While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep.

With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than three months left until the offseason, it's now time to start focusing on this winter's free agent class. So, how is this year's crop shaping up?

Unlike in years past, there is no major Robinson Cano or Albert Pujols type name available. Instead, this year's class seems to be based on depth, with a large number of solid regulars available.

Elite pitching seems to be the strength, as the trio of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields headlines the class as a whole. There should also be quite a few mid-tier starts such as Jason Hammel and Justin Masterson, though they all come with some significant question marks. With David Robertson, Casey Janssen, Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, and Koji Uehara (though he seems destined to return to Boston) all available, there is also a plethora of closers that could be seeking new homes in the coming months.

Offensively, there isn't really a top-tier bat available, unless you consider Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval to fit that mold. Instead, the group appears to be focused more on depth, as players such as Jed Lowrie and Adam LaRoche should be rewarded handsomely, but may not be among the ten best position players available.

Lastly, before we go into who the top ten free agents are as of this moment, we'll note that players with options that are almost surely going to be picked up (i.e. Ben Zobrist and Yovani Gallardo) were not considered for this exercise, however, option players that can be considered at least questionable to be picked up (Alex Rios and Nick Markakis) were.

Max Scherzer, RHP Tigers

The reigning AL Cy Young award winner is having yet another remarkable season, finding himself in the mix for the non-Felix Hernandez discussion of the award this year. In 161 innings, Scherzer has an AL best 13 wins (get on that Ruben Amaro) to go along with a 3.13 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 10.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and 4.2 WAR. His two year reign of dominance has been absolutely brilliant, and he was a pretty damn good pitcher before 2013, anyways.

Scherzer has set himself up for a monster payday, and will surely be one (if not) the top targets for a large number of pitching-needy clubs. It still seems likely that he winds up back in Detroit, though the David Price acquisition gives the Tigers enough leverage and insurance to let Scherzer walk if need be.

Jon Lester, LHP Athletics

If anything, Lester is more of a 1A to Scherzer than second, but since 1A isn't an actually number, I guess we'll just have to put him second.

Lester is arguably having the better season than Scherzer, notching a 2.44 ERA, 160 ERA+, 2.59 FIP, 9.1 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, and 5.1 WAR, the latter of which is the third best mark in baseball according to Fangraphs. The one things holding him behind Scherzer is his track record. Lester has been an ace-caliber performer before, posting a 135 ERA+ and 21.9 WAR during the four seasons from 2008 to 2011, however, he was a below average pitcher in 2012 (87 ERA+), and only slightly above-average last season (109). Still, the 2014 version of Lester seems a lot closer to the real Lester than the 2012 version, and that's the kind of pitcher that should easily receive nine digits on the open market.

Due to his recent trade to Oakland, Lester will not receive a qualifying offer this winter, and will come without draft pick compensation, similar to Zack Greinke two years ago. Lester should have no shortage of suitors, though the question mark of his desire to return to the Red Sox will loom over him until he signs.

Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B Dodgers

Ramirez isn't exactly setting the world on fire like he did last season, but then again, very few non-Mike Trout players are capable of duplicating a 10-WAR pace over an entire season. Until his recent injury (which doesn't seem to be severe), Ramirez was having a solid season, posting similar offensive numbers to his days in Florida, though his defense has clearly fallen off and whoever he signs with this offseason would be smart to move him off shortstop to third base full-time. Overall, Ramirez has a .277/.367/.455 slash line, 137 wRC+, .364 wOBA, and 2.4 WAR in 100 games this season.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B Giants

Sandoval happens to be one of the few elite free agent position players this winter who will be hitting the market in his prime, as the Panda only just turned 28 on Monday. Sandoval isn't quite the lethal offensive force he was in his first few seasons, and the yo-yoing of his weight will always be a question mark. Still, he is in the midst of a solid campaign, hitting .283/.330/.438 with a 119 wRC+ and 3.3 WAR, which are both his best since 2011. He has also heated up of late after a terrible start, hitting .321/.360/.481 since the start of July.

Sandoval's market will be somewhat limited by draft pick compensation, as he will surely be offered a qualifying offer, which he may accept in hopes that he can use his age to his advantage and have a nice rebound season, enabling him to earn more money entering the market at age 29. Right now, Sandoval is hoping that some club will go overboard to pay him like a superstar, which he is, while still very good, currently not.