The 2021 World Series is in the books, with the Atlanta Braves triumphing over the Houston Astros in six games. Now, it’s 2021-22 MLB offseason time for all 30 teams, with trades to be made, extensions to consider, and free-agency decisions charting the courses of players and teams alike looming. Some of the biggest names in the sport will be wearing different jerseys once the end of March 2022 rolls around.
What does each team need to do to win a World Series? How do the available free agents stack up? Which teams are about to make blockbuster trades? We’ve got all the latest news, rumors and analysis right here.
Key dates to know
Nov. 7: Deadline for teams to tender qualifying offers to eligible free agents.
Nov. 7: Free agency begins (first day that free agents can sign with any team).
Nov. 9: GM meetings in Carlsbad, California.
Nov. 17: Deadline for free agents to accept or reject qualifying offers.
Dec. 1: Non-tender deadline.
Dec 1: The collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Dec 6-9: Winter meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Jan 14: Deadline for teams/arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures.
Jan 31: Arbitration hearings begin.
Offseason questions for playoff teams (ESPN+)
Notable free agents
Javier Baez, SS, Mets
Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants
Kris Bryant, 3B, Giants
Nick Castellanos, RF, Reds
Michael Conforto, RF, Mets
Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
Kevin Gausman, SP, Giants
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
Starling Marte, CF, Athletics
Robbie Ray, SP, Blue Jays
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Yankees
Kyle Schwarber, OF/1B, Red Sox
Max Scherzer, SP, Dodgers
Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
Marcus Semien, SS/2B, Blue Jays
Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
Marcus Stroman, SP, Mets
Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets
Justin Verlander, SP, Astros