The 2021 MLB free agency period has started with a buzz. The new CBA for the MLB is uncertain at the moment so the free agency period may as well take a pause for the foreseeable future. In the short time free agents have been signing with teams, these are the top three free-agent signings to get excited about for the upcoming baseball season.
3. Detroit Tigers, SS Javier Baez (6 years, $140 million)
The Detroit Tigers went all in on this signing. A team that won 77 games last season sees a window of opportunity that Tigers fans will be sure to embrace. The signing of the 28-year-old, two-time all-star will be sure to bring some much-needed excitement to downtown Detroit.
Baez is coming off of a season in which he played for both the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets where he amassed 31 home runs with 87 RBIs alongside a .265 batting average. This is a solid addition to a young core for the Tigers.
Baez will bring a veteran presence that is able to perform on a daily basis. He will lead the infield as well as bring much-needed bat production for the Tigers in 2022 and beyond.
2. New York Mets, SP Max Scherzer (3 years, $130 million)
New York has added another top-end arm to their already quality pitching staff. While the Mets ultimately underperformed in the 2021 season, they clearly are planning to go after the division in 2022. The Mets finished 3rd in the NL East last season so they sure will be expecting a better performance with their new addition to the starting rotation.
Scherzer who is 37 years old is still performing at a high level. Last season he finished with a record of 15-4 playing with the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He posted a career-best 2.46 ERA with 236 strikeouts to opposing batters.
Max is an elite talent on the mound in the Majors and he sure will be a prime asset for the Mets for the near future. If the Mets can get support from their other pitchers and Scherzer can perform near his 2021 campaign, the NL East may be there for their taking.
1. Texas Rangers, SS Corey Seager (10 years, $325 million)
The Rangers have found a new face of the franchise. The 2020 World Series MVP got the payday he deserved. All in all, the Texas Rangers are working their way back to becoming an every-year contender for a pennant.
This along with their other signings so far is showing they are not afraid to spend some money to improve this team.
Corey Seager will be arriving in Texas coming off of the past two seasons where he averaged over a .300 batting average. Now he has battled injuries recently but when Seager is on the field he is one of the most impactful players both with the use of a bat or a glove. The Rangers are sure to be improved in the win-loss column come 2022 and Mr. Seager is being paid to make a direct impact on that statistic in Arlington.