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Shohei Otani Offers Unique Free Agent Case Study

10 October, 2017

Shohei Otani, the Japanese superstar being labeled as the “Japanese Babe Ruth,” is most likely going to apply for free agency to play in the Major Leagues, ending a five-year career in the Japanese Professional Baseball Association.  If that does, indeed, happen, he will offer one of the most intriguing MLB free agent  cases we have seen in quite awhile in Major League Baseball. For several reason . . . Because Otani is still only 23, he can only be signed to a minor-league contract [...]

MLB Free Agents: The Top Ten Remaining

17 January, 2017

MLB Free Agents: The Top Ten Remaining is, of course, a purely subjective pursuit.  Those players I believe to be the top ten may not be the same you would choose, and anyone who has ever been a part of a water cooler debate knows this to be true.  Still, it makes for some interesting discussions, so let’s go with these ten and let the debates begin. Time is running out, of course.  Spring Training 2017 begins next month, and there is still a plethora of talent out there ready to be gobb [...]

MLB Free Agency Classifications

30 August, 2016

Let’s continue our talk about MLB Free Agency Classifications because, quite frankly, it can be a bit confusing for many sports fans. Prior to November, 2011, MLB free agents were classified as either Type A, Type B, or unclassified free agents.  Type A free agents were in the top 20% of all players based on the previous two seasons.  Type B free agents were those in the next 20%, and unclassified free agents were those remaining in the bottom 60% of players. Teams that lost a Type A f [...]

Major League Baseball Free Agency Begins

12 November, 2015

  191 is the number Major League Baseball officials are concentrating on as baseball free agency begins. That is the number of free agents available this year, and you can bet the action will be fast and furious as November moves into December and we get that much closer to the beginning of spring training. The free agent list is led by starting pitchers David Price and Zack Greinke, two perennial free agents who seem to always be mentioned this time of year, but most teams will b [...]

Major League Baseball Free Agent Activity

01 December, 2015

As the NFL moves into Week Thirteen, and as the NBA continues the marathon that they call a season, Major League Baseball players are resting up after a grueling 162-game schedule, but free agent activity is not resting at all. Unlike most years when activity is in neutral until the Winter Meetings, there have been a number of trades already in Major League Baseball, and even more signings, with the Seattle Mariners leading the way with four trades to date. Still, the top five MLB free [...]