#10 Marcus Stroman
Stroman, who opted out of the shortened 60 games 2020 season, had an incredible bounce-back year. He tossed 179 innings while maintaining an era around 3 for the majority of the year, finishing with a 3.02. In his age 30 season Stroman, lead the league in starts with 33. He doesn’t have an overpowering fastball but does mix his various pitches extremely well, disrupting the timing of his opponents.
I think he signs a 3 year/72 million dollar deal with the LA Angels
#9 Kevin Gausman
Gausman had his best season of his career in 2021. He had a 2.81 era, struck out a career-high 227 batters, and was named to the National League All-Star team in mid-July. He also won a career-best 14 games out of 33 stars. Gausman had a 1.04 WHIP in 192 innings and tossed an impressive 145 era+.
I believe he re-ups in San Fransisco, signing a 4 year/77 million dollar contract with the Giants
#8 Robbie Ray
Ray was the best pitcher in the American League this year, by far. He lead the AL in several categories; era with a 2.84, games started 32, innings pitched 193.1, strikeouts with 248, era+ at 154, and a whip at 1.04. Ray will most likely receive the AL CY Young award and will also earn himself a bag this off-season.
I think he stays north of the border as the Blue Jays go all in signing him to a 4 year/117 million dollar deal
#7 Freddie Freeman
Freeman is the first bat to pop up on my list. Freeman led the Braves to a world series title in 2021 also had himself quite the year following an MVP award in 2020. He was named to his 5th career All-Star team, won his 3rd straight silver-slugger award, hit 30+ home runs, and lead the league in runs scored.
Freeman or “Mr. Brave” will remain in Atlanta for a while signing a 6 year/215 million dollar contract with the Braves
#6 Marcus Semien
Semien had his best season to date in 2021. He had career highs in home runs, rbi’s, and slugging percentage. Semien has already been awarded a gold glove and silver slugger as well as being an All-Star, he will finish in the top 3 for AL MVP too. Hitting 45 homers and driving in 102 runs as a middle infielder will definitively get a big paycheck this off-season.
I think he signs a 5 year/122 million dollar deal with Seattle
#5 Max Scherzer
Scherzer has been arguably been the greatest starting pitcher of this generation. His second of the season with the Dodgers was insane, unfortunately for Scherzer his arm ran out of gas come playoffs. However he is Max Scherzer and his numbers in 2021 were very impressive he had a 0.86 whip, a 2.46 era, and struck out 236.
I think Scherzer signs a 2 year/ 66 million dollar contract with the LA Angels