Breaking down the top moves in the 2022 MLB free agency

By: Abby Altman

Carlos Correa-Minnesota Twins

3 year/$3.5 mil

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In a deal that nearly nobody was expecting, Carlos Correa signed with the Twins for 3 years, with an opt out option after each of the first 2 years. While this is a massive win for the Twins, most fans were expecting to see Correa with a larger contract, looking at up to 10 years. Correa chose the smaller of his options, however, and the Twins are looking to go for a title, rather than the rebuild many were predicting. 

Trevor Story-Boston Red Sox

6 years/$140 mil

The Red Sox were quiet for a lot of the offseason, waiting until just one top ranked SS was left in free agency to snag Trevor Story. Story had told the league he was only willing to play SS, and would not be moved to 2nd base if he was signed. The Red Sox appeared to have changed his mind, however, with Xander Bogaerts filling in the SS position, moving Story to 2nd. Bogaerts is a more dangerous hitter compared to Story, but Story’s defensive skills have been higher in the past. Overall, this is a complicated signing for the Red Sox, moving players all over the diamond to make room for Story. 

Freddie Freeman-Los Angeles Dodgers

6 years/ $162 mil

The defending World Series champ has been an Atlanta Brave for the last 12 seasons, and his off season was highly anticipated. The Dodgers lost Cory Seager to free agency earlier in the offseason, but made up for it nicely by landing the 2020 NL MVP, and defending WS champion for 6 years. Freeman batted .300 in 2021, and should help the already scary Dodgers attempt for another WS title this year. 

Kris Bryant-Colorado Rockies

7 years/ $182 mil

Although the team seemed interested, it never seemed likely that Colorado would land Bryant, especially not with a contract this monster in size. This signing is a good sign for Rockies fans, showing that they’re looking to add to what is already a decent rotation. Bryant will presumably play left field, alongside Charlie Blackmon. 

Nelson Cruz-Washington Nationals

1 year/ $15 mil

After being traded from Minnesota to the Tampa Bay Rays, it is likely that Cruz will keep signing small contracts for just 1 or 2 years at a time. Cruz is 41 years old, and doesn’t have the mobility he used to have to play outfield, keeping him solely at the DH position. Minnesota utilized the best of Cruz’s DH abilities, with him hitting 76 home runs in a Twins uniform in just 3 years. It is likely that we won’t see Cruz in the league for much longer, so any ability to sign him is a good signing. The Nationals, coming off a 65-97 season, are finding themselves in a difficult situation, so hopefully all goes to plan, with Cruz in the lineup. 

Jorge Soler-Miami Marlins

3 years/$36 mil

In 2021, the Marlins scored the 2nd fewest runs in the MLB, and Soler should quickly become the hottest bat in Miami. Even though Soler is a bit of a wildcard when he steps up to the plate, where you could see a towering home run, or yet another strikeout every other at bat. Regardless, the Marlins haven’t had the all star bat necessary to be contenders. Signing Soler should bring a big enough name to Miami to put them in the mix, but the Marlins still don’t have enough tools all around to make themselves contenders. With a few more big name signings, the Marlins could throw their name into the playoff ring, but for now Soler is just a small piece of the puzzle. 

Anthony Rizzo-New York Yankees

2 years/$32 mil

While it’s not the first base signing that many Yankees fans were hoping for, signing Rizzo is an okay addition for the Yankees lineup. Although he isn’t Freddie Freeman, Rizzo is a solid lefty batter and a good defensive first basemen, which is exactly what the Yankees need, especially after trading Luke Voit. In 2021, Rizzo batted .248, fitting in nicely with the Yankees combined .231 batting average. This isn’t the signing the Yankees needed to become runaway favorites for the AL East, but Rizzo is a big name and big names win games. 

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