Several big-name free agents signed after Christmas Day last offseason, including Michael Bourn, Edwin Jackson and Nick Swisher, who eventually landed four-year deals, and Kyle Lohse, who signed a three-year deal in late March.
While the early part of this offseason was one of the busiest in recent memory, there is once again a good amount of impact players still available on the free-agent market. The hitters market, aside from Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales, has thinned out considerably, but there is plenty of pitching left. The top three starting pitchers—Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana—remain unsigned.
The uncertainty of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is likely the biggest reason why there's been a waiting game with Garza, Jimenez and Santana. But after Rakuten team president Yozo Tachibana announced the decision earlier in the week to post Tanaka, and now that the price tag ($20 million posting fee, more than $100 million, according to one general manager who spoke to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, on a major league contract) to acquire him is becoming clearer, it shouldn't be long before the next starting pitcher domino falls.
Trades are always a possibility as teams try to fill holes on their roster, but the free-agent market still has much to offer. I've matched up one ideal remaining free agent with each of the 30 teams based on their roster needs and likely payroll limitations.