Welcome to Baseball Essential’s 2016-17 Free Agent Tracker!

Throughout the course of the winter, this list will be updated with every signing. As we’ve seen in previous years, all it takes is one or two significant free agent signings to bolster a club from great to contenders. Ben Zobrist, for example, signed with the Chicago Cubs nearly one year ago and was a crucial piece in breaking the Cubs 108-year championship drought, as he was named World Series MVP. This year’s class isn’t loaded with attention-grabbing names, but there are a number of players who can make significant impacts on the field. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yoenis Cespedes figure to headline the 2017 class.

2016-17 Free Agents
Name Age Position QO? Old Team New Team Salary Length of Deal
A.J. Achter 28 RP No Los Angeles Angels
Matt Albers 33 RP No Chicago White Sox
Al Alburquerque 30 RP No Seattle Mariners
Pedro Alvarez 29 DH No Baltimore Orioles
Brett Anderson 28 SP No Los Angeles Dodgers
J.P. Arencibia 30 1B No Tampa Bay Rays
Bronson Arroyo 39 SP No Washington Nationals
Alex Avila 29 C No Chicago White Sox
Erick Aybar 32 SS No Detroit Tigers
Darwin Barney 31 SS No Toronto Blue Jays
Andrew Bailey 32 RP No Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels $1MM One Year
Aaron Barrett 28 RP No Washington Nationals
Jose Bautista 36 RF Yes Toronto Blue Jays
Gordon Beckham 31 2B No San Francisco Giants
Joe Beimel 39 RP No Kansas City Royals
Matt Belisle 36 RP No Washington Nationals
Carlos Beltran 39 DH No Texas Rangers Houston Astros $16MM One Year
Joaquin Benoit 39 RP No Toronto Blue Jays Philadelphia Phillies $7.5MM One Year
Roger Bernadina 32 LF No New York Mets Kia Tigers [KBO] N/A N/A
Andres Blanco 32 SS No Philadelphia Phillies
Gregor Blanco 32 RF No San Francisco Giants
Joe Blanton 35 RP No Los Angeles Dodgers
Jerry Blevins 33 RP No New York Mets
Emilio Bonifacio 31 CF No Atlanta Braves
Peter Bourjos 29 RF No Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Bourn 33 CF No Baltimore Orioles
Blaine Boyer 35 RP No Milwaukee Brewers
Emmanuel Burriss 31 SS No Philadelphia Phillies
Nick Buss 29 LF No Los Angeles Angels
Drew Butera 33 C No Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals $3.8MM Two Years
Billy Butler 30 DH No New York Yankees
Marlon Byrd 39 LF No Cleveland Indians
Trevor Cahill 28 RP No Chicago Cubs
Chris Capuano 38 RP No Milwaukee Brewers
Andrew Cashner 30 SP No Miami Marlins Texas Rangers $10MM One Year
Santiago Casilla 36 RP No San Francisco Giants
Jason Castro 29 C No Houston Astros Minnesota Twins $24MM Three Years
Brett Cecil 36 RP No Toronto Blue Jays St.Louis Cardinals $30.5MM Four Years
Yoenis Cespedes 31 CF Yes New York Mets New York Mets $110MM Four Years
Jhoulys Chacin 28 SP No Los Angeles Angels
Aroldis Chapman 28 RP No Chicago Cubs
Jesse Chavez 33 RP No Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels $5.75MM One Year
Steve Clevenger 30 C No Seattle Mariners
Chris Coghlan 31 LF No Chicago Cubs
Phil Coke 34 RP No Pittsburgh Pirates
Bartolo Colon 43 SP No New York Mets Atlanta Braves $12.5MM One Year
Coco Crisp 37 CF No Cleveland Indians
Rajai Davis 36 CF No Cleveland Indians
Alejandro De Aza 32 CF No New York Mets
Daniel Descalso 30 2B No Colorado Rockies
Ian Desmond 31 LF Yes Texas Rangers
Ross Detwiler 30 SP No Oaklnd Athletics
Scott Diamond 30 SP No Toronto Blue Jays
R.A. Dickey 42 SP No Toronto Blue Jays Atlanta Braves $8MM One Year
Jose Dominguez 26 RP No San Diego Padres
Stephen Drew 33 2B No Washington Nationals
Brian Duensing 33 RP No Baltimore Orioles
Mike Dunn 31 RP No Miami Marlins
A.J. Ellis 35 C No Philadelphia Phillies
Edwin Encarnacion 33 DH Yes Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Feldman 33 RP No Toronto Blue Jays
Neftali Feliz 28 RP No Pittsburgh Pirates
Doug Fister 32 SP No Houston Astros
Gavin Floyd 32 RP No Toronto Blue Jays
Dexter Fowler 30 CF Yes Chicago Cubs
Jeff Francoeur 32 LF No Miami Marlins
Sam Fuld 34 CF No Oakland Athletics
Charlie Furbush 30 RP No Seattle Mariners
Dillon Gee 30 SP No Kansas City Royals
Carlos Gomez 30 CF No Texas Rangers
Jeremy Guthrie 37 SP No Miami Marlins
Franklin Gutierrez 33 CF No Seattle Mariners
Jason Hammel 34 SP No Chicago Cubs
Ryan Hanigan 36 C No Boston Red Sox
Jeremy Hellickson 29 SP Yes Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies $17.5MM [Accepted QO] One Year
David Hernandez 31 RP No Philadelphia Phillies
Roberto Hernandez 36 SP No Atlanta Braves
Aaron Hill 34 2B No Boston Red Sox
Rich Hill 36 SP No Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers $48MM Three Years
Luke Hochevar 33 RP No Kansas City Royals
Derek Holland 30 SP No Texas Rangers
Greg Holland 30 RP No Free Agent
Matt Holliday 36 LF No St.Louis Cardinals New York Yankees $13MM One Year
J.P. Howell 33 RP No Los Angeles Dodgers
Daniel Hudson 29 RP No Arizona Diamondbacks
Nick Hundley 33 C No Colorado Rockies
Tommy Hunter 30 RP No Baltimore Orioles
Chris Iannetta 33 C No Seattle Mariners
Omar Infante 34 2B No Atlanta Braves
Austin Jackson 29 CF No Chicago White Sox
Edwin Jackson 33 SP No San Diego Padres
Kenley Jansen 29 RP No Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Janssen 35 RP No Boston Red Sox
Jon Jay 31 CF No San Diego Padres Chicago Cubs $8MM One Year
Kevin Jepsen 32 RP No Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Johnson 32 3B No Miami Marlins
Kelly Johnson 34 1B No New York Mets
Matt Joyce 32 RF No Pittsburgh Pirates Oakland Athletics $11MM Two Years
Ryan Kalish 28 LF No Chicago Cubs
Don Kelly 36 CF No Miami Marlins
Kyle Kendrick 32 SP No Los Angeles Angels
Mat Latos 28 SP No Washington Nationals
Colby Lewis 37 SP No Texas Rangers
Tim Lincecum 32 SP No Los Angeles Angels
Adam Lind 33 1B No Seattle Mariners
Boone Logan 32 RP No Colorado Rockies
Kyle Lohse 38 SP No Texas Rangers
James Loney 32 1B No New York Mets
Javier Lopez 39 RP No San Francisco Giants
Cory Luebke 31 RP No Miami Marlins
Justin Masterson 31 RP No Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Mathis 33 C No Miami Marlins
Brian Matusz 29 RP No Chicago Cubs
Casey McGehee 34 3B No Miami Marlins
Dustin McGowan 34 RP No Miami Marlins
Kris Medlen 31 RP No Kansas City Royals
Mark Melancon 31 RP No Washington Nationals San Francisco Giants $62MM Four Years
Tommy Milone 29 RP No Minnesota Twins
Kendrys Morales 33 DH No Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays $33MM Three Years
Mitch Moreland 31 1B No Texas Rangers
Justin Morneau 35 1B No Chicago White Sox
Logan Morrison 29 1B No Tampa Bay Rays
Brandon Morrow 32 RP No San Diego Padres
Charlie Morton 33 SP No Philadelphia Phillies Houston Astros $14MM Two Years
Brandon Moss 33 LF No St Louis Cardinals
Mike Napoli 35 1B No Cleveland Indians
Joe Nathan 41 RP No San Francisco Giants
Daniel Nava 33 LF No Kansas City Royals
Dioner Navarro 32 C No Toronto Blue Jays
Jon Niese 30 RP No New York Mets
Ivan Nova 29 RP No Pittsburgh Pirates
Eric O'Flaherty 31 RP No Atlanta Braves
Ross Ohlendorf 35 RP No Cincinnati Reds
Angel Pagan 35 LF No San Francisco Giants
Steve Pearce 33 3B No Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays $12.5MM Two Years
Jake Peavy 35 RP No San Francisco Giants
Joel Peralta 40 RP No Chicago Cubs
Yusmeiro Petit 31 RP No Washington Nationals
A.J. Pierzynski 39 C No Atlanta Braves
Ryan Raburn 35 LF No Colorado Rockies
Alexei Ramirez 35 SS No Tampa Bay Rays
Wilson Ramos 29 C No Washington Nationals
Colby Rasmus 30 LF No Houston Astros
Josh Reddick 29 RF No Los Angeles Dodgers Houston Astros $52MM Four Years
Nolan Reimold 33 LF No Baltimore Orioles
Mark Reynolds 33 3B No Colorado Rockies
Clayton Richard 33 SP No San Diego Padres
Shane Robinson 32 CF No Cleveland Indians
Fernando Rodney 39 RP No Miami Marlins
Sean Rodriguez 31 2B No Pittsburgh Pirates Atlanta Braves $11.5MM Two Years
Wandy Rodriguez 37 RP No Baltimore Orioles
Sergio Romo 33 RP No San Francisco Giants
Adam Rosales 33 2B No San Diego Padres
Justin Ruggiano 34 RF No New York Mets
James Russell 30 RP No Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Rutledge 27 SS No Boston Red Sox
Brendan Ryan 34 1B No Seattle Mariners
Marc Rzepczynski 31 RP No Washington Nationals
Fernando Salas 31 RP No New York Mets
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 31 C No Detroit Tigers
Michael Saunders 29 LF No Toronto Blue Jays
Jordan Schafer 30 CF No Los Angeles Dodgers
Skip Schumaker 36 LF No San Diego Padres
Alfredo Simon 35 SP No Cincinnati Reds
Joe Smith 32 RP No Chicago Cubs
Travis Snider 28 RF No Kansas City Royals
Geovany Soto 33 C No Los Angeles Angels
Craig Stammen 32 RP No Cleveland Indians
Drew Storen 29 RP No Seattle Mariners
Drew Stubbs 32 CF No Baltimore Orioles
Kurt Suzuki 33 C No Minnesota Twins
Anthony Swarzak 31 RP No New York Yankees
Nick Swisher 35 OF No New York Yankees
Junichi Tazawa 30 RP No Boston Red Sox
Ruben Tejada 27 SS No San Francisco Giants
Joe Thatcher 35 RP No Chicago Cubs
Shawn Tolleson 28 RP No Texas Rangers
Mark Trumbo 30 RF No Baltimore Orioles
Justin Turner 31 3B No Los Angeles Dodgers
Koji Uehara 41 RP No Boston Red Sox
Chase Utley 37 2B No Los Angeles Dodgers
Luis Valbuena 30 3B No Houston Astros
Will Venable 34 CF No Los Angeles Dodgers
Jonny Venters 31 RP No Tampa Bays Rays
Carlos Villanueva 32 RP No San Diego Padres
Ryan Vogelsong 39 SP No Pittsburgh Pirates
Edinson Volquez 33 SP No Kansas City Royals Miami Marlins $22MM Two Years
Jordan Walden 28 RP No St Louis Cardinals
Neil Walker 34 2B No New York Mets New York Mets $17.2MM [Accepted QO] One Year
Jered Weaver 35 SP No Los Angeles Angels
Daniel Webb 27 RP No Chicago White Sox
Rickie Weeks 34 RF No Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Wieters 30 C No Baltimore Orioles
Jerome Williams 35 RP No Los Angeles Angels
C.J. Wilson 35 SP No Los Angeles Angels
Travis Wood 29 RP No Chicago Cubs
Eric Young Jr. 31 CF No New York Yankees
Brad Ziegler 37 RP No Boston Red Sox

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Ryan is currently a high school junior, with aspirations of a career in sports journalism. Baseball has been his favorite sport, since he was a young child, and his loyalty lies with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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