Looking Back On MLB Free Agency


Ryan Gregory

It only took a couple weeks for two of the top free agents to sign max deals with new teams and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to re-sign a max deal with the Washington Nationals. Gerrit Cole was the first to sign a 9 year $324 million dollar deal with the New York Yankees, making him the highest paid pitcher in the MLB.

Junior Jason Mendoza stated, “Gerrit Cole signing with the Yankees has to make them the top contender this year in the MLB.”

The Washington Nationals has a choice to make; either to sign World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, or All Star 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon. Their decision, Stephen Strasburg.

“Even though the Washington Nationals re-signed Strasburg, I don’t see them winning the World Series again,” added Mendoza.

Stephen Strasburg became the second pitcher to sign, but signed a week after Gerrit Cole’s record deal. His deal was worth $245 million within a seven year span.

With the Nationals choosing to re-sign Strasburg, other teams began to send Rendon contract offers. In the end, it was the LA Angles who signed him. His contract was a seven year deal worth $245 million. This deal puts the Angles as a favorite to win the 2020 World Series.

With Spring training around the corner, teams are looking to set their lineups for the 2020 season. However, there are still some notable free agents left. At the top of the list is LF Marcell Ozuna, whom has been with St. Lewis for two years now, but seems to be certain that he will stay in St. Louis.

Following Ozuna is 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson, who has been with Atlanta for only a year now, is looking to sign a deal with the Dodgers to make him their new 3rd baseman for the 2020 season.

Another notable free agent who recently signed a max deal was pitcher Ryu Jin-Hyun, who signed with Toronto for 4 years worth $80 million and will likely be the ace for Toronto.

While free agents have been signing with new teams and teams re-signing players, the Dodgers give NL MVP Cody Bellinger $11.5 million dollar deal for the 2020 season.

The 2020 MLB season will be filled with exciting fans cheering for their new favorite players on their field and teams beginning their run towards the World Series.