With the San Francisco Giants winning their third World Series in five years, the 2014 MLB season officially came to an end Wednesday.
While the closing of the season means no more baseball until Spring Training, it marks the start of free agency. As of Thursday, there are 121 free agents and the group includes both starting and relief pitchers that could land lucrative contracts.
Among them is Jon Lester, who began the 2014 season with the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Oakland Athletics. Also likely to sign a big deal is Max Scherzer, a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Detroit Tigers.
After not coming to terms with the Giants during the season, Pablo Sandoval’s play in the postseason is expected to lead to a contract that may be in excess of $80 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were once rumored to be among the teams who would consider the third baseman.
For the Dodgers, they have seven free agents, though Josh Beckett is being lost to retirement and not the open market.
Below is the complete list of players who hit free agency Thursday. The list includes Derek Jeter, Paul Konerko, Bobby Abreu and Raul Ibanez, who are expected to retire and 32 more players may be added in the coming days (dependent on contract options).
Players can sign contracts with any team beginning Nov. 4 at 12:01 a.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays