What’s cooking on the hot stove this fall?


Julia Shearer

The MLB has not had a lockout since 1990. Despite that, this offseason still had big moves and trades be made. Below are some of the most important deals of the offseason.

Before the first lockout since 1990 stole the headlines, many big names in the MLB made moves to new clubs. Here is a rundown of the biggest trades and their details so far this offseason.

Max Scherzer to NY Mets

First up, the largest paying annual contract in the MLB was signed by Max Scherzer, arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. The righty pitcher signed for $130 million over three years from the New York Mets, meaning he will be receiving $43.3 million each year. Scherzer, coming from the Dodgers after being traded at this past July’s deadline, will be joining his fifth team in fifteen years in the majors. The Mets will be receiving one of the strongest arms in baseball, as Scherzer is an eight-time All-Star and a three-time Cy Young winner.

Starling Marte to NY Mets

The Mets just keep on rolling, adding another five-star position player to their roster. Starling Marte, the top center fielder on the market, signed a four-year, $78 million contract. Marte will receive $14.5 million in the 2022 season, then continue on after a $5 million signing bonus through 2025. ($19.5 million for the last three years of his contract) Marte’s resume consists of a 2016 All-Star game paired with a couple of Gold Glove awards. He is coming off an impressive 2021 season, where he batted .310 and led the league in steals with 47.

Javier Baez to Detroit Tigers

29-year-old Javier Baez, and his flashy glove, will be heading to the Detroit Tigers after signing a six-year, $140 million contract. (Annual salary ranges from $20-25 million throughout contract) Baez, who is a career .264 hitter and an impressive .968 fielding percentage, has a resume that compliments his contract. The magician received the 2016 N.L. MVP award, along with four fielding bible awards. His most recent achievements include the 2018 Silver Slugger award, and the 2020 Gold Glove award.

Corey Seager to Texas Rangers

Corey Seager, a 27-year-old shortstop previously with the Dodgers, agreed to a ten-year, $325 million contract with the Texas Rangers. (Annual salary ranges from $31-35 million throughout contract) The shortstop certainly lives up to the expectations of his salary, as he has accomplished some big things in his five seasons in the majors. To start his career, he was the 2016 NL rookie of the year. That same year Seager won the Silver Slugger award, as well as the year after that. In 2020, when the Dodgers won the World Series, Seager received the WS MVP award.

Marcus Semien to Texas Rangers

Marcus Semien, a primary second baseman, recently signed a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Texas Rangers. (Annual salary ranges from $20-26 million throughout contract) The infielder played a single year with the Blue Jays, where in 2021 he broke the home run record for a primary second baseman (45). Though he just missed winning AL MVP, Semien was the 2021 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winner.

Wander Franco extends with Tampa Bay

Wander Franco, a rookie in the 2021 season, has signed an extension with the Rays for 11 years (with a 12th-year option) and $185 million. This sets the record for the largest contract in Ray’s history. (Annual salary up to $25 million, the average is $16.8 million) In his impressive 2021 season, Franco tied the longest on-base streak of a player 20 years or younger with 43 straight games and was a rookie of the year candidate. After the all-star break, the young shortstop led all rookies with a .314 batting average.

Marcus Stroman to Chicago Cubs

The Cubs recently made a huge move, signing right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71 million deal. (Annual salary ranges from $21-25 million) Stroman has a career 3.63 ERA, but had one of his best seasons in 2021 where he held a 3.02 ERA. The righty achieved the 2017 Gold Glove award when he played for Toronto.

Chris Taylor Extends with Dodgers

Though the Dodgers lost some of their stars, they aren’t giving up on the highly versatile Chris Taylor. The righty is able to play almost anywhere on the field, primarily seeing time in the middle infield and outfield. Taylor signed for a four-year, $60 million extension with a fifth-year option. (Annual salary averages at $15 million)