When the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason concludes in a few weeks, suitors will start lining up for one of the best free-agent classes in recent memory.
It'll be up to those free agents to choose their next homes wisely.
We have thoughts on the best and worst possible destinations for the top five free agents in the 2022 class. We narrowed our considerations to teams that could hypothetically be in play for them, and otherwise weighed factors such as teams' positional availability, contention window and home ballpark.
Let's count 'em down.
5. 3B/OF Kris Bryant, San Francisco Giants
Best: Philadelphia Phillies
Teams will be interested in Kris Bryant's pedigree as a four-time All-Star, MVP and World Series champion. Plus, it's hard to go wrong with a right-handed slugger who can play third base, first base and all three outfield spots.
However, Bryant isn't a particularly good outfielder. Ideally, he'd play everyday at third base while occasionally moonlighting in the outfield. Apart from that, he might be keen on moving to a true hitter's park after having to rough it at Oracle Park.
That's why the Philadelphia Phillies are the perfect fit.
They could potentially upgrade at third base after Alec Bohm failed to establish himself there in 2021, and there's perhaps no friendlier place for right-handed power hitters than Citizens Bank Park. By way of his 1.074 OPS at Philadelphia, Bryant knows this all too well.
As a bonus, a move to Philly would finally team Bryant up with good friend and fellow MVP Bryce Harper.
Worst: Miami Marlins
Though the San Francisco Giants are open to bringing Bryant back, he should think twice about that. His time in San Francisco has been more good (113 OPS+) than great offensively, and there's no guarantee that he'd play full-time at third base after 2021.
Still, better the Giants than the Miami Marlins.
It's possible that second-year general manager Kim Ng will covet Bryant for an offense that scored only 3.8 runs per game in 2021. If so, there's more than enough space in the club's books to accommodate a nine-figure contract.
Yet Bryant would need to be wary of having to play the outfield on a daily basis in deference to Brian Anderson, who's arguably a better third baseman. As outfields go, the one at Marlins Park is a tad too big for a 6'5", 230-pounder who'll turn 30 on Jan. 4.
Likewise, it might be the worst park in the majors for righty sluggers. So if the Marlins do pursue him, Bryant should only say yes if their offer blows everyone else's out of the water.
4. 2B/SS Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays
Best: Boston Red Sox
Marcus Semien just hit 45 home runs and posted 7.1 rWAR for the Toronto Blue Jays, so of course they want to bring him back.
He could indeed return if the offer is good, but Rogers Centre might be to blame if he doesn't. He didn't take well to Toronto's true home after the team returned there on July 31, hitting only .231 in 36 games.
Besides, it's easy to imagine an even better offer coming from elsewhere in the American League East if the Boston Red Sox come calling.
If the Red Sox were to sign him, they'd plug their hole at second base and free Enrique Hernandez to play center field every day. Semien and Hernandez had 25 defensive runs saved between them at those two spots, so this would be a huge net positive for a defense that has not been great in 2021, to put it lightly.
Because the Green Monster is perfectly tailored to his pull-power swing, Semien would also fit well at Fenway Park. So if anything, the question here is if Boston will pursue him rather than pitching upgrades.
Worst: New York Yankees
Elsewhere in the AL East, the New York Yankees could likewise attempt to sign Semien away from the Blue Jays. However, he would have to move back to his old haunt at shortstop.
Semien might be fine with that, but it would be a risk for the Yankees. They should want more of a sure thing at short after they tried and failed to groom Gleyber Torres for the position.