Says Jim Bowden of The Athletic:
Players have certainly gotten the message from teams that the pandemic has caused such significant losses that there is a strong market crash for most free agents.
The top-tier free agents like J.T. Realmuto, Trevor Bauer and George Springer will still get paid big, but most of the free-agent class may have to brace themselves for seriously reduced salaries.
Still, the game’s best free agents will eventually sign:
The Realmuto signing will take at least another month until his representatives realize they’re not getting anything close to $200 million.
However, he’ll still end up being the highest-paid catcher in baseball history after he signs.
His best fit is a return to Philly, especially after the Mets decided not to wait for him, signing James McCann instead.