The free agency process for the MLB is expected to remain competitive this winter, as multiple players could be projected for massive paydays. Here, we discuss which individuals headline the free agency class of 2020:
J.T. Realmuto (C, Philadelphia Phillies)
After inking a one-year, $10 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, Realmuto has become a centerpiece of this roster. To date, he is the team leader in home runs (9), RBIs (26), and total bases (65). Compared to the rest of the free agent class, Realmuto is one of the clear headliners. At the age of 29, he has the potential to be paid among the elite talent at the catcher position.
George Springer (OF, Houston Astros)
In order to avoid arbitration, the Houston Astros and Springer agreed on a $21 million deal through the 2020 season. Despite a somewhat down year in which he has totaled a .229 batting average, Springer has also managed to compile 18 walks across 118 at-bats (15.2% walk rate). Scheduled to turn 31 in September, Springer is still a valuable asset to a team in need of a veteran upgrade in their outfield.
Jackie Bradley Jr (OF, Boston Red Sox)
According to the latest reports, the Boston Red Sox have yet to reach out to Bradley Jr about a contract extension. As a result, he is fully expected to test free agency. The Red Sox have been underwhelming to date this season, but Bradley Jr has managed to hold his own. Currently, he is batting .254 while upholding a slugging percentage of .413.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Cincinnati Reds)
The Cincinnati Reds and Bauer successfully bypassed arbitration by agreeing to a $17.5 million deal for the 2020 season. Through this season, Bauer has been among the most elite pitchers across the MLB. He leads the league in complete game shutouts (2), and has managed a 2.05 ERA across 44 innings pitched. For a team in need of a reliable starter, Bauer could become one of the most talked-about talents available.
Blake Treinen (RP, Los Angeles Dodgers)
In his age 32 season, Treinen has been the centerpiece in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He currently has totaled 17.2 innings pitched while only surrendering a 2.55 ERA. His $10 million salary for the 2020 season was a career-high earning, but he could top that entering the next free agency class.
Alex Colome (RP, Chicago White Sox)
So far, Colome is having a career-year with the Chicago White Sox. Across 15.2 innings pitched, he has maintained a 1.15 ERA. His hits per nine innings is down to 6.3 en route to being the most reliable reviler in Chicago’s bullpen. With a payday coming his way, Colome could be paid among the top relievers in the MLB.