6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06:  Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants sits in the dugout before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 06, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 02: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on July 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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

ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 21: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on August 21, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals | Jeff Curry/Getty Images

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

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 18: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox
bats against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 07: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 7, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Indians won 11-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

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

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 01:  Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at T-Mobile Park on April 1, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners | Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

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

DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 03: Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies | Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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.