Top 10 Outfielders Ranking

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When it comes to the MLB free agent market, it’s Aaron Judge and then everyone else.

Judge leads the 2022-23 free agent class and should earn a huge contract after an MVP year with the New York Yankees. The Judge is the first and most exciting off-court domino to fall. MLB teams in need of outfield help like the San Francisco Giants will look to names like Brandon Nimmo, Andrew Benintendi and Joc Pederson once his future is locked up.

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So, which players could the Giants target? Here’s a look at the top 10 outfielders who could hit free agency this offseason.

1. Aaron Judge

Age: 30

The Yankees of all teams weren’t really going to let a superstar and face of the franchise like Judge get away this offseason, were they? Regardless, Judge is set to earn a monster contract after a historic season in the Bronx.

2. Brandon Nimmo

Age: 30

Nimmo may not be a household name, but he will be one of the most valuable outfielders on the market this winter. The New York Mets center fielder will be coveted for his above-average glove and ability to get on base consistently.

3. Andrew Benintendi

Age: 28

Benidenti’s brand new approach paid dividends as he earned his first MLB All-Star nod in 2022. The former Red Sox outfielder hasn’t had the same success since leaving the Kansas City Royals for the Yankees, but he’s still one of the more interesting names in a thin off-field market.

Age: 31

Pederson’s 2022 campaign with the Giants was one of the best of his career. The two-time All-Star has the second-best OPS of his career (.865) through 112 games. That, plus his reputation as a playoff player, should put him on many teams’ radars this offseason.

Age: 32

Haniger has missed most of the 2022 season with an ankle injury and hasn’t looked the same since returning to the Seattle Mariners lineup. However, his stunning 2018 and 2021 seasons should be enough to tempt clubs into signing him this winter.

6. Joey Gallo

Age: 29

Teams should know what they’re getting with Gallo at this point. Yankees fans got the full experience when he hit just .159 with 106 hits and 12 homers in 82 games. The change of scenery has worked for Gallo in Los Angeles, so perhaps a bounce-back campaign could be in the offing next year.

7. Michael Conforto

Age: 30

Conforto sat out the 2022 season after shoulder surgery. He was also a free agent last winter, but couldn’t land a big league contract. Now presumably fully healthy, the former Mets player will have no problem joining a team that needs some pop in its lineup.

8. AJ Pollock

Age: 35

Player Choice 2023: 10 million dollars

Pollock hasn’t looked the same since joining the Chicago White Sox in 2022. After posting an .892 OPS with the Dodgers in 2021, he has a .673 OPS in 115 games this year. Age may be catching up on the former All-Star, but there should be teams willing to give him a one-year “prove it” deal.

Age: 35

2023 mutual option: 6 million dollars

Pham has shown he still has a lot in the tank with the Boston Red Sox. The journeyman outfielder has a .769 OPS in 32 games since being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds.

Age: 33

Club Selection 2023: 13 million dollars

Kiermaier doesn’t offer much offensively at this point in his career, but his defensive prowess is unparalleled. He’ll have no problem finding work as long as the glove continues to work its magic.

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