Best Fantasy Baseball Landing Spots for 2022-23 Free Agents

by Connor Thomure
Best Fantasy Baseball Landing Spots for 2022-23 Free Agents

Free agency is officially open; free agents can sign to any team they want. These are the best Fantasy Baseball landing spots for the 2022-23 free agents.

These are 16 of the best free agents from this year's free agency, and each is assigned a team based on where they will have the best Fantasy Baseball value.

This list isn't a definitive answer for where these players will sign, but where Fantasy managers hope they go. Read on to find out the best Fantasy Baseball landing spots for the 2022-2023 free agents.

Best Fantasy Baseball Landing Spots for the 2022-23 Free Agents

Aaron Judge, OF, Age 30

The best place for Judge to go this free agency is the Bronx and return to the New York Yankees. Fans and Fantasy managers have seen what Judge can do at Yankee Stadium. In his seven seasons in New York, he's slashed .284/.394/.583 with a 163 wRC+. Judge also belted 220 home runs, drove in 497 RBI, scored 535 runs, and stole 40 bases.

The best place for Judge to go is where he already is in New York. The short porch is perfect for his power and will provide plenty of home runs, RBI, and runs.

Trea Turner, SS, Age 29

Turner is another player who is best off staying put where he played last season. He is coming off a career year with the Los Angeles Dodgers due in part to the strong lineup surrounding him. He batted primarily second or third in the Dodgers' lineup and was able to drive in 100 RBI for the first time in his career.

There are rumors that Turner may go elsewhere, but with Mookie Betts set as the leadoff man and Freddie Freeman batting third, Turner has a clear path to repeat or improve his stats from a season ago. Wherever he lands, however, he will still be a first-round pick in Fantasy Baseball drafts.

In 2022 Turner slashed .298/.343/.466 with 21 home runs, 101 runs, 100 runs batted in, and 21 steals.

Carlos Correa, SS, Age 28

Correa has made it clear he wants to be paid this year. One team that might be willing to pay him is the Boston Red Sox. Their former star shortstop Bogaerts is now a free agent, leaving a massive hole on the team.

Despite finishing last in the AL East, the Red Sox can still compete in 2023 if they add the right pieces. Correa is the right piece, and while it's debatable if he's an upgrade over Bogaerts, the Red Sox need to add an impact bat to the lineup.

Jacob deGrom, SP, Age 34

Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in this year's free-agent class, but nobody knows where he will sign. He has expressed interest in joining the Texas Rangers, but where is the best place for him to go? Here's a hint- it's not with the Rangers.

The best place for deGrom is in Queens, New York, with the New York Mets. He's spent his entire career with the Mets, and while it seems his talent has been wasted due to injuries or poor run support, this is still the best place for deGrom to be.

The Mets have a better defense than the Rangers, and fewer home runs were hit at Citi Field than at Globe Life Park.

Kenley Jansen, RP, Age 35

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Kenley Jansen finished the season with the second most saves in MLB, finishing one shy of Emmanuel Clase. Jansen's closer role, however, doesn't feel safe in Atlanta for 2023. This is due to Raisel Iglesias and A.J. Minter being reliable high-leverage relievers already on the Braves roster.

Despite Iglesias and Minter being in town, the Braves should still be interested in bringing Jansen back. At 35 years old, Jansen is still one of baseball's best high-leverage relievers. He finished 2022 with a 3.38 ERA, 41 saves, and just seven blown saves.

Even with the competition, Atlanta is the best place for Jansen to be. The Braves are one of the best teams in baseball and will provide him with plenty of save opportunities. Even if Iglesias takes over, Jansen will still get the bulk of the hold opportunities.

Taylor Rogers, RP, Age 31

Taylor Rogers struggled after the Milwaukee Brewers acquired him at the trade deadline. He posted a 5.48 ERA across 23 innings with a 3-3 record, four holds, three saves, and three blown saves.

In the offseason, Rogers will still be a hot commodity as he and Jansen are the two best relievers on the market. The best place for Rogers to go is a team that won't have a competition for closer and will win lots of games.

This makes the Los Angeles Angels the best Fantasy Baseball fit for Rogers. He will have control of the closer role from day one, and the Angels are in a position to improve their record from 2022.

Justin Verlander, SP, Age 39

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The best thing for Verlander to do this offseason is to return to the Houston Astros. Verlander is already comfortable with the team, they're coming off their second World Series in four years, and he's a candidate to win another Cy Young award. At 39 years old, he's still one of baseball's best pitchers. Why switch things up now?

Xander Bogaerts, SS, Age 30

This might be surprising for some, but Philadelphia is the best place for Xander Bogaerts to go this off-season. The Phillies showed everybody how good they could be but imagine if they had a player like Bogaerts. They could have won it all.

The Phillies are willing to spend any dollar amount to get the players they want, and Bogaerts is the player they should target. He can bat anywhere in the lineup and provide a huge impact. His lowest batting average over the past four seasons is .295, while his lowest on-base percentage is .364.

Philadelphia is the perfect place for Bogaerts to go this year, and he could be in for a career season if he's batting in their star-studded lineup.

Carlos Rodon, SP, Age 29

Carlos Rodon is coming off a career-best season and could sign anywhere. Where might his talents be used best? The Answer to this question is the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles need a solid addition to their rotation, and Rodon fits the bill.

He is a lefty strikeout specialist that allows plenty of hard-hit balls, perfect for the Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Despite the hard-hit balls, Rodon did a great job limiting home runs. Fantasy managers can expect even fewer home runs allowed if he winds up in Baltimore.

The American League East is one of the toughest divisions, but Rodon showed what he could do by leading MLB in strikeouts per nine innings and finishing sixth in home runs allowed per nine innings.

Dansby Swanson, SS, Age 28

It's hard to predict where the shortstops in this year's free-agent class will land. Swanson, however, is a perfect fit for the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies need a full-time shortstop and a star batter. Swanson fills both of those needs.

Swanson will love playing at Coors Field in Denver, where he will likely top 30 home runs for the first time in his career. The surrounding players in the lineup aren't bad, either. Kris Bryant and CJ. Cron are excellent, while Yonathan Daza, Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers, and Charlie Blackmon are great complimentary pieces.

This lineup finished 2022 with the best OPS in their home ballpark (.803) and has a serious chance to improve on that number if they can land Swanson.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, Age 29

Nimmo is one of the best leadoff batters in baseball and would fit perfectly with the St. Louis Cardinals, who desperately need a full-time leadoff batter. If he decides to sign there, the centerfielder could be hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and possibly even Willson Contreras.

Nimmo finished with at least 600 plate appearances for the first time in his career, which showed in his statistics. He scored 102 runs and 64 RBI, both career highs. He can build upon these numbers if he returns to the New York Mets but can do even better if he goes to St. Louis.

Willson Contreras, C, Age 30

The longtime Chicago Cubs catcher Contreras is best suited to move to the division rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are actively looking to add a catcher to the team after future Hall-of-Famer Yadier Molina retired at the end of the 2022 season. More than just a catcher, the Cardinals are looking to add an impact bat to the lineup, and Contreras offers both.

The Cardinals have an outstanding lineup, and Contreras will fit in nicely. The catcher will likely slot right behind Nolan Arenado in the lineup, offering plenty of chances for RBI.

Jose Abreu, 1B, Age 35

Best Fantasy Baseball Landing Spots For 2022 Free Agents

Jose Abreu's 2022 MLB Percentile Rankings. Courtesy of Baseball Savant.

Jose Abreu is best suited with the Texas Rangers. Some might say the Rangers already have their first base position set with 2022 Silver Slugger Nathaniel Lowe, but Abreu is a better defensive first baseman than Lowe in Defensive Runs Saved. Lowe, however, is still good enough to play designated hitter.

The Rangers could easily have one of the best lineups next season with Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Adolis Garcia, Josh Jung, and Lowe, but they must go after an impact player like Abreu first.

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Age 33

Anthony Rizzo's free agency can be determined by where Judge decides to play. If Judge returns to the Yankees, then Rizzo should also return. If Judge goes to the San Francisco Giants or San Diego Padres, Rizzo should also go to the Giants or Padres.

Let's say, however, Judge goes to the Dodgers, then Rizzo will have to go elsewhere as they do not need a first baseman. So then, where would be the best place for Rizzo to be?

The Houston Astros is the one team that stands out more than any other. They are coming off a World Series championship, and their first baseman, Yuli Gurriel, is now a free agent. This move would bolster their lineup massively and increase the entire team's Fantasy value.

Chris Bassitt, SP, Age 33

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Chris Bassitt excels at getting batters out via groundouts as he finished 2022 with the eighth-highest groundball rate (48.8%) and the highest soft contact rate (22.1%) among qualified pitchers.

Where does a groundball pitcher like Bassitt need to play? With the St. Louis Cardinals, who arguably have the most outstanding defensive infield in all of MLB. The Cardinals have four Gold Glove finalists in their infield, more than any other team in MLB.

Bassitt would fill a rotation spot perfectly for the Cardinals alongside Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, Jordan Montgomery, and Adam Wainwright. Montgomery was a trade deadline acquisition for the Cardinals in 2022. In his 11 starts for the redbirds, he went 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA. Montgomery also posted a 49.7% groundball rate that propelled him to succeed with his new team.

Mikolas has been with the Cardinals since 2018 and has been one of their best pitchers. The main ingredient to his success? A 47.4% groundball rate with one of the best defenses behind him.

If Bassitt can follow in the footsteps of Mikolas and Montgomery, then he will be a significant asset for the Cardinals and Fantasy Baseball managers.

Koudai Senga, SP, Age 29

Koudai Senga is a star in his home country of Japan and is ready to move to Major League Baseball. The 29-year-old starting pitcher is the most intriguing free agent this offseason. In 2022 he started 23 games for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, finishing with an 11-6 record, a 1.84 ERA across 148 innings, and 3.18 strikeouts per walk.

The perfect fit for Senga is with the Los Angeles Angels for a few reasons. Firstly, living on the west coast would keep him closer to Japan. Secondly, he would be teammates with fellow countryman and MVP Shohei Ohtani. It's not a guarantee, but these two things should attract Senga to the Angels. The Attraction should go both ways in this scenario, as the Angels continuously have one of the worst starting rotations in MLB, and Senga will be an upgrade over some of their current starters.

According to Gordan Wettemeyer of NBC Sports Chicago, The Chicago Cubs have been in contact with Senga and his agent, Joel Wolfe. Wolfe is also the agent for current Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki.

While the Cubs believe they are in a position to compete this season, it's doubtful they do. On the other hand, the Angels have a team ready to compete, and Senga could be that piece to help push them into the playoffs.

From a Fantasy Baseball perspective, it's tough to rank Senga without seeing him play in MLB, but he can be ranked in the top 50 starting pitchers heading into 2023.


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