The off-season has begun, and on Saturday, the hot stove free-for-all begins as free agency officially starts. But who are this year's top players on the market, and where will the best of the best end up?
On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, Ted Keith welcomes Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter on the show to discuss the start of the off-season and Ben's annual ranking of the top 50 free agents in baseball, the Reiter 50. After a quick discussion of how Ben assembles his list and determines his rankings, the two debate whether this is the best free-agent class in league history before diving into Ben's top 50, starting with the No. 1 overall free agent: David Price. From there, Ben and Ted go through the best fits for Price and the rest of the top five—Zack Greinke, Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton—as well as an in-depth look at what makes each of them the top options available on the market.
After that, Ben and Ted talk about some of the intriguing names on the rest of the Reiter 50, including the surprising placement of Marco Estrada; which of Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist or Howie Kendrick is this winter's best available second baseman; and some players toward the bottom of the list who could prove to be smart bargains for the right team. Finally, Ben and Ted wrap up this week's podcast by discussing which players on the Reiter 50 were the toughest calls in rank and fit.