Maybe I am a crowded mind
I watch your eyes glaze over
Stared down at the floor
You were amazing to me
I was amazing to you
But here we go again — O.A.R., “Love And Memories”
Indeed, here we go again!
The Cubs are the most likely landing spot for Cody Bellinger, multiple people in the baseball industry told me this week, although there is no indication that Bellinger is close to choosing a team. @MLBNetwork @670TheScore— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 30, 2024
Eventually, we probably have to turn these Morosi and Heyman tweets into a drinking game. Do these writers connect Cody Bellinger to the Cubs today? Drink!
Okay, I’m done being sarcastic, for this article at least. What I’d like to do today is take a look at the remaining Top 50 free agents, as listed by MLB Trade Rumors, and which teams they might sign with.
As of this morning, 15 of MLBTR’s Top 50 remain unsigned. Here’s my best guess as to who each of them will sign with, and a bit of my reasoning behind each.
Cody Bellinger: Cubs
Seriously, though, the team and the player are just about a perfect fit. The Cubs know it. Bellinger knows it. Everyone knows it. It’s just a matter of waiting out the staring contest between Jed Hoyer and Scott Boras.
Blake Snell: Phillies
The Phillies have not hesitated to spend what they themselves call “stupid money,” and... well, Snell has had exactly two really good years. The rest have been mediocre-to-bad.
Jordan Montgomery: Rangers
Like Bellinger and the Cubs, this one makes perfect sense for both sides.
Matt Chapman: Giants
After the Giants finish second in the Cody Bellinger Derby, this would be a reasonable consolation prize.
Jorge Soler: Pirates
The Pirates did this with Soler’s 2016 Cubs teammate Aroldis Chapman. Why not get some decent games out of Soler as a DH, then flip him mid-season?
J.D. Martinez: Red Sox
He’s popular there and they need a DH with Justin Turner gone. Of course, Boston has shown no indication they want to spend this winter.
Mike Clevinger: Angels
Clevinger’s 2023 season was just okay, as was his 2022 season. He’s 33 and has had off-field issues. Why would any team pay big money for that?
Oh, right, Angels. He and Anthony Rendon will probably become great friends.
Michael Lorenzen: Tigers
Detroit got a decent four months out of him and a good return in trade. Why not try it again?
Gio Urshela: Blue Jays
The consolation prize for losing Matt Chapman.
Amed Rosario: Athletics
He wouldn’t cost much.
Whit Merrifield: Nationals
They’ve been pretty quiet this offseason. Merrifield could play multiple positions and provide veteran leadership for a very young team.
Brandon Belt: Pirates
Another guy the Buccos could flip at the deadline.
Jakob Junis: Padres
The Padres need a closer. Junis has never done it before, but why not? He throws hard, strikes out a lot of guys and doesn’t walk many.
Liam Hendriks: No one
Hendriks is recovering from Tommy John surgery and likely won’t pitch this year. Unless someone wants to give him a small contract for 2024 with an option for 2025, he might remain unsigned until next offseason.
Tim Anderson: Athletics
Anderson had the worst year of his career in 2023, had a memorable fight in Cleveland:
Tom Hamilton's call of the Jose Ramirez-Tim Anderson fight on Cleveland radio is the stuff of legend.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 6, 2023
"DOWN GOES ANDERSON! DOWN GOES ANDERSON!" pic.twitter.com/ZXSUW4eE0V
... and isn’t seen as a great clubhouse guy. The A’s would be a good purgatory for him.
Okay, your turn.