Some of the star players we have grown used to seeing in their current uniform are playing their final seasons on those teams.

Whether it be free agency, a trade or injuries, circumstances are dictating certain players go elsewhere after the 2022 season.

A couple of weeks past the trade deadline, it's still odd seeing Juan Soto in a San Diego Padres uniform or Andrew Benintendi in pinstripes.

But more change is coming.

Here, we look at 10 MLB stars playing their final season with the current team, given either their pending free agency, trade market, or retirement possibility.


Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

It is somewhat surprising that Bogaerts remains on the Red Sox after the trade deadline, given his intention to opt out of the remaining three years and $60 million on his contract at the end of this season.

Boston is also the last-place team in a crowded and competitive AL East. Bogaerts, a four-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, should be highly coveted in the free agent market.

And per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, "several executives are predicting" Bogaerts signing with the Chicago Cubs, where former Red Sox front office executive Jed Hoyer is currently the president of baseball operations.

While on a recent slump for the past week, Bogaerts is still hitting .306 with an .823 OPS. He ranks fourth in WAR and second in wRC+ among qualified shortstops.


José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

As excellent as Abreu has been under his current three-year, $50 million contract, it's time for the White Sox to move on and finally address their roster needs.

One of the reasons Chicago has one of the worst defensive outfields is because of their logjam at first base and designated hitter, which is directly connected to Abreu's presence on the team.

With the 2020 AL MVP primarily manning first base, it usually forces Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets in the corner outfield spots despite both being natural first basemen.

It will be tough to watch him go, as Abreu's been an All-Star caliber player since 2014. But his departure will allow Vaughn, Chicago's third overall pick in 2019, to play at first.

Then the White Sox could use the money on another corner outfielder, which they have desperately needed the past two seasons.