In recent MLB free agency news, Trevor Bauer, who was in most people’s minds, a top three free agent for this offseason, signed a massive deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bauer got a three year, $102 million contract. He has opt outs after year one and two. In years one and two, he will make $40 million and $45 million per year. This will make him the highest paid player in MLB history.
The Dodgers also re-signed their longtime third baseman Justin Turner.
The Dodgers are going all in to build a dynasty, as they are $45 million over the luxury cap.
In other news, the Oakland A’s are bolstering their bullpen. After losing star closer Liam Hendricks, they have made some nice under the radar signings. Today they signed Trevor Rosenthal, who had a bounce back year in 2020, and Mitch Moreland a solid DH.
Free agency is pretty much over, and now it’s time for Spring Training.
On February 17, pitchers and catchers report to Florida or Arizona for Spring training. It’s officially the start of the MLB season.
The first Spring Training games will be played on February 28, and a month later, Opening day will arrive.
With players coming back, Covid is a factor, and the first big case came out today. Shane Bieber, reigning Cy Young winner, tested positive.
In other news, Phillies star catcher J.T Realmuto broke his thumb, and will be out for a month. This isn’t horrible. Obviously, you never want to see a player get hurt, but it’s two days into the season rather than three months into the season. Realmuto got paid this offseason.
And so did Fernando Tatis, Jr.
The 22 year old phenom got a 14 year, $340 million contract. He’ll be making $24 million per year for the next 14 years. This is a win-win for both the Padres and Tatis, Jr. He is going to continue to be great, and even if in 9 nine years, he falls off a bit, $24 million a year shouldn’t be the end of the world. The Padres have now maybe had the greatest offseason ever, with upgrades everywhere. The Padres have now committed $640 million dollars to the left side of their infield with Tatis, Jr. and Manny Machado. They are going all in, and they’re going to need it to beat the Dodgers.