Monday, November 7, 2022

The Hot Stove League has Begun


For the benefit of my readers who are not baseball fans, The Hot Stove League is speculating about free-agent signings and trades that may or may not occur in the off-season.  Back in the old days, a reserve clause bound players to their team unless they were released or traded.  After six years of service, players may declare free agency and sign with another team.  The Mets and Yankees had good seasons as they made the post-season, but neither advanced to the World Series.  They obviously want to make moves to improve for 2023.  The teams may also lose players.  The question is how much money the team should offer to players.  The salaries are outrageous to pay men to play a boy's game.  The fans who buy tickets are paying these salaries.

Below is a list of players for the Mets and Yankees who may become free agents.


RHP Chris Bassitt (mutual option), RHP Carlos Carrasco (club option), LHP Alex Claudio, RHP John Curtiss (club option), RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Mychal Givens (mutual option), RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Trevor May, OF Tyler Naquin, OF Brandon Nimmo, RHP Adam Ottavino, LHP Joely Rodríguez, 1B Daniel Vogelbach (club option), RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Trevor Williams


OF Andrew Benintendi, LHP Zack Britton, DH Matt Carpenter, RHP Miguel Castro, LHP Aroldis Chapman, UTL Marwin Gonzalez, RHP Chad Green, OF Aaron Judge, 1B Anthony Rizzo (opt-out), RHP Jameson Taillon

Stay tuned.

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