Spending across MLB free agency exceeded $1 billion ahead of the 2022 season, and this winter could see a similar amount of money doled out to the top players available.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that multiple teams are "indicating a strong willingness to spend," listing the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.
Rosenthal added that the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, who had the 2022 season's second- and third-highest payrolls, respectively, aren't expected to significantly cut costs either.
Aaron Judge, the presumptive American League Most Valuable Player, is the biggest fish on the market. ESPN's Kiley McDaniel projected him to be worth $324 million over nine seasons.
Shortstops Trea Turner and Carlos Correa could eclipse $265 million on their next contracts in McDaniel's view, and Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Rodón and Brandon Nimmo were all projected for $100 million-plus.