Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

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Evaluating landing spots for MLB's top remaining free agents

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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) flips his bat after singling in a run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Marwin Gonzalez

Interested Teams: Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, basically any contender

Best Fit(s)?

Trying to pin down Gonzalez’s market is also tough, but that’s because “Swiss G” could fit on just about any club’s roster. He’d be an interesting fit in San Diego, as he could hold shortstop warm for Fernando Tatis Jr. and then move elsewhere when he gets promoted, but it’s hard to shake off the Nats here.

Washington surely has no problem spending money (see Corbin, Patrick) and they have a need at second base. However, it’s reported that their preference is to find a solution on a short-term deal so prospect Carter Kieboom isn’t blocked. Gonzalez, a Boras client, will definitely get a multi-year guarantee, so one might imagine heading to D.C. is out of the cards.

But maybe not. Gonzalez could play second base in 2019, and if the Nats can’t retain third baseman Anthony Rendon (another Boras client), Marwin could shift over to the hot corner. Or, he could slide over to first base since Ryan Zimmerman is approaching the final year of his current contract.

Versatility with the glove is a wonderful thing.

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