What has each team done (so far) this offseason?

March 12th, 2022

With a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, every Major League team can resume offseason business with a focus on filling any remaining holes on their 2022 roster.

But before any of that, here's a quick refresher on all the early offseason happenings for each club.


Blue Jays
Though the Blue Jays lost both reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray (Mariners) and Marcus Semien (Rangers) via free agency, the club also made a couple major additions. Among their big moves, they re-signed right-hander José Berríos to a seven-year, $131 million extension and added Kevin Gausman on a five-year, $110 million deal. More »

The O’s moved quickly to sign right-hander Jordan Lyles and veteran second baseman Rougned Odor to one-year deals before the lockout. Lyles’ deal is for $7 million with a $11 million club option for 2023 (and a $1 million buyout), adding a much-needed established presence behind John Means in Baltimore’s rotation. More »

The Rays crossed the three most important items off their to-do list in the first part of the offseason. First, they signed shortstop Wander Franco to a blockbuster contract extension that could keep the budding star in a Rays uniform for 12 years while paying him up to $223 million. They also acquired a pair of pitchers, signing veteran starter Corey Kluber to a one-year deal and inking lefty reliever Brooks Raley on a two-year deal. Lastly, Tampa Bay traded popular infielder Joey Wendle to Miami for outfield prospect Kameron Misner. More »

Red Sox
Boston’s offseason began with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez departing to sign a five-year deal with the Tigers. The Red Sox later added Michael Wacha to a one-year deal before making a flurry of moves prior to the CBA expiring. They signed veteran lefty James Paxton to a one-year, $10 million deal that included options for the 2023 and ’24 seasons. Boston also brought back fellow lefty Rich Hill on a one-year deal, then made a somewhat surprising deal in which outfielder Hunter Renfroe was dealt to Milwaukee in a trade that brought stud defender Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Boston. More »

The Yankees were relatively quiet at the outset of the offseason. They re-signed left-handed reliever Joely Rodríguez to a one-year, $2 million contract in November -- but that was about it. A number of players from the 2021 roster signed elsewhere, including: Greg Allen (Pirates), Clint Frazier (Cubs), Chris Gittens (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles), Tim Locastro (Red Sox), Nick Nelson (Phillies), Andrew Velazquez (Angels), Rougned Odor (Orioles), Corey Kluber (Rays) and Tyler Wade (Angels). More »


The Guardians weren’t too active before the lockout occurred, making just two minor moves in trading for Minor League righty Tobias Myers from Tampa Bay and signing free-agent backstop Sandy León. More »

The Royals weren’t part of the free-agent frenzy before the lockout, and that was by design. Their goal to open 2022 is, in part, to get their young players transitioned to the Major Leagues. That includes the hitters who are expected to make their debuts, like Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez, as well as the pitchers who made their debuts last year, like Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar and Jon Heasley. That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to upgrade the roster externally, especially in the bullpen. More »

The Tigers signed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year, $77 million contract on Nov. 16. A few weeks later, Detroit signed shortstop Javier Báez to a six-year, $140 million deal. On the trade front, the Tigers acquired catcher Tucker Barnhart from the Reds for third-base prospect Nick Quintana one day after the World Series ended. More »

The Twins signed right-hander Dylan Bundy to a one-year, $4 million deal, but their biggest move was an internal one. Minnesota signed star center fielder Byron Buxton to a massive seven-year, $100 million extension with significant incentive to remain with the franchise for the foreseeable future. More »

White Sox
The White Sox signed right-hander Kendall Graveman to a three-year, $24 million deal on Nov. 30. They also brought back utility man Leury García on a three-year, $16.5 million deal. Chicago also picked up the $16 million option on veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel and declined the $6 million club option on César Hernández. More »


The Angels made their first big splash of the offseason by signing right-hander Noah Syndergaard to a one-year deal for $21 million. They also signed right-hander Michael Lorenzen to a one-year contract worth $6.75 million, with the intention of him joining the rotation in 2022. And they improved their bullpen by re-signing closer Raisel Iglesias to a four-year, $58 million deal, while also inking lefty Aaron Loup to a two-year contract worth $17 million. More »

The Astros made a pair of moves prior to the start of the lockout, signing veteran relief pitcher Héctor Neris to a two-year, $17 million deal in November and bringing back Justin Verlander for 2022 on a one-year deal worth $25 million (with a $25 million option for ‘23). More »

The A’s reached deals with infielder Tony Kemp, outfielder Chad Pinder and right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra in November to avoid arbitration. Oakland’s managerial vacancy was also filled with the hiring of Mark Kotsay. Meanwhile, former Oakland outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha both signed with the Mets, while catcher Yan Gomes reached a two-year deal with the Cubs. More »

The Mariners made of the biggest splashes prior to the lockout, signing reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray to a five-year, $115 million deal. They also acquired second baseman Adam Frazier from the Padres. More »

The Rangers had one of the most active free agency periods before the lockout took effect, most notably by signing the middle-infield duo of the future with Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. Texas also added starting pitching depth with Jon Gray and another outfielder with Kole Calhoun. More »


Atlanta made a handful of moves prior to the lockout, signing catcher Manny Piña and right-hander Kirby Yates to two-year deals. The Braves also signed fellow righty Darren O’Day to a Minor League deal and acquired another right-hander, Jay Jackson, from the Giants. Of course, the biggest question for the club surrounds free agent Freddie Freeman. More »

Miami kicked things off by acquiring Jacob Stallings, the NL's reigning Gold Glove-winning catcher, from the Pirates. The Marlins also added a pair of Rays -- reliever Louis Head and infielder Joey Wendle -- and secured a five-year, $56 million extension for ace Sandy Alcantara. More »

It’s no secret that the Mets were among baseball’s busiest clubs prior to the lockout. Amid their free-agent frenzy, the club signed Max Scherzer (three years, $130 million), Starling Marte (four years, $78 million), Mark Canha (two years, $26.5 million) and Eduardo Escobar (two years, $20 million). More »

The Nationals have already addressed infield needs this offseason, re-signing versatile veteran Alcides Escobar to a one-year contract in October and inking César Hernández to a one-year deal in late November.The Nats have also been active in signing former big league players to Minor League deals, including Dee Strange-Gordon, Maikel Franco and Rusney Castillo. More »

The most notable offseason acquisition so far is right-hander Corey Knebel, who the Phillies said in December is likely to be their closer. Knebel signed a one-year, $10 million contract. The Phils also signed utility infielder Johan Camargo to a one-year deal hours before the lockout began. More »


The Brewers made some minor additions in November -- adding right-handers Trevor Gott and J.C. Mejía; catchers Pedro Severino and Brett Sullivan; and infielder Mike Brosseau -- but their biggest move came moments before the lockout. Minutes before rosters were frozen, the Brewers engineered a trade that sent Jackie Bradley Jr. and prospects to the Red Sox in exchange for power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe. More »

The Cardinals took a little while to make a big move, but when they did, it was a splash. The club landed starter Steven Matz on Nov. 29, adding a sorely needed left-hander who has found his footing in recent years. He profiles as the No. 3 or 4 starter in a rotation that will also feature Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas and a laundry list of names trying to contend for a starting role. More »

The Cubs were relatively busy ahead of the lockout, signing Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71 million deal, while also adding catcher Yan Gomes (two years, $13 million) and outfielder Clint Frazier (one year, $1.5 million). Chicago also re-signed outfielder Michael Hermosillo, acquired fellow outfielder Harold Ramírez from the Guardians and claimed left-hander Wade Miley off waivers from the Reds. More »

From the free-agent market, the Pirates acquired two big pieces for their 2022 battery: Left-hander José Quintana and catcher Roberto Pérez, both earning one-year deals. They also re-signed Yoshi Tsutsugo, who was briefly a free agent but will now be the team’s primary first baseman. More »

The Reds started the offseason by trading veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Tigers for Minor League third baseman Nick Quintana, leaving Cincinnati to turn to promising youngster Tyler Stephenson to be its everyday catcher. The club also lost left-hander Wade Miley to the Cubs via waivers. Outfielder Nick Castellanos is a free agent after declining the Reds' qualifying offer. More »


The biggest move the D-backs made in the first part of the offseason was signing reliever Mark Melancon to a two-year, $14 million contract. The D-backs also acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow from the Rays in exchange for a Minor Leaguer to give themselves a right-handed option in a lefty-heavy outfield. More »

The Dodgers didn't make any major splashes prior to the lockout, but they did make a handful of moves. The biggest one was re-signing utility man Chris Taylor to a four-year, $60 million deal. Los Angeles also signed left-hander Andrew Heaney to a one-year, $8.5 million contract. Most notable, perhaps, were the departures of Max Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million deal with the Mets and Corey Seager, who inked a 10-year, $324 million pact with the Rangers. More »

San Francisco prioritized rebuilding its starting rotation earlier this offseason, re-signing Anthony DeSclafani (three years, $36 million) and Alex Wood (two years, $25 million), while also adding newcomer Alex Cobb (two years, $20 million) to establish a solid veteran core around emerging ace Logan Webb. The Giants then wasted no time continuing that objective following the lockout, with a source telling MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Friday that the club reached a two-year deal with left-hander Carlos Rodón. That helped offset the loss of Kevin Gausman, who landed a five-year, $110 million deal from the Blue Jays. More »

The Padres dismissed Jayce Tingler shortly after the 2021 season came to an end, then shocked the baseball world in late October by hiring longtime A's skipper Bob Melvin away from Oakland. As for the roster, San Diego traded Adam Frazier to Seattle in exchange for lefty reliever Ray Kerr and outfield prospect Corey Rosier. The Padres also acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro from the Marlins. More »

The Rockies retained two potential free agents -- first baseman C.J.Cron (two years, $14.5 million) and right-handed relief pitcher Jhoulys Chacín (one year, $1.25 million). They achieved cost certainty with righty starter Antonio Senzatela (five years, $43 million, with a 2027 option) two years before free agency and catcher Elias Díaz (three years, $14.5 million) as he entered his last year of arbitration. More »