Howie Kendrick signed a two-year deal to remain with the Dodgers on Friday, becoming the latest free agent to agree on a new deal. Spring Training is only a few weeks away, but there are plenty of players who can contribute in 2016 still available.
Ian Desmond, SS
Desmond was thought to be one of the better position players on the market heading into the off-season, but several clubs has passed and found other alternatives.
San Diego made the most sense for Desmond, since the Padres needed a short-term shortstop for 2016. Instead of considering Desmond, the Padres were able to sign Alexei Ramirez to a one-year deal.
Desmond's defense at times has been questioned and he did not help himself much by batting .233/.290/.394 to complement 19 home runs and 62 RBIs over 156 games with the Nationals last season.
At this point, it is unlikely Desmond receives the extensive deal he thought he might get at the end of the year. He is arguably the best overall free agent still on the board.
Dexter Fowler, OF
There were plenty of top outfielders to choose from for clubs seeking outfield depth this winter. Now that Yoenis Cespedes is no longer available after re-signing with the Mets, Fowler is the next best option.
New York gave Cespedes a three-year, $75 million deal, which almost certainly will help Fowler receive a valuable contract.
Fowler batted .250/.346/.411 to complement 17 home runs and 46 RBIs with the Cubs last season. The White Sox are among the clubs still seeking an outfielder, and Fowler might be in a position to receive a large deal before the start of Spring Training.
Yovani Gallardo, SP
All of the big name starters, including Johnny Cueto and Zack Greinke, signed early this winter, allowing the market for middle tier starting pitchers to develop.
Doug Fister signed a one-year deal with the Astros this week, leaving Gallardo as one of the few healthy and established starting pitching options available.
Over 184.1 innings with the Rangers last season, Gallardo pitched to a 3.42 ERA and 4.00 FIP. As one of the better starting options still available, Gallardo will likely join a club relatively soon.
David Freese, UTL
Freese has proven he can thrive as a starter, and his versatility should make him, at the very least, an attractive bench option for multiple clubs.
Over 121 games with the Angels last season, Freese batted .257/.323/.420 to complement 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. He is a career .276 hitter and would almost certainly be notably valuable to a contending club's bench.
Tyler Clippard, P
Considering there were not many top relievers to choose from initially, it is notable Clippard is still available.
Over 71.0 innings last season, Clippard pitched to a 2.92 ERA and 4.28 FIP. He has had a successful major league career to this point and has experience closing games.
Since Clippard has yet to join a club, some are wondering if the veteran reliever is completely healthy. At this point, Clippard might be forced to accept a short-term deal.
Mat Latos, P
Latos started the year as the Marlins' No. 2 starter in the rotation, but joined a pair of other clubs before the 2015 season ended.
He pitched to a 4.95 ERA and 3.92 FIP over 116.1 innings, but the fact Latos is still on the market might not be as surprising. He is not known to be a great teammate, and clubs seeking starting pitching depth could pass on Latos as a result.
Justin Morneau, 1B
It is probably only a matter of time until Morneau gets signed.
Although he only played in 49 games last season, Morneau batted .310/.363/.468 to complement three home runs and 15 RBIs over that span.
Morneau had success in 2014, too, batting .319 over 135 games. If he can remain healthy, Morneau could be a valuable addition to a club's roster, and a left-handed hitting one at that.
Jimmy Rollins, SS
At this point, it appears Rollins prefers to play shortstop, but earlier this off-season it was reported some teams had interest in Rollins as a second baseman.
Over 144 games with the Dodgers last season, Rollins batted a mere .224/.285/.358 to complement 13 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Rollins might not be the All-Star he once was, but he could still help a club seeking infield depth.
- Tim Lincecum, P
- Alex Rios, OF
- Marlon Byrd, OF