Due to circumstances we don't really need to discuss, an awful lot of Major League Baseball teams have been pinching pennies this offseason. It was to be expected, of course, but the circumstances should get a lot closer to "normal" by the end of the 2021 season (fingers crossed!).
If that is the case, next offseason is setting up to be pretty wild.
First off, there are extension candidates and club options that could be picked up, but it's possible the free-agent class includes a plethora of big names, such as Buster Posey, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Kris Bryant, Jose Ramirez, Starling Marte, Michael Conforto, Jorge Soler, Trevor Bauer (yes, he has an opt-out), Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander, Kenley Jansen and we can just stop there. (CBS Sports' R.J. Anderson predicted what the top of next year's class will look like here.)
But that list above isn't even scratching the surface of just how many useful players are in line to be free agents. And the crazy is only getting started.
On top of all those free agents, there's another ingredient pushing this dish toward insanity. A good number of teams that should be able to spend pretty big have significantly lower salary projections right now for 2022 than we're used to seeing or have seen at some point in the recent past. As such, the possibility of far more than a handful of teams being huge spenders exists. It's more than half the league, in fact. Add that with the above names possibly sitting there in free agency and I'll reiterate what an utterly off-the-hook offseason it's bound to be.