Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the free agents and players with options for all 30 Major League clubs during the 2021-22 offseason.
American League East
Signing Ray and Semien to one-year deals were two of last offseason's most successful free-agent moves. Re-signing both will likely be among Toronto's top priorities, but they could command multi-year pacts this time around. Matz, acquired from the Mets in a trade last January, has been a solid addition as well, but he can test free agency for the first time after 2021.
With most of this rebuilding club's players under control beyond this year, the Orioles' biggest priority this offseason may be trying to work out an extension with Trey Mancini, who is eligible for free agency after 2022.
Picking up Zunino's $4 million club option for 2022 seems like a no-brainer after the catcher's All-Star season, and the Rays could look to re-sign McHugh after his excellent campaign out of the team's bullpen, but Cruz may be too pricy.
Martinez had the ability to opt out of his contract after 2019 and '20 but decided to remain with the Red Sox. He can opt out after 2021 as well, with one year and $19.4 million remaining on his deal. After his strong rebound in 2021, it's possible Martinez will opt out in search of a longer contract. Boston could also see Rodriguez depart after six seasons with the club, although his less-than-stellar 2021 season could impact his market.
When it comes to their own free agents, the biggest question for the Yankees this offseason will be whether they make a push to re-sign Rizzo, who joined the club at the Trade Deadline. With Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu on the roster, the Yanks may let Rizzo walk, especially if they are planning on moving Gleyber Torres from shortstop back to second base, which would force LeMahieu to first.
Ramírez's club option -- the first of two that can keep him with Cleveland through 2023 -- will surely be picked up for $11 million, but the team may want to start thinking about J-Ram's future this offseason. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cleveland decline Pérez's $7 million club option ($450,000 buyout) and try to bring him back for less money.
The Royals' outfield is unsettled for 2022, so we could see the club make a push to re-sign Taylor, who doesn't hit much but is an excellent defender in center field. Holland re-signed with the team on a one-year deal last offseason, but he has been unable to replicate his 2020 success and will be 36 in November.
The Tigers may be more active in free agency this offseason as they attempt to accelerate their rebuild, but none of their own free agents are locks to be brought back.
The Twins were Trade Deadline sellers this season, but most of the core from the team that won the AL Central in 2019 and '20 is still there and Minnesota is going to need someone to round out its rotation next year, so it would make sense if the club re-signed Pineda.
The White Sox signed Lance Lynn to a two-year extension in July and they seem likely to pick up Kimbrel's $16 million team option. That leaves Rodón as their biggest free-agent decision. Chicago non-tendered Rodón last December but ended up bringing him back on a one-year, $3 million deal in February, and the left-hander has gone on to become one of the top pitchers in the game this season.
Of this crop, Iglesias and Cobb are the most likely to be brought back. Both pitchers have recovered from slow starts to become key members of the Halos' pitching staff this season.
The Astros' rotation has been able to cover the losses of Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel in free agency and Verlander to Tommy John surgery in recent years, so it's not a given that they'll look to bring back Greinke or Verlander. Houston's top priority will likely be re-signing Correa, especially after losing George Springer as a free agent last offseason.
The A's brought in several veterans on expiring deals at the Trade Deadline, including Marte, Harrison and Gomes. Marte has been a stud for Oakland, but he may prove to be out of the small-market club's price range. Of their other free agents, re-signing Canha will likely be their biggest priority.
The Mariners are entering a crucial offseason as they continue the transition from rebuilding to contending. Seager's $15 million club option is unlikely to be picked up, but Seattle could try to re-sign its long-time third baseman, perhaps to a multi-year contract with a lower average annual value. Kikuchi's unique contract structure requires the Mariners to decide whether to guarantee him another four years and $66 million (through 2025) several days after the '21 World Series. If Seattle declines the team option, Kikuchi will have a $13 million player option for 2022.
The rebuilding Rangers don't have many free-agent decisions to make this offseason. Lyles is the most notable name here, but he has posted an ERA close to 6.00 after signing a two-year deal with the Rangers prior to the 2020 season.
National League East
The Braves' busy Trade Deadline increased the number of free-agent decisions they'll need to make this offseason, but priority No. 1 remains re-signing Freeman. Atlanta also could make a push to bring back Morton, if the 37-year-old wants to continue his career.
Rojas' $5.5 million option for 2022 will become guaranteed if he gets 500 plate appearances in 2021 and finishes the season healthy. He's on track to easily surpass that mark.
The Mets' offseason will be shaped by what they do with four free agents in particular: Báez, Conforto, Stroman and Syndergaard. All four may have a wide range of valuations on the open market.
After moving Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Brad Hand, Daniel Hudson, Josh Harrison and Yan Gomes prior to the Trade Deadline, the Nats could part ways with most or all of these veterans this offseason.
The Phillies are unlikely to pick up McCutchen's $15 million option ($3 million buyout), and none of the other players on this list are core pieces for Philadelphia, although the team could look to re-sign some of its free-agent relievers given the difficult time it's had constructing a dependable bullpen in recent years.
Should the Brewers pick up García's $12 million option ($2 million buyout)? With their core players under control beyond this year, that will be their most pressing question early in the offseason. Several of the other players on this list have been solid contributors for Milwaukee this season, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some of them brought back.
We have to assume Wainwright will be back, much like longtime teammate Yadier Molina, who announced that 2022 will be his final season after signing a contract extension. Arenado is highly unlikely to opt out of his deal, as he would be walking away from a guaranteed $179 million through the end of 2027. Martínez's Cardinals tenure could be nearing its end, however, as St. Louis is expected to decline his $17 million option ($500,000 buyout) for 2022.
The Cubs moved out a lot of talent at the Trade Deadline, so their list of impending free agents doesn't include many players who are likely to be regular contributors at the big league level in 2022. Davies is the biggest name here, but his ERA has hovered around 5.00 this season.
It would be surprising to see any of these players on the Pirates' roster in 2022. Cahill has played for eight teams since the beginning of 2015 and has missed a chunk of this season due to injuries. Shreve could draw interest from a contender after a decent season in Pittsburgh's bullpen. Tsutsugo is on his third team this season, signing with the Pirates after being traded by the Rays and released by the Dodgers.
Castellanos has two years and $34 million in guaranteed money left on his contract, but given the season he's having, it seems likely that he'll opt out. The Reds will probably pick up Miley's $10 million option ($1 million buyout), but Barnhart's $7.5 million option ($500,000 buyout) is more of a toss-up due to the emergence of 2015 first-round Draft pick Tyler Stephenson.
Arizona will likely pick up Kelly's reasonable $4.25 option, but the other players on this list could be elsewhere in 2022.
This is one of the most star-studded free-agent groups any team has had in recent memory. Can Los Angeles find a way to re-sign Scherzer, Kershaw, Seager, Taylor and Jansen?
The Giants are one of this season's biggest surprises, but their ability to sustain their success could hinge on this offseason. With Gausman, DeSclafani and Wood all on one-year deals and San Francisco likely to decline Cueto's option, four-fifths of the team's rotation will be hitting free agency.
Posey will likely be back with the only team he's ever known one way or another, whether the Giants pick up his $22 million option ($3 million buyout) or sign him to a longer contract. However, the team will need to decide how big of a role catching prospect Joey Bart is going to have next season. If the Giants are planning on having Posey play more at first base to accommodate Bart, they might let Belt walk. Then there's Bryant, who could command one of the largest deals of any free agent this winter.
The Padres have several players under control for next season who could handle left field, so this may be the end of Pham's time with the club. Melancon will probably decline his end of his $5 million mutual option and seek a more lucrative deal after settling for $3 million in guaranteed money last offseason. San Diego's bullpen is also at risk of losing Hudson, a Trade Deadline acquisition, but the club can retain Johnson and Stammen for $7 million combined if it picks up their options.
Initially expected to be among the busiest Trade Deadline sellers, the Rockies opted to hold onto most of their players, including Story, Gray and Cron, each of whom can now test the open market this offseason. Story is the most likely of the three to receive a qualifying offer from Colorado.