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Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

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16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

Ready or not, here come the Post ’s Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions.

Baseball ’s five-day quiet period after the World Series concludes at midnight Monday into Tuesday, at which point free agents are free to sign with any club. The one exception to this rule is Shohei Otani, who won ’t enter the market until or unless his current employer, the Nippon Ham-Fighters, post him.

These rankings are compiled via statistical analysis and projected earnings as well as a dollop of popular demand and New York bias. The predictions result from background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop, as well as an attempt to think along with clubs and players.

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B. The belle of the free-agent ball: durable, personable and entering his age-28 season.

Prediction: Red Sox, 7 years, $150 million.

2. J.D. Martinez, OF. The Red Sox will sign either him or Hosmer. Martinez ’s market beyond that is foggy.

Prediction: Mariners, 5 years, $120 million.

3. Yu Darvish, RHP. How much will his terrible World Series hurt his value? Or to flip the question, how much would a good World Series have helped his value?

Prediction: Angels, 5 years, $117.5 million

4. Jake Arrieta, RHP. Three straight years of stellar regular-season and extensive postseason innings bolster his resume.

Prediction: Cardinals, 5 years, $110 million

5. Lorenzo Cain, OF. Of this free-agent class, the leader in WAR (using both Baseball-Reference.com ’s and FanGraph ’s measurements) the last two years.

Prediction: Giants, 4 years, $75 million

6. Wade Davis, RHP. He ’ll benefit from last year ’s closer trailblazers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, although he won ’t match them.

Prediction: Cubs, 4 years, $64 million

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B. Man, what a run the Royals had, huh? Three of the top seven free agents are theirs.

Prediction: Royals, 6 years, $100 million.

Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce are both free agents.Getty Images

8. Carlos Santana, 1B. He and the Indians have such a good thing going. Why stop now?

Prediction: Indians, 4 years, $65 million

9. Shohei Otani, P-OF. His free agency will be unlike any we ’ve seen due to the financial limitations. To be clear: Whoever signs him controls him for at least six years.

Prediction: Yankees, $3.25 million signing bonus

10. Todd Frazier, 3B. He ’s meant to play in New York, but his timing is bad.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $40 million

11. Jay Bruce, OF. The Mets want him back. Does he want them back?

Prediction: Astros, 3 years, $42 million

12. Zack Cozart, SS: What to make of a guy who put up his best year, by far, in his age-31 season?

Prediction: Reds, 3 years, $40 million

13. Alex Cobb, RHP. He came back strong in his first full year after Tommy John surgery.

Prediction: Cubs, 3 years, $38 million.

14. Lance Lynn, RHP. He too rebounded nicely after missing 2016 due to TJ surgery.

Prediction: Orioles, 3 years, $36 million

15. Eduardo Nunez, IF. He has come a long way since the Yankees traded him to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran in 2014.

Prediction: Angels, 3 years, $27 million

see also

CC Sabathia: If I'm done with the Yankees, I'm good with it

CC Sabathia: If I’m done with the Yankees, I’m good with it

CC Sabathia ’s path back to the pinstripes might not be…

16. CC Sabathia, LHP. The last time he explored the market, George W. Bush was the U.S. President and the iPad didn ’t exist yet.

Prediction: Yankees, 1 year, $12 million

17. Addison Reed, RHP. The former Met ’s very successful stay with the Mets will pay off now.

Prediction: Braves, 3 years, $30 million

18. Welington Castillo, C. He opted out of his Baltimore deal after a great year with the Orioles.

Prediction: Rangers, 3 years, $27 million

19. Greg Holland, RHP. Yet another returnee from TJ surgery — and another opt-out guy — he enjoyed a Rockies renaissance before tiring.

Prediction: Nationals, 3 years, $39 million

20. Neil Walker, 2B. His health now has to be a concern after two straight years with heavy disabled-list time.

Prediction: Brewers, 2 years, $22 million

21. Bryan Shaw, RHP. A bullpen machine for his entire career.

Prediction: Mets, 3 years, $27 million

22. Jonathan Lucroy, C. He ’s a year late for optimal timing, which will leave him several million dollars short.

Prediction: Rockies, 2 years, $20 million

23. Pat Neshek, RHP. One of many intriguing relievers out there, his age (37) works against him.

Prediction: Cardinals, 2 years, $16 million

Logan MorrisonGetty Images

24. Logan Morrison, 1B. How much of an outlier was his superb 2017?

Prediction: Mets, 2 years, $25 million

25. Tony Watson, LHP. He should earn the most of the many southpaw relievers available.

Prediction: Dodgers, 3 years, $22 million

26. Brandon Morrow, RHP. He ’ll do far better than last winter, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Prediction: Astros, 2 years, $16 million

27. Jason Vargas, LHP. One of the game ’s slowest throwers, he brings us to the “innings-eaters” portion of our program.

Prediction: Mets, 1 year, $9 million

28. Lucas Duda, 1B. The past two years have not been kind to him.

Prediction: Rays, 1 year, $7 million

29. John Lackey, RHP. The old fellow could retire unless he finds an excellent fit.

Prediction: Angels, 1 year, $9 million

30. Curtis Granderson, OF. While his overall 2017 numbers weren ’t bad, his time with the Dodgers was just so awful.

Prediction: Retirement

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J.T. Miller did, in fact, make the trip back to New York on Sunday with the Rangers. But the way the winger played on their two-game road trip through Florida, he may have wanted to keep skating in the Sunshine State. Miller scored the game-winning goal in Thursday ’s overtime win over the Lightning before tallying three assists, including one on Kevin Shattenkirk ’s game-winner, in another overtime win Saturday against the Panthers. “These could have been two of the stronger games he ’s played so far this year,” coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday. “We need him to be a force. He ’s got tons of potential and he ’s a veteran player. We need him to play like a true veteran and a true leader on this team.” The 24-year-old Miller now has 11 points in the past 10 games and is tied for the team lead with…

Islanders get record-setting night from rookie center

There was some sloppy play Sunday night by the Islanders that left coach Doug Weight frustrated after the game, but there was at least one thing that was clean, crisp and quick: Mathew Barzal. The Islanders ’ 20-year-old center continued to break out, setting a single-game franchise rookie record with five assists to spark a 6-4 win over the Avalanche at Barclays Center. “His speed is unbelievable,” Dennis Seidenberg said. “He ’s gliding. It ’s not looking like he ’s moving, but he ’s just actually flying.” Two of Barzal ’s assists were highlight-reel helpers on Jordan Eberle goals, fueling the Islanders (8-5-1) to their sixth win in the last eight games. “It was kind of a night where everything went right,” said Barzal, who became the first NHL rookie since 2011 to tally five assists. “I…

Henrik Lundqvist is back in form and Rangers are dangerous

This was never going to be a throw-away year. Those don ’t exist for the Rangers, not while Henrik Lundqvist remains in nets. But whether it was explicitly described or just understood, this was tabbed as a year of transition for the perennial postseason contender. This was far more than just another retool on the fly when Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan were sent away — and still, no one quite expected it to be as bad as the 1-5-2 getaway, just as ugly as it sounds. The heat rose around the front office, even if the temperature was likely never as high inside its own building as it was perceived to be looking in. Which is not to say that a pressure valve wasn ’t released after this tidy little three-game winning streak, which included the Rangers most impressive, full-game performance of the season, a 2-1 over…

Blow up the Giants

They ’re all hired to be fired, head coaches and general managers — and Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese are halfway toward firing themselves. A 1-7 record, of course, is more than half bad. A 2-14 mark would be historically bad. Tick … tick … tick. It looks over, and it feels over. And if Rams 51, Giants 17 is the product Giants fans are forced to endure, it should be over. Regime change isn ’t only in the air, it is howling across East Rutherford. 51-17! “I think it speaks for itself, doesn ’t it?” John Mara told N.J.com afterward. Son of Wellington was lucky he wasn ’t alive to see Bears 56, Giants 7 at the Polo Grounds, when the Giants defense made Sid Luckman look like Jared Goff. The Giants have turned MetLife Stadium into MetDeath Stadium … flocks of boobirds and empty seats everywhere. This w…