May 14, 2021

Yasiel Puig among best of what’s left among unsigned MLB free agents (ESPN)

Spring training games have started, and as you scroll through the box scores looking for your super-secret fantasy pickups, it’s worth noting which names you won’t see at the moment: Major League Baseball’s last few unsigned free agents. Yasiel Puig is the headliner here, but there are some other reasonably big names from the not-too-distant past still out there. None of these guys were All-Stars in 2019 — there’s a reason they remain unsigned, after all — but there are 18 former All-Stars unsigned and unretired, including Puig. Let’s take a look:

Yasiel Puig, RF
2019: .267/.327/.458, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 19 SB, 1.4 WAR
Bottom 5 in RF WAR projection (via FanGraphs): Mariners, Tigers, Cardinals, Padres, Marlins

Puig would be at least a minor upgrade for several teams beyond those listed above, including the Indians, the team he finished last year with after a midseason trade with the Reds. Recent reports had the Rays and Giants interested, but the Giants instead signed Hunter Pence and the Rays seem pretty set in the outfield with Austin Meadows in right field and a slew of options in left and center field. It also seems clear that some of the baggage that comes with Puig has dulled…

Read “Yasiel Puig among best of what’s left among unsigned MLB free agents” at ESPN