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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Heyman: Top 56 free agents with best contract guesses

1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.

2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 years. He did well turning down the Jays’ spring attempt of a two-year guarantee with two option years. But with Toronto’s Morales signing, it seems more likely now that he goes elsewhere. Though the Jays like Encarnacion, new Jays honcho Mark Shapiro never favored the mega deal, anyway. The Astros, Rangers and Red Sox have been connected early. Boston’s $88-million Hanley Ramirez deal seems like a fair guess, especially with seemingly less anxious.

3. Aroldis Chapman, $85 million, 5 years. He has baseball’s most dynamic fastball, a new World Series ring, no draft-pick attachment and the attention of the Yankees. With the Dodgers taking another look (they had a tentative deal for him last winter), he should do very well. Though, the Cubs seem to be looking elsewhere, there are plenty of big-market options.

4. Kenley Jansen, $75 million, five years. Without the draft pick attachment, he may have beaten Chapman. He’s terrific for a team and showed in the playoffs he’s willing and able to go more than an inning. Owes an assist to former Dodgers execs De Jon Watson and Logan White for converting him from a light-hitting catcher to dynamic closer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
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