More Honorable Mentions
Dexter Fowler (OF) Chicago Cubs: The speedy center fielder has developed some power to his game, but with that power Fowler struck out a career high 154 times in 2015. He did slug 17 home runs, and had a respectable batting line of .250/.346/.411 with 20 stolen bases. He provides above average defense and should land a contract in the $10-14 million dollar range for at least three seasons.
Austin Jackson (OF) Seattle Mariners: Jackson was once considered a top-tier outfielder, but his production has tailed off in recent years. He managed to play in 136 games in 2015 and hit .267 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. Jackson is still 29 years old and could get a deal in the $10-14 million dollar range for three to five seasons. His value is very similar to Fowler’s.
Howie Kendrick (2B) Los Angeles Dodgers: The consummate professional, Kendrick had a decent year for the Dodgers, but will be looking for a new home in 2016. He managed to hit .295 with nine homers and 54 RBIs in 117 games for the Dodgers in 2015. At 32, Kendrick should still have some value and will command $9-12 million per season for two or three years. He will be a nice under the radar pickup for some ball club looking for a professional hitter.
Yovani Gallardo (SP) Texas Rangers: The 30-year-old pitcher has been very consistent for a long time. Gallardo has made at least 30 starts for the last seven seasons and is showing no signs of slowing down. He went 13-11 in 2015 with a 3.42 ERA and will command a contract at $16-22 million per season for at least three seasons. He will be a nice pickup for a team once the Price and Grienkes in the world have signed.
Ian Kennedy (SP) San Diego Padres: Another under the radar pitcher is the Padres Ian Kennedy. He does not have particularly great numbers, but has shown stretches of dominance from time to time. His 2015 season was horrible as he went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA. Kennedy will get a deal in the $14-18 million dollar range for about three years. He could be a nice sleeper pick for a team who misses out on the upper tiered pitchers available this winter.