The top MLB free agents remaining after three mega-deals

The biggest names are off the board in MLB free agency.

Gerrit Cole is clean-shaven and holding a record-setting nine-year, $324 million contract to play in pinstripes. Stephen Strasburg got $245 million to stay in Washington with the World Series champs. Former teammate Anthony Rendon also received $245 million to join the Angels. Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler left the only major league teams they’d ever known, with the former Giants ace heading to Arizona and the former Mets right-hander joining the rival Phillies.

But several big names remain unsigned. Here are the top MLB free agents still available:

Josh Donaldson: The former MVP just turned 34, but is coming off another strong season after an injury-plagued 2018, producing 37 home runs, 94 RBIs, 33 doubles and a .900 OPS with the Braves. Since 2013, the third baseman’s 40.6 WAR only trails Mike Trout.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: The Dodgers southpaw was the NL’s Cy Young runner-up last season after going 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. The 32-year-old has a career 2.92 ERA in six years, but has only pitched over 180 innings in two seasons.

Dallas Keuchel: The former Cy Young winner held out for a big contract last season, then ultimately settled on a one-year deal with the Braves in early June. The soon-to-be 32-year-old southpaw went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA.

Yasiel Puig: After six seasons with the Dodgers, the electric right fielder split last year between the Reds and Indians. Puig, 29, hit .267 with 22 home runs and 15 doubles in 100 games in Cincinnati, then hit .297 with two homers and 15 doubles in 40 games with Cleveland.

Marcell Ozuna: The two-time All-Star posted his lowest career batting average (.241) in St. Louis last season, but still hit 29 home runs with 89 RBIs.

Nicholas Castellanos: Two years after leading the majors in triples, the 27-year-old outfielder led the majors in doubles (58). After hitting 11 home runs in 100 games in Detroit’s pitcher-friendly park, Castellanos displayed his power potential at the more intimate Wrigley Field, hitting 16 home runs in 51 games.

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Rich Hill: The oft-injured 39-year-old still presents value when he steps on the mound. The southpaw hasn’t posted an ERA above 3.66 since 2013, and went 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 starts with the Dodgers last season.

Will Harris: The Astros reliever, who took the loss in Game 7 of the World Series, remains one of the best bullpen options available. Harris, 35, is coming off the best season of his career, in which he posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 60 innings. Since 2015, Harris’ 2.36 ERA ranks third among all relievers.

Dellin Betances: The four-time All-Star hit free agency at the worst time. Betances, 31, was sidelined by shoulder injuries last season, then returned in September and tore his Achilles tendon in his first outing of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion: The Yankees imported the slugger for 44 games last season, when he hit 13 home runs and finished the season with 34. The soon-to-be 37-year-old has hit at least 30 home runs in eight straight seasons.

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