The end of the 99-day MLB lockout resulted in unprecedented agency that began much later than normal and occurred as teams began spring training. Here’s a look at the offseason winners and losers in free agency and trades ahead of MLB Opening Day on April 7th.
Twins – Signed All-Star SS Carlos Correa to a three-year, $105.3 million deal (the biggest deal Minnesota has ever awarded to a free agent) and also added right-hander Sonny Gray (via trade with the Reds), the third Baseman Gio Urshela and catcher/added DH Gary Sanchez (both via trade with the Yankees). After last place in the AL Central in 2021, Minnesota has reloaded.
rockies — No, the Rockies probably won’t be competing in the competitive NL West this year. But GM Bill Schmidt is making moves in the open market, most notably a seven-year, $182 million deal for franchise new face Kris Bryant. The World Series champion with the Cubs will play on left field, empowering the middle of the lineup. Schmidt also added guns (starter Chad Kuhl, reliever Alex Colome) and a shortstop, although Jose Iglesias isn’t a Trevor Story.
rangers — Texas brought in several high-profile free agents in shortstop Corey Seager (10 years/$325 million), middle infielder Marcus Semien (seven years/$175 million) and right-hander Jon Gray (four years/$56 million). under contract. After landing in the AL West basement for two straight years, the Rangers have significantly strengthened their roster, although they still need more pitching.
Dodgers — With an already strong roster, Los Angeles didn’t have to do much to remain an NL frontrunner. But the Dodgers still made a big move by landing MVP first baseman Freddie Freeman on a six-year, $162 million deal. Los Angeles also brought back free-agent outfielder Chris Taylor (four years/$60 million) and future Hall of Famer southpaw Clayton Kershaw (one year/$17 million).
Boys – Chicago added right-hander Marcus Stroman on a three-year, $71 million deal and gave catcher Yan Gomes a two-year, $13 million deal to serve as depth behind starter Wilson Contreras. But Chicago’s big catch was Japanese star Seiya Suzuki, who signed a five-year, $85 million deal. The hitting outfielder hit 182 homers in Nippon Professional Baseball.
yankees — The New York front office has been quiet this season aside from his one significant move, signing first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a two-year, $32 million contract. The Yankees were supposed to be fighting for one of the best shortstops in Seager, Correa or Story, but that never materialized.
Diamond Markers — Not much has improved for a team that finished bottom in NL West two years in a row. Arizona’s most notable signing is veteran closer Mark Melancon, a Golden High School grad who landed a two-year, $14 million contract after clinching an all-star season with the Padres last year.
pirates — Pittsburgh is typically one of baseball’s lowest-spending players, and that’s true this offseason as well. The Pirates finished bottom in the NL Central for the past three years, but the biggest deal they’ve awarded is a one-year, $5 million deal to capture Roberto Perez. Last year with Cleveland, Perez hit .149 with seven homers in 44 games.
Angel – Los Angeles gave right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who has started two games in the last two years due to injuries, a one-year, $21 million deal. The Angels also signed Raisel Iglesias to a four-year, $58 million deal. But more moves were needed in the lineup to complement Superstars Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.
White socks – After Chicago won the AL West last year, the White Sox beefed up their bullpen by adding right-handers Joe Kelly (two years/$17 million) and Kendall Graveman (three years/$24 million). They also handed power utility Leury Garcia a three-year, $16.5 million deal. But what’s missing from an underwhelming offseason is the addition of a power racquet (or two) to take the team to the next level.