The 2022 All-MLB nominees are a good example of just how big this year’s free-agent class is.
Among players considered, representing the best in baseball, 15 in the world Free agency after the big game (including Edwin Dias, who signed a five-year, $102 million contract with the Mets shortly after he became a free agent.
These are all current MLB sanctioned free agents.
José Abreu, 1B
despite hitting a career-low 15 homers and .446 ERA in 2022 batting average, but Abreu still has 133 OPS+ and 4.2 WAR (according to Baseball Reference) in 157 games with the White Sox, the only major league team he’s ever known. As a career .292 hitter, The 35-year-old is recording a .300 on-base average (.304) for the fourth time and the best on-base percentage (.378) since his rookie season in 2014. He was named to the MLB All-NBA for the second time since 2020. Best team, he also won the AL MVP award at the time.
Taylor Anderson, SP
After signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the Dodgers, Anderson is pitching for his fifth team in four years, creating one of the most surprising breakouts in 2022 1. In his season at age 32, the southpaw earned his first All-Star selection and went 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 178 2/3 innings. His free-agent value this time around Obviously much higher.
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Bogaerts, a free agent after opting out of his contract with the Red Sox, last earned major league honors in 2019 when he was named the inaugural All-NBA first-team shortstop. 30-year-old hitting .307/.377/.456 (131 OPS) in 150 games for Boston in 2022 +), just won his fifth career Silver Slugger after hitting 15 homers, 38 doubles and 73 RBIs.
Wilson· Contreras, C
Baseball One of the top offensive backs in the world, Contreras finished 2022 with a career-high 128 OPS+, 22 homers and 55 RBIs in 113 games for the Cubs. The 30-year-old has recorded 8.0 WAR over the past two years, tying the Royals’ Salvador Perez for second behind JT Realmuto (10.0 WAR) of the Phillies. This will be his first major league selection.
Carlos Coe Rhea, SS
Correa also Didn’t earn an MLB selection, but is a two-time All-Star who hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs in 136 games in 2022, producing a 5.4 war. The 28-year-old is a free agent for the second straight offseason after opting out of a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins. He joined Minnesota last March after seven seasons with the Astros.
Brandon Drew, 3B
According to opening day Expected, Drury is one of the most surprising full-time major league candidates, with 138 games played between the Reds in home runs (28), RBIs (87), runs (87) And OPS (.813) hit career highs and the Padres after signing Cincinnati to a minor league deal in March. The veteran saw little interest in free agency last winter after slashing . 214/. 261/.
Kenley ·Jensen, RP
uniforms may have different, but the results are largely the same for Jensen in 2022. After 12 seasons with the Dodgers, Jansen pitched to the Braves on a one-year, $16 million deal where he led the league with 41 saves and recorded a 3.38 ERA with a 12.0 K/9 . The 35-year-old was one of two reserves named to the MLB second team a year ago.
Aaron Judge, OF
Judge before becoming a free agent Had an age-appropriate season last year, hitting an AL-record 62 home runs and challenging for the Triple Crown. In addition to his all-time home run total, the 6-foot-7 slugger is also in the lead in RBI (131, tying Pete Alonso), runs (133), on-base percentage (.425) , slugging percentage (.686), OPS (1.111), total bases (391) and WAR (10.6). It will mark his second consecutive MLB selection after earning first-team honors a year ago.
Brandon Nimmo, OF
Injured Nemo often in 2022 Years on the field, one of the most efficient center fielders in the game. A regular starting hitter for the Mets, Nimmo recorded a career-high 5.1 WAR with 16 homers, a .367 on-base percentage and 130 OPS+ in 151 games.
Carlos Rodón, SP
In 2021 the White Sox suddenly After breaking out, Rodon tested free agency last offseason, signing a two-year, $44 million deal with the Giants that gives him the ability to opt out after 2022. Opting out became a no-brainer when the southpaw posted a Major League-leading 2.25 FIP and 12.0 K/9 in a career-high 178 innings in San Francisco. The ERA is 2.88.
David Robertson, RP
Robertson accepted in 2019 Tommy John, who has thrown just 18 2/3 innings combined over the past three seasons, signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cubs last March. Afterwards, his career was revived. The 37-year-old, who was traded to the Phillies at the trade deadline, posted a 2.40 ERA with 20 saves and hits in 63 2/3 innings between Chicago and Philadelphia in 2022. The ratio is 11.5 K/9.
Dance than swanson, ss
swan Sen’s final year before becoming a free agent has seen the shortstop perform in every aspect of the game. Swanson, a first-time All-Star in 2022, played all 162 games and averaged . 277 with 25 home runs, 18 steals and a 115 OPS+. He also earned his first Gold Glove award after leading shortstop above average. It would mark the former No. 1 overall pick’s first time in the MLB.
Terry Terry Nah, SS
for consideration One of four free-agent shortstops, Turner has a chance at back-to-back Major League Baseball nods after landing on his second team a year ago. The 29-year-old was the only MLB player with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 100 RBIs and 100 runs last season, and he added a .298 batting average.
Justin Wieland, SP
in After missing all of 2021 while Tommy John is recovering from surgery, Verlander re-signed to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Astros. Not only is the 39-year-old returning healthy in 2022, but he’s having one of the best seasons of his illustrious career, leading the MLB with a 1.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP while throwing 185 Ks in 175 innings. He was last named to an All-MLB team in 2019.