In the world of baseball today, free agency is one of the huge topics of consideration as teams prepare for next season, especially those teams who are no longer in the race for the championship or those teams that fall short of their ultimate goal at the end of this season’s journey. This season is no different from any other in this respect. Among all of the players eligible this next year for free agency, two stand out as key players who may be overlooked because of the Cano’s, Ellsbury’s and Garza’s.
There are two unique, nine-year veterans that should be on everyone’s list, Shin-Soo Choo and Brian McCann.
Brian McCann is a powerhouse. His .528 slugging percentage (7th in the National League) makes him one of the top power hitters on the free agent market. An added factor in his favor is that he will not turn 30 until spring training next February. In addition, he will not be in the $100+ million Cano sweepstakes that the Angels, Dodgers and Yankees continually participate in. Many consider McCann one of the top five catchers in the league. who needs a catch of tremendous proportion?
There is also, Shin-Soo Choo. His .416 on-base percentage absolutely dwarfs the next free agent, Cano, who has a .371 mark. At 31, he is just entering the peak of his career. His .389 OBP over nine years in The Show attests to his remarkable consistency. 21 home runs and a .289 batting average this season for Cincinnati, his first in the National League, is exactly the same as his career stats. Who needs a consistent outfielder? Again, you won’t have to pay him the Cano rate.
With McCann making $12,000,000 and Choo making $7,375,000, both are in for a big payday increase.