Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that top starting pitchers like Blake Snell, Sonny Gray, and Jordan Montgomery may not sign until after Yoshinobu Yamamoto does.
With this year’s free-agent market being particularly top-heavy, with players like Yamamoto, Shohei Ohtani, Cody Bellinger, and Josh Hader leading the way, there’s an expectation that many free agents want these big name players to sign first in order to set the market. Feinsand reports that MLB executives have said they “think the big dominos need to fall” first. When they do, teams will move on to the next crops of players who will see their own value increase. While anything can happen in the coming days, it seems like we could be waiting for a select few big moves before the floodgates open for the MLB offseason.