With MLB’s lockdown finally over and Opening Day set for April 7, free agency resumes as league teams look to complete their off-season shopping. Keep it here all night for the latest baseball moves and rumors.
Yankees target Freeman?
ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that some rival executives are curious whether or not the New York Yankees will make a quick move to first base Freddie Freeman.
As trades begin, some rival executives wonder if Yankees are trying to move on quickly Freddie Freeman.
—Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 10, 2022
The longtime Atlanta Braves slugger hasn’t reached a deal to stay with the 2021 World Series winners before the lockdown and is believed to be considering several options when free agency resumes.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted earlier in the week that the small-market Tampa Bay Rays made an offer to Freeman before the lockdown and added that the Yankees were “very interested.” Heyman also adds that the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers could suit Freeman while the Braves stay in the game.
Sources: The low-income Tampa Bay Rays have become a superstar Freddie Freeman an offer before the lockout. Very interested Yankees. Jays, Dodgers, others might fit. It’s a surprise Braves didn’t lock him in before the lockout; they remain mixed. (New Daily Feature: Baseball News)
—Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 7, 2022
Phillies may have to wait for Suarez
Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Suarez doesn’t have his visa due to the lockdown and is unlikely to be ready on Opening Day, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.
According to @MattGelb Ranger Suarez doesn’t have his visa yet (due to a lockdown) and he’s unlikely to be ready on opening day. Just a reminder that we will have lasting effects from this lockdown for a while.
— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) March 10, 2022
Suarez dominated last season, posting a 1.36 ERA in 39 appearances over 106.0 innings.
Let the games begin!
Beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT following the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement, players and teams are allowed to negotiate contracts, restarting the free agency period after 99 days.