The 2 Most Overrated MLB Free Agents This Offseason

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A number of big-name free agents are available as MLB teams look to fill their rosters for next season.

However, while some of these are known for their production on the pitch, there are also many underrated names.

Here’s a look at two of the most highly regarded and why they’ll be big pickups for teams this offseason.

2. Carlos Rodon

After back-to-back standout seasons, Carlos Rodon has solidified himself as a mainstay in the MLB lineup.

While battling injuries in 2021, he was able to pitch 178 innings with a 2.88 ERA.

Now he’s hitting the free agent market with a number of teams reportedly interested in him.

It wasn’t just luck, as his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) has been nearing the top of the league every season.

This stat excludes the quality of the defense behind his projected ERA, suggesting that his numbers don’t reflect how well he’s pitching.

Because the San Francisco Giants haven’t been the best team this year, his performance has been overlooked time and time again.

This makes it one of the most highly rated names in the market right now.

1. Willson Contreras

It is extremely difficult for teams to find a starting catcher.

Willson Contreras fits that description perfectly, as he is one of the best catchers in the sport.

Therefore, he is a very important pickup for a team in the offseason.

He is often overlooked because his addition can make a difference to anyone who signs him.

Take the Houston Astros, for example, who won the World Series with a well-below average hitter.

A bat like Contreras could help make their lineup incredibly deep.

Another team like the St. Louis Cardinals could use Contreras to replace likely Hall of Famer Yadier Molina, and his addition could push them over the hump.

So people ignore its importance.