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That’s how free agency is supposed to feel.

Major League Baseball took a page out of the NBA and NFL playbooks with a wild signing period on Monday. Hundreds of millions of dollars were thrown around. Major contracts were signed. Stars moved locations.

Now let’s react, grade the deals and see what the landscape of the league looks like as a lockout looms.

No one to Yankees

Contract: 0 years, $0

Grade: Incomplete. The Yankees sat out the first wave of free agency, missed out on Corey Seager and continued to (mostly) ignore the top of the market under Hal Steinbrenner’s watch. It may be leading to more balanced books, but it’s certainly not leading to World Series titles.

Corey Seager

to Rangers

Contract: 10 years, $325M

Grade: B+. This is a long contract for a player that’s had injury issues (including a bad hip) and will most certainly move off a premium position as the years go on, but it’s a game-changing move for a franchise that wants to be taken seriously again.

Max Scherzer

to Mets

Contract: 3 years, $130M

Grade: A. Forget the age. Forget the dollars. This is a culture-changing move. Scherzer’s energy (and close to 200 excellent innings) changes everything about every team he’s on, almost instantly. This is the first time the Mets seem like a true NL East threat since 2015-2016.

Robbie Ray

to Mariners

Contract: Five years, $115M

Grade: B+. Here come the Mariners! Ray is a bit risky after just one dominant season, but let’s assume that his mechanics can be repeated outside of Toronto.

Kevin Gasuman to Blue Jays

Contract: Five years, $110M

Grade: B. For these prices, the Jays probably should have just kept Ray. Gausman is quite good, but struggled down the stretch last year and had hip stiffness.

Marcus Semien

to Rangers

Contract: Seven years, $175M

Grade: B. Semien is an excellent player that comes with versatility. But seven years is a lot for a middle infielder that’s already crossed the dreaded age of 30.

Jon Gray to Rangers

Contract: Four years, $56M

Grade: C. Texas is paying for upside while trying to win right away. It’s a bold strategy on Gray, a pitcher that’s always seemed to be more talented than his numbers show.

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Source : https://www.nj.com/sports/2021/11/mlb-rumors-free-agency-grades-analysis-corey-seager-to-rangers-max-scherzer-to-mets-yankees-inactivity.html

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