Let the fun begin! As of 5 p.m. on Monday, MLB free agents can sign with other teams. While names such as Yu Darvish, Jake Arietta, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas have been generating a lot of buzz in regards to their possible landing spots, here are six under-the-radar free agents that your team should snatch up.
6. Yonder Alonso
Yonder Alonso had an all around breakout year for the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners last season. The 30-year-old first baseman hit 28 home runs with 67 RBI in 142 games played. Alonso hit more home runs in the 2017 season then he did in his previous four seasons combined, and the power-hitting lefty would be a good addition to any team in need of a first baseman or DH.
5. Addison Reed
Strong relief pitchers are one of the most valuable assets in baseball, and Addison Reed has the ability to strengthen any bullpen he joins. The righty reliever posted an impressive 2.84 ERA with 19 saves and 76 strikeouts over 76 innings in 2017. He doesn't get talked about a lot, but he's one of the best free agents in the league.
4. Carlos Santana
The Indians slugger will be getting the qualifying offer from Cleveland, but he's certainly worth surrendering a first-round draft pick. He's a reliable hitter and gets on base often. He can play first base and provide a threat at the DH spot. His career .365 OBP is pretty impressive, and the fact that he's slugged 57 home runs over the past two seasons shows he's getting better with age. He's entering his ninth season and will likely be looking to get paid, but it'll be worht it.
3. Zack Cozart
Zack Cozart had a career year with the Reds in 2017, and it came at the perfect time. The 32-year-old shortstop batted .297 with 24 home runs and 67 RBI. Cozart provides rare power from the shortstop position and should absolutely be on the short list of every team's free agent targets.
2. CC Sabathia
Some people might scoff at this selection, but the 37-year-old lefty reinvented himself this past season. Sabathia posted an impressive 14-5 record in 27 starts to go along with a 2.37 ERA over four games in the playoffs. While there are still concerns about his knees and age, teams shouldn't be afraid to add this one-time perennial Cy Young candidate to their rotation.
1. Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce doesn't get enough attention. The hard-hitting lefty can rake. Bruce was a huge part of the Indians' stunning second half of the season, and he finished the year with an impressive .254 batting average, 36 home runs, and 101 RBI. There aren't many free agents out there with the ability to give you those types of numbers, and Bruce should be a welcomed addition to any team.