Friday, July 19, 2024

The MLB free agency officially began on Monday with a focus on managerial moves, including the Cubs’ surprise signing of Craig Counsell. Other notable transactions include teams exercising club options on players like Alex Cobb, José Leclerc, and Kyle Hendricks, as well as the release of Tim Anderson by the White Sox and Joey Votto by the Reds. The Marlins and Red Sox also made significant front office hires.

Looking ahead, here are 24 predictions for the 2023-24 offseason, including the likelihood that the seven players who received the one-year qualifying offer will pursue longer-term deals in free agency, and Shohei Ohtani’s potential surprise signing with the Texas Rangers. Additionally, the Phillies may pivot and sign lefty Jordan Montgomery, the Yankees could make a blockbuster trade to acquire Juan Soto, and the Giants may sign outfielder Jung Hoo Lee to a lucrative contract. Other predictions include the suspension of Julio Urías and Wander Franco, the potential sale of the Washington Nationals, the approval of the Oakland A’s move to Las Vegas, and the implementation of an Automated Ball-Strike System for the 2024 season. Additionally, MVP, Cy Young Award, and Rookie of the Year predictions are made for key players.

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