Anthony Rendon to the Angels and Gerrit Cole to the Yankees highlight MLB free agent signings


Gerrit Cole (right), pictured with Yankees manager Aaron Boone at his contract signing, became the highest paid pitcher in MLB history with his nine-year, $334 million contract.

This MLB offseason was filled with huge contracts and blockbuster trades. Many star players such as Anthony Rendon, Gerritt Cole, and Madison Bumgartner decided to leave town to join new franchises. With that said, there are still many big players on the market including Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, and Kris Bryant. These are the moves you need to know:

3B Anthony Rendon signs with the Angels: 7 years $245 million Coming out of left field in the Rendon sweepstakes was the Angels. With Mike Trout already on the roster, the Angels now have two of the four best hitters in the league. This team hasn’t been great since Trout became the face of the franchise, but with the addition of Rendon, they could be set up to be a powerhouse in the future.

LHP Gerrit Cole signs with the Yankees: 9 years $324 million With this contract, Cole now has the fourth highest contract in MLB history. He also becomes the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. This was a signing the Yankees needed to make because of how poor their starting pitching was last year. With what could have been a World Series contender last postseason, they fell short because quite simply the Astros had better starting pitchers. Now with the addition of Cole, and the already dominant bullpen, this team should be set to make a deep postseason run this year.

RHP Zach Wheeler signs with the Phillies: 5 years $118 million It can now be confirmed that the Phillies are going all in on this year. Last year was a disappointment after a lot of hype because of the acquisition of Bryce Harper who underperformed his contract. So, this offseason the Phillies went out and spent money on new manager Joe Girardi and now Wheeler. Wheeler’s career with the Mets was injury plagued to say the least. He missed a year and a half due to Tommy John surgery and could never stay healthy for a whole season. However, we know that Wheeler has a lot of arm talent and can be as good as a second starter in a good rotation.

LHP Madison Bumgarner signs with the Diamondbacks: 5 years $85 million Despite Bumgarner posting a career high ERA last year with a 3.90, everyone knows how much talent the former World Series MVP possesses. He will slide in perfectly as the ace of this team just as he has been his whole career, and brings postseason pedigree that this team desperately needs as a three-time World Series champion. Bumgarner hasn’t posted a sub-three ERA since 2016, but he and the Diamondbacks hope he adds enough to propel them into the playoffs.

SS Didi Gregorius signs with the Phillies: 1 year $14 million Didi Gregorius has been a vital part of the Yankees last few postseason runs, but the Yankees decided not to extend the qualifying offer, making Didi an unrestricted free agent. The Phillies added a great defensive shortstop, and Didi will really help this franchise in its hopes to make a World Series run.

RHP Rick Porcello signs with the Mets: 1 year $10 million After a Cy Young season in 2016, Porcello has had three down season. We know how much talent Porcello has, and this one year deal will be used to prove himself to a team so next offseason he can sign a long term contract. The Mets desperately needed this because of the loss of Zach Wheeler, and they hope to add bullpen help to this extremely talented, young team.

Indians trade RHP Corey Kluber to Rangers for OF Delino DeShields and RHP Emmanuel Clase With 11 more wins than the season before, the Rangers are looking to build on what they did last year. The addition of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber should be huge because Kluber slides right in to be the ace of this team. For the Indians, after a 2018 World Series heartbreaking loss, they had a somewhat disappointing year last year. Clase can come in right away and be effective after posting an incredible 2.31 ERA last year in 21 appearances. DeShields is a career .246 hitter and adds a lot of speed to this team that led the league in stolen bases last year.