The top 30 MLB free agents remaining — and where each one could land

While big names like Giancarlo Stanton, Marcel Ozuna, and Evan Longoria have made headlines on the trade market, MLB free agency has continued to progress at a shockingly slow pace.

Once upon a time, free agents felt pressure to find a new team by Christmas. That's clearly not the case anymore, as 22 of the top 30 players from the last version of this list remain unsigned.

While many rebuilding teams have one eye on next year, when Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will become free agents, there will still be some big contracts handed out in the next few weeks. Below, check out our breakdown of the biggest free agents still on the market.

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30. R.A. Dickey, RHP

Age: 43

Old team: Atlanta Braves

2017 stats: 10-10, 4.26 ERA, 6.4 K/9, 1.368 WHIP

One thing to know: It's hard to believe that Dickey has played eight seasons since resurrecting his career at the age of 35. The knuckleball is a bit less angry than it used to be, but he still pitched 190 league-average innings for the Braves in 2017, so there will be a spot for him somewhere. With Bronson Arroyo and Scott Feldman kicked to the curb, the Reds would benefit from his veteran presence.

Best fit: Cincinnati Reds

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29. Alcides Escobar, SS

Age: 31

Old team: Kansas City Royals

2017 stats: .250/.272/.357, 6 HR, 54 RBI

One thing to know: Escobar is best known as the ultra-durable shortstop for the Royals that won back-to-back pennants, earning ALCS MVP honors back in 2015. Most contending teams are all set at that position, but with an OPS+ of 68 since the start of 2015, he might not be worthy of a starting job anyway. He could make sense as a fifth infielder somewhere — maybe Pittsburgh, if the price is right.

Best fit: Pittsburgh Pirates

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28. Trevor Rosenthal, RHP

Age: 27

Old team: St. Louis Cardinals

2017 stats: 50 G, 3.40 ERA, 11 SV, 14.3 K/9, 1.196 WHIP

One thing to know: Rosenthal will miss all of next season due to Tommy John surgery, but he still makes sense as a low-cost signing with a team option for 2019. He could be a savvy pickup for the Phillies, who plan to chase Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and others during next winter's free agent bonanza.

Best fit: Philadelphia Phillies

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27. Lucas Duda, 1B

Age: 31

Old team: Tampa Bay Rays

2017 stats: .217/.322/.496, 30 HR, 64 RBI

One thing to know: Duda seemingly forgot how to make contact after a midseason trade sent him from New York to Tampa, but even so, 13 of his 30 hits as a Ray left the ballpark. The Mets are still looking for a first baseman, so a reunion doesn't appear to be out of the question.

Best fit: New York Mets

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26. Brian Duensing, LHP

Age: 34

Old team: Chicago Cubs

2017 stats: 68 G, 2.74 ERA, 8.8 K/9, 1.129 WHIP

One thing to know: Duensing was Joe Maddon's favorite lefty reliever in 2017, but with Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery on the roster, the Cubs don't need to add another southpaw. The Red Sox, on the other hand, could see a big benefit by upgrading on Robby Scott.

Best fit: Boston Red Sox

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25. Jarrod Dyson, CF

Age: 33

Old team: Seattle Mariners

2017 stats: .251/.324/.350, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 28 SB

One thing to know: With 204 steals in 241 career attempts, Dyson is a bit of a one-dimensional player, but that one dimension is awfully impressive. His speed makes him a threat on the basepaths as well as in center field. With Denard Span recently shipped out of town, the Giants need help in both areas.

Best fit: San Francisco Giants

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24. Austin Jackson, OF

Age: 30

Old team: Cleveland Indians

2017 stats: .318/.387/.482, 7 HR, 35 RBI

One thing to know: The Indians signed Jackson for just $1.5 million last January, and he responded by having his best offensive season since 2012. The Texan's career has also included stops in Detroit and Chicago, so he could continue his tour of the AL Central by signing with the Royals, who probably won't be able to bring back Lorenzo Cain.

Best fit: Kansas City Royals

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23. Jason Vargas, LHP

Age: 34

Old team: Kansas City Royals

2017 stats: 18-11, 4.16 ERA, 6.7 K/9, 1.330 WHIP

One thing to know: Through June, Vargas' ERA was a sparkling 2.12, but he hit the skids from there, posting a 6.66 mark the rest of the way. Even so, the Twins would benefit from some rotation depth, especially if they want to improve on their 2017 total of 85 wins.

Best fit: Minnesota Twins

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22. Alex Avila, C
 

Age: 30

Old team: Chicago Cubs

2017 stats: .264/.387/.447, 14 HR, 49 RBI

One thing to know: Avila's bat quieted down after a midseason trade sent him from Detroit to Chicago, but his on-base skills remained as potent as ever, helping him to a .369 mark while on the North Side. With an uncertain situation behind the plate, the Orioles would benefit from both his veteran leadership and his potential value at the trade deadline.

Best fit: Baltimore Orioles

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21. Carlos Gonzalez, RF

Age: 32

Old team: Colorado Rockies

2017 stats: .262/.339/.423, 14 HR, 57 RBI

One thing to know: While the Rockies soared to their best record since 2009, Gonzalez struggled this season, posting his worst numbers at the plate since his rookie year. Still, his career line of .262/.339/.423 makes him an enticing bounce-back candidate. Across the division, the Diamondbacks may need a slugging right fielder to replace J.D. Martinez.

Best fit: Arizona Diamondbacks

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20. Tony Watson, LHP

Age: 32

Old team: Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 stats: 71 G, 3.38 ERA, 10 SV, 7.2 K/9, 1.380 WHIP

One thing to know: MLB teams will pay a lot of money for a good lefty reliever, and Watson fits the bill. While he hasn't made an All-Star team since his first appearance in 2014, the Iowa native has been incredibly durable, appearing in 70 games or more in each of the past four seasons. He'd be a smart pickup for the Astros, especially after he won two games against them in the World Series.

Best fit: Houston Astros

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19. Eduardo Nunez, IF
 

Age: 30

Old team: Boston Red Sox

2017 stats: .313/.341/.460, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 24 SB

One thing to know: Nunez's season was cut short by a knee injury, but his 24 stolen bases still ranked 15th in all of baseball. Almost every team would benefit from adding a utility infielder who can hit for power and fly on the basepaths, including the Royals, who are losing a ton of talent this offseason.

Best fit: Kansas City Royals

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18. Andrew Cashner, RHP

Age: 31

Old team: Texas Rangers

2017 stats: 11-11, 3.40 ERA, 4.6 K/9, 1.320 WHIP

One thing to know: Cashner's strong season should put him in line for a healthy payday, but don't expect him to choose his next team based on money alone. After being traded to the Marlins last season, the hirsute hurler said that the team's no-beard policy was "a big deal to me in free agency." That rules out the Yankees, but not the Cardinals, who have lost two workhorse starters in the last few months.

Best fit: St. Louis Cardinals

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17. Neil Walker, 2B

Age: 32

Old team: Milwaukee Brewers

2017 stats: .265/.362/.439, 14 HR, 49 RBI

One thing to know: Walker is becoming more injury-prone as he advances deeper into his career, appearing in just 224 games over the past two seasons. That said, he's remarkably consistent on offense, and his ability to hit from both sides of the plate is a big plus. After Jonathan Villar's dismal 2017, the Brewers could be interested in a return engagement.

Best fit: Milwaukee Brewers

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16. Jonathan Lucroy, C

Age: 31

Old team: Colorado Rockies

2017 stats: .265/.345/.371, 6 HR, 40 RBI

One thing to know: Lucroy has lost some of his ability behind the plate, but he can still provide value in the lineup. He posted a lousy .635 OPS through his first 77 games of 2017, but a midseason trade to Colorado rejuvenated him, leading to a .310/.429/.437 line down the stretch. The market for catchers is a poor one, but the Indians could stand to upgrade.

Best fit: Cleveland Indians

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15. Greg Holland, RHP

Age: 31

Old team: Colorado Rockies

2017 stats: 61 G, 3.61 ERA, 41 SV, 11.0 K/9, 1.151 WHIP

One thing to know: Holland co-led the National League with 41 saves, but that impressive counting stat belies a rocky second half: he posted an 8.47 ERA over his final 19 games of 2017. Even so, the Cardinals may be interested in the flame-throwing closer as an experienced replacement for Seung-hwan Oh.

Best fit: St. Louis Cardinals

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14. Carlos Gomez, CF

Age: 31

Old team: Texas Rangers

2017 stats: .255/.340/.462, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 13 SB

One thing to know: Gomez would have loved to hit free agency back when he was contending for MVP awards, but he should still net a nice chunk of change this winter. The Dominican has been erratic through just over two seasons in the American League, but he still boasts a relatively rare combination of power and center field defense. The Giants are in desperate need of outfield help, and the organization is looking to add pieces.

Best fit: San Francisco Giants

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13. Addison Reed, RHP

Age: 28

Old team: Boston Red Sox

2017 stats: 77 G, 2.84 ERA, 19 SV, 9 K/9, 1.053 WHIP

One thing to know: Reed's main calling card is his versatility: he's had success in both the American League and the National League, as both a closer and a setup man, and against both righties and lefties. That makes it tough to predict where he'll end up, but the Twins are one team that could use some bullpen help.

Best fit: Minnesota Twins

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12. Mike Moustakas, 3B

Age: 29

Old team: Kansas City Royals

2017 stats: .272/.314/.521, 38 HR, 85 RBI

One thing to know: Moustakas posted career-high power numbers in 2017, but his on-base percentage remained way down from his peak in 2015, when he posted a .348 clip. Still, there should be a number of teams interested in his mighty swing, and the Mets should be among them.

Best fit: New York Mets

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11. Logan Morrison, 1B

Age: 30

Old team: Tampa Bay Rays

2017 stats: .246/.353/.516, 38 HR, 85 RBI

One thing to know: Morrison finally made good on the immense potential he once showed as a prospect, leading the Rays in offensive Wins Above Replacement and OPS+. His counting stats would look even better if he hadn't played half his games at Tropicana Field — he saved his best work for the road, slashing .272/.392/.628 in those contests. The Rockies have a crowded roster, but the prospect of Morrison in Coors Field is awfully interesting.

Best fit: Colorado Rockies

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10. Todd Frazier, 3B

Age: 31

Old team: New York Yankees

2017 stats: .213/.344/.428, 27 HR, 76 RBI

One thing to know: Some players struggle upon being traded to the Bronx, but Frazier didn't miss a beat after going from the White Sox to the Yankees in mid-July. He posted a representative .222/.365/.423 line while playing credible defense and providing an emotional spark in the dugout, setting himself up for a nice contract. With Chase Headley and Starlin Castro on the move, the Yankees should look to bring him back.

Best fit: New York Yankees

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9. Wade Davis, RHP

Age: 32

Old team: Chicago Cubs

2017 stats: 59 G, 2.30 ERA, 32 SV, 12.1 K/9, 1.142 WHIP

One thing to know: Davis was a low-end starter with a 4.26 career ERA when a move to the bullpen changed his career. Armed with a hard fastball and a tricky cutter, he anchored one of the most outstanding relief corps in baseball history with the Kansas City Royals, winning back-to-back pennants in 2014 and 2015. The Cubs would love to bring him back, but the Rangers are more desperate for relief pitching.

Best fit: Texas Rangers

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8. Jay Bruce, RF

Age: 30

Old team: Cleveland Indians

2017 stats: .254/.324/.508, 36 HR, 101 RBI

One thing to know: The Indians' postseason run stopped short at the ALDS, but it was still an eventful season for Bruce. He topped his career high in home runs and was along for the ride during Cleveland's record-breaking winning streak, though he hit just .156 over those 22 games. After scoring the fewest runs in the American League in 2017, the Blue Jays would love to add his power.

Best fit: Toronto Blue Jays

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7. Lance Lynn, RHP

Age: 30

Old team: St. Louis Cardinals

2017 stats: 11-8, 3.43 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 1.229 WHIP

One thing to know: Lynn ranked 14th in the National League in innings pitched in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. With at least 3 Wins Above Replacement in each of his last three seasons, he has a high floor, so his asking price should reflect that. The Angels have been on a spending spree this offseason, and they could certainly use the rotation depth.

Best fit: Los Angeles Angels

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6. Alex Cobb, RHP

Age: 30

Old team: Tampa Bay Rays

2017 stats: 12-10, 3.66 ERA, 6.4 K/9, 1.221 WHIP

One thing to know: After missing all of 2015 and most of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Cobb put up a nice comeback campaign this year, including a surprisingly staunch total of 179.1 innings. With a 3.36 ERA since the start of the 2013 season, he's a solid bet to keep producing for the next few years. He'd be a savvy pickup for the Brewers.

Best fit: Milwaukee Brewers

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5. Lorenzo Cain, CF

Age: 31

Old team: Kansas City Royals

2017 stats: .300/.363/.440, 15 HR, 49 RBI, 26 SB

One thing to know: Cain's skills at the plate will attract some phone calls, but his main calling card has always been defense. The Florida native has compiled 11 defensive Wins Above Replacement since his debut with the Royals and probably should have won a Gold Glove by this point, though playing in the same league Kevin Kiermaier makes that a difficult task. Expect the Rangers to be among the interested teams.

Best fit: Texas Rangers

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4. Jake Arrieta, RHP

Age: 31

Old team: Chicago Cubs

2017 stats: 14-10, 3.53 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 1.218 WHIP

One thing to know: Arrieta's 2015 campaign was one of the finest seasons on the mound in recent memory, complete with three shutouts, a 1.77 ERA, and the National League Cy Young Award. While he's seen diminished results in the seasons since then, he made an impressive return to form during this year's postseason, posting a 0.84 ERA across 10.2 innings. The Nationals shouldn't be confident in A.J. Cole as a member of next year's rotation, and Gio Gonzalez has just one year remaining on his deal.

Best fit: Washington Nationals

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3. Eric Hosmer, 1B

Age: 27

Old team: Kansas City Royals

2017 stats: .318/.385/.498, 25 HR, 94 RBI

One thing to know: Hosmer became a franchise icon in Kansas City, leading the team to a World Series title while staying heavily involved in community outreach programs. His slash line will make him a popular target, but with a glut of first basemen on the open market, it remains to be seen how much teams will be willing to pay for intangibles. Given the bearish market for his services, agent Scott Boras may push him to sign with an unexpected team — like the Padres, perhaps.

Best fit: San Diego Padres

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2. Yu Darvish, RHP

Age: 31

Old team: Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 stats: 10-12, 3.86 ERA, 10.1 K/9, 1.163 WHIP

One thing to know: Don't let Darvish's pitiful performance in Game 7 of the World Series cloud your view of him. The former Ranger is a proven commodity who got better as the season went on, posting a 3.44 ERA and 11.1 strikeouts per inning after being traded to the Dodgers. The Cubs could use some new blood in their rotation.

Best fit: Chicago Cubs

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1. J.D. Martinez, RF

Age: 30

Old team: Arizona Diamondbacks

2017 stats: .303/.376/.690, 45 HR, 104 RBI

One thing to know: Martinez first broke out as an offensive star back in 2014, but the 30-year-old outfielder took things to a new level after a midseason trade sent him to Arizona, slugging .741 over 62 games. In all, he hit more home runs than all but two players: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. Now that the Yankees have Giancarlo Stanton, the Red Sox must do everything in their power to keep pace in the AL East.

Best fit: Boston Red Sox

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