These smaller MLB free agency contracts could be big deals

These smaller MLB free agency contracts could be big deals

This MLB winter might be greatest remembered for the monster contracts for Aaron Decide, Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts — and for the three Carlos Correa offers. Decide, Turner and Bogaerts mixed to fetch $940 million, and that’s with Decide and Turner turning down greater offers from different groups that would have put that trio over $1 billion. And Correa really agreed to $865 million price of offers himself, which needs to be a report. 

Although there weren’t many apparent bargains, there have been a number of offers that would develop into simply that. Right here’s our listing of nice under-the-radar signings. 

1. Tyler Anderson, LHP, Angels ($40M, three years)

With the qualifying provide, it’s comprehensible Anderson grabbed this deal earlier than taking the $19M Q.O. bid from the cross-freeway Dodgers. As soon as Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker and Jameson Taillon received their offers north of $60M, this one appeared fairly good. Little question it appeared good to Anderson, too, as he’d been largely a journeyman earlier than 2022. 

2. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates ($5M, one yr)

That is greater than $5M price of goodwill for the Pirates, a workforce in want of goodwill. 

3. JD Martinez, DH, Dodgers ($10M, one yr)

He had extra money on the desk elsewhere, which appears to be a attribute of the higher offers. 

4. Ross Stripling, RHP, Giants ($25M, two years)

The Giants will take quite a lot of abuse for failing to safe both Decide or Correa. However they do good offers, Stripling was excellent final yr. 

Ross Stripling wasn’t the star the Giants have been after, however he’ll seemingly give them glorious worth.Toronto Star through Getty Pictures

5. Jose Quintana, LHP, Mets ($24M, two years)

The Mets got here out of nowhere right here, grabbing the veteran who resurrected his profession final yr. 

6. Brandon Drury, IF/OF, Angels ($17M, two years)

Right here’s one other man who made himself some huge cash in his stroll yr. However I’d guess on him, too. He had his eyes corrected earlier than 2022, which can have been the explanation for the key enchancment. He additionally took much less to signal with the Angels. 

Andrew McCutchen is again in Pittsburgh on a deal that may very well be a cut price for the Pirates.Getty Pictures

7. Nelson Cruz, DH, Padres ($1M, one yr)

The Padres authored some eye-popping offers, however right here they received top-of-the-line sluggers over the previous decade-and-a-half at an inexpensive fee. Yet one more man who turned down extra money elsewhere. 

8. Zach Davies, RHP, Diamondbacks ($5M plus $3M incentives, one yr)

The Diamondbacks did quite a lot of good issues. Davies isn’t favored on the open market as a result of he’s a smooth tosser, however aside from one yr, he’s been very efficient.

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