FA Breakdown: Who's left for the Cubs?

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Jim Young - USA Today Sports
Jim Young - USA Today Sports

Each night (and often during the day), I try to keep each of you up to date with the latest free-agent signings and trades. It’s been a seemingly quiet off-season so far, but there’s been more than a handful of signings, mostly with regard to catchers and starting pitchers.

Here’s the most up-to-date rundown of the free-agent market. The list below also accounts for the non-tenders who reached free-agency on November 30th. With regard to “available” players below, players are listed from highest to lowest WAR.

Catchers: Originally 23 available; 14 remaining

Signed: Wilson Ramos (NYM), Kurt Suzuki (WSH), Robinson Chirinos (HOU), Chris Herrmann (OAK), Brian McCann (ATL), James McCann (CWS), Jose Lobaton (MiLB SEA), Jeff Mathis (TEX) and Bobby Wilson (MiLB DET).

Available: Yasmani Grandal, Martin Maldonado, Nick Hundley, Matt Wieters, AJ Ellis, Devin Mesoraco, Jonathan Lucroy, Rene Rivera, Juan Graterol, Caleb Joseph, Chris Stewart (-0.1), Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Drew Butera and Steven Voight.

First-baseman: Originally 9 available; 6 remaining

Signed: Steve Pearce (BOS), Matt Adams (WAS) and Justin Bour (LAA).

Available: Wilmer Flores, Mark Reynolds, Lucas Duda, Adam Rosales, Hanley Ramirez, and Lucas Morrison.

Second-baseman: Originally 16 available; 13 remaining

Signed: Ian Kinsler (SDP), Jonathan Schoop (MIN), and Ronald Torreyes (MIN).

Available: Jed Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, DJ LeMahieu, Daniel Descalso, Brian Dozier, Daniel Murphy, Josh Harrison, Andrew Romine, Neil Walker, Sean Rodriguez, Gordon Beckham, Logan Forsythe and Brandon Phillips.

Third-baseman: Originally 9 available; 6 remaining

Signed: Eduardo Escobar (ARI), Josh Donaldson (ATL) and Jung Ho Kang (PIT).

Available: Mike Moustakas, Chase Headley, Ryan Flaherty, Danny Valencia, Jose Reyes and Yangervis Solarte.

Shortstops: Originally 9 available; 8 remaining

Signed: Jordy Mercer (DET).

Available: Manny Machado, Jose Iglesias, Freddy Galvis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Alcides Escobar, Tim Beckham, Eric Sogard and Troy Tulowitzki.

Left fielders: Originally 12 available; 12 remaining

Available: Michael Brantley, Marwin Gonzales, Denard Span, Curtis Granderson, Derek Dietrich, Craig Gentry, Cameron Maybin, Matt Joyce, Matt Holliday, Gerardo Parra, Gregor Blanco and Hunter Pence.

Center fielders: Originally 7 available; 5 remaining

Signed: Billy Hamilton (KCR) and Gorkys Hernandez (MiLB BOS).

Available: AJ Pollock, Adam Jones, Eric Young Jr., Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson.

Right fielders: Originally 15 available; 12 remaining

Signed: Andrew McCutchen (PHI), Lonnie Chisenhall (PIT) and Chris Owings (KCR).

Available: Bryce Harper, Nick Markakis, Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Bautista, Jon Jay, Robbie Grossman, Melky Cabrera, Brandon Guyer, Avisail Garcia, Aristides Aquino, Carlos Gomez and Chris Young.

Starting pitchers: Originally 42 available; 31 remaining

Signed: Patrick Corbin (WAS), JA Happ (NYY), Charlie Morton (TBR), Lance Lynn (TEX), CC Sabathia (NYY), Nathan Eovaldi (BOS), Hyun-Jin Ryu (accepted QO LAD), Garrett Richards (SDP), Tyson Ross (DET), Adam Wainright (STL) and Matt Moore (DET).

Available RHP: Anibal Sanchez, Trevor Cahill, Clay Buchholz, Matt Harvey, Mike Fiers, Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields, Jason Hammel, Edwin Jackson, Matt Shoemaker, Marco Estrada, Doug Fister, Bartolo Colon, Yovani Gallardo, Shelby Miller, Miguel Gonzalez, Kendall Graveman, Chris Tillman, Ervin Santana and Nate Karns.

Available LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, Derek Holland, Wade Miley, Yusei Kikuchi, Brett Anderson, Francisco Liriano, Jaime Garcia, Sam Howard, Martin Perez and Drew Pomeranz.

Relief pitchers: Originally 70 available; 65 remaining

Signed: Jeurys Familia (NYM), Jesse Chavez (TEX), Joe Kelly (LAD), Jordan Lyles (PIT) and Justin Hancock (Japan).

Available RHP: Adam Ottavino, Joakim Soria, David Robertson, Craig Kimbrel, Brad Brach, Nick Vincent, Sergio Romo, Tyler Clippard, Shawn Kelley, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Tony Barnette, Adam Warren, John Axford, Bud Norris, Ryan Madson, Jeanmar Gomez, Alex Wilson, Santiago Casilla, Carson Smith, Cory Gearrin, Ricardo Rodriguez, Cody Allen, Fernando Salas, Zach McAllister, Blake Parker, Blake Wood, Daniel Hudson, Brad Boxberger, Matt Bush, Adrian Sampson, Allen Webster, Hunter Strickland, Matt Belisle, AJ Ramos, Jim Johnson, Randall Delgado, Peter Moylan, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Maurer, Blaine Boyer, josh Tomlin, Davis Phelps, Joaquin Benoit, Jandel Gustave, Jason Adam, and Andres Machado.

Available LHP: Oliver Perez, Luis Avilan, Tony Sipp, Zach Duke, Jake Diekman, Justin Wilson, Xavier Cedeno, Andrew Miller, Aaron Loup, Dan Jennings, Zach Britton, Jorge De La Rosa, Jerry Blevins, Zac Curtis, Hector Santiago, Boone Logan, Tim Collins and Samir Duenez.

By my count, there were 212 available free-agents, with 172 still there for the taking. The next thirty days should a ton of these names cleared off the board, especially in the area of pitching, as the time for pitchers to report is dwindling down. Stay tuned to CubsHQ and we’ll keep you up to date.

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