Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Welcome to TOC's offseason primers! We haven't officially reached the offseason yet, but it's never too early to look at the best players on the free agent market. Today, we close the series by ranking the 30 best free agents over all positions. To conclude our player primers and bridge into our team primers next week, we've decided to rank the top 30 free agents that will be available this winter, along with offering a short list of suitors and a *very* general contract estimation. We're obviously not experts, and things can change in an instant based on qualifying offers, trades, and injuries. For more detailed writeups, check out our positional rankings, linked at the bottom of the post. We'll also be updating this post throughout the offseason with where each free agent ends up signing as well as the contract details. 1. Robinson Cano. Not only is Cano far and away the best player in this free agent class, he's going to get paid as such, especially with the Yankees prominently involved in retaining his services. Possible suitors: Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays Contract: 6-8 years, $150-200 million Second base rankings 2. Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury did a solid job at reclaiming his value in 2013, setting himself up for a massive payday somewhere - and it might not be Boston. Possible suitors: Red Sox, Mariners, Rangers,  Contract: 4-8 years, $60-130 million Outfielder rankings 3. Brian McCann. McCann will probably end up at DH before his contract with his new team is over, but as the class of a weak catching market, he'll get his money. Possible suitors: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers, Braves Contract: 3-6 years, $50-100 million Catcher rankings 4. Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has a slight advantage over Beltran because of his age, but both men will likely end up getting paid quite well. Possible suitors: Yankees, Rangers, Reds, Mets Contract: 4-6 years, $60-90 million Outfielder rankings 5. Carlos Beltran. If you're into Postseason performances, Beltran tops the list of free agents you should be looking at - not that you should use that as part of your evaluation, of course. Possible suitors: Yankees, Reds, Cardinals, Phillies, Rangers Contract: 2-4 years, $30-50 million Outfielder rankings 6. Ubaldo Jimenez. After a bounce back 2013, Jimenez will likely void his 2014 option to test the free agent market and cash in as the best pitcher in a weak crop of starters. Possible suitors: Indians, Blue Jays, Orioles, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Rangers Contract: 4-6 years, $60-90 million Right-handed starter rankings 7. Masahiro Tanaka. The Japanese ace is expected to be posted by Rakuten this winter, and any club looking to sign him will need to pay Darvish-like money - $50 million for the posting free, and at least that much for the contract. Possible suitors: Blue Jays, Yankees, Phillies, Rangers Contract: 4-6 years, $50-80 million Right-handed starter rankings 8. Mike Napoli. There's no better power bat on the market, and Napoli's strong, healthy 2013 likely alleviated some concerns about his hip. Possible suitors: Red Sox, Rangers, Orioles Contract: 3-5 years, $40-60 million First base rankings 9. Ervin Santana. Talk about a guy that re-established value in 2013...Santana had an awesome season with the Royals, and is now in line for the biggest payday of his career. Possible suitors: Royals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Padres Contract: 3-6 years, $40-80 million Right-handed starter rankings 10. Stephen Drew. Here's why I really like Drew this winter: he's the only shortstop with a pulse on the market. Possible suitors: Mets, Cardinals, Red Sox Contract: 3-5 years, $30-50 million Shortstop rankings 11. Matt Garza. Garza's stock took a hit in 2013 after the Cubs dealt him to the Rangers, but he'll still get a nice contract from one of the many pitching-starved teams out there. Possible suitors: Rangers, Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Padres Contract: 3-6 years, $40-70 million Right-handed starter rankings 12. Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is apparently on the fence about coming back in 2014, and if he does, it might be Yankees or bust. Possible suitors: Yankees Contract: 1-2 years, $10-20 million Right-handed starter rankings 13. AJ Burnett. Burnett is in a similar position to Kuroda - if he comes back, it'll probably only be with his current team. Good news, Pirates fans! Possible suitors: Pirates Contract: 1-2 years, $6-15 million Right-handed starter rankings 14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty is the second-best catcher out there, and while his skills are more limited than McCann's, he's been healthier as of late and has much less mileage on his body. Possible suitors: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Rangers Contract: 3-5 years, $30-50 million Catcher rankings 15. Nelson Cruz. Cruz is the grand question of this free agent class after his issues with Biogenesis this past summer. Will someone give him a Melky Cabrera type contract, or is he going to hold out for a Hunter Pence style deal? Possible suitors: Rangers, Mariners, Phillies,  Contract: 2-5 years, $20-60 million Outfielder rankings 16. Scott Kazmir. On one hand, 2013 was his first healthy season in years. On the other hand, he was really good and there aren't any other good lefty starters that are free agents. Possible suitors: Indians, Blue Jays, Orioles, Padres Contract: 1-3 years: $8-25 million Left-handed starter rankings 17. Ricky Nolasco. Remember when Nolasco was looking like he as going to be a great signing for a team and would solidify the middle of their rotation? His last few starts kind of torpedoed that line of thinking. Possible suitors: Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Brewers Contract: 3-5 years, $30-55 million Right-handed starter rankings 18. Curtis Granderson. Granderson's stock has taken a huge hit over the last couple of years, but he's a guy that could be a great fit for the right team. Possible suitors: Yankees, Phillies, Mariners, Mets Contract: 3-5 years, $35-70 million Outfielder rankings 19. Bartolo Colon. The old man probably isn't going to get much, but he could be a great value for a team. Possible suitors: Athletics, Mariners, Pirates, Royals, Padres, Twins Contract: 1-2 years, $5-12 million Right-handed starter rankings 20. Marlon Byrd. Byrd's 2012 nearly took him out of baseball for good, but his 2013 was phenomenal and will lead to another (smaller) payday. Possible suitors: Pirates, Mariners, Orioles Contract: 1-3 years, $5-20 million Outfielder rankings 21. Josh Johnson. Oh boy. Johnson's free agency was highly anticipated a year ago, but now, he might not even get a major league deal. Possible suitors: Blue Jays, Pirates, Mariners, Twins, White Sox, Orioles, Brewers, Cubs, Royals, Astros, Padres Contract: 1-2 years, $500K-$6 million Right-handed starter rankings 22. Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo wants to get paid, though he probably shouldn't be. Then again, in this market, you never know... Possible suitors: Reds, Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Mariners Contract: 3-5 years, $20-60 million Right-handed starter rankings 23. Joe Nathan. If Nathan does indeed void his option for 2014 with the Rangers, he'll be the prime free agent reliever on the market, even though he's 39. Possible suitors: Rangers, Mariners, Angels, Tigers,  Contract: 2-3 years, $16-30 million Right-handed reliever rankings 24. Kendrys Morales. You know how I feel about Morales, but DHs can still get paid - look at Lance Berkman last year. Possible suitors: Mariners, Twins, Orioles Contract: 1-3 years, $10-35 million First baseman rankings 25. Grant Balfour. If anything, Balfour is an example of why you *don't* pay a reliever big money, since the A's paid him something like $12 million over three years. He'll make more than that now. Possible suitors: Mariners, Angels, Tigers, Brewers, Indians Contract: 2-4 years, $10-25 million Right-handed reliever rankings 26. Omar Infante. The model of consistency, there's no middle ground with Infante: he'll either be overpaid or underpaid. Possible suitors: Tigers, Athletics, Royals, Blue Jays, Mets Contract: 2-4 years, $6-30 million Second base rankings 27. Jhonny Peralta. Peralta will also be carrying around the Biogenesis stain like Cruz, might the lack of solid infielders on the market make him a more palatable option. Possible suitors: Dodgers, Cardinals, White Sox, Marlins Contract: 1-3 years, $5-25 million Shortstop rankings 28. Juan Uribe. Uribe had a great year in 2013, but his age and history would encourage me to tread lightly. I have a feeling that won't happen, though. Possible suitors: Dodgers, Marlins Contract: 1-3 years, $4-15 million Third base rankings 29. Jason Vargas. Vargas got hammered in the second half despite his strikeout and walk rates trending in the right direction. So...which is the better barometer of his value? Possible suitors: Angels, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Blue Jays Contract: 3-4 years, $20-45 million Right-handed starter rankings 30. Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz isn't a sexy option behind the plate by any means, but he's got a solid bat and is a good defender. That alone makes him an above average backstop. Possible suitors: Phillies, Blue Jays, White Sox, Rangers, Yankees Contract: 2-4 years, $12-40 million Catcher rankings Catcher - First Base - Second Base - Shortstop - Third Base - Outfielder LH Starter - RH Starter - LH Reliever - RH Reliever [follow]

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