35 MLB Free Agency Predictions (Including 4 Pirate Moves)

It is not even December and we have already seen a couple of moves, headlined by the White Sox acquiring Yasmani Grandal and bringing back Jose Abreu. The Braves also joined the fun by signing reliever Will Smith and catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

Beyond Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon, the pool of free agents is deep and we will see plenty of moves from now until February. Below, I share 35 free agency predictions including four moves that the Pittsburgh Pirates will make.

Gerrit Cole, Pitcher — Los Angeles Angels

Anthony Rendon, 3B — Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg, Pitcher — San Diego Padres

Zach Wheeler, Pitcher — New York Yankees

Madison Bumgarner, Pitcher — Atlanta Braves

Hyun-jin Ryu, Pitcher — Los Angeles Dodgers

Cole Hamels, Pitcher — Philadelphia Phillies

Dallas Keuchel, Pitcher — Milwaukee Brewers

Gio Gonzalez, Pitcher — New York Mets

Michael Wacha, Pitcher — Houston Astros

Felix Hernandez, Pitcher — Miami Marlins

Jake Odorizzi, Pitcher — Minnesota Twins

Dellin Betances, Pitcher — New York Mets

Sergio Romo, Pitcher — Boston Red Sox

Greg Holland, Pitcher — Boston Red Sox

Didi Gregorius, SS — Philadelphia Phillies

Josh Donaldson, 3B — Texas Rangers

Chris Iannetta, Catcher — Milwaukee Brewers

Mike Moustakas, 2B/3B — Los Angeles Angels

Mitch Moreland, 1B — Milwaukee Brewers

Francisco Cervelli, Catcher — Colorado Rockies

Howie Kendrick, 2B — Minnesota Twins

Yan Gomes, Catcher — San Diego Padres

Ben Zobrist, Utility — Chicago Cubs

Marcell Ozuna, Outfielder — San Francisco Giants

Corey Dickerson, Outfielder — Cleveland Indians

Nick Castellanos, Outfielder — Chicago White Sox

Brett Gardner, Outfielder — New York Yankees

Yasiel Puig, Outfielder — Detroit Tigers

Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/DH — Tampa Bay Rays


Now it’s time to make some Pirates predictions. I am intrigued to see how Ben Cherington and Co. will approach this offseason. I do think a lot of pieces will be on the move, most notably Starling Marte. With an emphasis on the future, management will look to add veterans with pulses to play alongside the future pieces of Bryan Reynolds, Kevin Newman, Mitch Keller, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Oneil Cruz.

With Starling Marte being traded for future prospects, I think the team will add two veteran outfielders to the roster: speedster Billy Hamilton and Kole Calhoun.

The Pirates also need to add an arm, ideally a starter. I think they will add veteran lefty Drew Smyly to hold down one of the rotation spots.

And lastly (and most boldly), I think the Pirates bring back a familiar face. In a move to garner an infielder with a bat (and attempted fan interest/nostalgia), the Pirates will bring back the Pittsburgh Kid Neil Walker. You know the saying: when one Neal exits…another Neil must enter.

And speaking of nostalgia…

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