5.) When will a big-name free-agent hitter sign?
The week before the Winter Meetings, aces David Price and Zack Greinke went off the board. Despite some chatter at the meetings, the only big-name hitter to sign was Zobrist. Chris Davis had a healthy offer from the Baltimore Orioles on the table, but he wants eight years. The Orioles offered seven, and now appear to have pulled their offer from the table. Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes have not really seen their markets play out, and the same could be said of Alex Gordon. Right now, everyone is waiting on Jason Heyward.
Heyward has offers from the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals. It is believed that the Nationals have offered him $200 million, but that is pure speculation. These are the only three teams conclusively linked to Heyward, and all have likely made their best offer. A decision could come before the end of the day, and would set the ball rolling for the rest of the free-agent class. Cespedes, Gordon, Upton, and Davis all need to wait on Heyward to sign because it will open up more suitors for them while also allowing a more clear picture of their value to be painted. Davis, Cespedes, and Upton are all better offensive players than Heyward, and should use his new annual salary as a bargaining point.