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Top five available MLB free agents

December 18, 2013

While many of this offseason’s most sought-after MLB free agents – including Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury - have already found new homes, there are still some options out there for teams looking to add impact pieces. Here are five available players who could bolster the rosters of teams looking to buy:

Shin-Soo Choo

With Ellsbury and Curtis Granderson both agreeing to deals, Choo stands as the No. 1 outfielder still on the market. Choo, who’s greatest assets are his ability to hit for power and his incredible patience at the plate, has already reportedly rejected a seven-year, $140 million offer from the New York Yankees. Agent Scott Boras may have trouble finding a deal that significantly exceeds that.

The favorite: Texas Rangers 

Masahiro Tanaka

The 25-year-old Japanese starting pitcher may be the most talented pitcher on the market. But that’s provided his team, the Tohoko Rakuten Golden Eagles, decide to make him available now that posting bids are capped at $20 million. Tanaka, who went a stunning 24-0 this past season, has dominated the Japanese league and likely won’t have much trouble adjusting to the Majors.

The favorite: Arizona Diamondbacks 

Matt Garza

Other than Tanaka, Garza may be the best option for teams looking to acquire a top starting pitcher via free agency. Because he hasn’t completed a full season since 2011, though, teams have been hesitant to pull the trigger on a long-term deal.

The favorite: Los Angeles Angels 

Stephen Drew

With Jhonny Peralta no longer available, teams looking for an upgrade at shortstop are left with Drew as the only other viable free-agent option. While he strikes out a ton and won’t hit for average, Drew can provide decent power and run production at his position. He’ll likely wait out the market until he gets the three-year deal he and Boras desire.

The favorite: Boston Red Sox

Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo may not be the best option to lead a pitching staff, but you know what you’re going to get out of the 36-year-old veteran: double-digit wins, a quality ERA, and 200 innings. It’s become apparent that Arroyo is just looking for the longest contract he can grab, and will likely jump at the first three-year offer he receives.

The favorite: Cincinnati Reds

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