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Passan answers 20 burning MLB offseason questions: Will there be a lockout? When could stars sign?

Which teams are going to be big spenders this winter?

This is a non-exhaustive list, and some might pivot based on the CBA, season-ticket renewals suffering because of the potential work stoppage and other possible changes. But the expectation for now is that the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants are prepared to be aggressive with free agents this winter.

Speaking of: What are the Yankees and Mets going to do?

The Yankees want a shortstop. They can add one of those.

The Mets want a president of baseball operations. Half the people they ask about don’t even want to interview.

Perhaps if free agency were normal this year, the Mets would be moving with much greater urgency. But the likelihood of the top-shelf guys waiting for a new labor deal gives the Mets the time they need to find the person whose mandate could be spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

Who are some under-the-radar or not-the-usual-suspect teams that could go big?

The Tigers and Rangers. Both want a shortstop. Detroit is closer to contention, with first baseman Spencer Torkelson and outfielder Riley Greene on the cusp of the big leagues and talented young starting pitching already there. Texas is in the midst of an overhaul, and few, if any, players on its big league roster are likely to be there five years down the road. To get premium free agents, the Rangers might need to overpay in years as much as dollars.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2021 at 12:33 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: November 05, 2021 at 01:00 PM (#6051421)
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