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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Did last year’s MLB free-agent class live up to the money?

The 2018 free-agent period was highly anticipated until it actually happened.

In comparison, this offseason already looks like it’s going in fast forward. We’re days away from the 2019 Winter Meetings but Yasmani Grandal (Chicago White Sox) and Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia Phillies) cashed in on deals that were larger than all but three of the free-agent pacts that were signed last offseason.

Although it was slow to develop, there were still a number of big-money deals signed before last opening day. But they weren’t all winners. In fact, the bargain bin proved to be quite productive, as six of the eight players to lead the 2018 free-agent class in bWAR did not sign the top-10 biggest deals of the offseason.

Here is a look at those that did, reviewing the player and the deal after the first year.

A consideration of last year’s free-agent class, as this year’s class begins to be signed.

 

QLE Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:20 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a.j. pollock, andrew mccutchen, bryce harper, free agents, j.a. happ, manny machado, michael brantley, nathan eovaldi, patrick corbin, yusei kikuchi, zack britton

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   1. cookiedabookie Posted: December 09, 2019 at 10:01 AM (#5907006)
Among the ten guys they looked at (ten biggest FA contracts), in millions per WAR:

Michael Brantley 3.48
Patrick Corbin 4.32
Zack Britton 5.42
Bryce Harper 6.04
Manny Machado 9.68
Andrew McCutchen 11.90
JA Happ 14.17
Yusei Kikuchi 28.00
AJ Pollock 68.75
Nathan Eovaldi 170.00

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