The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway. Despite the looming doom of the current CBA expiring at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 1 without a new agreement in place that would surely turn the Hot Stove ice cold, there is a talented and deep free agent class with many teams locked and loaded to spend this winter, including the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers will likely be interested in looking at the outfield market to add an impact bat or two to a lineup that ranked near the very bottom of baseball in every offensive category. Therefore, fans should keep an eye or two on this free agent class of outfielders.
You can track the latest news, rumors and signings of the free agent outfielders right here on InsideTheRangers.com. These players are grouped by their most-played position, and are listed in order by their respective bWAR (Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement). Each player's seasonal age for the 2022 season will also be in parentheses.
- Kyle Schwarber (29, 3.2 bWAR)
- Mark Canha (33, 2.5) -- signed 2-year, $26.5 million contract with Mets
- Tommy Pham (34, 1.4)
- Andrew McCutchen (35, 1.3)
- Eddie Rosario (30, 1.1)
- Corey Dickerson (33, 0.3)
- Jon Jay (37, 0.1)
- Joc Pederson (30, 0.0)
- Jason Martin (26, -0.3)
- Gerardo Parra (35, -0.5)
- Matt Joyce (37, -0.5)
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- Starling Marte (33, 4.7 bWAR) -- signed 4-year, $78 million contract with Mets
- Chris Taylor (31, 2.7) -- rejected qualifying offer
- Odúbel Herrera (30, 1.8)
- Brett Gardner (38, 1.0)
- Kevin Pillar (33, 0.5)
- Billy Hamilton (31, 0.3)
- Delino DeShields (29, 0.2)
- Jake Marisnick (31, 0.2)
- Ender Inciarte (31, -0.1)
- Juan Lagares (33, -0.3)
- Cameron Maybin (35, -0.3)
- Albert Almora Jr. (28, -0.8)
- Ian Desmond (36, N/A)
- Nick Castellanos (30 3.3 bWAR) -- rejected qualifying offer
- Avisaíl García (31, 2.9)
- Michael Conforto (29, 0.9) -- rejected qualifying offer
- Jarrod Dyson (37, 0.1)
- Kole Calhoun (34, -0.1)
- Steven Souza Jr. (33, -0.2)
- Dexter Fowler (36, -0.2)
- Jorge Soler (30, -0.4)
- Adam Eaton (33, -0.7)
- Gregory Polanco (30, -1.3)
- Seiya Suzuki (27, N/A) -- posted by Hiroshima Carp on Nov. 22
News and Rumors
- Nov. 21: Japanese slugger Seiya Suzuki will be posted on Monday morning, per multiple reports. There is expected to be a competitive market, and the Rangers have been considered as "serious suitors" for the 27-year-old outfielder.
- Nov. 16: MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers are considering Starling Marte among outfield free agents. Marte can play all three spots in the outfield, and is coming off a very good season at the plate (.310/.383/.458/.841 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI and 47 stolen bases). He is, however, known to have plenty of suitors, including the Phillies, Astros, Yankees, Mets, Marlins and more.
- Nov. 4: Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner declined his player option, and the Yankees declined his club option, making him a free agent.
- Nov. 4: Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon will exercise his $21 million player option.
- Nov. 4: Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos has opted out of his contract with Cincinnati, becoming a free agent. He had two years and $34 million remaining on his deal, but will be seeking a lengthier and richer contract after having a great offensive season with the Reds. Cincinnati can still tender Castellanos the $18.4 million qualifying offer, which Castellanos would likely turn down.
- Nov. 4: Brewers outfielder Avisaíl García declined his half of a $12 million mutual option, earning a $2 million buyout. He will now enter free agency.
- Nov. 4: Jackie Bradley Jr., who could have become a free agent, will exercise his $9.5 million player option and return to the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Nov. 4: Braves outfielder Adam Duvall declined his half of his $7 million mutual option, receiving his $3 million buyout. He has less than six years of service time, meaning he is still under Atlanta's control should they wish to tender him a contract. If he is non-tendered, he will become a free agent.
- Nov. 3: Phillies declined club options on Andrew McCutchen and Odúbel Herrera, making them free agents
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