The marketplace for 2019 MLB free agents has been nothing short of stagnant and fruitless for teams, as there have been few moves made up to this point. While teams have filled holes on their respective rosters, there are still many quality options available for teams looking to make a splash going into spring training and the season.
Besides the big-ticket names of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Craig Kimbrel still being available for teams due to high contract demands, there are quality names in each and every positional grouping that could help push teams over the edge.
Here are three players that are still searching for new teams in 2019 that could change their next team.
3. Martin Maldonado
The former Milwaukee Brewers catcher and Gold Glove backstop Maldonado would be a great addition to any team that is looking for a starting-level backup catcher. More of a defensive minded catcher, Maldonado would help shore up any pitching staff and help as a late-inning defensive replacement behind the dish, while his offensive pop could show out at certain moments.
Most recently on the Los Angeles Angels and then traded to the Houston Astros, Maldonado has made his way around the league after being shipped out from the Brewers to the Angels in a swap of catchers in December of 2016.
Maldonado would be a solid addition going into spring training, not one normally seen this late into the offseason.
2. Josh Harrison
After playing his entire career for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Harrison is looking for greener pastures and hopefully a playoff appearance to boot. A known spark plug that normally lives at the top of the batting order, Harrison would bring a great sense of flexibility within the lineup for any team.
Even though listed as a second baseman, he has the ability to move around the infield, with utility abilities to play third and shortstop if needed. Harrison does not stand out more offensively or defensively on the diamond, but he is a solid player that could help any team.
Any team looking for a cheaper utility option than what Marwin Gonzalez offers should look to adding Harrison on a cheap, one-year deal to help either come off the bench or anchor a starting spot in 2019.
1. Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez has fizzled out recently after injuries and lower performance. Another left-handed power outfield bat, he should carry more value than recently signed San Francisco Giants outfielder Gerardo Parra, as although Gonzalez health carries many question marks, he has the higher potential left in the tank.
An All-Star Game participant as recent as 2016, Gonzalez elected free agency from Colorado on Oct. 29th, looking for a better opportunity, potentially more playing time and a better chance to win. Gonzalez would be a good, solid addition to any contending team looking for big-time offensive additions while not needing to worry about him being a defensive liability.