and teams will now shift their focus to the July 31 trade deadline. There is a single trade deadline now — no longer can clubs add players via trade waivers in August (and, technically, September) — which means we should see more deals and rumors than usual the next eight weeks.
Of course, the 2018-19 free-agent signing period still is not closed, as Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned. — draft pick compensation went away this past Monday — so he is free to sign with no penalty for his new team. . Keuchel should sign soon as well.
We’ve been keeping tabs on the 2019-20 free-agent class all season with. And, on the first Thursday of each month, we are updating our rankings of the top 10 impending free agents. . Should Keuchel go unsigned for another month, we’ll have to consider including him in July’s rankings.
As a reminder, 11 would-be free agents have signed contract extensions since Jan. 1, taking them off the upcoming free-agent market. They are all brand names too. Here are those 11 players, listed in order of contract value:
- 3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 8 years, $260 million.
- LHP Chris Sale, Red Sox: 5 years, $145 million.
- 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals: 5 years, $130 million.
- SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 6 years, $120 million plus one option.
- OF Aaron Hicks, Yankees: 7 years, $70 million plus one option.
- RHP Miles Mikolas, Cardinals: 4 years, $68 million.
- RHP Justin Verlander, Astros: 2 years, $66 million.
- 3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 3 years, $39 million.
- DH Khris Davis, Athletics: 2 years, $33.75 million.
- RHP Sonny Gray, Reds: 3 years, $30.5 million plus one option.
- RHP Ryan Pressly, Astros: 2 years, $17.5 million plus one option.
The extension craze has slowed down now that the regular season is well underway, though I would not be surprised to see a few more deals get worked out between now and July 31. Particularly with players on rebuilding clubs. It could be that teams will try to sign a player long-term, and if they can’t get something done, they’ll trade him. We’ll see.
Below are our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings for June. The top of the free-agent class remains unchanged. After the top two guys though, things are started to get shaken up a little bit as sample sizes become not so small and trends become more obvious. Here are our latest free-agent rankings.
Contract Options: For the purposes of these rankings, we are assuming Chris Archer, Pirates ($9 million); Nelson Cruz, Twins ($12 million); Sean Doolittle, Nationals ($6.5 million); Corey Kluber, Indians ($17.5 million); Starling Marte, Pirates ($11.5 million); Jose Quintana, Cubs ($11.5 million);and Anthony Rizzo, Cubs ($14.5 million) will have their club options exercised. Also, we are assuming Elvis Andrus, Rangers (three years, $43 million); Jake Arrieta, Phillies (one year, $20 million); Aroldis Chapman, Yankees: (two years, $30 million); Yu Darvish, Cubs (four years, $81 million); Kenley Jansen, Dodgers: (two years, $38 million); and Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (four years, $100 million) will not opt out of their contracts.