MLB free agency 2023-24 tracker: Whit Merrifield agrees with Phillies on 1-year, $8 million deal

The utilityman joins a stacked Phillies lineup

Whit Merrifield joining Phillies on 1-year deal

Infielder and utilityman Whit Merrifield joined the Phillies on a 1-year deal with a club option for 2025, agreed to Feb. 16. The contract is reportedly for $8 million in 2024.

Merrifield spent the past two seasons with the Blue Jays after playing with the Royals from 2016 to 2022.

Jorge Soler signing with Giants

The Giants and outfielder/designated hitter Jorge Soler agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract on Feb. 13. He was No. 21 on Yahoo Sports' list of this winter's top free agents.

Soler, who will turn 32 at the end of February, is heading into his 11th year in the majors. With the Miami Marlins in 2023, he hit 36 home runs, the second-highest total of his career, on a .250/.341/.512 batting line.

He played in more than 100 games for just the fourth time in his career and had his best season since 2019, when he played in all 162 games and hit an AL-leading 48 home runs for the Kansas City Royals. He has also played for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

Clayton Kershaw back with Dodgers for 2024

The Dodgers agreed Feb. 6 on a deal to bring star pitcher Clayton Kershaw back for 2024. The deal is for one year, with a player option for 2025. According to Joel Sherman of The New York Post, the deal is for $5 million guaranteed in 2024, plus up to $7.5 million in bonuses.

It'll be Kershaw's 17th season in Los Angeles, and the Dodgers are the only team he has played for in his MLB career. Kershaw underwent shoulder surgery in November and is not expected back until the middle of this season. He was ranked No. 14 on Yahoo Sports' list of this winter's top free agents.

Justin Turner heading to Toronto

Justin Turner has found a new team to play for, and it'll keep him in the American League East.

The designated hitter agreed Jan. 30 on a 1-year, $13 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 39-year-old also has the ability to earn an additional $1.5 million in bonuses.

Rhys Hoskins signing with Milwaukee Brewers

The former Phillies fan favorite is headed to Milwaukee. Hoskins agreed Jan. 23 with the Brewers on a two-year, $34 million contract with an opt-out after the first year.

With Hoskins coming off a missed season due to a torn ACL, the opt-out gives him a chance to prove that he's back to form in 2024 and reset his value for next winter. The first baseman and DH was No. 22 on Yahoo Sports' list of this winter's top 25 free agents.

Aroldis Chapman headed to Pittsburgh

Seven-time All-Star reliever Aroldis Chapman agreed Jan. 22 to terms on a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The deal is for one year and $10.5 million.

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