With baseball’s offseason beginning — even in uncertain, murky times — it’s time for teams to make their moves for MLB free agents. There may not be any record-smashing numbers on this offseason’s contracts, but the effects of a star changing uniforms could still alter the landscape of divisions.
Major League Baseball’s season is here, which means MLB free agents are making some big decisions about their future to sign for teams who are making statements to sign MLB free agents.
Over the next few months, we’ll be keeping track of every signing — from Trevor Bauer, George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, DJ LeMahieu, Marcell Ozuna to the sneaky good role players — who have signed for MLB teams in this off-season period so that you’re always up to date about what is happening and what has happened in the league at all. Be sure to check back every day for a roundup explaining every deal.
We are going to explain what deals happened and what it means to sign an MLB free agent. Onto the list…
New York Mets sign Trevor May
One of MLB free agents May, 31, has developed into one of baseball’s most reliable setup men. Since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2016, he’s posted a dominant 13.2 K/9 mark. Just as impressive and remarkable is his 3.2 BB/9.
May is joining the Mets bullpen, the first significant free-agent signing of the Steve Cohen era. It won’t be the last. Andy Martino of SNY was first to report a deal was in place and Jeff Passan of ESPN reports it’s for two years. The deal is pending a physical.
Is that a lot?
No salary has been reported yet, but MLB Trade Rumors projected two years and $14 million for May. We’ll update when we hear the figures.
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Atlanta Braves sign Charlie Morton
Morton with strong postseason — 2.70 ERA in 20 innings — One of MLB free agents is Morton who has turned 37 while making his decision to put a paper on table and sign for Braves. The Tampa Bay Rays declined his $15 million option, but Morton had previously said he would likely retire before he roamed too far afield of his family’s Florida home. Don’t let his flirtation with retirement fool you, though. Morton was an AL Cy Young finalist in the most recent 162-game season. Those don’t grow on trees.
The deal is of One year and it is off, $15M
Is that a lot?
It’s exactly the same deal he would have been playing on in 2021. However, it’s almost double the one-year, $8M deal Morton was projected to receive, according to MLB Trade Rumors. It’s a sign the Braves aren’t messing around this winter as they look to acquire depth for another postseason run. The Braves previously signed left-handed starter Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11M deal.
What does it mean for your fantasy team?
Morton has apparently been drinking from the pitching fountain of youth, as he’s been able to maintain himself as an above-average middle-of-the-rotation pitcher even as he continues into the latter half of his 30s.
Morton was actually a bit unlucky in 2020 (.355 BABIP) so there’s a chance he could improve on his final surface stats from last season (after all, his 4.74 ERA was much higher than his 3.45 FIP). . Be sure to track his fastball velocity in Spring Training, however — a couple more drops in points would be a bad sign for a pitcher his age.