Predicting Every MLB Team’s 2024 Opening Day Lineup, Version 3.0
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The start of spring training is right around the corner, yet there are still a number of notable free agents looking for a new home, including Blake Snell, Matt Chapman, Jordan Montgomery, J.D Martinez and Jorge Soler.
For now, it’s time for another update to our Opening Day lineup predictions, with version 1.0 published on Nov. 29 and version 2.0 released on Jan. 4.
Ahead, we’ve assigned all of the top remaining free agents to logical landing spots on the way to predicting each MLB team’s Opening Day lineup for the 2024 season.
Last season’s lineup data from Baseball Reference, the projected rosters from FanGraphs and a healthy amount of speculation on where remaining free agents will sign went into compiling each team’s batting order.
This will be updated throughout the offseason, so stay tuned for further updates.
Note: Names in bold indicate a projected acquisition.
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Projected Starting Lineup
RF Corbin Carroll
2B Ketel Marte
3B Eugenio Suárez
1B Christian Walker
LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
DH Joc Pederson
C Gabriel Moreno
CF Alek Thomas
SS Geraldo Perdomo
SP Zac Gallen
-The D-backs have essentially replaced Evan Longoria and Tommy Pham with Eugenio Suárez and Joc Pederson this offseason, and that should end up being a net positive gain in terms of overall value.
-It will be interesting to see if top prospect Jordan Lawlar can push Geraldo Perdomo for playing time this spring. After earning an All-Star selection in 2023, Perdomo hit just .214/.322/.297 in 221 plate appearances during the second half, so his hold on the starting shortstop job may be tenuous at best.
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Projected Starting Lineup
RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
2B Ozzie Albies
3B Austin Riley
1B Matt Olson
DH Marcell Ozuna
C Sean Murphy
CF Michael Harris II
LF Jarred Kelenic
SS Orlando Arcia
SP Max Fried
-The Braves could still use a right-handed-hitting platoon partner for Jarred Kelenic in left field, but the options are dwindling in free agency, and there has been little talk of a potential reunion with Adam Duvall. Keep an eye on Randal Grichuk as a potential low-cost option.
-What’s the backup plan at shortstop now that Vaughn Grissom and Braden Shewmake have both been traded this offseason? Offseason additions David Fletcher and Luis Guillorme both look like strong candidates for a bench spot, and Fletcher could be a nice bounce-back candidate following a change of scenery.