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Teams spend $1.4 billion on MLB day, league is likely to be locked down

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NEWYORK – Before the lockdown, players loaded on Wednesday as the major league teams unlocked their coffers for an unprecedented spend.

Major League Baseball clubs pledged a record $1.4 billion salary in a single day on Wednesday, hours before the league is expected to lock down the following 11 players: 59 p.m. expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Six nine-figure contracts have been awarded, including two from Texas Rangers – reserve Corey Seager gets $325 million over 10 years and quarterback Marcus Semien will earn $175 million over seven years.

The Detroit Tigers have acquired quarterback Javier Báez for $140 million, a six-year contract, ace Max Scherzer is guaranteed $130 million over three years from the New York Mets, and right-hander Kevin Gausman has landed the Toronto Blue Jays for $110 million over five years. Twins hub operator Byron Buxton has also completed a seven-year, $100 million contract to stay in Minnesota.

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This is the first time teams have spent more than $1 billion in a single day.

“This is really exciting,” says Scherzer. “I’m a fan of the game and to see people sign right now, to really watch the teams compete in this trendy fashion, it’s refreshing because we’ve seen a freeze in the game. some recent competitions.”

The 23 deals and counts announced Wednesday total $1,408,250,000, part of about $2 billion in new contracts delivered since the end of the World Series before the CBA expiration.

“This year was a situation where we got some calls early and were interested in what we were asking for,” said Semien, a freelance agent for the second year in a row. “It just got easier to narrow down the decision. What it becomes is an opportunity to build something. “

The league and the federation are likely to lead to a protracted labor dispute after the main league average salary fell on opening day 2021 for the fourth consecutive season.

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Players and teams alike may have feared the chaos of a limited free dealer window in the spring if the lockout was that long. That pushes agents, general managers and owners to act before listings are frozen.

“It’s 50-50,” Báez said, “We don’t know what will happen when the deadline comes. I’m just sure I want to be with one of the best teams.”

Teams will likely be unable to communicate with their players during the downtime.

“We talked about that yesterday. It’s funny when you sign it and the next day you’re closed,” Seager said. “They answered me first. I know what to expect from them. They know what to expect from me. They know I’ll be ready. They know I want to be prepared.”

However, a lot of big names are still on the board. Diving star Carlos Correa, first reserve player Freddie Freeman, third reserve Kris Bryant, short-distance runner Trevor Story and midfielder Nick Castellanos are still frees and may have to wait until the next season. spring or later to find a home.

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Based on estimates of the remaining unsigned players, MLB predicts season spending will be around $3 billion on the all-star free agency class, about $700 million more than the previous high. there.

Among other transactions completed on Wednesday:

– RHP Marcus Stroman for the Chicago Cubs, $71 million over three years.

– OF/INF Chris Taylor returns to Los Angeles Dodgers, $60 million over 4 years.

– RHP Raisel Iglesias to stay with Los Angeles Angels, $58 million for four years.

– RHP Jon Gray to Texas, $56 million over 4 years.

– Avisail Garcia to Miami, $53 million over four years.

– Alex Wood Film Festival to San Francisco, $25 million within two years.

– INF Eduardo Escobar to New York Mets, $20 million over two years.

– INF/OF Leury Garcia for the Chicago White Sox, $16.5 million over three years.

– C Yan Gomes to the Chicago Cubs, $13 million over two years.

– RHP Yimi Garcia to Toronto, $11 million over two years.

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– RHP Corey Knebel to Philadelphia, $10 million for a year.

– RHP Corey Kluber to Tampa Bay, $8 million for a year.

– RHP Andres Munoz with Seattle, $7.5 million over four years.

– RHP Luis Garcia with San Diego, $7 million over two years.

– C Roberto Perez to Pittsburgh, $5 million for a year.

– RHP Dylan Bundy to Minnesota, $5 million for a year.

– C Kevin Plawecki with Boston, $2.25 million for a year.

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