- Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, and more stars have been acquired out of free agency.
- Multiple other top players have found new teams on impressive contracts.
With so many top players in free agency this offseason, it was clear we were going to see some giant deals signed over the MLB Winter Meetings. From Aaron Judge and Trea Turner to Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander, the market has been as hot as ever — so which teams have landed a star?
Aaron Judge to the New York Yankees
After months of questioning where the star slugger will play in 2023, Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million contract on Dec. 7 to stay with the New York Yankees. It’s a great day in the Bronx but a sad one in San Francisco — the Giants came so very close.
Yankees Aaron Judge hits his 62nd Home Run, setting the American League single-season record
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) October 5, 2022
During the 2022 regular season, Judge batted .311 with a 1.111 OPS and 62 home runs, an AL record for the most in a single season. The four-time All-Star has won AL Rookie of the Year (2017), AL MVP (2022), three Silver Slugger awards (2017, 2021, 2022), and the Hank Aaron award (2022), so it’s no surprise that he was so highly sought after in free agency.
In spring training, Judge rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension offer from the Yankees, reportedly hoping to get a longer deal with a higher value. It turned out to be the right call, and with the Giants pushing up the numbers in free agency — they reportedly also offered Judge a $360 million contract — the Yankees had to come to the negotiating table in a big way.
New York wasn’t going to let Judge walk without a fight, and $360 million with a full no-trade clause certainly proves they know his worth — even if it took them a while to work it out. With nine more years in New York, fingers are crossed Judge can add a World Series ring to his trophy cabinet soon.
Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the contracts.
On Dec. 2, the Rangers signed ace pitcher deGrom to a five-year, $185 million deal. This comes just one season after acquiring second baseman Marcus Semien (seven years, $175 million) and shortstop Corey Seager (ten years, $325 million).
Over his nine-season career with the New York Mets, deGrom went 82-57 with a 2.52 ERA and 1,607 strikeouts in 1,326 innings pitched. The two-time Cy Young winner missed the start of 2022 due to injury but returned to the Mets roster on Aug. 2 and went 5-4 with an ERA of 3.08 and 102 strikeouts through the remainder of the regular season.
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 8, 2022
Justin Verlander to the New York Mets
Just a month after recording his first World Series win with the Houston Astros, Verlander is moving to New York. On Dec. 5, the ace pitcher reached a two-year, $86 million agreement with the Mets, closing the door on the rumors of him staying in Texas.
After two years away to recover from Tommy John surgery, Verlander returned in 2022 to record a 1.75 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 28 games during the regular season. He started four games during the playoffs, recording three strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners in the AL Division Series, 11 against the New York Yankees in the ALCS, and five and six in his two games, respectively, against the Phillies in the World Series.
Verlander is now 39 years old, but his stats prove he’s got no intention of slowing down. After a disappointing postseason in 2022 and losing ace deGrom in free agency, the Mets are focused on contending next season, and perhaps Verlander will be the difference-maker they need.
Trea Turner to the Philadelphia Phillies
Turner was one of the hottest players on the market this offseason, so it was predictable that a big offer was coming his way. Still, the 11-year, $300 million contract he landed with the Philadelphia Phillies, complete with a full no-trade clause, blew me away.
GRAND SLAM? TREA MAGNIFIQUE. pic.twitter.com/bFAgX6rSg5
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 2, 2021
Turner was part of the Washington Nationals’ World Series-winning team in 2019 before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30, 2021. During the 2022 regular season with the Dodgers, Turner batted .298 with an OPS of .809 and 21 home runs.
At 29 years old, Turner’s new contract will keep him in Philadelphia until he’s 40. There’s no question he’s an incredible player, but considering speed is a large part of his talent, I question how well this deal will age. Still, it’s not a bad time to be a Phillies fan.
Mike Clevinger to the Chicago White Sox
To replace starter Johnny Cueto, the Chicago White Sox signed a one-year, $8 million contract with Mike Clevinger. The deal includes a mutual $12 million option for the 2024 season or a $4 million buyout.
During the 2022 regular season with the San Diego Padres, Clevinger recorded an ERA of 4.33 with a 1.20 WHIP and 91 strikeouts. He started two games in the postseason, recording three strikeouts but allowing four earned runs against the Dodgers in the ALDS, and no strikeouts and allowing three earned runs against the Phillies in the ALCS. It wasn’t a great playoff berth for the 31-year-old.
So, is Clevinger the ace that Chicago arguably needs to contend in 2023?
It’s unlikely, but it’s a relatively low-risk deal within the price range of a famously frugal team. Hopefully, his arm will be more suited to the midwest than it was to San Diego.
Josh Bell to the Cleveland Guardians
Just four months after making headlines as part of the Juan Soto trade to the San Diego Padres, first baseman Josh Bell signed a two-year, $33 million contract with the Cleveland Guardians.
Through the 2022 regular season, Bell batted .266 — .301 in 103 games with the Nationals and .192 in 53 games with the Padres. The 30-year-old had a dramatic drop-off in his numbers once he joined San Diego, but that isn’t necessarily a sign his glory days are over.
Slumps after moving to a new team aren’t uncommon, so hopefully, Bell can return to his former level of performance once he gets to Cleveland.
*ring ring* Josh Bell calling. #CaptureTheMoment pic.twitter.com/JR2Wq78GnZ
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 8, 2022
Cody Bellinger to the Chicago Cubs
Bellinger, who plays center field and first base, signed a one-year, $17.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers after six seasons.
Bellinger has had a rough couple of years. After winning the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020, he underwent surgery on his right shoulder that offseason. He rejoined the team for spring training but suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula on Apr. 6, landing him on the injured list for almost two months.
Bellinger’s performance hasn’t been the same since his injury issues.
In 2022, he had the lowest on-base percentage of all qualified hitters in the majors at .265. He batted .210 with 19 home runs through the regular season, striking out a disappointing 150 times in 504 at-bats.
So, is Bellinger in a slump, or are his best days behind him? The Cubs are banking on the former.
José Abreu to the Houston Astros
After nine seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu signed a three-year, $58.5 million contract with the Houston Astros on Nov. 28.
The 35-year-old first baseman was a bright spot on an otherwise incredibly shaky White Sox roster in 2022, so it’s not surprising he found a new home with the reigning World Series champions.
During the 2022 regular season, Abreu batted .304 with an OPS of .824. He led the White Sox in runs (85), hits (183), and doubles (40), was second in RBI (75), and third in home runs (15).
Aside from his impressive stats, Abreu was a White Sox fan favorite and leader in the dugout, so I was shocked when he entered free agency without a contract extension.
The Astros are coming off a World Series win and are looking to stay at the top of the league. Adding Abreu to their roster is a great move.
Jameson Taillon to the Chicago Cubs
The Cubs didn’t stop at Bellinger.
On Dec. 6, the team signed pitcher Jameson Taillon from the New York Yankees to a four-year, $68 million contract. For a team looking to get into contention after a lengthy rebuild, acquiring Taillon to build out the starting rotation definitely isn’t a bad move.
Taillon strikes out his 8th batter to finish what was a tremendous outing. Yankee Stadium gives him a nice ovation pic.twitter.com/JodVCwIt2f
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 10, 2022
While Taillon was arguably one of the Yankees’ weaker starters last season, that doesn’t mean he can’t have success.
During the 2022 regular season, the 31-year-old went 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 151 strikeouts, and on June 2, he pitched seven perfect innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Taillon had one start and one relief appearance in the playoffs, though he didn’t record any strikeouts.
The Cubs showed real signs of potential during the second half of the 2022 season, proving they are moving away from their post-2016 rebuild era. Taillon is an excellent acquisition to keep the ball rolling.
José Quintana to the New York Mets
On Dec. 7, Quintana signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the New York Mets. This will be the veteran pitcher’s seventh team, having already suited up for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals in his career.
During the 2022 regular season with the Cardinals, Quintana went 6-7 with an ERA of 2.93 and 137 strikeouts in 32 starts.
Kenley Jansen to the Boston Red Sox
Jansen signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, helping to bolster their bullpen before the 2023 season.
After 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jansen entered free agency at the end of 2021 and signed a one-year, $16 million with the Atlanta Braves on March 18, 2022.
During the 2022 regular season, Jansen recorded a 3.38 ERA with a WHIP of 1.05 and 85 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. He became a free agent again at the end of the season.
Willson Contreras to the St. Louis Cardinals
On Dec. 7, Contreras agreed to a five-year, $88.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, ending his time with the Chicago Cubs.
The 30-year-old had a tumultuous year, including weeks of rumors and uncertainty regarding a potential trade in August. Alas, the trade never came, and Contreras became a free agent at the end of the 2022 season.
My name is Willson Contreras.
You hit my friend Kris.
Prepare to fly. pic.twitter.com/yX4vqkI8Sb
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 11, 2018
Contreras batted .243 with an OPS of .815 and 22 home runs during the 2022 regular season. The three-time All-Star (2018, 2019, 2022) was part of the Cubs World Series-winning team in 2016 and is widely considered one of the league’s top catchers.
This deal with Contreras gives the Cardinals their successor to longtime catcher Yadier Molina, who retired at the end of 2022 after 19 years in St. Louis.
Taijuan Walker to the Philadelphia Phillies
30-year-old pitcher Walker has signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
During the 2022 regular season with the New York Mets, Walker went 12-5 with an ERA of 3.49 and 132 strikeouts in 29 starts. This was one of the strongest seasons of his career, so adding him to the lineup this offseason is a big move by the Phillies to round out their starting rotation.
Masataka Yoshida to the Boston Red Sox
Japanese star outfielder Masataka Yoshida agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on Dec. 7, the first day he was eligible to sign after being posted by the Orix Buffaloes.
The Buffaloes are the reigning Japan Series champions, and Yoshida has been a star on the incredible team. Through 2022, he slashed .335/.447/.561 with 21 home runs, 80 walks and just 41 strikeouts in 508 plate appearances.
Since the Red Sox are trying to rebuild quickly after an underwhelming 2022 season, this is a big signing to bolster their roster.
Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres
Bogaerts has left the Red Sox.
On Dec. 7, he agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal with the San Diego Padres, bidding farewell to Boston after opting out of his contract. This deal will keep Bogaerts in San Diego until he is 41 years old.
During the 2022 regular season, Bogaerts hit .307/.377/.456 with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs in 150 games. The four-time All-Star (2016, 2019, 2021, 2022) has been a part of two World Series-winning teams (2013, 2018) and one All-MLB First Team (2019), and has won five Silver Slugger Awards (2015, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022).
Gotta love a good jump throw. pic.twitter.com/mRTwk50IOd
— MLB (@MLB) May 4, 2022
Having signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox in 2009, Bogaerts was a fan-favorite homegrown talent, and will be very missed by Boston fans. Still, this is a big contract for the Padres, who already boast Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr. on their roster.
After missing out on Aaron Judge and Trea Turner, Bogaerts is a great move for the team.
Brandon Nimmo to the New York Mets
After a brief moment on the market to keep fans guessing, outfielder Nimmo signed an eight-year, $162 million contract to stay with the New York Mets. The 29-year-old debuted with the Mets in June 2016, and the new deal will keep him with the team until his age-37 season.
During the 2022 season, Nimmo batted .274 with an OPS of .800 and 16 home runs. His new deal with the Mets includes a full no-trade clause.
David Robertson to the New York Mets
On Dec. 9, Robertson signed a one-year, $10 million with the Mets, leaving the Philadelphia Phillies after just four months. The Mets will the sixth team of Robertson’s career, with him already having played for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, and Phillies.
Through the 2022 regular season with the Phillies, Robertson posted an ERA of 2.40 with a 1.16 WHIP and 81 strikeouts. He had nine appearances in postseason — one in the Wild Card Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, three in the NLCS against the San Diego Padres, and four in the World Series against the Houston Astros — and posted a 1.17 ERA with 11 strikeouts.
Kodai Senga to the New York Mets
Japanese pitcher Senga agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with the Mets on Dec. 11, continuing the team’s huge signing spree this offseason. The deal includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out clause that would allow Senga to enter free agency at the end of 2025.
Senga was a three-time All-Star and five-time Japan Series champion in eleven seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Over 1,089 innings, the 29-year-old recorded a 2.59 ERA and a 28.22% strikeout rate.
The Mets have already made a range of big moves this offseason, including signing Justin Verlander and Brandon Nimmo. The team is clearly getting ready to contend in 2023, and Senga is a great addition.
Ross Stripling to the San Francisco Giants
On Dec. 13, the Giants signed pitcher Stripling to a two-year, $25 million contract. The deal includes an opt-out after the first season.
Stripling made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Apr. 8, 2016, and stayed in LA for four and a half seasons until he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 31, 2020. Through 2022 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Stripling pitched in 32 games, including 24 starts, and posted an ERA of 3.01 with a WHIP of 1.02 and 111 strikeouts.
Take a bow, @RossStripling 👏 pic.twitter.com/OVI3WnpJ01
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 15, 2022
Noah Syndergaard to the Los Angeles Dodgers
On Dec. 14, Syndergaard agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Dodgers, marking the end of his time with the Philadelphia Phillies after just four months. The 30-year-old’s new contract allows him to earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses.
Syndergaard played seven seasons with the New York Mets before turning down the team’s qualifying offer at the end of the 2021 season. He signed a one-year, $21 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Nov. 17, 2021, and was traded to the Phillies as a last-minute move before the 2022 trade deadline.
During the 2022 regular season, Syndergaard went 10-10 with an ERA of 3.94 in 25 games (24 starts) between the Angels and Phillies. Despite his strong performance in Los Angeles, he wasn’t quite the difference-maker that Philadelphia had hoped for, resulting in him only getting two starts in the playoffs — once in the Division Series against the Atlanta Braves and once in the World Series against the Houston Astros — and both times he was pulled after just three innings.
Still, Syndergaard is a great acquisition for the Tigers, especially if he can work out any slump he’s going through. Even at his worst, the right-hander’s numbers are solid, so if the team can get him back up to great, he’ll be unstoppable.
Michael Lorenzen to the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Lorenzen agreed to terms on a one-year, $8.5 million contract on Dec. 14.
Lorenzen made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds on Apr. 29, 2015. He signed a one-year, $6.75 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Nov. 30, 2021, and through the 2022 regular season, he went 8-6 with an ERA of 4.24 and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts.
Lorenzen spent time on the injured list in both 2021 and 2022 due to shoulder injuries. Hopefully those are issues are behind him as he starts the 2023 season in Detroit.
Carlos Rodón to the New York Yankees
After an incredible year with the San Francisco Giants, starting pitcher Rodón has signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the New York Yankees.
During the 2022 season with the Giants, Rodón went 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 237 strikeouts in 31 starts. He was selected as an All-Star in both 2021 and 2022.
The Yankees’ starting rotation is already stacked with talent. Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Luis Severino all had incredible seasons in 2022, so adding Rodón to the roster makes this a team to watch.
Electric factory ⚡️ @Carlos_Rodon55 pic.twitter.com/HWSxxjlXez
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 18, 2022
Andrew Benintendi to the Chicago White Sox
Just four months after being traded from the Kansas City Royals to the New York Yankees, outfielder Benintendi has agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with the White Sox.
Benintendi slashed .304/.373/.399 with five home runs and 51 RBI during the 2022 regular season, and was selected as a reserve player for the 2022 All-Star Game. He won a Gold Glove Award with the Royals in 2021, and was part of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox team in 2018.
The White Sox had an extremely disappointing 2022 season, finishing 81-81 and missing out on the playoffs. One of the team’s biggest weaknesses was their outfield, where they had first basemen Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets covering left and right field. The acquisition of Benintendi is welcomed by Chicago fans, who are more than ready for some of the team’s offseason hype to translate to the field.
Joey Gallo to the Minnesota Twins
Just four months after being traded from the New York Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers, struggling outfielder Gallo has signed a one-year, $11 million contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Through the 2022 regular season, Gallo batted an underwhelming .160 — .159 in 82 games with the Yankees and .162 in 44 games with the Dodgers. This came after hitting .160 in 58 games with the Yankees in 2021, so when he left the team at the 2022 trade deadline, Gallo was far from the most popular guy in New York.
Still, Gallo has a lot of potential, assuming he’s able to work his way out of this prolonged slump. The bright lights of New York clearly weren’t for him, nor were those of L.A., but perhaps the smaller market in Minnesota will give the 28-year-old a chance to thrive.
Dansby Swanson to the Chicago Cubs
After seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Swanson has signed a seven-year, $117 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
During the 2022 regular season, Swanson batted .277 with an OPS of .776 and 25 home runs, setting career highs with 99 runs and 96 RBI. He was selected for his first All-Star team and won his first Gold Glove Award.
In 2021, Swanson was part of the World Series-winning Braves. As the Cubs look to get back into contention after a rebuilding era, acquiring the 28-year-old shortstop is a big move.
Swanson lookin' like an (all) star! #ForTheA | @LieutenantDans7 pic.twitter.com/dquwj0DAR2
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 14, 2022
J.D. Martinez to the Los Angeles Dodgers
Martinez and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract, moving the designated hitter to the team he had a four-homer game against in 2017.
During the 2022 regular season with the Boston Red Sox, Martinez batted .274 with an OPS of .789 and 16 home runs.
Michael Brantley to the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros have re-signed left fielder Brantley on a one-year, $12 million deal. The contract contains $4 million in additional incentive bonuses.
Through the 2022 regular season with the Astros, Brantley hit .288 with an OPS of .786 and five home runs in just 64 games. Unfortunately, Brantley’s season ended on June 26 when he suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. He was not able to return for the Astros’ World Series-winning playoff berth.
Matt Carpenter to the San Diego Padres
After revitalizing his career with the New York Yankees in 2022, infielder Carpenter has signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. The deal includes a player option for a second year.
After 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, including two All-Star selections, the team declined Carpenter’s option for the 2022 season. Having been struggling through a serious slump for number of years, Carpenter signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on March 18, 2022, with an invitation to major-league spring training. Unfortunately, Carpenter failed to make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster, and after two months with the Triple-A Round Rock Express, he was released on May 19, 2022.
The Yankees signed Carpenter to a major-league contract on May 26, 2022, giving the infielder a chance to revive his career — and he did. On June 12, Carpenter became the first Yankee to hit six or more home runs in his first 10 games with the team, and on July 18, he was named AL Player of the Week.
Despite ending the 2022 regular season on the injured list due to a broken foot, Carpenter returned in the playoffs. Now headed to the Padres, hopefully the 37-year-old will be able to keep up his recently-reclaimed hot streak.
Adam Ottavino to the New York Mets
Ottavino has re-signed with the New York Mets on a two-year, $14.5 million contract. The deal includes an opt-out provision after the first season and a potential $1 million in performance bonuses each season.
Through the 2022 regular season with the Mets, Ottavino posted an ERA of 2.06 with a WHIP of 0.97 and 79 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.
Brandon Drury to the Los Angeles Angels
Four months after being traded to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline, utility player Drury has agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
During the 2022 season, Drury batted .263 in 138 games — .274 in 92 games with the Cincinnati Reds, and .238 in 46 games with the Padres. He appeared in eight games during San Diego’s playoff berth, where he recorded seven hits including one home run and five RBI.
Carlos Correa to the New York Mets
Just a week after agreeing to terms on a huge 13-year, $350 million contract with the San Francisco Giants, star shortstop Carlos Correa has abandoned the West Coast to agree to terms on a 12-year, $315 million deal with the New York Mets.
Correa’s contract with the Giants seemed to be a done deal, but on Dec. 20, the team postponed their scheduled press conference where they were expected to announce the acquisition. An undisclosed issue with Correa’s medical examination meant things apparently needed to be discussed further, but just hours later, it was reported that the 28-year-old had agreed to terms with the Mets, and everything with the Giants had fallen through.
.@TeamCJCorrea breaks the tie in the 8th! pic.twitter.com/4dJKIkT8df
— MLB (@MLB) September 9, 2022
Correa played seven seasons with the Houston Astros before declining their qualifying offer at the end of 2021 and signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. His contract with the Twins included opt-out provisions after each season, which he exercised after the 2022 season to become a free agent.
Last season, Correa batted .291 with an OPS of .833 and 22 home runs in 522 at-bats with the Twins.In 2021, he batted .279 with an OPS of .851 and 26 home runs with the Astros, and the seasons prior were just as impressive. The two-time All-Star (2017, 2021) was a part of the 2017 World Series-winning Astros team, and has won a Gold Glove Award (2021) and a Platinum Glove Award (2021).
Correa is the latest signing in the extremely expensive offseason for the Mets. The team’s total outlay this winter is now at $806.1 million, the most ever spent in a single offseason. New York’s payroll for next season is estimated to be around $384 million, the highest in MLB history, and as a result, the team is projected to pay luxury tax penalties (just penalties) of over $111.5 million.
Michael Conforto to the San Francisco Giants
They lost Correa, but the Giants are still making big moves. Outfielder Conforto has agreed to a two-year, $36 million contract with San Francisco.
Conforto entered free agency at the end of 2021, but an offseason shoulder injury meant that he didn’t sign with a team or play at all during the 2022 season. Conforto underwent right shoulder surgery and was offered a two-year, $30 million contract with the Houston Astros on Aug. 31 (the deadline for postseason play eligibility), but he turned it down.
During the 2021 season with the New York Mets, Conforto slashed .232/.344/.384 with 14 home runs. He had a career-worst slugging percentage and with a batting average and OPS worse than any season aside from 2016.
So will 2023 be Conforto’s comeback year? The Giants are banking on it.
Rich Hill to the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with 42-year-old Hill.
2023 will be Hill’s 19th season in the majors. Last year, he went 8-7 with an ERA of 4.27 and 109 strikeouts in 26 starts with the Boston Red Sox.
Nathan Eovaldi to the Texas Rangers
Eovaldi has agreed to a two-year, $34 million deal with Texas Rangers, with up to $3 million per year in incentives for reaching 160 IP. The contract includes a $20 million player option (plus another $3 million in incentives) for 2025, vested with 300 IP in 2023-24. The total deal is worth a maximum of $63 million.
Through the 2022 season with the Boston Red Sox, Eovaldi went 6-3 with an ERA of 3.87 and 103 strikeouts in 20 starts.
Eovaldi is the second starting pitcher the Rangers have added to their rotation this offseason, with their five-year, $185 million contract with ace Jacob deGrom making headlines earlier in December. After a disappointing season in 2022, Texas is ready to make waves next season.
Corey Kluber to the Boston Red Sox
Kluber has struck a one-year, $10 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. The contract includes an $11 million club option for 2024.
The 36-year-old pitcher was limited to just eight total starts over the 2019 and 2020 seasons due to injuries. Kluber signed a one-year, $11 million contract with the New York Yankees on Jan. 27, 2021, and a one year, $8 million deal (plus a potential $5 million in incentives) with the Tampa Bay Rays on Dec. 1, 2021. During the 2022 regular season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Kluber went 10-10 with an ERA of 4.34 and 139 strikeouts in 31 starts.
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