MLB Lockout Overshadows Exciting Off-Season


RJ Ciaffone, Junior High Staff Writer

The 2021 MLB off-season was like no other right now. We are in a lockout and many players got a lot of money. Many teams made moves to make them look like contenders and many took a drop off. I will be breaking down all the moves or at least the big ones that will affect the 2022 MLB season.

Corey Seager and Marcus Siemin and the Texas Rangers splash in the off-season. The Texas Rangers were a bottom five team in the MLB last season. Although these moves won’t put them over the hump it will get them to a respectable place. Seager was a World Series MVP. And Siemin was a 40 HomeRun hitter last season. Corey Seager might be the most clutch player in baseball. He is great on defense and great on offense.

Robbie Ray is the 2021 Al Cy Young winner so he got a big pay day – a five-year, $115 million contract with an opt-out after the third season. The Blue Jays didn’t have the money to pay him so they went with Kevin Gauseman. Ray is a great pitcher the Seattle Mariners need. So they picked him up and they can now contend with the Houston Astros. They do not know the future of Carlos Correa.

Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he has just paired up with the best in baseball, Jacob DeGrom, on the New York Mets. The Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to the Angels too. The Mets had an underwhelming season last year. Now they have a shot at the World Series. Although the Mets lost Javi Baez to the Tigers the Mets also went out to get three other All Stars – Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million deal, Eduardo Escobar to a $20 million deal and Mark Canha to a multi-year deal worth $26.5 million. The Mets look like they can be a team on the lookout for 2022.

There are still many more people out there but due to the lockout of the MLB superstars like Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa cannot sign. Once the MLBPA clears the drama players can sign again. This may be the best MLB off-season ever.