As MLB teams look to fill out their rosters for next season, there are a number of big-name free agents available.
However, while some of them are known for their production in the field, there are also a handful of underrated names.
Here’s a look at the two who are the most underrated and why they’ll be big draws for teams this offseason.
2. Carlos Rodon
After back-to-back stellar seasons, Carlos Rodon has established himself as MLB’s personnel ace.
While battling injuries in 2021, he was able to post 178 innings with a 2.88 ERA.
Carlos Rodón comes out of a deadlock with one strikeout and loses his lead pic.twitter.com/ZHdbF3mqLk
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 7, 2021
Now he is entering the free agent market with a number of teams that would be interested in him.
It hasn’t just been luck either, as his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) has been towards the top of the league every season.
This stat measures what his projected ERA would be excluding the quality of the defense behind him, suggesting that his numbers underrepresent the quality of his throwing.
Since the San Francisco Giants weren’t the best team this year, his performance was repeatedly overlooked.
This makes him one of the most underrated names in the market right now.
1. Willson Contreras
It is extremely difficult for teams to find a first receiver.
Willson Contreras fits that description exactly, as he is one of the best receivers in the sport.
WILLSON CONTRERAS SHOULD BE A CUB FOR LIFE pic.twitter.com/QraIC3v3v9
— DOM (@DOM_Frédéric) October 4, 2022
For that reason, he’s such an important pick-up for a team this offseason.
It is also overlooked most of the time, as adding it could make a difference to whoever signs it.
Take the Houston Astros for example, who won the World Series with a well below average offensive receiver.
A bat like Contreras could help make their roster 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.
As such, people seem to overlook its importance.