2019 MLB Under The Radar Free Agents Who Can Make A Big Impact
MLB hot stove season is in full swing! You know the drill – GM Meetings, Winter Meetings and plenty of back channeling. From these events plenty of baseball rumors emerge and MLB fans speculate. Lets take a look at some reasonable speculation that is reasonable but going unnoticed. Should such speculation come to fruition, it will have impact on the 2019 Fantasy Baseball season.
MLB Nathan Eovaldi
There are a lot of guys that the Red Sox acquired in 2018 who you can look at and say “they don’t win the World Series without him,” and Eovaldi was one of them. Eovaldi, a 28-year-old flame-throwing starting pitcher was a guy who bounced around the majors before coming to the Red Sox in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Eovaldi was brought in to be a back rotation starter, but he wound up being so much more. In his first two starts with the Red Sox, he went seven and eight innings respectively. He gave up no runs, seven hits and struck out nine batters. Eovaldi had a few rough starts mixed in with utter brilliance during the regular season. However, his postseason dominance is something teams will take note of. Expect a team in the need for a starting pitcher to step up a pay for Eovaldi to be a front end starter. Should he stay in the starting five rotation – a lot of K’s to be had for your fantasy baseball team.
MLB Charlie Morton
Minus a lackluster start in the ALCS against the Red Sox, he was lights out all year. The righty went 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA and while he is 35 years old, I believe he could go to a team on the fringe of competing for a World Series such as the Braves or Phillies. The Yankees or Red Sox may take a look at him as well. Despite his age, I believe you can’t overlook him.
MLB DJ LeMahieu
The 2016 National League batting champion became a big-time contributor to a Rockies team that has either come close to or made the playoffs the last couple of years. LeMahieu is a guy that is definitely under the radar but brings a lot of value to any team looking for a second baseman. LeMahieu may fit better with a team that is contending, but there are some rebuilding teams like the Tigers or Twins who could use him. He is a career .298 and is only 30 years old, so he still has some good baseball left in him.