The race for at least two of the top names in MLB free agency could be moving quickly … or it could all be a smokescreen to entice the Yankees.

As the GM meetings wrapped this week in California, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the markets for star shortstops Corey Seager and Marcus Semien could accelerate with the goal of getting a contract signed before an expected labor stoppage begins Dec. 2.

Passan described it as an “unexpected turn” for the two Scott Boras clients, though he warned it “left executives wondering whether they really do want to sign early or it’s a play to draw out teams like the New York Yankees.” Boras clients are known to have more prolonged free-agent negotiations (see: Harper, Bryce), though Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg did sign relatively quickly after the 2019 season.