One extension candidate for every team

January 8th, 2023

Congratulations to , who has reportedly agreed to an 11-year, $331 million extension with the Red Sox, setting him up for the next decade and taking a lot of heat off the Red Sox brass, who sure have been hearing it all offseason.

And for all the love for trades and the free-agent market, we’ll confess we love a good extension. It keeps players with the fanbase that adores them, it provides security and certainty for the player and it allows the team to know, moving forward, exactly whom they can build around. Every team does them -- and every team should do more.

So, today, we take a look at an extension candidate for every team. Some of these are realistic and some are pushing it, but all these players are at a point in their careers where their current teams should probably make sure they stay around for a while. Now’s the time to make it happen.

Each player is listed along with what is currently scheduled to be his final season before reaching free agency.


Blue Jays:  (2025)
Vlad has said he is “open” to an extension before he hits free agency after three more seasons, but it’s unlikely one is pending. It’s no big deal: Guerrero’s future is basically the whole future of this franchise.

Orioles:  (2028)
Yeah, he just got here, but the Orioles already know just how valuable their phenomenal catcher is to everything they’re trying to do. It’s difficult to imagine the Orioles without Rutschman moving forward, so they’d benefit from making it official.

Rays:  (2024)
The Rays already extended him once, adding a year of club control (2024) at $25 million. But perhaps there is a longer deal to be had here. Given that Glasnow barely pitched in '22 after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, there are enough question marks here that maybe there’s a way both the team and the player reduce some risk.

Red Sox:  (2024)
OK, now that Devers is locked in, who’s next? How about Verdugo, the guy they got for  and who is only 26 and still has room to improve?

Yankees:  (2023)
He grew up a Yankees fan in New York, he plays a terrific center field, he’s a postseason hero and the fans already love him. It feels like this relationship is just getting started.


Guardians:  (2024)
Too optimistic? Maybe. But Bieber has endured enough injury trouble in recent years that perhaps he’d like to reduce his risk and lock in a few years beyond the date he's scheduled to reach free agency. Maybe.

Royals:  (2027)
Kansas City is building everything around Witt Jr., who looks like a franchise centerpiece. The Royals don’t always get access to this sort of talent, and when they’ve had it in the past, they’ve often lost that player. Let’s not go through this again with Witt.

Tigers:  (2028)
You could make an argument that now’s the right time to try to negotiate with , after the tough rookie year he just had. But Greene is a surer bet at this point -- as much as anything is a sure bet with this franchise right now.

Twins:  (2025)
There were offseason rumors that the Twins might shop Arraez around, but, you know, when you lose a bat like ’s, it’s good to keep a batting champ around.

White Sox:  (2024)
The White Sox actually have a few options here --  would be a wonderful South Sider for the next decade -- but what are the team’s alternatives if they lose Anderson? The 29-year-old’s $14 million club option for 2024 seems like a no-brainer to pick up, but Chicago will need to think beyond that.


Angels:  (2023)
I make it sound so easy: “Just extend Ohtani, would ya?”

Astros:  (2025)
The rest of the baseball world still underrates Tucker -- I’ve often joked that his baseball card may well read The Underrated Kyle Tucker on the back at this point -- but the Astros sure don’t. They'd best not let him go anywhere.

Athletics: (2028)
Not a lot of options here, but Langeliers (acquired in the trade) debuted in the Majors last season and has a bright future.

Mariners: (2023)
Now that he’s here, and seeming like such a perfect fit for this offense, maybe it’s worth making sure he stays around a while. It’s not like the Mariners are all in for just 2023.

Rangers:  (2028)
The Rangers have been giving out contracts to external free agents left and right. Perhaps it’s time to make sure their top in-house prospect is secured for as long as possible as well.


Braves:  (2024)
He’s the only one left at this point who hasn’t been extended, right?

Marlins:  (2026)
If the Marlins are looking to show they are ready to build something for the long haul, extending their electric, terrific centerpiece should be an excellent place to start.

Mets:  (2024)
He’s actually the youngest person in this entire lineup. But do they want to extend him, or look for an even bigger-name free agent somewhere down the line?

Nationals:  (2027)
It feels a year or two early for the Nats to be extending anyone, but Ruiz, a potential premium bat at a premium position, might be where they turn first.

Phillies:  (2023)
He was a centerpiece for Philadelphia back when the club was struggling. Can the Phillies really just let Hoskins leave now that they’re finally getting good?


Brewers:  (2024)
After the  trade, the Brewers probably should be a little bit more careful about letting their team’s core pitchers leave, no?

Cardinals:  (2023)
The left-hander was a perfect fit when he came over to St. Louis at the Trade Deadline, and the Cardinals don’t have a lot of pitchers locked in after this year. Is the debate between Montgomery and ?

Cubs:  (2023)
It has been long enough since the Cubs’ World Series win that Happ, who made his debut the next season, only has one more year left before free agency.

Pirates:  (2028)
The talent is through the roof, but will he be able to corral it into regular, consistent productivity? It might be worth it for the Pirates to take that chance.

Reds:  (2026)
Even after a down year, the fans love him. A franchise that has some certain credibility issues could do much worse than making sure India sticks around.


D-backs:  (2028)
Carroll looks like a guy who might be the last person ever to wear No. 7 for this franchise.

Dodgers:  (2023)
He's only 26, yet he’s entering the final year of his contract. Is this a guy who could be a Dodger for 20 years? If the Dodgers want to keep Urías, it will not be cheap.

Giants:  (2025)
It’s pretty difficult to find an extension candidate on the Giants, which says something about the readiness of their farm system and the way they do business over there, at least so far. But Webb, with a 2.96 ERA over the past two seasons, makes as much sense as anyone.

Padres:  (2023)
His contract runs through 2028, but he can opt out after this year, and very well may do so. Is there any way the Padres can hang onto their MVP?

Rockies:  (2023)
Cron has been a perfect fit with the Rockies. It feels like both sides should keep this going.