The NFL has been trying to figure out which players to cut this off before the season.
Some are still on the market, some are no longer on the open market, and some aren’t in any rush.
But the best players still have a home.
Clayton Kershaw is one of the most sought-after free agents.
He’s the best pitcher in the game.
The Dodgers have reportedly already reached out to him, and he’s reportedly set to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
But when the season starts, he’ll have to make a decision on whether he wants to sign with a team he knows will miss him the most, or if he’s willing to go overseas to help a team that’s already looking for a starter.
He might not want to leave his home in the Bay Area for a franchise that has a lot of money and a lot to lose.
Javier Baez is a left-handed pitcher who has been with the Dodgers since 2010.
The Cardinals already have a starting rotation in place, and they’re one of three teams that might be interested in signing Baez.
But they’ve been outbid for Baez and other players, and that might not be enough to get him to come to Arizona.
It’s also possible the Dodgers don’t want to sign Baez, or the Cardinals are hesitant to part with the 23-year-old right-hander.
Alfredo Castillo was a key part of the Dodgers’ postseason run last year, but the Cardinals have been trying and might not make a deal to keep him.
They have a veteran rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Carson Wistermann, but there’s also a lot left in the tank.
The Cards could use some help, too, and Castillo would be a nice fit for the club.
He is signed through the 2021 season, so he’ll be in the final year of his contract before free agency opens.
The Cardinals are in need of a lefty starter and have already been linked to a number of players.
They could be looking for an outfielder who could fill that role and could provide some relief in the middle of the order.
They’re also looking for pitching depth, and could potentially target an outfielder with experience in the position.
Jose Berrios is a pitcher who’s spent time in the majors with the Phillies, Marlins and Angels.
Berries has a ton of upside and could be a good fit in a division that features plenty of lefties.
He could help a club that’s been struggling mightily with lefties all year long.
The Marlins have also been linked, but they haven’t committed to a deal with Berrias.
They’ll likely have to take a wait-and-see approach on him, but a deal could come down to the final hours of the season, before the MLB deadline.
Josh Hamilton is a starting pitcher who spent time with the Orioles and Mariners.
The Blue Jays have a good rotation with Edwin Encarnacion, Marco Estrada, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, but it’s hard to see Hamilton making it as a starter if he can’t hit enough to be a viable starting option.
He’d need to add some power to his repertoire to be worth the risk.
Chris Tillman is a versatile player who spent his entire professional career in the minor leagues.
He spent parts of five seasons in the Marlins organization, including the past two seasons.
The 28-year old could be an upgrade over what the Marlins already have.
He has a career 2.54 ERA and 2.35 FIP, and has pitched well enough to earn him a one-year contract worth $2 million.
He also played in three World Series, including Game 7 in 2015.
Tillman would be the perfect fit for Toronto, and a team looking to add bullpen depth.
Mike Pelfrey spent two seasons in Philadelphia.
He struggled in 2015 with an injury-plagued Phillies team and was dealt to the Brewers in July, where he’ll try to make up for it.
He had a 1.95 ERA in 2016, but struggled in the playoffs and has yet to win a game.
He did finish the year with a 4.40 ERA in 33 starts, and had a career-high 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Justin Grimm has spent the past three seasons in Arizona.
The outfielder is a power-hitting outfielder with power potential, but he hasn’t shown it yet.
He played in six games with the Cardinals last year before being traded.
The Orioles have been linked with Grimm, but that deal isn’t expected to happen.
He still has a chance to be on the Opening Day roster, though.
Ryan Flaherty spent the last two seasons with the Cubs.
He hit just .222 with just five home runs and 14 RBIs in 74 games last year.
He was traded to the Astros, who will have a need for an outfield piece