershaw, Márquez, 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, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Muncy, Rowdy Tellez, Joey Votto, Christian Walker

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

Third base: Alex Bregman, J.D. Davis, Yandy Díaz, Josh Donaldson, Eduardo Escobar, Yoán Moncada (club option), Eugenio Suárez (club option)

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

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

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

Starting pitcher: Shane Bieber, Walker Buehler, Madison Bumgarner, Corbin Burnes, Alex Cobb, Gerrit Cole (opt-out), Patrick Corbin, Anthony DeSclafani, Max Fried, Domingo Germán, Tyler Glasnow, Marco Gonzales (club option), Kyle Hendricks, Merrill Kelly (club option), Eric Lauer, Pablo López, Lance Lynn, Germán Márquez, John Means, Charlie Morton, Chris Paddack, Freddy Peralta (club option), Robbie Ray (opt-out), Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Mike Soroka, Jeffrey Springs, Marcus Stroman, Zack Wheeler, Brandon Woodruff

Relief pitcher: Daniel Bard, Scott Barlow, Matt Barnes, Diego Castillo, Jake Diekman, Seranthony Domínguez, Giovanny Gallegos (club option), Yimi García, Kendall Graveman, Liam Hendriks, Daniel Hudson, Andrew Kittredge, Jonathan Loáisiga, Jorge López, Mark Melancon, A.J. Minter, Héctor Neris, 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, Morton, 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, McNeil, Torres), third (Bregman, Díaz) or shortstop (Adames, Anderson).

Notable free agents for 2025-26

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

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

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

Third base: Yoán Moncada, Eugenio Suárez, Luis Urías 

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

Outfield: Avisaíl García (club option), Trent Grisham, 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: Dylan Cease, Aaron Civale, Nestor Cortes, Zac Gallen, Marco Gonzales, Jon Gray, Cristian Javier, Merrill Kelly, Michael Kopech, Steven Matz, Dustin May, Freddy Peralta (club option), Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill, Ranger Suárez, José Urquidy, Framber Valdez, Logan Webb

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


The 2025-26 class includes a deep 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.