(Photo : Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Clayton Kershaw (#22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches within the first inning in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks throughout Game One of the Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Massive contracts, record-breaking ones at that, have been handed out within the final two months, however that doesn’t imply there’s nothing extra to be enthusiastic about for followers and franchises within the ongoing MLB Free Agency 2024 market.
The spring coaching is getting close to, and it shouldn’t be a shock if any of those gamers all of the sudden discover themselves with a brand new team-or again with their outdated ones.
There are good pitchers, third basemen, designated hitters, first basemen, and outfielders who’re nonetheless searching for a house.
Here are the highest 5 greatest gamers within the free company and the newest rumors linked to their names:
1. Cody Bellinger
The 28-year-old outfielder entered free company in November final yr and was linked to the Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners. However, none of those groups are prepared to pay him.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com mentioned he may see himself again to his former crew.
“Then there are the Cubs, who must still be viewed as favorites to bring Bellinger back to the North Side. Chicago hasn’t done anything to this point to replace his bat in the lineup, but with few teams making an aggressive push for Bellinger, the Cubs front office has shown great restraint, not wanting to bid against itself to get Bellinger signed.”
His contract demand is round $250 million, with phrases nonetheless unclear.
2. Blake Snell
Left-handed pitcher Blake Snell final performed for the San Diego Padres and can also be searching for an enormous contract.
Snell and the Mets have been on the negotiation desk already, in accordance with Jon Heyman of the New York Post in a February 1 article.
He mentioned NY is prepared to supply greater than the $27 million per yr that they gave to Carlos Rodon in 2022.
However, after evaluating how Rodon’s first season turned out, the talks have been stalled.
3. Clayton Kershaw
The Ten-time All-Star may finish his profession with the Dodgers.
General supervisor Brandon Gomes mentioned he and his crew’s long-time pitcher stay in contact and “we’ll progress.”
The left-handed pitcher is having hassle discovering a brand new dwelling as he’s rehabbing an injured throwing shoulder and is predicted to overlook the beginning of the season.
He expressed his intent to return for one more season on his Instagram account.
4. Jordan Montgomery
Philadelphia Phillies are mentioned to be looking out for Montgomery, who completed the 2023 season with a World Series title with the Texas Rangers.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote on February 4 that the Phillies could possibly be sleepers to signal the 31-year-old left-handed pitcher.
5. Matt Chapman
Third baseman Matt Chapman is arguably one of the best participant in his place, and he stays with no crew.
The San Francisco Giants, now with $9.25 million to spare of their payroll by transferring starter Ross Stripling to the Oakland Athletics, may be his subsequent crew.
Chapman is rumored to be searching for a six-digit contract for six years. MLB Trade Rumors at present worth him at $150 million as much as 2030.
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