24 Nov 2021 | 04:47 | Baseball
The Braves have been crowned World Series champions for the 2021 season. Now, the focus quickly turns to who will be the next champion.
And it starts with the free-agency market. This is a strong free-agent class, particularly with its middle infielders who include stars such as Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Javier Baez and Trevor Story.
Of course, the elephant in the room is the collective bargaining agreement, which expires Dec. 1, and could potentially result in a freeze on transactions if an agreement isn’t reached by then.
As the market continues to develop, Sporting News will keep track of the latest deals and rumors going on in the MLB world.
Where have the top MLB free agents signed?
As the offseason goes along, SN will track where the top 25 free agents, according to our list, will be signing. Deals signed by other free agents will be included in the section below.
|Player||Position||Opening Day Age||Team||Deal|
|Noah Syndergaard||SP||29||Angels||1 year, $21 million|
|Justin Verlander||SP||39||Astros||1 year, $25 million|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||SP||29||Tigers||5 years, $77 million|
MLB free agency deals, rumors
Nov. 22: The Giants are bringing back two of their starting pitchers. The team announced it had resigned Anthony DeSclafani to a three-year, $36 million contract, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Alex Wood will also return to San Francisco on a two-year deal worth over $10 million per season.
Nov. 22: Another former Met is heading west. The Angels have signed Aaron Loup, who pitched to a 0.95 ERA in 56 2/3 innings last year, to a two-year, $17 million contract.
Nov. 22: Seiya Suzuki was officially posted, immediately making him one of the top free agent bats on the market.
Nov. 21: Two NL Central teams have inked a few veterans to deals, as left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana has signed with the Pirates, while the Brewers have signed former Orioles catcher Pedro Severino to a deal.
Nov. 18: A pair of top free agents have met with Texas-based teams. Story has reportedly met with the Rangers as they look to make a huge splash in free agency this winter, while Correa was seen meeting with his former manager — and now Tigers’ skipper — A.J. Hinch.
Nov. 17: It looks like the Yankees are going to be bowing out of the sweepstakes for one of the two star shortstops in this class. According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees prefer to targeting a defensive-minded shortstop to hold down the position until prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are ready for the big leagues.
Nov. 17: Brandon Belt is going to be staying put in San Francisco. He accepted his qualifying offer of one-year, $18.4 million to remain a member of the Giants.
Nov. 17: Justin Verlander could sign as early as this week, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports, and the Yankees are among the teams interested in him. The Braves are another team that has joined the mix of teams that would be interested in signing the veteran right-hander, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.
Nov. 16: The Angels hope to boost their starting rotation with a reported one-year, $21 million deal with pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Though the former Met returned to the bigs at the end of the 2021 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, he has pitched just two innings since 2019.
Nov. 15: The Tigers are poised to make the first big move of the offseason, agreeing with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $80 million, The Athletic and other media reported. The team has not made an announcement. Rodriguez, 28, will join Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning in the rotation as Detroit gears up for playoff contention in 2022.
Nov. 12: The free-agent market could hit a standstill on Dec. 1 if the CBA is not agreed upon by that point, but two big names could potentially have deals in place before then. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien are “increasingly likely to sign before Dec. 1,” Passan wrote. In addition, he wrote that there could be several starting pitchers who sign before a potential lockout freezes the market.
Nov. 11: The Phillies have been linked to both Starling Marte and Aaron Loup, Jon Heyman reports. Both are coming off career years.
Nov. 11: The Angels have been interested in adding starting pitching talent, with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reporting that the team has seen Robbie Ray, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Alex Wood as options.
Nov. 11: The Tigers haven’t just been connected to Correa. They’re also reportedly looking at a few different starting pitchers.
Nov. 10: Andrew Heaney is returning to the Dodgers. After he spent about five years with the organization during the 2014 offseason between a trade from the Marlins to the Dodgers, and then from the Dodgers to the Angels, Heaney reportedly signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal.Nov. 10: New York could look to add a center fielder, with Starling Marte appearing to be in the mix as an option.Nov. 10: The Yankees appear to be in discussions with the top two shortstops in the class, having spoken with the agents for both Correa and Seager. It is no secret that New York have been interested in adding a shortstop, especially as Gleyber Torres has continued to produce league-average results at the plate since launching 38 home runs in 2019.Nov. 10: The Red Sox have reportedly offered left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez a multi-year deal to try to keep him in Boston. He was previously offered a qualifying offer as well.Nov. 8: Free agency is officially underway.
Nov. 6: The Astros have reportedly made an offer to Correa for five years and $160 million, which would have an average annual value of $32 million. Though it is a substantial contract offer, similar players to Correa have received much larger. Francisco Lindor signed a 10-year, $341 million extension with the Mets and Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal when he hit free agency and ultimately landed in San Diego.Nov. 5: Seiya Suzuki, one of the biggest bats in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, is expected to be posted this winter, adding another big name to the pool of available bats, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Last season, Suzuki launched 38 home runs in 133 games with a slash line of .319/.436/.640.
Nov. 5: After being placed on waivers by the Reds, Wade Miley was claimed by the Cubs. They picked up his option two days later. Miley was outstanding in 2021 as he pitched to a 3.37 ERA with a 3.97 FIP and 2.9 Fangraphs’ WAR. He also spun a no-hitter against the Indians during the campaign.
Nov. 4: The Astros have plenty of players hitting free agency, including 38-year-old Zack Greinke. It appears unlikely, however, that he will be among the names set to return to Houston.
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