MLB teams go all-in on big name players

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

After an exciting end to the MLB season, teams have already begun preparing for next season. With some big-name players on the market, some baseball teams are looking to make a huge splash in free agency.

The two biggest players on the market were pitchers David Price and Zack Greinke. Price just came off yet another disappointing postseason, but he was still receiving large offers from teams. In the end, he decided to sign a massive seven-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. If Price pitches in 32 starts in 2016, he is set to make just under $1 million a start.

Zack Greinke, on the other hand, decided to stay out West. He is coming off of a monster season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he finished second in the Cy Young race. The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to jump on the chance to get Greinke and signed him to a six-year, $206 million contract.

This offseason has featured many other top of the rotation pitchers, such as Jeff Samardzija, John Lackey, and Jordan Zimmermann. The Chicago Cubs were interested in both Samardzija and Lackey, but ended up snatching Lackey with a two-year, $32 million deal. Although Lackey is 36 years old, he could complement Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester very well in that Cubs’ rotation.

Samardzija, who posted an abysmal 4.96 ERA with the Chicago White Sox last season, was still able to sign a five-year, $90 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Jordan Zimmermann was in a similar situation as Samardzija as he disappointed Washington Nationals fans with a 3.66 ERA. However, he found a deal in Detroit and signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers.

Some big pitchers still looking for deals are Johnny Cueto, Wei-Yin Chen, Scott Kazmir, and Mat Latos. However, pitchers are not the only ones that can make big news this offseason. Some big name fielders still remain on the market, waiting to be swiped by teams.

Jayson Heyward, who is ranked number one on ESPN’s free agency tracker, is still without a deal. He is coming off a great season with the St. Louis Cardinals, in which he held a .293 average and played great defense in center field.

Dexter Fowler, the Chicago Cubs’ center fielder and leadoff batter, had a career season by achieving more than 100 runs on the season. Fowler is also a free agent, but the Cubs are very interested in Heyward. By not signing a huge deal with a pitcher, they have enough room to sign him if they wanted.

Other players that are unsigned free agents right now are Justin Upton, Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon, and Ian Desmond. These players are sure to get big deals soon, as the annual MLB Winter Meetings are almost upon us.

 

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