MLB Free Agency 2022 Betting Predictions
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MLB Free Agency 2022 Betting Predictions

MLB free agency starts on November 7. Plenty of great players are on the market and we are betting some make big moves this offseason.

It is the offseason in the MLB – which also means it is hot stove season. It is a loaded class of free agents heading into 2022 – and we can see plenty busy in the upcoming months. Here are our MLB free agency 2022 betting predictions.

You can expect to find MLB betting lines from online sportsbooks by the start of free agency on November 7.

Top Free Agent Carlos Correa will have Many Suitors

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Heading into the offseason, the consensus is Carlos Correa is the best free agent on the market is Carlos Correa. Correa is coming off an excellent season with 61 extra-base hits and a .850 OPS. He also managed to play at least 145 games for the first time since 2016.

Correa is also a stellar defensive shortstop, ranking second in range factor and total zone runs as a shortstop last season.

He is going to have quite the market as about 80% of teams would take him over their current shortstop. Of course, there are two other great options on the market this offseason – Corey Seager and Marcus Siemen. While neither offers the defence of Correa, they will likely cost less. Expect the Astros to re-up Correa and keep the core of their championship calibre team alive.

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Corey Seager is Likely Out in LA

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The 2020 World Series MVP expects to command a hefty price tag this offseason, with some pundits pegging him in the $200 million range. While, when healthy he is one of the best hitting shortstops in the league – he has only played 307 of 546 games since 2018.

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While the Dodgers would like to keep the 2016 Rookie of the Year – his price tag is likely a little too much – especially since they acquired Trea Turner at the 2021 Trade Deadline. That opens the door for other big market teams to court Seager. One team that could be in the market to make a splash – although may not match what the Astros are willing to pay to Correa – is the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox could easily move Xander Bogaerts to second base and add an All-Star shortstop. Seager would have great success hitting in the friendly confines of Fenway – and help Boston remain one of the best lineups in baseball.

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Max Scherzer to Stay in LA but Trade Dodgers Blue for Anaheim Red

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The Dodgers acquired Max Scherzer at the 2021 Trade Deadline and former Cy Young winner did not disappoint. He finished the Regular Season for the Dodgers with a 1.99 ERA and allowed only four earned runs in 16.2 innings in the 2021 Playoffs (plus picked up his first career save).

Scherzer is going to command a short-term, high-value deal. While he has yet to show signs of decline, he will turn 38 next season. Still, he is the perfect piece for a teaming wanting a bonafide ace for at least two seasons.

While the Dodgers will likely offer Scherzer significant money, their crosstown rivalries may also be in the market for Max Scherzer. Mike Trout came out vocal in support of the Angels signing Scherzer. The Angels have struggled the last five years – despite having the best player in baseball (Mike Trout) and the presumptive 2021 AL MVP (Shohei Ohtani).

The Angels need to make a splash – and what better of a splash than netting Scherzer to pair with Ohtani in their starting rotation. It would also appease Trout. While Trout is under contract for a long time, he may eventually want out if the team continues to miss the postseason.

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Kevin Gausman to be Flooded with Offers

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While he did tail off a bit after the All-Star break, Kevin Gausman was pivotal for the San Francisco Giants last season – who won a league-high 107 games. Gausman has the chance to get a solid deal this offseason – as he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.057 WHIP with the Giants since 2020.

Two teams, we can see targeting Gausman – outside the San Francisco Giants – re-signing him are the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. The Rangers are more of a long shot – but do need help pitching. The Cardinals are a much more interesting option.

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Despite their impressive winning streak and making the playoffs – the Cardinals need more consistent starting pitching (only two pitchers on the Cardinals topped 100 innings last season) if they are to contend in 2022.

Gausman is not the only option they may target – as Marcus Stroman and Robbie Ray are two viable options. However, Gausman may be the cheapest of the three and willing to move into the role of second starter as Adam Wainwright returns for another season. We are leaning towards St. Louis signing Gausman.

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Freddie Freeman to Get Long-Term Deal to Stay Atlanta

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After winning the 2021 World Series with the only franchise he has ever played for, Freddie Freeman is up for a new deal. Freeman has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball the last eight seasons – with an OPS over .841 every year since 2013.

The Braves and Braves fans love Freeman. The 2020 NL MVP has been one of the only consistent for the franchise the last decade – and his loyalty with the team helped them win the 2021 World Series.

Freeman could get bigger offers from some other clubs. However, the difference for the 32-year-old is likely not significant enough for him to leave Atlanta – where he has a chance to win another World Series with Ronald Acuna Jr. returning next season.

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