With the lockout now over and Opening Day fast approaching, Major League Baseball is back open for business as teams rush to add free agents looking for new homes.
Keep up with all the frenzy of transactions below with our Trade and Signing tracker:
Yankees trade Voit to Padres for pitching prospect
• Padres receive: Luke Voit
• Yankees receive: Pitching prospect Justin Lange.
The Yankees had a surplus of hitters after the additions of Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo. So Luke Voit was shipped off to San Diego for 2020 first-round pick Justin Lange. The 31-year-old Voit struggled in 2021 hitting .239/.328/.437 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 68 games after he hit 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 56 games during the 2020 season.
Dodgers land California-born Freddie Freeman
Contract Details: Six years, $162 million
Freeman was the 2020 National League MVP. The first baseman helped the Atlanta Braves to their fourth straight NL East title last season and their first World Series championship since 1995. Now the 32-year-old five-time All-Star will be playing not far from where he grew up in Orange County.
Kris Bryant headed to the Rockies
Contract Details: Seven years, $182 million
Bryant is going to his third team in eight months after spending his first six major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, who traded him to San Francisco last July.
Blue Jays acquire all-star third baseman Matt Chapman from Athletics
• Blue Jays receive: Matt Chapman
• Athletics receive: Right-handed pitching prospect Gunnar Hoglund, infielder Kevin Smith, left-handed pitching prospect Zach Logue and left-handed reliever Kirby Snead.
The Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash in the trade market, shoring up their infield with the addition of all-star third baseman Matt Chapman. In exchange the Jays are sending four players back to Oakland, headlined by 2021 first-round pick Gunnar Hoglund. The deal gives Toronto one of the top gloves on third base and another power right-handed bat to the middle of the lineup.
Joc Pederson to San Francisco
Contract Details: One year, $6 million
Pederson became just the ninth player to capture back-to-back World Series titles with different teams after helping the Atlanta Braves win last season and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.
Cubs make history with signing of Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki
Contract Details: Five years, $85 million
The Chicago Cubs made a big addition to their outfield by reaching a historic contract agreement with outfielder Seiya Suzuki. The deal is one of the largest postings from Japan in MLB history. The 27-year-old Suzuki was a five-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner over nine seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Nippon Professional Baseball. He batted .317 with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs in 132 games last season and had nearly as many walks (87) as strikeouts (88).
NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario returns to Braves
Contract Details: Two years, $8 million
The Atlanta Braves stayed busy by retaining outfielder Eddie Rosario. Rosario broke out in a big way for the Braves in the playoffs out rout to a World Series title. He will continue to play a prominent role with Ronald Acuna Jr. still recovering from a serious leg injury.
Phillies swoop in to sign Kyle Schwarber
Contract details: Four years, $80 million
The Philadelphia Phillies added power left-handed bat Kyle Schwarber on a four-year deal worth just under $20 million a season. Schwarber, who is still only 29, won the World Series with the Cubs in 2016 and had a career-year in 2021 split between the Red Sox and Nationals, including 16 home runs in the month of June alone.
Anthony Rizzo returns to Yankees
Contract details: Two years, $32 million,
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the New York Yankees have agreed to a two-year contract to bring Anthony Rizzo back to the Big Apple. New York acquired Rizzo before 2021 trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs. In 49 regular season games with the Yankees, the 32-year-old slashed .249/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 21 RBI. The Yankees were also among the rumoured teams interested in signing free agent Freddie Freeman along with the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Braves add top reliever Collin McHugh
Contract details: Two years, $10 million, club option for third year at $6 million
The Atlanta Braves are adding a veteran right-handed arm for their bullpen in Collin McHugh. The 34-year-old pitched in 37 games and made seven starts for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, compiling a 6-1 record and a 1.55 ERA with 74 strikeouts and one save. His 1.55 ERA was fourth lowest in the majors among pitchers with as many innings last season, and his 2.11 ERA as a reliever since 2018 is second lowest in the majors (min. 100.0 IP).
Former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen joining Brewers
Contract details: TBD
The Milwaukee Brewers are adding some veteran skill to their outfield with the addition of Andrew McCutchen. The 35-year-old McCutchen hit .222 with 27 home runs and 80 RBIs last year for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was the NL MVP in 2013 and is a five-time All-Star.
Mariners acquire All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker from Reds
• Mariners receive: infielder Eugenio Suárez, Outfielder Jesse Winker
• Reds receive: right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, left-handed pitcher Brandon Williamson and a player to be named later or cash considerations
The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in exchange for a package of players. The trade gives the Mariners what they coveted for their batting order. They're getting a left-handed hitter who can play in the outfield and a corner infielder with major power just three seasons removed from hitting 49 home runs.
Mets add right-hander Adam Ottavino to boost bullpen
Contract Details: One-year, money TBD
The New York Mets added some bullpen depth by signing big right-hander Adam Ottavino to a one-year contract. The six-foot-five reliever had 11 saves and seven holds for the Red Sox in 2021.
Braves acquire star first baseman Matt Olson from Athletics
• Braves receive: Matt Olson
• Athletics receive: right-handed pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes, catcher Shea Langeliers and outfielder Cristian Pache
The Atlanta Braves traded for a replacement from Freddie Freeman, acquiring All-Star first baseman Matt Olson from the Oakland A's for four top prospects, including their top two prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Olson, who is arbitration-eligible, is a Georgia native who hit a career-high 39 home runs in 2021. He turns 28 on March 29.
Nationals sign utilityman Ehire Adrianza for bench depth
Contract details: One-year, $1.5 million
The Washington Nationals have added another bat to the bench with the addition of utlityman Ehire Adrianza. The 32-year-old was one of the most productive pinch hitters in 2021, leading the majors with eight pinch hit doubles. He can play both the infield and outfield.
Brad Hand agrees to deal with Phillies after challenging season
Contract details: One-year, $6 million
Veteran left-hander Brad Hand will try to bounceback from a challenging season after spending 2021 with three teams. The former Washington Nationals closer was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the trade deadline but was designated for assignment less than a month later after struggling to make outs. He finished the season with the Mets and overall posted a a 3.90 ERA and a 21.9 per cent strikeout rate in 57 games.
Veteran closer Sean Doolittle returning to Nationals
Contract details: TBD
All-star reliever Sean Doolittle is returning to the Nationals after splitting last season with the Reds and Mariners. The 35-year-old was a member of Washington's 2019 World Series championship team and he pitched parts of four seasons in D.C. after being acquired during the 2017 campaign. Doolittle appeared in 56 games last season, posting a 4.53 RA with 53 strikeouts.
Yankees acquire Josh Donaldson from the Twins, marking his return to the AL East
• Yankees receive: Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and backup catcher Ben Rortvedt
• Twins receive: catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela
Josh Donaldson is back in the AL East and could face the Blue Jays 19 times this season. He'll head to the Bronx to join the Yankees and new teammate Gerrit Cole, whose reduced spin rate Donaldson noted in light of MLB's crackdown on sticky substances.
Donaldson has three years left on his deal and is still owed $50 million. After playing in just 28 games in 2020, he had a better 2021, slashing .247/.352/.475 with 26 home runs.
The Twins meanwhile get off some money owed, shedding the final three years of Donaldson's contract, picking up Sanchez and Urshella, both in the final year of their deals.
Nelson Cruz agrees to terms with Nationals
Contract details: One year, $15 million
This new collective bargaining agreement comes with a universal DH and a lot of new jobs for professional hitters. The Nationals are the first National League team to go get a pure DH.
The timing is good for Nelson Cruz, earning yet another deal. Now 41, Cruz has made the majority of his money in the latter part of his career as he's continued to produce, though between Minnesota and Tampa Bay, Cruz's numbers dipped in 2021 with an OPS of .725, the first time he's been under .800 since 2012.
The Blue Jays reach an agreement with left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi
Contract details: Three years, $36 million
The Blue Jays have bolstered what’s becoming one of the deeper pitching staffs in baseball. Kikuchi will join a rotation that already featured Jose Berrios, Kevin Gausman, Hyun Jin Ryu and Alek Manoah.
The 30-year-old had an ERA of 4.41 with a WHIP of 1.318 and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 157 innings last season and is the type of subtle-tinker job starter the Blue Jays have had success with in recent years.
Twins pick up two pitchers from the Reds
• Twins receive: right-hander Sonny Grey and minor leaguer Francis Peguero
• Reds receive: Chase Petty, Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft
The Minnesota Twins added two pitchers in right-hander Sonny Grey and minor leaguer Francis Peguero from the Cincinnati Reds. In return, the Reds picked up Chase Petty, Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. Gray posted a 7-9 record in 26 starts with a 4.19 ERA and 155 strikeouts in over 135 1/3 innings pitched in an injury riddled 2021 season.
Mets acquire Bassitt from A's for 2 minor leaguers
• Mets receive: right-hander Chris Bassitt
• Athletics receive: right-handers J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller
The New York Mets added another strong piece to their rotation acquiring righty Chris Bassitt from the Oakland Athletics for right-handers J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller. Bassitt posted a 12-4 record with a 3.15 ERA in 27 starts last season and also came back from being hit the face by a 100 m.p.h. liner on Aug. 17 in Chicago.
Jordan Lyles, RHP, returns to the Baltimore Orioles on a new deal
Contract details: One year, $7 million
Lyles went 10-13 with a 5.15 ERA for the Texas Rangers last season. The right-hander joins a Baltimore staff that posted a 5.84 ERA last year, by far the worst in the major leagues. The 31-year-old Lyles is entering his 12th big league season.
Joe Kelly, RHP, signs with the Chicago White Sox
Contract details: Two years, salary undisclosed
Two-time World Series winner Joe Kelly has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Jeurys Familia, RHP, joins the Philadelphia Phillies
Contract details: One year, $6 million
Familia is leaving the Mets on a one-year, $6 million deal with the Phillies that could be worth as much as $7 million with incentives, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Clayton Kershaw, LHP, returns to the Los Angeles Dodgers
Contract details: One year, $17 million
The future Hall of Famer was arguably the best starting pitcher on the market, but he opted to return for a 15th season with the Dodgers. The 33-year-old is a three-time Cy Young winner, but is coming off one of his weaker statistical seasons and an elbow injury that prevented him from pitching in the post-season.
Carlos Rodon, LHP, heads west to join the San Francisco Giants
Contract details: Two years, $44 million
After seven seasons with the White Sox, Rodon is heading west to join another World Series contender. The 29-year-old was an all-star in 2021, threw a no-hitter against Cleveland and finished fifth in American League Cy Young Award voting. He has a career 3.79 ERA over seven MLB seasons, all in Chicago.
Nick Wittgren, RHP, joins the St. Louis Cardinals
Contract details: One year, $1.2 million
The St. Louis Cardinals have secured the services of right-hander Nick Wittgren. The 30-year-old posted a 2-9 record, 62.1 innings pitched, 61 strikeouts and made his first Major League start in 2021 for the Cleveland Guardians. His one-year deal with the Cards is worth $1.2M according to Ken Rosenthal.
Adam Ottavino, RHP, moves to the New York Mets
Contract details: One year, $4 million
Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino has reportedly crossed over to Subway Series rivals New York Mets and agreed to a one-year $4M contract according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The former New York Yankee's contract would also include $1M in performance incentives.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, joins the Chicago Cubs
Contract details: One year, $4 million
The Cubs have added an experienced veteran to their remade infield following a drastic sell-off at last season's trade deadline. The 32-year-old Simmons is a four-time Gold Glove winner during his 10-year career. Last season he appeared in 131 games with the Twins, hitting .223/.283/.274 with three home runs.
Tim Lacastro, OF, returns to the New York Yankees
Contract details: Major-league contract, further terms undisclosed
Outfielder Tim Locastro is returning to the New York Yankees on a one-year major league contract. The Blue Jays 13th round pick in 2013 batted .180 (25-for-139) with two home runs in 64 games between the Arizona Dimondbacks and the Yankees last season.
Andrew Vasquez, LHP, adds depth to the Toronto Blue Jays
Contract details: One-year, $800,000
The Toronto Blue Jays added some pitching depth by agreeing to a major-league contract with left-hander Andrew Vasquez. The 28-year-old appeared in two games with the Dodgers last season, but he appeared in 39 triple-A games in the Dodgers system, pitching 48.1 bullpen innings with a 3.54 ERA and 79 strikeouts.
Martin Perez, LHP, reunites with the Texas Rangers
Contract details: One year, $4 million
Veteran left-hander Martin Perez is set for a reunion with the Texas Rangers. Texas initially signed Perez as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in July 2007, and he made his big-league debut with the Rangers in 2012. After his first seven MLB seasons with the Rangers, Perez went to Minnesota in free agency before the 2019 season and then to the Red Sox before the COVID-19-altered 2020 season.
Rangers and Twins kick off trade season
• Rangers receive: catcher Mitch Garver
• Twins receive: shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
The Texas Rangers picked up a catcher Mitch Garver from the Minnesota Twins for shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
The Rangers had a surplus in the middle infield after signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in free agency which led to Kiner-Falefa being a trade asset. He hit .271 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs last season while also posting a career-high 20 stolen bases.
Garver was the Twins primary catcher last season where he had 13 home runs and 34 RBIs.
Nationals sign reliever Steve Cishek
Contract details: One year, $1.75 million
The Washington Nationals are signing right-handed reliever Steve Cishek to a one-year contract
As the Nationals continue their rebuild, Cishek, a side-arm-throwing, sinkerballing reliever, could be flipped at the deadline. He appeared in 74 games last season with the Los Angeles Angels and had a 3.42 ERA.
During his 12-year career with the 35-year-old has a 32-39 record with 132 saves and a 2.85 ERA.