MLB Offseason Preview


Hayden See, Reporter

The MLB offseason is underway and there are some big names available.

The most prized free agent this offseason, according to Major League executives, is Bryce Harper. The 26 year old is expected to fetch a contract larger than $300 million this winter. The Las Vegas native slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 homers last season. Additionally, he was selected to his sixth All-Star game and took home the Most Valuable Player award in 2015. The teams rumored to be pursuing him this offseason are the Nationals, Phillies, Yankees, Cardinals, and Dodgers.

“Harper would be a game changer for whatever team decides to sign him,” junior Garrison Hoff said.

Manny Machado, also 26, is looking to cash in this offseason as well. In the World Series he surrounded himself in controversy by not running out a ground ball and then telling the media that he is no “Johnny Hustle.” He also tried to take out the Red Sox infielders with take out slides on multiple occasions. Many teams are expected to look past the recent controversy and continue their pursuit of Machado. He slashed .297/.367/.538 between the Orioles and Dodgers last season.

“Machado is such a good player that it would not be right to stop pursuing him because of a little controversy,” sophomore Hannah Stumpf said.

Patrick Corbin was another sought after player on the market. The Washington Nationals locked him up for six years $140 million to put together their rotation. Corbin, 29, had a breakout season in 2019, pitching to a 3.15 ERA and an 11-7 record.

“I feel that six years is a little too long for Corbin with his track record and age taken into account. The Nationals will come back to regret this deal,” junior Trevor Moon said

The MLB offseason will officially begin during the Winter Meetings, when top executives from every team meet together in Las Vegas.