Now that Major League Baseball’s 2021-22 lockout has come to an end, teams will be allowed to sign big-league free agents and there could be a flurry of moves in the days to come with plenty of big names still available.
Star shortstops Carlos Correa and Trevor Story will both be looking to sign big-money deals, following in the footsteps of Corey Seager (10 years, $325 million) and Marcus Semien (7 years, $175 million), both of whom signed with the Texas Rangers before the lockout began.
While it was widely assumed when the offseason began that 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman would return to the Atlanta Braves, other suitors may have entered the picture over the past few months. Other sluggers available include Nick Castellanos, Kris Bryant, Michael Conforto, Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo.
The pitching market is a bit thinner, with Robbie Ray (Mariners), Max Scherzer (Mets), Kevin Gausman (Blue Jays) and Marcus Stroman (Cubs) having found already new teams.
Rankings taken from USA TODAY Sports’ original top free agents list.
1. Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
2. Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
4. Nick Castellanos, OF, Reds
5. Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, Giants
6. Michael Conforto, OF, Mets
7. Kyle Schwarber, OF/1B, Red Sox
8. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Yankees
9. Kenley Jansen, RHP, Dodgers
10. Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Dodgers
11. Carlos Rodon, LHP, White Sox – SIGNED: Two years, $45 million with Giants, March 11
12. Nelson Cruz, DH, Rays – SIGNED: One year, $13 million with Nationals, March 13.
13. Andrew Chafin, LHP, Athletics
14. Seiya Suzuki, OF, Hiroshima Carp
15. Zack Greinke, RHP, Astros
16. Collin McHugh, RHP, Rays
17. Danny Duffy, LHP, Dodgers
18. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Phillies
19. Eddie Rosario, OF, Braves
20. Ryan Tepera, RHP, White Sox
21. Tommy Pham, OF, Padres
22. Jonathan Villar, INF, Mets
23. Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox – SIGNED: One year, $5 million with Rockies, March 13.
24. Odubel Herrera, OF, Phillies
25. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP, Mariners – SIGNED: Three years, $36 million with Blue Jays, March 12
26. Joe Kelly, RHP, Dodgers – SIGNED: Two years, $17 million with White Sox, March 12
27. Kevin Pillar, OF, Mets
28. Michael Pineda, RHP, Twins
29. Tyler Anderson, LHP, Mariners
30. Jorge Soler, OF, Braves
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB top free agents 2022: 30 best remaining players with lockout over
original source: MLB’s top 30 free agents: Carlos Correa, Trevor Story still available as lockout comes to an end