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MLB Free Agency Recap


The MLB offseason is underway, and already, it has been one of the most eventful in recent years. With many big name players becoming free agents, a lot of teams have been willing to open up the check books in order to sign them. With a lockout in the midst, many signed before that December 2nd deadline. Teams like the Rangers, Mets, Mariners, and Tigers are determined to end their playoff droughts, and showed that with the amount of money they spent. This free agency contains some of the biggest players in baseball, and many of them have already signed to a team. However, with a lockout underway, and with no end in sight, it seems like the Hot Stove has gone cold for the near future.


Max Scherzer, SP, New York Mets, 3 years $123 Million
After initial doubts that Scherzer would end up in the Big Apple, major developments in the later parts of negotiations opened up the door for the Mets to sign the 3-time Cy Young Award winner. Scherzer’s $41 million per year contract is the largest in baseball history. The signing gives the Mets rotation a 1-2 punch of Jacob deGrom and Scherzer, undoubtedly among the best in baseball history.

Corey Seager, SS, Texas Rangers, 10 years $325 Million
The 2020 World Series MVP, Seager was one of the most sought after free agents this offseason, and Texas rewarded him with a megadeal.

Robbie Ray, SP, Seattle Mariners, 5 years $115 Million
The reigning Cy Young award winner, Ray was in for a big payday after an incredible bounceback season, and Seattle provided it.

Javier Baez, SS, Detroit Tigers, 6 years $140 Million
Coming off a strong second half of the year with the Mets, Baez takes his talents to an up and coming Tigers team.

Marcus Semien, 2B, Texas Rangers, 7 years, $175 Million
Semien will make up the second half of the Rangers $500 million dollar middle infield, along with Seager.

Marcus Stroman, SP, Chicago Cubs, 3 years $71 Million

Kevin Gausman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays, 5 years $110 Million

Starling Marte, OF, New York Mets, 4 years $78 Million

Steven Matz, SP, St. Louis Cardinals, 4 years $44 Million

Anthony DeSclafini, SP, San Francisco Giants, 3 years $36 Million

Raisel Iglesias, RP, Los Angeles Angels, 4 years $58 Million

Noah Syndergaard, SP, Los Angeles Angels, 1 year $21 Million

Eduardo Escobar, 3B, New York Mets, 2 years $20 Million

Mark Cahna, OF, New York Mets, 2 years $26.5 Million

Aaron Loup, RP, Los Angeles Angels, 2 years $17 Million

Justin Verlander, SP, Houston Astros, 2 years $50 Million

Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Detroit Tigers, 5 years $77 Million

Jon Gray, SP, Texas Rangers, 4 years $56 Million

Corey Kluber, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 1 year $8 Million

Avisail Garcia, OF, Miami Marlins, 4 years $53 Million

Kendall Graveman, RP, Chicago White Sox, 3 years $24 Million

Alex Wood, SP, San Francisco Giants, 2 years $20 Million

James Paxton, SP, Boston Red Sox, 1 year $10 Million

These players did not sign before the lockout, and it is currently unknown where they will end up.

Kris Bryant, 3B/OF

Trevor Story, SS

Freddie Freeman, 1B

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Nicholas Castellanos, OF

2B Adam Frazier to the Seattle Mariners
Coming off a career season with the Pirates and the Padres, the Mariners look to keep contending with the acquisition of Frazier.

2B Joey Wendle to the Miami Marlins

C Jacob Stallings to the Miami Marlins

C Jorge Alfaro to the San Diego Padres

SP Brent Honeywell to the Oakland Athletics

OF Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF Jackie Bradley Jr.

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