MLB 2022 Free Agent News and Notes
With the MLB owners and players finally agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement, teams will be rushing to sign free agents and make trades to build their spring training rosters.
Free agent signings and trades can start happening immediately so expect a flurry of activity.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now will be tracking all the transactions so stay with us for all the wheeling and dealing.
Update (8:23 PM)-
Andrelton Simmons to Cubs. $4M plus incentives.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2022
Update (6:21 PM)-
Free-agent left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in agreement with the Dodgers on a one-year deal, pending a physical, sources tell @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 11, 2022
Update (4:05 PM)-
Left-handed starter Carlos Rodon is in agreement on a two-year $44M deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal includes an opt out after the first year.
The biggest free agent domino to fall post-lockout, Rodon was a first-time All-Star in 2021 with the White Sox, going 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA. He finished fifth in the American League Cy Young race and threw a no-hitter in April.
Update (2:35 PM)-
The Texas Rangers are in agreement with free agent left-hander Martin Perez on a one-year $4M deal, per Fansided’s Robert Murray and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Perez, who turns 30 next month, went 7-8 with a 4.74 ERA with the Boston Red Sox last season. This will be his second stint with Texas, having also pitched for them from 2012-18.
Update (1:39 PM)-
The #Cubs have agreed to terms with manager David Ross on a contract extension through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025. pic.twitter.com/8W95WMqbCK
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 11, 2022
Update (12:40 PM)-
MLB still is trying to determine whether rosters will be expanded by 2 or 3 players in April.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 11, 2022
Update (12:30 PM)-
*St. Louis Cardinals sign RHP Drew VerHagen to a 2-year, $5.5 million contract. The 31-year old has pitched the last two seasons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Before than, VerHagen pitched with the Detroit Tigers from 2014-2019 and in 127 games, posted a record of 10-10, with a 5.11 ERA and struck out 156 hitters in 199 innings.