This morning, CBSSports.com published their predictions regarding where some of the top free agents would land this off-season.
Of the six writers who made predictions, all predicted Ellsbury would sign elsewhere, with the Mariners and the Cubs getting the most votes.
Two of the writers predicted that Choo would wind up with the Mets, while three guessed he’d sign with Houston.
None thought that Beltran and the Mets would have a reunion. Most saw him re-signing with the Cardinals, and there was one vote each for the Yankees and Orioles.
Cruz, who is coming off a PED suspension, was chosen by one of the writers to land with the Mets.
Being that the majority of the “experts” and lots of fans picked the World Champion Red Sox to finish last in the A.L. East, I think everyone is aware that these predictions usually wind up being way off.
It seems that most of the writers are running with Jon Heyman’s piece from last week that the Astros could be interested in Choo. Frankly, I’d be shocked if he wound up there. It just doesn’t make sense for a team that far away to invest that much money in someone who’s on the wrong side of 30.
As far as Beltran is concerned, the majority of the writers who made predictions expect him to re-sign in St. Louis. With Oscar Taveras waiting in the wings, the Cardinals very well may move on from Beltran.
With free agency now underway, we’ll hopefully start to hear some rumors trickle out soon.