MLB hot stove: Five last-minute free agent signings we’d like to see before spring training begins


At long last, spring training has arrived. MLB teams will begin reporting to spring camps in Arizona and Florida in the coming days, and, late next week Cactus League and Grapefruit League play will begin. Real live baseball is less than two weeks away. Thank goodness for that. I think we’re all ready for the offseason to be over (and for the Mookie Betts trade to finally go through).

Last year at this time we were still waiting for Craig Kimbrel, Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, and Manny Machado to sign. Thankfully, the free agent market moved much more quickly and vigorously this offseason, and all the big names signed weeks ago. Only three of our top 50 free agents remain unsigned, and one of the three has been on the fence about retirement.

And yet, several useful players remain unemployed as spring training opens. These players will sign soon enough — inevitably, injuries will open roster spots before Opening Day — but right now they’re stuck waiting. Let’s play free agent matchmaker. Here are five last-minute free agent signings we’d like to see with spring training set to begin.

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