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2021-22 MLB free agency, offseason trade news and hot stove updates

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The 2021 World Series is in the books, with the Atlanta Braves triumphing over the Houston Astros in six games. It was followed by one of the wildest free agency periods we've seen in recent history, with more than $1.7 billion committed to players in a frenzied few days at the end of November. But that excitement was short-lived: On Dec. 2, after players and owners couldn't come to agreement on a new CBA, MLB locked out the players for the first time since 1990.

It's all on hold for now, but at some point, there will again be trades to be made, extensions to consider, and free-agency decisions charting the courses of players and teams alike. Some of the biggest names in the sport will be wearing different jerseys once the end of March 2022 rolls around -- once there is a new CBA and baseball gets back to business.

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? What can we expect from the negotiations between the owners and players? We've got all the latest news and analysis right here.


Hot stove, Round 1

MLB free-agency tracker: Latest moves, grades and analysis

Kiley McDaniel's Top 50 free agents -- and where they've landed so far

Full free-agent list


Lockout latest

MLB shut down: League in first lockout since 1990

Shadow men: Players mocking MLB silhouettes

Everything you need to know about the lockout

Schoenfield: A brief history of MLB labor stoppages

Olney: 'It's going to get ugly for those guys': How the lockout could hurt MLB's midtier free agents

Passan: 20 burning questions on baseball's future

The State of Baseball: MLB's biggest challenges

'Oh my God, how can we do this?': An oral history of the 1994 MLB strike


Hall of Fame voting

Schoenfield: Breaking down the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Doolittle: Time to -- finally! -- put Minnie Minoso in the Hall of Fame


Offseason questions for playoff teams (ESPN+)

National League

Will the Braves re-sign Freddie Freeman?

How much of the star-studded Dodgers roster will return next season?

Is Kris Bryant going back to the Giants?

How can the Brewers make their offense worthy of October?

Does the Cardinals' rotation stack up for 2022?

American League

What's next for the Astros after their World Series loss?

Should the Red Sox go for a big free-agent signing?

Is Tony La Russa the right manager for the White Sox?

Do the Rays need another power bat to bring home a title?

Should the Yankees move on from Gary Sanchez?

Other teams

The No. 1 question for each team that didn't make the playoffs


Notable free agents still on the board

Kris Bryant, 3B, Giants
Nick Castellanos, RF, Reds
Michael Conforto, RF, Mets
Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Yankees
Kyle Schwarber, OF/1B, Red Sox
Trevor Story, SS, Rockies