Top MLB free-agents sign massive deals

As the 2022 MLB Winter Meetings came to an end, several organizations signed massive deals and lengthy contracts to elevate their teams. Two 11-year deals were made, the largest free-agent contract in history was signed, and the league’s free-agents signed a total of over $1 billion of contracts.

Two of the league’s most popular shortstops signed 11-year contracts. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts signed for $280 million to the San Diego Padres. Bogaerts opted to enter free agency, leaving three years and $60 million remaining on his contract with Boston. The Red Sox do not have a shortstop, but they do have many utility players and potential stars on their minor league teams.

The other 11-year contract was Los Angeles’ Trea Turner, who signed for $300 million to the Philadelphia Phillies. While the Phillies are one of the league’s wealthier teams, it will be difficult for them to sign other big-ticket players due to Turner and Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 contract that is active through 2031.

Last year’s American League MVP, Aaron Judge, was a part of numerous trade rumors since the season ended. He was reportedly having serious talks about signing with San Francisco, but the New York Yankees came out with a bang. The Yankees offered Judge the largest free-agency contract in history, topping Bryce Harper with a $360 million, 9-year contract. MLB 30-year-old star will return to New York, even after getting booed by his home team fans in the postseason.

New York Mets’ star pitcher, Jacob deGrom, signed a 5-year contract with the Texas Rangers for $185 million.

While these four contracts include some of the league’s most talented players, these men won’t be young forever. By the time Turner and Bogaerts’ contracts expire, they will both be 40 years old. Judge and deGrom will be right behind them, at 39 years old. It is questionable whether these players will continue to perform at their current level for that long.

Other notable contracts include Cubs’ catcher Willson Contreras 5-year, $87.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Contreras will replace St. Louis’ legendary catcher, Yadier Molina, after he retired this season. Houston’s Justin Verlander, 2-time Cy Young winner and World Series Champion, signed a 2-year, $86.6 contract with the New York Mets. Former Dodgers first-baseman signed a 1-year contract with the Chicago Cubs for $17.5 million. The Cubs also signed Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon for four years. San Diego’s Josh Bell signed a 2-year, $33 million contract with the Cleveland Guardians, providing the team with a power-hitter and consistent first-baseman.

Trades will continue to occur during the winter and Spring Training, but the Winter Meetings changed the state of the league for years to come.