8. Seiya Suzuki
Boston Red Sox. This is so dumb.
Suzuki has been playing coy for weeks, going on Koji Uehara’s podcast and listening to him rag on Gerrit Cole, feigning innocence all along, but he knows exactly where he’s going. A Japanese report leaked that called a Boston signing a done deal, and then a counter report leaked claiming Boston was out of it and Suzuki would be headed to the West Coast.
And none of us bought it.
Boston traded Hunter Renfroe at the 11th hour for a reason. It would also make perfect sense that the Red Sox would be the only team allowed to make deals during the lockout, ostensibly, while MLB turned a blind eye because they just love, love, love them so much. Your secret’s out, dillweeds.
Contract Prediction: Boston Red Sox, Four Years, $70 Million
Yankees Chances: -1000%, He Has Already Signed in Boston
7. Kenley Jansen
Now, here’s something interesting. We know the Yankees shouldn’t spend big on relievers, but is Jansen really due to get a big deal, or has he slid back into the more reasonable corner of the market?
He was an extremely solid closer in 2021, bouncing back, but his FIP was 3.08, well above his 2.22 ERA. Was the 34-year-old Jansen lucky? Would he accept, say, a two-year, $20 million deal that the Yankees could almost certainly fit in their budget?
If so, why would he leave the Dodgers? Their bullpen has thinned out tremendously, and it would only get worse if he walked.
Turns out the Yanks had interest in Jansen once upon a time, but likely not this time.
Contract Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers, Two Years, $24 Million
Yankees Chances: 10%