The Boston Red Sox would have wanted Kyle Schwarber to stay for the 2022 MLB campaign, but the slugger decided not to exercise his $11.5 million option and is a free agent.
Schwarber had a good end to the season in 2021. He hit .266/.374/.554 overall, with 32 home runs and 71 RBIs, and is said to be seeking a deal similar to Starling Marte’s with the New York Mets (four years and $78 million). These are five teams with which he could play the next tournament.
Boston brought Schwarber from the Washington Nationals in July, before the trade deadline and despite the slugger being injured. It took him a while to get in tune but the new uniform suited him well: with the Red Sox he had a .291/.435/.522 offensive line, hit 7 home runs and drove in 18 runs in 41 games. His contribution in the postseason is what leads Boston to court him to return to the club in 2022. He had 9 hits in 44 at-bats, but three of them were home runs and he ended up driving in 6 runs.