Top Ten MLB Offseason Signings of 2022

Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies to Boston Red Sox)
Story, 29, (a two-time Silver Slugger and All-Star) signed a six year $140,000,000 deal this offseason with the Boston Red Sox. This addition came to the Red Sox just days after they struck out on the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes. Over the past six years, Story has averaged 34 home runs with 98 runs batted in a season. Story also has sneaky speed as he averages 22 steals a year. Story, who has usually been a shortstop, will be moving over to second this year forming a lethal middle infield duo with Xander Bogaerts. This move will only bolster an already loaded Boston offense and should put them in a good place to compete for the loaded AL East title.

Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves to L.A. Dodgers)
Freddie Freeman was arguably the best Free Agent on the market this year, coming off a World Series Championship with the Atlanta Braves. The 32 year-old Freeman, a five-time Silver Slugger, and 2020 NL MVP, signed a fully-guaranteed six year / $162,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is a great move for the Dodgers, who lost star infielder Corey Seager and ace Max Scherzer in free agency. LA now has a great deal of defensive flexibility, with Cody Bellinger likely becoming a full-time outfielder and Max Muncy moving back to second. Freeman is a superstar both offensively and defensively and will keep the Dodgers in contention despite losing Scherzer and Seager.

Max Scherzer (L.A. Dodgers to New York Mets)
After another dominant year with the Dodgers and Nationals, Max Scherzer, 36, signed a three-year contract with the Mets worth up to $130,000,000. This deal may seem steep, but for a top three pitcher in baseball, it is well worth the price. The Mets rotation will now feature two of the top three pitchers in the MLB, with Scherzer and Jacob Degrom. Scherzer seems to be getting better with age as he had his lowest earned run average per nine innings in his whole career this past season with only 2.46. This pickup for the Mets will help them try to reach the playoffs once again, a feat they haven’t done since the 2016 season.

Corey Seager (L.A. Dodgers to Texas Rangers)
Former Dodgers’ infielder Corey Seager signed a ten-year, $325 million megadeal with the Texas Rangers. Seager already has a loaded resume: a two-time All-Star, 2016 Rookie of the Year, and a 2020 World Series Champion. When he’s on the field, Seager is easily a top-five shortstop in the league. However, Seager has had trouble staying healthy recently, playing a combined 307 games in the last four years. This signing is a bit of a risk for the Rangers, but could absolutely work in their favor if Seager can get healthy again. Texas is in win-now mode, and have Adolis Garcia, Marcus Semien, and Nate Lowe to complement him in the lineup.

Carlos Correa (Houston Astros to Minnesota Twins)
Carlos Correa had possibly his best season of his career last season and cashed in big off of it. Correa signed a three-year $105 million deal with the Minnesota Twins with opt-outs after each year, making it really like a set of annual deals. Correa, 27, is a spectacular defender at shortstop and earned himself a Gold Glove award last season. His defense doesn’t overshadow his offense, which is impressive as he had 26 long bombs to go along with 92 runs batted in last season. Correa leaves his home in Houston with a World Series ring and will look to add onto his career success with this new organization.

Marcus Seimen (Toronto Blue Jays to Texas Rangers)
The Rangers weren’t quite done after signing Seager as they signed Marcus Semien to a seven-year $175 million contract. This is a great signing and almost seems like a bargain for Semien, who has finished in the top three in MVP voting twice. The Rangers have their middle infield all set for the foreseeable future, and it is a scary one. Semien hit 45 home runs last year while winning a Gold Glove, and if he can maintain that performance for a couple years, this might have been the best contract signed all winter.

Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds to Philadelphia Phillies)
The Phillies had a very successful offseason signing a few different players. The best player they acquired was Nicholas Castellanos from the Cincinnati Reds. He signed a five-year deal worth $100,000,000. The deal, in our opinion, could be the steal of the off season as he just mashes baseballs. Last season, with his first All-Star campaign, was his best season yet with 34 home runs and he reached the century mark of runs batted in. With a lineup with names like Bryce Harper and Kyle Shwarber, the Phillies are looking scary on the offensive side of things next season.

Robbie Ray (Toronto Blue Jays to Seattle Mariners)
Robbie Ray came out of nowhere to win the Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays last year, and signed a five-year $115 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners aren’t necessarily a contender right now so it’s possible Ray chose the team that gave him the most money. This is definitely a risky signing, as Ray had a shaky career prior to winning the Cy Young and has a 4.00 career ERA. Robbie Ray is also 30 years old and could begin to regress in the near future, so needless to say this is a very risky signing for the rebuilding Mariners.

Kris Bryant (San Francisco Giants to Colorado Rockies)
With the second-largest contract given out in the whole offseason, Kris Bryant is leaving the Giants for the Colorado Rockies on a seven-year deal worth $182 million. In our opinion this may be a little bit of an overpay as he will be 37 when this deal is finished making $26,000,000 which is a bit risky for the former MVP. Bryant had a solid year last year and made the All-Star team with 25 bombs and 74 RBIs. He had a career-low .265 batting average (not including the shortened season), but that was mostly carried by a slow start to the season. Bryant will definitely be hitting a lot of homers in Colorado but him basically alone on that team doesn’t look great for their playoff hopes in the upcoming season.

Starling Marte (Oakland Athletics to New York Mets)
The Mets signed ten-year MLB veteran Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million contract. Marte is 33 but will be a great veteran presence for the Mets, who are in win-now mode. He is not a superstar but will be very useful for the Mets as power and stolen base threat. He is a great piece for the Mets and can easily hit 20+ home runs and steal upwards of 30 bags. Marte is still an above-average defender as he even has two Gold Glove awards to his name.