Insofar as free-agent spending is concerned, the 2018-19 offseason has thus far proceeded at glacial pace. At this writing, generational free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still looking for work, as are other notables like Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. As always, our Free Agent Tracker is a great way to catch up on what's already happened on that front.
So what about the money spent to date? As you're surely aware, the reluctance of teams to spend on the free agent market is a current source of dismay, as is the broader trend of those same teams seemingly not doing their level-best to, you know, win baseball games. In light of all that, we're here to track free agent spending throughout the current offseason.
Below, you'll find the total amount of money each team has spent in guaranteed salary on the free agent market this offseason. A few quick notes on the data below:
- These figures include total salary obligations to free agents signed during the 2018-19 offseason. For instance, a one-year, $10 million contract would add $10 million to a team's total, while a three-year, $30 million contract would add $30 million to a team's total.
- We're not counting players signed to extensions before they filed for free agency. We are, however, counting those free agents who wound up re-signing with their former teams (Nathan Eovaldi and J.A. Happ, for instance).
- We're counting only guaranteed major-league contracts -- i.e., minor-league deals aren't part of the calculus.
- Contract incentives are not included in the totals, as they obviously haven't been met yet.
- Also bear in mind that this doesn't include salary obligations assumed via trade. The Reds, for example, haven't spent on the free-agent market, but they have taken on a great deal of salary via trades for Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, and Sonny Gray (plus Gray's subsequent extension).
Now let's rank all 30 teams based on how much they've spent on the 2018-19 free-agent market to date:
Spent so far: $85 million (A.J. Pollock, Joe Kelly)
Spent so far: $74.25 million (Nathan Eovaldi, Steve Pearce)
7 . Rangers
11. Tampa Bay Rays
12. Atlanta Braves
13. Minnesota Twins
Spent so far: $25 million (Andrew Miller)
16. Colorado Rockies
Spent so far: $24 million (Daniel Murphy)
17. San Diego Padres
19. Detroit Tigers
22. Chicago Cubs
26. Seattle Mariners
Spent so far: $2.5 million (Oliver Perez)
28. Miami Marlins
Spent so far: $2 million (Neil Walker)
Spent so far: $0
30. Cincinnati Reds
Spent so far: $0
2018-19 MLB total free-agent spending: $1,067,980,000