Top 10 2019-20 MLB Free Agents: Which team will land Anthony Rendon?

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 6. (Eric Gay/AP)

The World Series is over, which means it’s time for the MLB off-season.

Free agents took their time signing last season — we’re looking at you, Bryce Harper — so it might be a while before these free agents find new homes.

While we await their decisions, here’s a look at the top 10 free agent hitters available:

1. Anthony Rendon

Position: Third Base
Age: 29
2019 stats: GP: 146 | AVG: .319 | HR: 34 | RBI: 126 | OBP: .412 | SLG: .598 | 6.3 WAR
Former team: Washington Nationals
Potential fits: Nationals, Braves, Dodgers

Without a doubt, Rendon is in for a big payday after helping lead the Nationals to their first World Series title in franchise history. Even before an impressive October performance, he led MLB with 126 RBI and paced the National League with 44 doubles.

2. Josh Donaldson

Position: Third Base
Age: 33
2019 stats: GP: 155 | AVG: .259 | HR: 37 | RBI: 94 | OBP: .379 | SLG: .521 | 6.1 WAR
Former team: Atlanta Braves
Potential fits: Braves, Angels, Nationals

A lot of people thought Donaldson might be trending downwards after a disappointing, injury-filled 2018 between Toronto and Cleveland. But the 2015 AL MVP was impressive again for the Braves this past season and could be a good fit for a contender on a two- or three-year deal.

3. J.D. Martinez (can opt out of remaining three years, $62.5 million)

Position: DH/OF
Age: 31
2019 stats: GP: 146 | AVG: .304 | HR: 36 | RBI: 105 | OBP: .383 | SLG: .557 | 3.3 WAR
Former team: Boston Red Sox
Potential fits: White Sox, Red Sox, Rangers

Should Martinez opt out of his deal with the Red Sox, he would most likely stay in the American League as a designated hitter. His defence has never been a strength, but few hitters combine power and contact skills this well.

4. Yasmani Grandal ($16 million mutual option with a $2.25 million buyout)

Position: C
Age: 30
2019 stats: GP: 153 | AVG: .246 | HR: 28 | RBI: 77 | OBP: .380 | SLG: .468 | 2.5 WAR
Former team: Milwaukee Brewers
Potential fits: Nationals, Brewers, Reds

Grandal will be a sought-after option behind the plate after rebuilding his value on a one-year deal in Milwaukee. He’s one of the top offensive catchers in the game with a .380 on-base percentage that far surpassed the MLB average of .308 for backstops.

5. Marcell Ozuna

Position: OF
Age: 28
2019 stats: GP: 130 | AVG: .241 | HR: 29 | RBI: 89 | OBP: .328 | SLG: .472 | 2.2 WAR
Former team: St. Louis Cardinals
Potential fits: Cardinals, Braves, Indians

Ozuna’s average may have taken a dip, but his on-base and slugging percentage rose, making him an intriguing off-season acquisition.

6. Jose Abreu

Position: 1B
Age: 32
2019 stats: GP: 159 | AVG: .284 | HR: 33 | RBI: 123 | OBP: .330 | SLG: .503 | 2.4 WAR
Former team: Chicago White Sox
Potential fits: White Sox, Rockies, Red Sox

Abreu’s coming off a year where he led the AL in RBI and made a second-straight all-star appearance. The White Sox are all he’s ever known since coming to MLB and they seem interested in re-signing him if possible.

7. Yasiel Puig

Position: RF
Age: 28
2019 stats: GP: 149 | AVG: .267 | HR: 24 | RBI: 84 | OBP: .327 | SLG: .458 | 0.5 WAR
Former team: Cleveland Indians
Potential fits: Indians, Athletics, Reds

If you’re looking for fire, Puig might be the right fit for your team in 2020. He’s certainly not the budding star he was when he broke into the league, but he can provide decent offence and a strong throwing arm in right field.

8. Didi Gregorius

Position: SS
Age: 29
2019 stats: GP: 82 | AVG: .238 | HR: 16 | RBI: 61 | OBP: .276 | SLG: .441 | 0.6 WAR
Former team: New York Yankees
Potential fits: Yankees, Brewers, Mets

Off-season Tommy John surgery on his right elbow forced Gregorius to miss a large chunk of this year, but when healthy he can be a solid shortstop for any major-league team.

9. Mike Moustakas

Position: 3B/2B
Age: 31
2019 stats: GP: 143 | AVG: .254 | HR: 35 | RBI: 87 | OBP: .329 | SLG: .516 | 3.2 WAR
Former team: Milwaukee Brewers
Potential fits: Brewers, Angels, Blue Jays

Moustakas had a great 2019, earning his third career all-star appearance. Adding to his appeal, the Brewers experimented with him at second base this season, playing him there 47 times. If you add on his solid bat, he looks like one of the top free agents available.

10. Edwin Encarnacion

Position: DH/1B
Age: 36
2019 stats: GP: 109 | AVG: .244 | HR: 34 | RBI: 86 | OBP: .344 | SLG: .531 | 0.7 WAR
Former team: New York Yankees
Potential fits: White Sox, Rangers, Blue Jays

As colleague Shi Davidi wrote over the summer Encarnacion could be a Nelson Cruz-like bargain for someone in 2020. Even at age 36, he posted an .875 OPS while hitting 30-plus homers for the eighth consecutive season.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.