The MLB free agency period has opened and the offers are already pouring in.
As the first wave of early signings go through, we’ll start to see some of the bigger names find homes.
Every year there are always a few steals from a few older players.
It will probably happen again this season.
Here are three MLB free agents who could be a steal this offseason.
1. Jose Abreu
Possibly the former Chicago White Sox first baseman is looking for a big payday after another productive season.
Last year he hit .304 but had a down year with his power numbers.
He hit just 15 home runs and drove in a career-low 75 RBI.
Market value of potential 1B via Spotrac:
Josh Bell: $13.8M
Jose Abreu: $12.7M
Yuli Gurriel: $11.6M
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) November 15, 2022
Jose Abreu can still be a very productive player on a good team.
His age will make him a steal for any team lucky enough to land him in free agency.
2. Xander Bogaerts
In a free agency season with four top picks, Xander Bogaerts may be the one flying under the radar.
Bogaerts has done nothing but produce his entire career with the Boston Red Sox.
He is a four-time All-Star and has a career average of .292.
The Phillies are believed to be genuinely interested in Xander Bogaerts, Phils honcho Dave Dombrowski has strong ties to Bogaerts from his days in Boston.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 13, 2022
The 30-year-old doesn’t offer much in terms of speed or power, but he is a very valuable player.
Some team will be lucky to land Bogaerts this winter for what could be a steal.
3. JD Martinez
A designated hitter has done wonders for the careers of players like JD Martinez.
He is no longer capable of much in the outfield but can still hit.
Last season was a down year for Martinez, who hit .274 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI.
Highest on-base streak in the AL:
29 — JD Martinez
27 – Taylor Ward, Jose Abreu
26 — Xander Bogaerts
24 — Josh Donaldson
23 — Springer, Benintendi, Devers
— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 9, 2022
He will be 35 through the 2023 season, so it’s fair to assume his contract will reflect his age.
But Martinez could be a steal for any team in need of a designated hitter.