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MLB free agency: Ranking 10 most intriguing opt outs after 2023 season, including Manny Machado, Max Scherzer

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The 2022-23 MLB offseason will be remembered for having winter free agency exciting once again. To date, free agents have been given a record $3.8 billion, including two 11-year contracts (Xander Bogarts and Trea Turner) and one nine-year contract (Aaron Judge). This does not include Carlos Correa’s 13-year contract with the Giants or his 12-year contract with the Mets, both of which fell apart due to concerns about his leg before he agreed to a six-year contract with the Twins.

This generous off-season was made possible in part by opt-out clauses. Refusals have existed for a long time, but only now they have become widespread. They started to become popular when CC Sabathia originally signed with the Yankees in December 2008. His seven-year contract included an opt-out after the third year, which he later used to renew. Bogarts, Correa, Jacob de Grom, Carlos Rodon, and Justin Verlander used opt-out clauses to test the open market this off-season, among other things, and all ranked among our best available free agents.

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“Considering the year I’ve had, my health and being at the peak of my career at 28, this is the right decision.” Correa told the Puerto Rican newspaper about this. New day canceled in October. He turned down two years and $70.2 million and instead signed a six-year, $200 million guaranteed contract with a club/westing choice that could push it up to $270 million. It’s not something he agreed with the Giants and Mets, but Correa still went far ahead after the rejection. Rejections won’t disappear anytime soon.

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With that in mind, here are 10 of the most interesting and most important opt-out decisions in 2023, ranked in order of interest and importance. It should be noted that while opt-out clauses and player options are technically different things, they are functionally the same and will be treated as such here. If a player has the option to end his contract and become a free agent next winter, he is included on this list.

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Other players with a waiver: C Tucker Barnhart, Cubs; RHP Seth Lugo, Padres; LHP Sean Manea, Giants; LHP Drew Smiley, Cubs; O.F. Jorge Soler, Marlins; RHP Ross Stripling, Giants; IF Justin Turner, Red Sox



Source: www.cbssports.com

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