For MLB players, having the ability to decide whether or not to enter the free agent market is a priority these days.
Most high-profile stars who sign a long-term contract with a team require that an opt-out be included, so they can have the chance to try out free agency again if they choose.
MLB recently released a list of 131 free agents among the 32 teams.
After some players decided to opt out of their offers, this list now has up to 140 names.
“Bogaerts, Correa, deGrom, Rodón, Taijuan Walker, Jurickson Profar, among those who officially retired and became free agents today,” tweeted MLB insider Chelsea Janes.
Bogaerts, Correa, deGrom, Rodón, Taijuan Walker, Juricksom Profar among those who officially retired and became free agents today. https://t.co/czciSBbyVo
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) November 7, 2022
The Boston Red Sox knew shortstop Xander Bogaerts would likely opt out because he can make way more than the $20 million a year he earns.
This should be a fun MLB offseason
The New York Mets have two more starters entering free agency: Jacob deGrom, perhaps the best pitcher alive, and Taijuan Walker.
Profar was a key cog for the Championship Series-making 2022 San Diego Padres, and Carlos Correa and Carlos Rodon should receive plenty of interest.
Nelson Cruz, Zach Davies and Robert Suarez are also among those who have decided to walk free from their respective contracts.
The 2022-23 MLB offseason has already begun, and this time there will be no lockouts limiting movement and transactions.
In theory, everything should be smoother this time around, and with the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) increasing, teams will likely be more willing to spend on free agents and roster upgrades.
In other words, the offseason should be a lot of fun to watch, at least when it comes to free agent signings.