The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played.
While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will end up in the offseason. We can't help but picture these veterans leaving the teams they've been with since the start of their MLB careers.
6. Ryan Zimmerman
We'd bet almost everything that the Washington Nationals won't exercise Ryan Zimmerman's $18 million club option for 2020. The 34-year-old has been with the team ever since it relocated from Montreal, but he hasn't played a full season since 2017, and before that, 2013. Not to mention the two-time All-Star has played in fewer than 100 games in four of the last six seasons. A breakup is inbound and it will be an emotional one.
5. Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright was forever enshrined in St. Louis Cardinals royalty since his world-beating postseason out of the pen for the club when they hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy back in 2006. It appeared that 2018 would be Waino's last season with the Cards, but the organization brought him back on a one-year deal. Expect St. Louis to revamp their starting rotation in the offseason with Wainwright not being part of those plans.
4. Jose Abreu
Doesn't Jose Abreu's remarkable 2014 rookie campaign seem like ages ago? He literally put together one of the greatest offensive seasons by a rookie in MLB history, and has since personified an imposing bat in the White Sox lineup. However, it's significantly farfetched to think that the three-time All-Star, a free agent at season's end, will stay with Chicago's rebuilding roster that is still a few years away from competing in the AL.
3. Jason Kipnis
When you consider that Jason Kipnis has failed to hit over .250 since the 2016 season, it just seems likely that the Cleveland Indians, if they were smart, will refuse to exercise his $16.5 million club option for the 2020 campaign. The two-time All-Star, now 32 years old, is well past his prime (and not to mention oft-injured). He's a valuable component to the Tribe's locker room morale, but his nine-year stay in The Land should come to an end after this year.
2. Felix Hernandez
With the Seattle Mariners, currently sitting at 58-81, poised to finish in the basement of the AL West, the club would be wise to part ways with beloved right-hander Felix Hernandez. The M's should enter a full-blown rebuild after this season and keeping a 33-year-old, briskly fading talent like King Felix around just wouldn't make much sense. At this stage in his career, the former Cy Young is better off chasing a ring on a team that stands a chance.
1. Madison Bumgarner
The San Francisco Giants opted to keep Madison Bumgarner around at trade deadline with hopes that he'd conduct the club's charge into the postseason. Well, those ambitions quickly disintegrated as Bruce Bochy's side sits a distant eight games out of the second wild card spot. The former World Series MVP has been a valiant servant to the club over the last 11 years, but even his biggest fans can probably admit it's time to move on so San Fran can begin to revamp its roster.