Hot Stove: Cespedes, Upton, Ozuna among the best left in the OF market

With outfielders Alex Gordon and Denard Span coming off the free-agent board over the past 48 hours, let's take a look at how the remaining market looks for outfielders.

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes, Heyward, Upton
Cespedes (left), Upton and Ozuna (right) are among the best OF options remaining. (USATSI)

Gordon received a four-year deal from the Kansas City Royals with a club option for a fifth, and Span got three years from the San Francisco Giants coming off a season in which he played 61 games and sustained injuries requiring three surgeries. With these details in mind, it figures that Cespedes would warrant a deal lasting at least five years. The Chicago White Sox have been interested in adding an outfielder, perhaps Cespedes, but reportedly have been hesitant to give a contract longer than three years. They might have to re-think their stance. The Los Angeles Angels have said on the record it's doubtful they'd be in the market for a big-name outfielder, yet they're mentioned as a possible destination for Cespedes. Which is true?

Justin Upton

Upton might have a better bat than Cespedes, and he's nearly two years younger, but he's weaker defensively, and that's possibly one reason why he remains on the market. The Giants seemed like a great spot because of Upton's power, but Span's arrival in San Francisco would seem to knock them out.

Dexter Fowler

A switch-hitter, he'd come cheaper than Upton or Cespedes, and teams would be able to play him in center. He's also not nearly as robust offensively.

Marcell Ozuna

Talented but has a rep for being hard to deal with. Ozuna would require a trade with the Miami Marlins , and the Texas Rangers reportedly are interested, with the Seattle Mariners also considering him. He's not a free agent until 2020, but his agent is Scott Boras.

Jay Bruce

Likely the next player to go in a trade during the Great Cincinnati Purge, but not before Cespedes, Upton and Fowler find homes. His contract isn't outrageous, but $25.5 million over the next two seasons eats away at his value.

Gerardo Parra

With Gordon and Span off the board, he figures to go somewhere soon as a cheaper option. Perhaps the Colorado Rockies are a spot for him.

Austin Jackson

Kind of a right-handed version of Parra. Perhaps the best defensive option available.

Also available in free agency: Will Venable , Marlon Byrd , David Murphy , Shane Victorino .

In trade: Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn ( Atlanta Braves ), Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier ( Los Angeles Dodgers ), Carlos Gonzalez ( Colorado Rockies ).

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