While Atlanta and Braves Country is celebrating the World Series victory, not everything is being celebrated. First baseman, Freddie Freeman, who homered in Game 6, is a free agent. So is World Series MVP, Jorge Soler. In short, both were auditioning for their next move. The difference, no one knows where the two will land or what will happen with the 2022 Major League Baseball season. The MLB and the Players Union are really far away from a financial compensation package that has talks of a lockout looming.
Houston shortstop, Carlos Correa, and pitcher, Justin Verlander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, also became free agents. Other stars who hit the market include Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Max Scherzer, Marcus Semien, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto and Kevin Gausman.
Free agents can begin negotiating contracts on Sunday. Teams must decide by 5pm EST Sunday whether to make $18.4 million qualifying offers to their players who became free agents. A player is eligible for a qualifying offer only if he was with the team for the entire 2021 season and has not previously received a qualifying offer.
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