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With a lot of the big free agents already off the board, many are wondering who is really left looking for a new team. Here is a list of the five best remaining free agents.
Mike Bates asks where will Dexter Fowler end up.
Fowler sacrificed a great deal of batting average and on base percentage last year as he ramped up his power game. That didn't impact his overall offensive value, as his wRC+ of 110 and wOBA of .333 fell roughly in line with his career marks. In particular, he struggled against right handed pitchers compared to his career marks (.726 OPS in 2015, versus .761 for his career), while absolutely destroying lefties (.865 OPS in 2015).
The real problem with Fowler is that he is a poor defensive center fielder, suffering from a severe lack of range. He could have a seriously positive impact on whichever team he joins as a plus corner outfielder who has aged out of center. Especially if he's willing to move out of center, he has a few choice landing spots that would net him a pretty hefty payday. There are a lot of potential fits, but with the money he's going to command, whoever signs him is going to want him to play every day.
And it's never too early to start looking ahead, and that's exactly what our own Matt Goldman did, previewing the 2016-17 MLB free agent class.
Bronson Arroyo is getting interest from a number of teams, including the Nationals and Reds. According to Chris Cotillo, a decision could come as soon as this week.
Source: Decision from Bronson Arroyo expected this week. Reports have linked CIN, WSH, MIA, PIT, SD so far.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 26, 2016
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