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MLB Free Agency Tracker: Zach Greinke Returns to Royals

Inside the Rangers keeps up with all of the MLB free agency news as the hot stove league of the 2022 offseason unfolds.

The Kansas City Royals and pitcher Zach Greinke have agreed to a one-year contract that will allow Greinke to pitch another season. 

Sports Radio 610 in Kansas City was the first to report the agreement. MLB.com reported the salary could be in the $8-10 million range, pending a physical.

Greinke is a 19-year veteran who started his career with the Royals in 2004, left via trade to Milwaukee in 2010 and returned to Kansas City in 2022. He went 4-9 with a 3.68 ERA. 

For his career Greinke is 223-141 with a 3.42 ERA and won the Cy Young award in 2009.


Jan. 20: The Minnesota Twins have traded American League batting champion Luis Arráez to the Miami Marlins for three pitchers, including Pablo López, per ESPN and other outlets

The Twins will get López, along with two prospects — shortstop Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arráez, a first baseman, batted .316 last season to win his first batting title. He cannot be a free agent until 2026, giving the Marlins three years of control. 

López went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA last season for the Marlins. He becomes a free agent in 2025. He should fit into the Twins' rotation immediately. 

Salas is the Marlins' No. 5 prospect. 


Jan. 19: The Kansas City Royals and pitcher Aroldis Chapman have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal, per MLB.com

The Royals have not announced the deal and it is pending a physical.

Chapman has a difficult 2022, including several injured list stints and a release from the Yankees' playoff roster after he failed to show up for a mandatory workout. Chapman went 4-4 with a 4.46 ERA and nine saves last season.


Jan. 14: Trey Mancini, who helped the Houston Astros win the World Series, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, per ESPN.com.

Mancini started last season with the Baltimore Orioles but was traded to the Astros before the trade deadline. Mancini batted .239 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 2022. 


Jan. 13: Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres avoided arbitration when the two sides agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal on Friday, per multiple reports. 

The deal ensures that Soto — whom the Padres acquired at the trade deadline for a raft of top prospects — remains with the team at least one more season. It also gives the sides time to work on a long-term deal. 

Soto cannot be a free agent before the 2024 season. 


Jan. 13: Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is heading back to Pittsburgh on a one-year, $5 million contract, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

The former Pirates outfielder, who was the 2013 National League MVP while with the Pirates, was in Milwaukee last season and batted .237.

The deal is pending a physical. 


Jan. 10: In what may be the final twist in the Carlos Correa saga, it appears the shortstop will be heading back to the Minnesota Twins, per ESPN.com.

Correa had agreed to two free-agent deals this offseason — with the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. Both were scuttled by physicals. 

While the Mets were trying to re-negotiate the deal, Correa ultimately agreed to six guaranteed years and $200M. He can guarantee a seventh year and another $25 million with 502 plate appearances in year six.

The New York Post reported that the major part of Correa's physical — his ankle — had passed and it looked like this deal would go through. 


Jan. 10: Johnny Cueto and the Miami Marlins have reportedly agreed to a contract, per multiple reports.

The pitcher and the Marlins have reportedly agreed to a $6 million dealin 2023, with a club option in 2024 worth $10.5 million, with a $2.5 million team buyout.

Cueto, 36, went 8-10 with the Chicago White Sox last season.


Jan. 2: Carlos Correa is still not a New York Met, and the New York Post is reporting that at least one team is talking to Correa and his agent while they're trying to iron out a deal with the Mets. 

The Mets and Correa agreed to a $315 million, 12-year deal last month, but Mets management have some reservations with his physical, similar reservations that the San Francisco Giants had with Correa after their initially agreed to a deal. 

The Post reported that there are still sticking points two weeks into attempting to make adjustments to the deal, and that has led Correa's agent, Scott Boras, to stay in contact with other teams. One of them is Correa's most recent team, the Minnesota Twins, which offered him a 10-year, $285 million deal. 


Dec. 31: The Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with third baseman Evan Longoria

The Arizona Republic reported the deal was for $4 million, with $1 million in incentives.

Longoria was a free agent for the first time in his career, which spans 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants. 

Longoria is a career .265 hitter with an .806 OPS and 331 home runs.


Dec. 29: The Miami Marlins shored up their middle infield by agreeing to a two-year contract with shortstop Jean Segura, per multiple reports.

Segura's two-year deal is reportedly worth $17 million. 

The 32-year-old has played the last four years for Philadelphia, which went to the World Series last season. Segura batted .277 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI a season ago. He's a lifetime .285 hitter and a two-time All-Star.  


Dec. 28: The Boston Red Sox and pitcher Corey Kluber have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million, per multiple reports

Kluber's contract also has an option year for $11 million in 2024 and features incentives. 

Kluber is a two-time Cy Young winner who was last with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he went 10-10 with a 4.34 ERA last season. 

He was with the Texas Rangers in 2020, but he pitched just one inning of an Opening-Day start before an shoulder injury ended his season. 


Dec. 27: The Pittsburgh Pirates and pitcher Rich Hill have agreed to a one-year contract worth $8 million, per ESPN

Hill's deal is pending a physical. He turns 43 in March but made 26 starts last season for Boston. He went 8–7 with a 4.27 ERA

The Pirates will be his 12th MLB team. He has an 82-59 career record. 


Dec. 23: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded catcher/outfielder Daulton Varsho to the Toronto Blue Jays for their top catching prospect, Gabriel Moreno, and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on Friday.

The Blue Jays get a player in Varsho who batted .235/.302/.443 with 27 home runs and 74 RBIs in 151 games. He's considered an elite defender, even though he started his MLB career at catcher. 

The trade addressed the logjam the Blue Jays had at catcher, which included All-Star Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen. Moreno was the Blue Jays' top catching prospect. 


Dec. 23: Outfielder Michael Conforto, the former New York Met who was reportedly targeted by the Texas Rangers as a potential answer in left field, has a new home with San Francisco.

Conforto, who didn't play last year due to a shoulder injury and turned down a two-year deal from the Houston Astros at the end of last season, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Giants worth $36 million, per USA Today. He can opt out of the deal after 2023.

Conforto is a consolation prize of sorts for the Giants, who made a hard push to sign Aaron Judge before he re-signed with the New York Yankees. The Giants also lost shortstop Carlos Correa due to an issue with his physical, which caused Correa to go to the New York Mets. 


Dec. 22: The Cincinnati Reds added to their depth in both the infield and the outfield by signing Wil Myers to a two-year contract on Thursday, the team announced

The Reds announced that the two-year deal has a mutual option for the 2024 season. Multiple reports pegged Myers' 2023 salary at $7.5 million, but can jump to $9.5 million based on playing time and if he's traded.

Myer is a 10-year veteran who has spent eight of those 10 seasons with the San Diego Padres. Last season he hit .261 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 77 games.  


Dec. 21: Shortstop Carlos Correa, who last week agreed to a 13-year, $350 million deal, has now agreed to an 12-year, $315 million deal with the New York Mets, per the New York Post