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MLB free-agency tracker: Latest moves, grades and analysis

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Passan: Rangers have best middle infield in MLB after spending splurge (1:23)

Jeff Passan reports on the Rangers committing $500M to sign Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to big contracts. (1:23)

Free agency is on hold until the league and the union agree on a new CBA, but the 2021-22 MLB hot stove got off to a scorching start, with teams making some major moves in an effort to win a title next season.

Below is a running list of notable transactions, along with analysis and grades for the most important ones.

Key links: Everything you need to know about the MLB offseason | All free-agent signings

Dec. 1

Marcus Stroman announces he's signing with the Chicago Cubs

Stroman has reached a deal with the Cubs, the right-hander announced Wednesday on social media. Sources told ESPN the deal is for three years, $71 million. Story »

Grade: Marcus Stroman is the first step for rebuilding Cubs. Jesse Rogers »


Dodgers bring back Chris Taylor

UT Chris Taylor and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a four-year, $60 million deal, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »


Diamondbacks sign Mark Melancon

RHP Mark Melancon and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement on a two-year, $14 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN. Story »


Twins begin rotation rebuild with Dylan Bundy

The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Dylan Bundy to a $5 million, one-year contract, the team announced. Story »


Rich Hill joins Red Sox on one-year deal

Free-agent left-hander Rich Hill has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Boston Red Sox, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Wednesday. Story »


Nick Martinez signs four-year deal with San Diego

The San Diego Padres and right-hander Nick Martinez have agreed on a four-year, $20 million contract, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »


RHP Corey Knebel signs with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-handed reliever Corey Knebel to a $10 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. Story »


Red Sox trade RF Hunter Renfroe to Brewers, get back CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Boston Red Sox have traded Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchanged for former Red Sox star Jackie Bradley Jr. Boston also received minor league infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas in the deal. Story »

Nov. 30

Tigers land SS Javier Baez

Javier Baez and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a 6-year, $140 million deal with an opt-out clause, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Story »

Grade: Was Javier Baez the right choice for the Tigers? Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)


Angels bring back RHP Raisel Iglesias

Closer Raisel Iglesias and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a four-year contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday night. Story »


Red Sox reach deal with LHP James Paxton

Left-hander James Paxton and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with a two-year club option, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday. Story »


Cubs add C Yan Gomes, OF Clint Frazier

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with catcher Yan Gomes, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan. The team also is set to sign Clint Frazier, the former New York Yankee, to a one-year contract, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers. Terms of that deal weren't immediately known. Story »


Pirates bring in C Roberto Perez

Catcher Roberto Perez and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »


White Sox agree to terms with IF/OF Leury Garcia

The Chicago White Sox have come to terms with free agent infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia, a baseball source familiar with the deal told ESPN. Story »


Marlins get 3B Joey Wendle in trade with Rays

The Miami Marlins acquired third baseman Joey Wendle as part of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays sources told ESPN. In return, the Rays got back Kameron Misner, a 23-year-old OF/3B prospect. Story »


Orioles add 2B Rougned Odor

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Rougned Odor. Story »


Yankees re-sign trio

Infielder Gio Urshela agreed to a $6.55 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, while starting pitcher Domingo German agreed to $1.75 million and pitcher Lucas Luetge to $905,000. Story »


Braves tender contract to Adam Duvall

The Atlanta Braves tendered a contract to slugger Adam Duvall, ensuring the National League RBIs leader returns to the World Series-winning club for another season. Story »

Nov. 29

Rangers give 10 years to superstar SS Corey Seager

Star shortstop Corey Seager and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a 10-year, $325 million deal, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »

Grade: Grading the Rangers' latest splurge: Can Corey Seager help Texas contend? Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)

Fantasy: How Corey Seager's fantasy value changes in Texas Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN+)


Mets make megadeal with RHP Max Scherzer

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How did the Mets land Max Scherzer?

Jeff Passan reports on Max Scherzer finalizing a massive 3-year deal with the Mets.

Star right-hander Max Scherzer and the New York Mets have agreed to a three-year, $130 million contract, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »

Analysis: Max Scherzer's megadeal changes the narrative for the Mets. Alden Gonzalez (ESPN+)

Fantasy: What happens to Scherzer's fantasy value in Flushing? Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN+)


Mariners finalizing contract with LHP Robbie Ray

The Seattle Mariners and Robbie Ray are finalizing a five-year, $115 million contract with an opt-out after the third season, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »

Grade: Mariners hope Ray will help end their playoff drought. David Schoenfield (ESPN+)

Fantasy: Will Robbie Ray still be great in Seattle? Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN+)


Braves sign reliever Kirby Yates to two-year deal

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year, $8.25 million deal with right-handed reliever Kirby Yates, the team announced Monday. Story »


Giants closing in on RHP Alex Cobb

Right-hander Alex Cobb is close to finalizing an agreement with the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports. Story »


Marlins trade with Pirates for Jacob Stallings to two-year deal

The Miami Marlins have made a trade for Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Marlins sent over pitcher Zach Thompson and prospects Kyle Nicolas and Connor Scott in the deal. Story »

Nov. 28

Rangers start offseason spending with Marcus Semien, Jon Gray deals

Shortstop Marcus Semien is the first of the premier shortstops to sign this offseason, inking a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Texas Rangers. A few hours later, the Rangers added Gray to their rotation. Story »

Grade: Is Semien worth the offseason's highest contract so far? Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)


Kevin Gausman inks five-year deal with Blue Jays

Right-handed starter Kevin Gausman signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, who already extended Jose Berrios this offseason. Story »

Grade: Which version of Gausman will the Blue Jays be getting? David Schoenfield (ESPN+)


Twins sign star Byron Buxton to incentive-laden deal

Center fielder Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Story »

Analysis: Twins, Buxton find perfect balance in incentive-laden deal. David Schoenfield (ESPN+)


Rays add two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber on a one-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $8 million guaranteed deal with right-hander Corey Kluber, with the potential for $13 million if he pitches a full season, according to multiple reports. Story »

Grade: Rays hope to solidify rotation with Kluber. David Schoenfield (ESPN+)


Marlins add OF Avisail Garcia on a four-year deal, working on Sandy Alcantara extension

The Miami Marlins have agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with Avisail Garcia, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan, and also are working on a four-year, $56 million extension with pitcher Sandy Alcantara. Story »

Nov. 27

Astros sign reliever Hector Neris to two-year deal

The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with right-handed reliever Hector Neris, a source confirmed to ESPN. Story »

Mariners trade for Adam Frazier, Padres acquire Raymond Kerr and Corey Rosier

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a trade with the San Diego Padres, acquiring All-Star 2B/OF Adam Frazier for lefty reliever Raymond Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier. Story »

Nov. 26

Mets continue upgrades, sign Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar

The New York Mets went big on Friday night, signing Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million deal, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN. Earlier in the night, they had agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN. Story »

Grade: Inside Mets' Black Friday binge and Starling Marte's impact. Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)


Red Sox add RHP Michael Wacha

Right-hander Michael Wacha and the Boston Red Sox are finalizing a one-year contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Friday. Story »

Nov. 24

Mets sign OF Nick Plummer

Outfielder Nick Plummer has signed a league-minimum contract with the New York Mets. Story »

Nov. 23

Rays go all-in on SS Wander Franco

Sources confirm to ESPN that Wander Franco, 20, has agreed to a 12-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that guarantees him around $185 million. The deal is worth a maximum of $223 million. Story »

Analysis:

• Why 20-year-old Wander Franco is worth every penny to the Rays. David Schoenfield (ESPN+)

• Franco? Rays? MLB? Why EVERYBODY wins with new megadeal. Kiley McDaniel (ESPN+)


White Sox sign RHP Kendall Graveman

Relief pitcher Kendall Graveman, 31, has agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, sources confirm to ESPN. Story »


Cardinals add LHP Steven Matz

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What Steven Matz's signing does for the Cards

David Schoenfield likes the Cardinals' signing of Steven Matz and has no patience for gripes from the Mets' owner.

Starting pitcher Steven Matz, a key component to a turnaround season for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021, has agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, pending a physical, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday night. Story »

More: Mets owner Steve Cohen calls out Matz's agent for "unprofessional behavior." Story »

Nov. 22

Angels add LHP Aaron Loup

Aaron Loup and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract. Story »


Giants keep RHP Anthony DeSclafani

Anthony DeSclafani and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract. Story »

Nov. 21

Brewers add C Pedro Severino

Pedro Severino and the Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. Story »

Nov. 17

Astros bring back RHP Justin Verlander

The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for a second season. Story »

Grade: Astros bet on more greatness from Verlander. Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)


Giants retain 1B Brandon Belt

Brandon Belt accepted a $18.4 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, the only one to accept among the 14 free agents who received the offers from their former clubs on Nov. 7. Story »

Nov. 16

Angels add RHP Noah Syndergaard

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What Syndergaard's deal with Angels means for pitching landscape

Joon Lee breaks down what Noah Syndergaard's contract with the Angels means for the free-agent pitching landscape.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a one-year, $21 million deal, pending physical. Story »

Grade: Is Thor the hero the Angels need? Alden Gonzalez (ESPN+)


Blue Jays extend RHP Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios has reached agreement on a seven-year, $131 million extension with the Toronto Blue Jays. Story »

Nov. 15

Tigers add LHP Eduardo Rodriguez

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What Eduardo Rodriguez in Detroit means for Tigers, Red Sox

Joon Lee breaks down how Eduardo Rodriguez signing with Detroit affects the Tigers and Red Sox.

Former Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers are in agreement on a five-year deal worth $77 million. Story »

Analysis: Under-the-radar Eduardo Rodriguez brings competitive fire to the Tigers. Buster Olney (ESPN+)

Grade: Tigers add E-Rod, make offseason's first splash. Bradford Doolittle (ESPN+)


Braves add C Manny Pina

Manny Pina signed with the World Series-champion Braves on a two-year, $8 million deal after hitting 13 home runs in 75 games with the Brewers in 2020. Story »

Nov. 14

Marlins add RHP Louis Head

The Miami Marlins acquired right-hander Louis Head from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash. Story »

Nov. 13

Rays trade INF Mike Brosseau to Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired infielder Mike Brosseau from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Evan Reifert on Saturday in a trade between division winners. Story »


Rockies keep RHP Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacín is staying with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing Saturday to a guaranteed $1.25 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. Story »

Nov. 10

Yankees keep LHP Joely Rodriguez

Left-hander Joely Rodriguez and the New York Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, three days after New York declined a $3 million option in favor of a $500,000 buyout. Story »

Nov. 8

Dodgers add LHP Andrew Heaney

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who entered this offseason with several holes to fill on their pitching staff, signed Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract worth $8.5 million. Story »


Cardinals keep LHP T.J. McFarland

Left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland became the first of this year's major league free agents to reach an agreement, getting a one-year, $2.5 million contract to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals. Story »