Baseball never sleeps. The Hot Stove season is one of the most exciting times for baseball fans, and with free agency's arrival, things are about to get very interesting. A number of players just hit the open market, and as teams prepare to bid, we're taking a look at the top outfielders/DHs available this year.
Free agency preview: OF Yoenis Cespedes
Cespedes was the spark that brought the Mets back into contention this year, but he's due for a big payday so it looks like they'll let him walk. His 2015 performance surely boosted his value, as he finished the season with a .291/.328/.542 slash line and 42 doubles, six triples, 35 homers and 105 RBI. Cespedes has proved he can hit for power, and he's averaged .271/.319/.486 and hit 106 homers in his first four major-league seasons. In addition to his bat, Yo has one of the best outfield arms in baseball.
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Free agency preview: RF Jason Heyward
At only 26 years old, Heyward has youth and upside that will be a big selling point for his suitors. He'll likely improve his career slash line of .268/.353/.431, and should put up 10-15 home runs per year. Heyward can hit virtually anywhere in the lineup and is a first-rate defender. He was named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for 2014.
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Free agency preview: LF Alex Gordon
In addition to being a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Gordon just added World Series champ to his growing résumé. The 31-year-old outfielder turned down his $13.75 million option to become a free agent, and likely will land a six-figure contract. Since 2011, Gordon has hit .281/.359/.450, with 89 home runs. He's a superior defender, one of the best defensive outfielders in the league.
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Free agency preview: LF Justin Upton
A former No. 1 overall pick, Upton is an intriguing free-agent option this offseason. The 28-year-old topped 20 home runs for the fifth time in seven seasons and made his third All-Star team this past season. Upton will hit for power, closing in on 200 career homers, and he has a career slash line of .271/.352/.473 over nine seasons. While he has a tendency to strike out a lot, the production is there and he's been durable throughout his career.
Free agency preview: RF/1B/DH Chris Davis
Whether he plays the outfield, corner infield or DH, there's no doubt Davis is a legit middle-of-the-order threat. The two-time home run king is hitting the free-agent market for the first time in his career at 29. Davis has a career slash line of .255/.330/.506 with 203 homers in eight seasons, but those numbers also come with a hefty strikeout rate — around 31 percent. In addition to his bat, Davis is a solid defender who can play multiple positions: outfield, first base and third base.
Free agency preview: Ben Zobrist LF/2B/3B
Zobrist is an intriguing free-agent option for many teams, as he provides flexibility and versatility. He can play virtually any position (except pitcher) and as a switch hitter, he can be plugged in anywhere in the lineup. In 2015, Zobrist slashed .276/.359/.450 with 36 doubles and 56 RBI between the Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals. He's a career .265 hitter and will put up double-digit homer totals; plus, he's been a valuable postseason player, hitting .303 in this year's postseason.
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Free agency preview: CF Dexter Fowler
Fowler is coming off a pretty solid year with the Cubs, with whom he hit .250/.346/.411 with 29 doubles and 17 home runs. While he's not in the same category as Heyward or Cespedes, Fowler will hit for average and is an average defender. He's a career .267 hitter and should give you at least 10 homers a season.
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Free agency preview: OF Colby Rasmus
Rasmus is a solid fielder who can play all three outfield spots and has some pop in his bat, coming off a 25-homer season with the Astros. His career slash line of .245/.313/.443 has room for improvement, but the potential is certainly there.
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Free agency preview: CF Denard Span
Span would be closer to the top of this year's free-agent class if he hadn't suffered an injury-shortened season. He led the NL in hits in 2014 (184), but played in only 61 games this past season before undergoing season-ending hip surgery. Span is a player who always hits for average, but not much power. He has a solid career slash line of .287/.353/.395. Span's recovery is reportedly going well, but interested teams likely will require an extensive medical evaluation.
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Free agency preview: OF Marlon Byrd
Byrd got off to a horrendous start with the Reds in 2015, but bounced back and was traded to the Giants in an August waiver deal. The 38-year-old hit .261/.308/.485 with 21 homers over his last 114 games. He's a career .275 hitter with 20-plus home runs in his past three seasons. Recent injury concerns could limit him to a backup role, but Byrd might have one year left in him as a starter.