For MLB players, having the ability to decide whether or not to enter the free agent market is a priority nowadays.
Most of the high-profile stars who sign a long-term contract with a team demand an opt-out clause to be included, so they can get a chance to test free agency again if they so desire.
MLB recently published a list with 131 free agents among the 32 squads.
After some players decided to opt-out of their deals, that list is now up to 140 names.
“Bogaerts, Correa, deGrom, Rodón, Taijuan Walker, Jurickson Profar, among those who officially opted out and became free agents today,” MLB insider Chelsea Janes tweeted.
Bogaerts, Correa, deGrom, Rodón, Taijuan Walker, Juricksom Profar, among those who officially opted out and became free agents today. https://t.co/czciSBbyVo
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) November 7, 2022
The Boston Red Sox knew shortstop Xander Bogaerts would likely exercise his opt out, as he can make way more than the $20 million per year he is making.
It Should Be A Fun MLB Offseason
The New York Mets have two additional starters entering free agency: Jacob deGrom, perhaps the best pitcher alive, and Taijuan Walker.
The 2022-23 MLB offseason has already started, and this time, there will be no lockout limiting movement and transactions.
In theory, everything should be smoother this time, and with the increasing competitive balance tax (CBT), teams will likely be more willing to spend on free agents and roster improvements.
In other words, the offseason should be very fun to follow, at least when it comes to free agent signings.