After the Kansas City Royals clinched their first World Series win since 1985 last week, completing the MLB season, it’s now time to look at the possible player moves this offseason.
This piece looks at five of the top free agents on the market, choosing their best possible fit and where they will likely end up.
1. Zack Greinke – pitcher (2015: Los Angeles Dodgers)
Best fit: Chicago Cubs
Chicago is going to go after anyone that they believe can help push them over that NLCS hump and get them to the World Series. Greinke would be an ideal fit for a rotation that’s already dominant. Jake Arrieta, who led the MLB in wins last season, backed up by a reliable Jon Lester and then Greinke? Deadly. Chicago would be a great fit for Greinke.
Let’s face it. There will only be one team that will dish out the six-year, $130+ million contract Greinke is looking for and that’s the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers surprised some people last year by sneaking into the wild card game before losing to the Houston Astros. Their biggest weakness last season was their pitching and part of that was due to injuries to Masahiro Tanaka. Greinke has already pitched in the American League (at the Kansas City Royals) so it shouldn’t be much of an adjustment.