Dec 1, 2021 - Sports

MLB's billion-dollar spending spree

Illustration of a baseball in a pile of cash.

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The CBA's pending expiration at midnight tonight has caused a surge of deals, with teams committing well over $1.5 billion to free agents since the offseason began.

By the numbers: 20 players have already signed deals worth at least $17 million.

  1. Corey Seager, SS: Rangers (10 years, $325M)
  2. Marcus Semien, 2B: Rangers (seven years, $175M)
  3. Javier Báez, SS: Tigers (six years, $140M)
  4. Max Scherzer, RHP: Mets (three years, $130M)
  5. Robbie Ray, LHP: Mariners (five years, $115M)
  6. Kevin Gausman, RHP: Blue Jays (five years, $110M)
  7. Starling Marte, CF: Mets (four years, $78M)
  8. Eduardo Rodríguez, LHP: Tigers (five years, $77M)
  9. Jon Gray, RHP: Rangers (four years, $56M)
  10. Avisail García, RF: Marlins (four years, $53M)
  11. Steven Matz, LHP: Cardinals (four years, $44M)
  12. Anthony DeSclafani, RHP: Giants (three years, $36M)
  13. Mark Canha, OF: Mets (two years, $26.5M)
  14. Justin Verlander, RHP: Astros (one year, $25M)
  15. Kendall Graveman, RHP: White Sox (three years, $24M)
  16. Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Angels (one year, $21M)
  17. Eduardo Escobar, IF: Mets (two years, $20M)
  18. Brandon Belt, 1B: Giants (one year, $18.4M)
  19. Héctor Neris, RHP: Astros (two years, $17M)
  20. Aaron Loup, LHP: Angels (two years, $17M)

Best remaining free agents: SS Carlos Correa; 1B Freddie Freeman; SS Trevor Story; 3B Kris Bryant; RF Nick Castellanos; LHP Clayton Kershaw.

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