Top 10 Free Agent Signings in 2021
Free agency gives teams, and players, a new opportunity to reshape their future, however, we can’t tell who won free agency until the end of the year.
By Zach Smith
Now that the playoffs are around the corner, we can finally see which franchise fared best in the offseason.
George Springer, who signed a 6-year/$150M deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, was the big splash, but he has only played in 66 games. If not him, who’s the best free agent from the offseason?
We evaluated players who found new homes in 2021 with three things in mind: their performance, their impact on winning, and whether they performed above or below their pay grade.
#10 Kolten Wong Milwaukee Brewers
Stats: .275/13 HR/10 SB Contract: 2-years/$18M Team Record: 91-59, 1st in NL Central
Stats: .267/21 HR/83 RBI Contract: 1-year/$1M Team Record: 70-79, 4th in NL West
#9 Cj Cron Colorado Rockies
#8 Adam Duvall Miami Marlins/Atlanta Braves
Stats: .231/37 HR/107 RBI Contract: 1-year/$5M Team Record: 78-70, 1st in NL East
#7 Charlie Morton Atlanta Braves
Stats: 13-6 record with a 3.49 ERA and 195 strikeouts Contract: 1-year/$15M Team Record: 78-70, 1st in NL East
#6 Liam Hendriks Chicago White Sox
Stats: 2.31 ERA with 34 saves (2nd in MLB) Contract: 3-years/$54M Team Record: 85-66, 1st in AL Central
#5 Anthony DeSclafani San Francisco Giants
Stats: 12-7 record with a 3.23 ERA and two shutouts Contract: 1-year/$6 million Team Record: 80-69, 2nd in NL Central
Stats: .260/28 HR/91 RBI Contract: 1-year/$3.1M Team Record: 86-65, 2nd in AL East
#3 Mark Melancon San Diego Padres
Stats: All-Star, 2.26 ERA with 37 saves (leads MLB) Contract: 1-year/$3M Team Record: 76-73, 3rd in NL West
#2 Marcus Semien Toronto Blue Jays
Stats: All-Star .270/41HR/97 RBI Contract: 1-year/$18 million Team Record: 84-66, 3rd in AL East
#1 Robbie Ray Toronto Blue Jays
Stats: 12-6 record with a 2.72 ERA and 238 strikeouts (leads MLB) Contract: 1-year/$8 million Team Record: 84-66, 3rd in AL East