The MLB offseason is winding to a close, and this year’s free-agent market has more or less been picked clean of high-profile talent, but a handful of players could still make an impact in 2023.
Only three unsigned free agents remain from the top-50 list released by MLB Trade Rumors at the start of the offseason:
33. OF Jurickson Profar
39. LHP Andrew Chafin
41. RHP Michael Wacha
However, looking beyond those three, other under-the-radar players are worth keeping an eye on before spring training.
It’s a mix of players returning from injuries, guys coming off down years and veterans who have something left in the tank. All could provide production beyond their likely 2023 salaries.
C Jorge Alfaro
Jorge Alfaro made three appearances on the Baseball America Top 100 list during his time as a prospect with the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Miami Marlins in the J.T. Realmuto blockbuster.
He had an 18-homer season as the Marlins’ starting catcher in 2019, but he has since settled into a part-time role and spent last season with the San Diego Padres.
The 29-year-old had a 94 OPS+ with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBI in 274 plate appearances in 2022, but he made a bigger impact than those numbers suggest thanks to his clutch hitting. He hit .281/.329/.531 with runners in scoring position and set a single-season franchise record with four walk-off hits.
OF Adam Duvall
Adam Duvall is just one year removed from launching 38 home runs and tallying an NL-leading 113 RBI while also winning his first Gold Glove Award, yet he’s been a forgotten man in this year’s free-agent class.
The 34-year-old was limited to 86 games with Atlanta last season by a wrist injury that required surgery, and he hit just .213/.276/.401 with a 32.1 percent strikeout rate.
With his proven track record of power production, strong defense and the ability to play all three outfield spots, he can be a useful addition to any team’s bench with the potential to step into a larger role if he’s swinging a hot bat.