With the MLB season officially concluded after the Texas Rangers won the World Series, free agency is set to begin with some great players now able to choose their team.
We highlight 10 of the best free agents set to test the market, and look back at their stats from the 2023 season.
Perhaps the biggest free agent going into the offseason is Shohei Ohtani. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels, but it seems likely he will be on a new team by the start of next season.
The prognosis on his pitching elbow will determine how much money he will receive. He has undergone Tommy John surgery twice on his right arm and although he would not be the first to return to full strength after two such surgeries, teams may not want to take the gamble.
Ohtani has been a generational talent so far in his career, mainly because he is a two-way player. As a starting pitcher in 2023, Ohtani posted a record of 10-5 and had an ERA of 3.14.
As a DH, Ohtani had a batting average of .304, hit 44 home runs, and had 95 RBIs while leading the league in slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage.
He will likely be a costly addition, but with his skills, Ohtani could make a huge difference on a World Series contender.
Aaron Nola is coming off a less than spectacular season with the Philadelphia Phillies and is set to test free agency this offseason for the chance at a fresh start with another team.
In 2023, Nola had a record of 12-9 and posted an ERA of 4.43.
He turned up the dial in the postseason, posting a 3-1 record in four starts, pitching a total of 23 innings with a 2.35 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and just four walks.
Despite his regular season stats not being what they normally are, Nola could make a significant impact with a team looking for starting pitching, such as the Atlanta Braves, who are +650 to win the World Series next year.
Blake Snell is set to be one of the best free agent options this offseason and has certainly made himself a prime target for teams looking for a reliable starting pitcher after a great season with the San Diego Padres.
Snell is a finalist for the National CY Young award and posted a record of 14-9 with an ERA of 2.25 in 2023.
Continuing with the trend of free agent pitchers, Sonny Gray looks to be another great option. Gray posted a record of just 8-8, but had an ERA of 2.79.
He is also a finalist for the American League CY Young award after an All-Star campaign with the Minnesota Twins.
Another intriguing option this offseason is Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The only difference being that Yamamoto has only played in Japan.
The 25-year-old posted a record of 17-6 in 2023 with an ERA of 1.21, so if he is able to make the transition to the MLB, he could certainly become something special.
One of the best closers in baseball, Josh Hader is set to test free agency and could be a key piece for a contender next season.
In 2023 with the San Diego Padres, Hader had a record of 2-3, but his ERA was 1.28 and he had 33 saves, which was tied for eighth most in the league.
One of the top center fielders in the MLB is Cody Bellinger and he could also be a difference maker for a prolonged playoff run next season.
A former National League Rookie of the Year and MVP, Bellinger had a batting average of .307 in 2023, 26 home runs and 97 RBIs this past season with the Chicago Cubs.
Nothing about Matt Chapman’s 2023 season was great, but he stands out as an option for teams this offseason because he is a good defensive third baseman.
Chapman hit .240 in 2023 and had 17 home runs and 54 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also won a Gold Glove award.
Another player with a high potential is 25-year-old Jung Hoo Lee. He played in the KBO, but is expected to enter the MLB free agency this offseason.
Lee had a batting average of .318, an on-base percentage of .406, and hit 6 home runs with 45 RBIs in 2023 with the Kiwoom Heroes.
This was over 86 games, and he could become a big name if he can make the transition to the MLB.
Coming off a World Series win with the Rangers, who are +1100 to repeat and win the World Series next year, Jordan Montgomery is looking to test free agency with the hopes that he can get a big contract.
Montgomery was 10-11 in 2023 and had an ERA of 3.20, making him a decent option for teams who need starting pitching depth.
He had and up-and-down postseason, amassing a 3-1 record in six starts, including two shutouts. His postseason ended on a sour note, though, as he allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings in the Rangers' 9-1 World Series Game 2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.