MLB free-agent frenzy: Catch up on flurry of moves as Javier Báez, Marcus Stroman, more find new homes

The Major League Baseball hot stove heated up this week ahead of a lockout. MLB’s current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expired on Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. ET, and  the owners announced a lockout a few minutes later. The work stoppage means all free-agent activity will be halted until the players’ union and the league can come to a new agreement — a process that could take months. 

But many players and teams rushed to get deals in place after Thanksgiving and before the lockout, leading to a hectic free-agent frenzy. As of Wednesday, seven of the top 10 free agents have signed:

  1. SS Carlos Correa: Unsigned
  2. SS Corey Seager: 10 years, $325 million with Rangers
  3. 3B/OF Kris Bryant: Unsigned
  4. IF Marcus Semien: 7 years, $175 million with Rangers
  5. 1B Freddie Freeman: Unsigned
  6. LHP Robbie Ray: 5 years, $115 million with Mariners
  7. RHP Max Scherzer: 3 years, $130 million with Mets
  8. RHP Kevin Gausman: 5 years, $110 million with Blue Jays
  9. RHP Marcus Stroman: 3 years, $71 million with Cubs
  10. OF Starling Marte: 4 years, $78 million with Mets

The Rangers and Mets have been the most active teams in free agency and it’s not particularly close either. In addition to Seager and Semien, Texas also signed righty Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun. The Mets signed infielder Eduardo Escobar and outfield Mark Canha in addition to Scherzer and Marte. The two clubs have committed over $800 million to free agents. 

Although free agency has been very active the last few days, the Marlins have been one of the few active teams on the trade market. The Marlins acquired catcher Jacob Stallings from the Pirates and infielder Joey Wendle from the Rays this week and sent catcher Jorge Alfaro to the Padres.

Miss any of the action? Here’s a look at the notable deals that were signed ahead of MLB’s lockout:

Notable hot stove deals

  • Corey Seager and the Rangers have agreed to a 10-year, $325 million pact (full story here). 
  • Max Scherzer and the Mets have finalized a three-year, $130 million deal (full story here).
  • Robbie Ray agreed to a five-year, $115 million deal with the Mariners (full story here).
  • Marcus Stroman reached a deal with the Chicago Cubs, he announced on Twitter (full story here).
  • James Paxton and the Red Sox agreed to a unique one-year deal for the left-hander (full story here).
  • Marcus Semien agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Rangers (full story here). 
  • Javier Báez agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers (full story here).
  • Chris Taylor reached an agreement to return to the Dodgers (full story here).
  • Corey Knebel signed a one-year deal with the Phillies (full story here).
  • The Marlins and Avisaíl García agreed to a four-year, $53 million deal (full story here). 
  • Kevin Gausman and the Blue Jays agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal (full story here). 
  • Jon Gray and the Rangers agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal (full story here).
  • Rich Hill signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Red Sox.
  • Leury Garcia signed a three-year deal with the White Sox, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
  • Corey Kluber signed a one-year deal with the Rays after spending 2021 with the Yankees (full story here).
  • Reliever Kirby Yates signed a two-year, $8.25 million deal with the Braves, the team announced.
  • Reliever Daniel Hudson is nearing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Dodgers, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
  • Catcher Yan Gomes agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal, reports Craig Mish.

Christin Hakim

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