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With Jose Bautista signed, which free agents are left?

Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the remaining key free agents, the 2017 Hall of Fame class, and Cleveland’s offseason.

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It’s Jan. 19, we’ve got our Hall of Fame results, and Jose Bautista has signed. There is about a month before anything else meaningful goes down in baseball. That is, unless a couple more of these notable free agents sign before spring training begins, which isn’t necessarily a given. They are out there, though, these players who can still help teams, and you don’t have to squint to see them. Matt Wieters had a down year at the plate, but he’s still Matt Wieters behind it. Mark Trumbo led the majors in homers with 47, and even if he slips from his strong 2016, he can still be a useful bat even at first base. Mike Napoli was the first baseman on the AL’s World Series representative last year, and hit 34 dingers. Chris Carter led the NL in homers, and while the Brewers cut him because his defense is nonexistent, there are teams who could still use a DH upgrade.

Chase Utley had some issues at home and in the second half, but he still showed power on the road and late in 2016 — he’ll be 38, but that also means he’ll be inexpensive. Pedro Alvarez is a DH who can hit righties, and slugged over .500 in 2016. There are still lots of pitchers whose names you know left out there, like Doug Fister and Brett Anderson and Jon Niese and Jake Peavy, all of whom might not have much left to offer, but hey: it’s mid-January. Finding out will be cheaper than usual, and pitching depth is a requirement.

So sure, we’re past the super exciting point of the winter, outside of seeing if the Rockies come to their senses and sign Mark Trumbo or Chris Carter to send baseballs into orbit on the reg. The offseason isn’t over both in the sense of where we are on the calendar and who is left to sign, and there are enough free agents left that we’ll probably still be talking about some of them when camps open up next month. Whether that’s good or bad news depends entirely on whether you’re waiting for your team to upgrade some more or not.