In 2022, the National League East is a three-team division. The three clubs actually playing for something in these final weeks are the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Oddly enough, all of the best free agents within the division are coming from these three teams. The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals don’t have any significant enough coming off their books to crack the top 10 free agents heading into this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Mets have a couple, the Phillies have a few less, and the Braves actually have some young talent not yet signed to an extension. These are the 10 best free agents from the division.
10) MLB free agent Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen
Kenley Jansen is a curious free agent candidate. He signed only a one-year deal with the Braves last offseason and aside from some health issues hasn’t been such a bad option for them in the ninth inning. We can expect the aging former All-Star closer to stick around beyond 2022 and earn himself yet another short-term contract somewhere.
Pitchers like Jansen, with their mix of talent and experience, could do everything from an attempt to save a contender’s last three outs or become an offseason signing from a team coming nowhere near the postseason. He’d be an immediate trade deadline candidate.
Jansen could even move into more of a setup role. At this stage of his career, it’s the next natural transition.
Jansen barely cracks the top ten right now. Far from the only relief pitcher in the National League East heading to the open market, he’s the best the Braves have to offer. Meanwhile, the Mets and Phillies have a couple of guys on this list as well.