Last week I took a look at who were the best remaining free agent outfielders on the market. This week we are going to take a look at who are the best remaining free agent infielders on the market.
Overall, this year’s batch of infielders on the market was on the weaker side as the highlights of the class were guys like Chris Davis, Ben Zobrist, and Daniel Murphy. While Zobrist and Murphy have already signed new deals, Davis is still on the market and we will start with him as the best remaining infield free agent.
Davis was one of the best free agents available at any position this off season because of the power bat he brings to the middle of the lineup. Davis has been the best power hitter in all of baseball over the previous four seasons as he has racked up 159 homeruns in that time span, including 2013 when he hit 53 homeruns and 2015 in which he hit 47 homeruns. Also, other than 2014 in which he hit a lowly .196, he is a guy who will hit for a decent average as well as he has finished with at least a .262 average in three of his four seasons in Baltimore. While he has played a good amount of time at first base in an Orioles uniform, teams could very easily slide him in to the DH role in their lineup.
It actually surprises me he hasn’t signed anywhere yet because he is only 29 years old and with his track record of power numbers, somebody should jump on him to bring him in as the power hitter in the middle of their lineup.
Another guy that is still out on the market that can contribute to a team is Ian Desmond. Desmond is a solid hitting shortstop, but is one of the worst defensive shortstops in baseball. In his time as a Washington National, he has had three seasons in which he has hit at least 20 homeruns and has stolen at least 20 bases. So his production from the plate is there. His problem is in the field, where he has committed at least 20 errors in five of his six full seasons in Washington.
One other guy still on the market that I believe can provide a team with production is Howie Kendrick. While Kendrick is a little on the older side at 32, he still handles the bat very well. He is a career .293 hitter and fits very well into the two hole in a lot of lineups because of his ability to put the ball in play and move runners around on the bases.
Overall, while Desmond and Kendrick can be solid adds to a team, Davis is the guy who can make a huge difference to the team that ends up dishing out the money for him.