The 2019 Major League Baseball draft is in the rear-view mirror 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. The veteran hurler is no longer attached to draft pick compensation — draft pick compensation went away this past Monday — so he is free to sign with no penalty for his new team. Craig Kimbrel hooked on with the Cubs earlier this week. Keuchel should sign soon as well.

We’ve been keeping tabs on the 2019-20 free-agent class all season with weekly Free Agent Stock Watch posts. And, on the first Thursday of each month, we are updating our rankings of the top 10 impending free agents. Here are May’s rankings. 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:

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.

2019-20 MLB Free Agent Rankings: June

Next Five (listed alphabetically): OF Nicholas Castellanos, Tigers; 2B Scooter Gennett, Reds; SS Didi Gregorius, Yankees; Yasiel Puig, Reds; Will Smith Giants

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. 

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