Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the free agents for all 30 clubs through the contract tender deadline on Nov. 17.
A number of key Blue Jays are now free agents, none more important than Chapman, who produced 7.9 WAR (per Baseball-Reference) over two seasons since Toronto acquired him from the A’s. Kiermaier (3.9 WAR in 2023) and Belt (2.0 WAR) also reached free agency after playing well for the team on one-year contracts. Ryu joined them as he hit the open market for the first time since he signed a four-year, $80 million deal with the Blue Jays. Ryu returned from Tommy John surgery to post a 3.46 ERA over 11 starts.
Gibson signed a one-year, $10 million deal with Baltimore last offseason and ended up making 33 starts for the young club, posting a 4.73 ERA and winning 15 games. Frazier (1.7 WAR) and Hicks (.806 OPS in 236 PAs) were also solid veteran additions for the AL East champs. Flaherty, though, struggled after a trade from the Cardinals to the Orioles and finished the year with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP over 144 1/3 innings.
The Rays added Diekman and Stephenson during the 2023 season and saw both become integral members of their bullpen. Diekman recorded a 2.18 ERA with a 10.5 K/9 over 50 appearances with Tampa Bay. Stephenson was even more impressive, notching a 2.35 ERA, a 14.1 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 across 42 games in a Rays uniform.
While Kluber (7.04 ERA) struggled after signing a one-year deal with Boston, the team’s one-year contracts with Duvall and Turner worked out much better. Duvall missed 54 games with a fractured left wrist but was one of Boston’s best hitters when healthy, producing 21 homers with an .834 OPS. Turner also had a solid year, recording 23 homers, 96 RBIs and an .800 OPS. On Nov. 3, Turner hit free agency when he declined his $13.4 million player option and took a $6.7 million buyout from Boston, while the Red Sox declined Kluber's $11 million club option.
There's a lot less intrigue surrounding the Yankees' free-agent list than there was a year ago, when Aaron Judge tested the open market. The biggest question this offseason is whether New York will move on from Severino. The homegrown righty earned back-to-back All-Star selections in 2017-18, but he dealt with a host of injuries over the past five years and registered a career-high 6.65 ERA in 2023.
Giolito, who joined the Guardians in a late-August waiver claim, was one of the top starters in the AL from 2019-21, but his stock is down after he posted a 4.89 ERA over the past two seasons, including a 7.14 ERA in his final 11 starts of 2023.
Greinke pitched for the Royals on a one-year deal for the second straight season, but after posting a 3.68 ERA in 2022, he declined to 5.06 -- his highest mark since 2005 -- in 2023.
E-Rod made it clear how happy he and his family were in Detroit after blocking a trade to the Dodgers at the Deadline, but has opted out of the three years and $49 million left on his current contract to test the open market. Meadows was non-tendered after playing just 42 games for the Tigers over the past two years while dealing with vertigo and anxiety.
Gray is a free agent after an outstanding 2023 season which saw the righty register a 2.79 ERA with 183 K’s over 184 innings -- his highest total since he threw 208 innings in 2015. Minnesota could also lose two other starters, Maeda and Mahle, to free agency, so addressing the rotation will be a priority this offseason. On the position-player side, Gallo was one of the team’s big additions last offseason, but Taylor and Solano both ended up having a bigger impact.
The White Sox declined options on Clevinger ($12 million mutual option) and Hendriks ($15 million club option) on Nov. 3. On Nov. 4, they did the same for Anderson, Chicago's longtime shortstop. Picking up his 2024 club option ($14 million) seemed like it would be a no-brainer a year ago, but Anderson is coming off a season in which he produced -2.0 WAR.
The Angels' offseason -- and the MLB offseason as a whole, for that matter -- will revolve around Ohtani, who is in the running for the largest free-agent contract in baseball history. Elbow surgery will keep the two-way superstar off the mound until 2025, but his bat alone provides considerable value -- he hit .304/.412/.654 with 44 homers over 599 plate appearances in 2023.
The Astros found their catcher of the future in Yainer Diaz, but it's possible the club will look to re-sign Maldonado, whose defense behind the plate has been key to Houston's success in recent years. Brantley's situation is more uncertain after he played just 79 games over the past two seasons. With Maton, Neris and Stanek all eligible to test free agency, the Astros' bullpen could go through some turnover this offseason.
Rucinski ($5 million club option) had his option declined after an injury-plagued season in which he made just four appearances (9.00 ERA).
After an offseason trade from the Blue Jays to Mariners, Hernández produced 26 homers and 93 RBIs over 160 games. However, he finished with a 106 OPS+, down from 133 across 2020-22. Murphy has shown promise with the bat since joining Seattle in 2019 (116 OPS+), but injuries limited him to 233 games in that span.
The most important name on this list for the defending World Series champions is Montgomery, who was outstanding after joining the club in a Trade Deadline deal. Though starters Max Scherzer, Nathan Eovaldi, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning and Andrew Heaney are set to return in 2024, the Rangers could look to re-sign Montgomery. Texas’ other major task this offseason will be reshaping the back end of its bullpen after recording 33 blown saves in 2023. José Leclerc’s club option was exercised on Nov. 4, but it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see both Chapman and Smith pitching elsewhere in 2024.
Atlanta’s bullpen could look a lot different next year, with a number of relievers -- including Chavez, Hand, McHugh and Yates -- potentially departing. The Braves chose to retain Charlie Morton, who pitched to a 3.64 ERA with 183 K’s over 163 1/3 innings this past season, for another year by exercising his $20 million club option, but they declined Rosario's $9 million club option.
Soler opted out after producing 36 homers and an .853 OPS -- up from .695 in 2022 -- this past season. He’s Miami’s most important free agent by a wide margin -- Barnes, Cueto, Gurriel, Robertson and Wendle combined for -1.2 WAR, and Moore only made four appearances with the Marlins after joining the team in a waiver claim on Sept. 19. Josh Bell, who had a player option for 2024, exercised his deal instead of electing free agency.
The Mets’ free-agent list in new president of baseball operations David Stearns’ first offseason with the team pales in comparison to last year’s, when Jacob deGrom, Edwin Díaz, Brandon Nimmo, Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker and Seth Lugo were among the players who reached free agency.
Smith and Abbott became free agents when they were non-tendered on Nov. 17.
Hoskins and Nola are longtime members of Philadelphia’s core, but both players are coming off tough 2023 seasons, albeit for different reasons. While Hoskins missed the entire year with a torn ACL, Nola made 32 starts and reached the 200-strikeout plateau for the fifth time since 2018 but posted a 4.46 ERA. Kimbrel (3.26 ERA, 23 saves, 12.3 K/9) is a free agent for the second straight offseason, while Lorenzen (4.18 ERA over 153 IP) is a free agent for the third straight year.
Milwaukee’s offseason addition of Winker didn’t work out, but its Trade Deadline deal for Santana gave its offense a boost down the stretch. On the pitching side, Miley returned for his second stint with the Brewers and recorded a 3.14 ERA over 23 starts. Miley opted out of his mutual option for '24 to become a free agent. With Woodruff expected to miss most or all of the 2024 season due to a shoulder injury, Milwaukee did not tender the right-hander a contract.
After the Cardinals traded Jordan Montgomery, Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks and Chris Stratton prior to the Deadline, they don't have many free agents of note.
The Cubs’ one-year deal with Bellinger couldn’t have worked out better, with the outfielder enjoying a terrific bounceback season (.307 BA, 26 HR, .881 OPS) on the North Side of Chicago. Unsurprisingly, Bellinger declined his mutual option for 2024 to become a free agent. Like Bellinger, Candelario rebounded after being non-tendered last offseason, producing 22 homers and an .807 OPS over 140 games between the Nationals and Cubs. Stroman had a rough finish to 2023, spending time on the injured list and notching an 8.29 ERA over his final 11 games, However, he has reportedly chosen to opt out of the final year ($21 million salary) on his three-year, $71 million contract.
McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal had plenty of sentimental value, but the former NL MVP was also a productive addition for the club, reaching base at a .378 clip and posting a 113 OPS+. Velasquez performed well, too, before undergoing season-ending right elbow surgery. The 31-year-old had a 3.86 ERA and an 8.9 K/9 over eight starts.
Is this the end of Votto’s tenure in Cincinnati? The Reds declined his $20 million club option, but it’s possible they could look to bring back the franchise icon on a lesser salary to provide a veteran presence for a young roster. Cincinnati also opted to non-tender Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and a former top prospect. Bader joined the Reds in a late-August waiver claim, but he only hit .161 over 14 games with the team.
Arizona’s move to acquire Gurriel and catcher Gabriel Moreno from the Blue Jays in a trade for outfielder Daulton Varsho helped the D-backs make the World Series, but Gurriel is now eligible to leave as a free agent along with Longoria, Melancon and Pham.
Kershaw also reached free agency after 2021 and 2022, but the Dodgers brought him back both times on one-year deals. While he could return to the Dodgers in '24, Kershaw underwent shoulder surgery and it is unclear how long he will be sidelined for. Kershaw is "hopeful to return to play at some point in the summer.” The Dodgers could look to bring back Martinez (33 HR, 103 RBIs, .893 OPS), Heyward (15 HR, .813 OPS) and Miller (1.71 ERA, 9.0 K/9) as well. All three had success for Los Angeles on one-year contracts in 2023.
This could be the end of Crawford’s lengthy tenure with the Giants. The veteran shortstop produced -1.3 WAR in 2023 and is heading into his age-37 season. Manaea had a 4.44 ERA in 37 appearances (10 starts) for San Francisco in 2023, but he decided to opt out of the final year on his two-year contract to test free agency again. Pederson accepted the Giants’ one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer after putting up a 146 OPS+ in 2022, but he declined to a 111 OPS+ in 2023.
Reportedly planning to cut payroll heading into 2024, the Padres might lose one of baseball’s best starters (Snell) and closers (Hader) this offseason. Lugo ($7.5 million club option) opted out for free agency after proving his mettle as a full-time starter in 2023. The Padres declined two-year, $32 million options on both Wacha and Martinez.
The Rockies jettisoned a number of veterans on expiring deals during the 2023 season and re-signed Charlie Blackmon to a one-year contract on Sept. 29. As a result, Suter is projected to be the team’s only notable free agent this offseason, barring any non-tenders. The lefty reliever finished 2023 with a 3.38 ERA (150 ERA+) over 69 1/3 innings.