Top 10 Potential MLB Free Agents (PART 1)

Mandatory Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara Newsday

Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara / Newsday

Honorable Mentions:

Daniel Murphy (2b, 3b, 1b) New York Mets: Before this offseason, Murphy would have probably not made this list. He is a very good ballplayer, but he has taken his game to a whole new level in the 2015 postseason. The infielder will hit the open market at the right time and will easily command around $10 million per season. Look for him to land a three- or four-year deal in the $35-45 million dollar range.

Ben Zobrist (OF, 2b, 3b, SS) Kansas City Royals: This super utility man could be a great under the radar pick for a team looking for a solid bat and exceptional glove. Zobrist is 34 and has had some injury concerns. Still he should easily get $8-10 million per season on a two- or three-year deal.

Scott Kazmir (SP) Houston Astros: This left-handed starting pitcher was out of the game of baseball during the 2012 season. He pitched that entire year with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent League. He has since been one of the best left-handed starters in the game. He is likely to command $10-15 million per season for three to four years.

Jeff Samardzija (SP) Chicago White Sox: The former Notre Dame wide receiver has had an up and down career so far. He can look flat-out dominating at times and some team will give him a three- or four-year deal in the $45-60 million dollar range. He would have commanded more if it weren’t for a less than stellar 2015 season.

Tyler Clippard (RP) New York Mets: More and more relief pitchers are becoming a vital part of a championship team. Tyler Clippard can be an important member of the bullpen and will easily get $8-10 million per season for two or three years.

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