View Full Version : Baseball's Deep Free Agent Market and the Possible Impact

02-04-2009, 08:37 PM
As the off-season starts to wind down and pitchers and catchers are beginning to make their way to camp, the current free agent market is one of the deepest and skilled it has been in history this close to the preseason.
With that in mind, most free agents may be getting desperate to find a home for the 2009 season. With winning experience always being a factor in contract talks many free agents may look for one year deals with winning teams. By taking a lower salary for a one-year contract it allows the player to hit the market again in 2010 when teams may have more money to spend on longer deals. The big market teams looking to win now could spend what they were willing to use on one player and now cut it in half and spend it on two in hopes both free agents are willing to gamble on 2010 and a World Series shot. Adam Dunn and Juan Cruz sound good Boston fans? Orlando Hudson and a completed Jake Peavy deal Cubs fans? Mets fans, does an injury risk discounted signing of Ben Sheets and a guy who isn't afraid of September baseball named Manny sound sweet? It could happen.
The economy isn't getting better for a while and baseball players want to do two things when they play in the pro circuit, win and make money. They aren't going to be doing a whole lot of the second one in 2009, might as well play to win now.