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Re-thinking where MLB’s top 10 free agents will (eventually) sign.

On Nov. 6, The Post published our Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions. Since then … not a heck of a lot has happened. Just 11 of those 30 have signed, and just three of the top 10. So, in light of the market developments (or lack thereof), let’s take another whack at the remaining...
Time: 16:36     Date: 13.01.2018
Last US Sport News: Re-thinking where MLB’s top 10 free agents will (eventually) sign. NY Post 24 - US News

So, in light of the market developments (or lack thereof), let’s take another whack at the remaining top 10. But first, an update on whom from that group has signed:

Now, the revisions (or lack thereof).

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B

Old prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million

The Red Sox re-signed Mitch Moreland to play first base, so this likely isn’t happening. Unlike many of the players on this list, Hosmer has two rather public suitors in his old team, the Royals, and the Padres.

New prediction: Royals, 7 years, $145 million

2. J.D. Martinez, OF

Old prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million

Seattle’s one big move this winter was to acquire Dee Gordon and shift him to center field, which means Nelson Cruz will stay put as the designated hitter and not get more outfield time. The Red Sox and Martinez have been involved in a lengthy game of chicken.

New prediction: Red Sox, 5 years, $120 million

Yu DarvishAP 3. Yu Darvish, RHP

Old prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

The Angels, who shocked the baseball world by landing Shohei Ohtani, are not one of the known finalists for Darvish, who finished the 2017 season with the neighboring Dodgers. The Yankees, Astros, Rangers, Cubs and Twins make up that list, as first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, plus one mystery team that Darvish added while confirming the other five.

New prediction: Astros, 4 years, $100 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP

Old prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

The Cardinals are thinking big this winter, having already traded for Marcell Ozuna and signed pitcher Miles Mikolas from Japan and reliever Luke Gregerson.

New prediction: Cardinals, 4 years, $100 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF

Old prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

New prediction: Brewers, 3 years, $60 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

SIGNED: Rockies, 3 years, $52 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B

Old prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million

Many pegged him to head west and join the Angels, but the Angels signed Zack Cozart to switch from shortstop to the hot corner. The third-base market is quite underwhelming, especially with the Yankees and Mets both facing budget constraints.

New prediction: Braves, 4 years, $70 million

SIGNED: Phillies, 3 years, $60 million

9. Shohei Ohtani, P/OF

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

SIGNED: Angels, $2.315 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B

Old prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

He conceded to The Post’s Kevin Kernan this past week that it has been a rough go. He might have to wait for Moustakas to decide in order to maximize his value. Or if he doesn’t feel like hanging around for that, he might have to accept an inferior deal.

New prediction: Mets, 2 years, $21 million

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