Every year, the free agent class and the players that make it up rake it top dollar on the open market. For some players it’s an opportunity to cash in big time as two or more teams bid for their services, while for others the free agency represents a cold, hard reality showing their true value.
With winter here and Spring Training only three months away, it might be time for some teams to consider extending some of their players before they hit free agency. It is always a risky move giving players money before they are due for free agency, but some teams have made out in extending their young talent.
Bryce Harper is probably the most obvious candidate, but there are reports saying that his asking price could be in excess of $300 million and beyond. The Nationals at this point do not want to start that talk until they are required to with the young phenom. He is not due for free agency until 2019, so he will just have to wait a few more years before cashing in. He would be first on this list, but there’s really no reason for Harper to talk extension. If he keeps up this level of production for a few more years, Harper could become baseball’s first $400-million man.
The following players should be given an extension by their teams. Some are pending free agents, while others are not due for free agency for years. The bottom line is, when a player is producing you should make an attempt to extend them long-term. It remains to be seen if any of these players will be extended at any time soon, but they are all deserving in some respect.