The Texas Rangers led the spending spree, finalizing deals with shortstop Corey Seager for $ 325 million over 10 years and infielder Marcus Semien for $ 175 million over seven years.
Ace Max Scherzer got $ 130 million over three years from the New York Mets, and right-hander Kevin Gausman landed with the Toronto Blue Jays for $ 110 million over five years. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton also finalized a $ 100 million, seven-year contract to remain with Minnesota.
The Tigers were also expected to finish a $ 140 million, six-year deal with shortstop Javier Báez.
The 16 deals and counting announced Wednesday totaled $ 1,011,250,000, part of more than $ 1.9 billion in new contacts handed out in the days ahead of the CBA expiration.
The union and league are likely headed for a protracted labor dispute after the average major league salary fell on opening day in 2021 for the fourth consecutive season.
Among the other deals completed Wednesday:
— OF Avisail Garcia to Miami, $ 53 million over four years
— LHP Alex Wood to San Francisco, $ 25 million over two years
— INF Eduardo Escobar to New York Mets, $ 20 million over two years
— INF/OF Leury Garcia to the Chicago White Sox, $ 16.5 million over three years
— C Yan Gomes to the Chicago Cubs, $ 13 million over two years
— RHP Yimi Garcia to Toronto, $ 11 million over two years
— RHP Corey Knebel to Philadelphia, $ 10 million over one year
— RHP Corey Kluber to Tampa Bay, $ 8 million over one year
— RHP Andres Munoz with Seattle, $ 7.5 million over four years
— C Roberto Perez to Pittsburgh, $ 5 million over one year
— C Kevin Plawecki with Boston, $ 2.25 million over one year