The Ten Best Contracts of the 2016 Offseason: Player Perspective

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Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
Four Years, $56 million

Zobrist’s highest yearly salary over the first ten years of his career was $7.5 million. He will come close to doubling that on an average annual basis over the next four years. Everything broke right for Zobrist in free agency, and he was able to find a contract relatively easily for a 34-year-old who has shown signs of declining defensive value.

Zobrist benefited from a perfect storm of free agency factors. His perceived value as a utility player is still high, even with his declining defensive value. Coming off a World Series victory, Zobrist is seen as a perfect leader for a young clubhouse. His relationship with Joe Maddon didn’t hurt either. Zobrist was very happy to return home to Illinois, and could be the final, veteran piece needed to push the Cubs over the top and into the World Series.

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