The MLB offseason of 2019-20 is still fairly young, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free agent player and team pairings and potential trades are circulating, and we’re here to get you up to speed on all the scuttle. We also have a rundown of all of the key dates in this year’s offseason and our ranking of the top 50 free agents on the market, and here’s an explainer on the “luxury tax” and its implications for the winter.
As expected, right-hander Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals following a strong regular season and even better October. Strasburg had four years and $100 million remaining on his deal. The Nationals are the favorites to sign Strasburg this winter, but the Padres also plan to make a run at signing the 31-year-old. The Yankees are reportedly in the mix, as well.
It’s possible Strasburg’s free agency won’t last too long, however. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Strasburg could re-sign with the Nationals before the Winter Meetings begin on Dec. 8. Feinsand also said that this offseason’s market could have more early movement than last winter’s, when Manny Machado and Bryce Harper went unsigned into February.
“The thing with Harper last year, [agent] Scott Boras had to develop a market for Harper,” Feinsand said on MLB Network. “There weren’t multiple teams saying, ‘Here’s $300 million, here’s $330 million.’
“A lot of teams want Cole. A lot of teams want Rendon. I think these two guys may move faster because they’re not going to have to manufacture markets for them. These guys are in demand. It’s going to be a matter of who’s willing to give them the most money, but I don’t think these two players are going to be the ones who are going into deep February [unsigned].”
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