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Is Anyone Alive Out There?

Manny Machado is just one of many free agents who have not yet signed as the MLB season approaches. (Courtesy of Flickr)

Manny Machado is just one of many free agents who have not yet signed as the MLB season approaches. (Courtesy of Flickr)

Manny Machado is just one of many free agents who have not yet signed as the MLB season approaches. (Courtesy of Flickr)

Manny Machado is just one of many free agents who have not yet signed as the MLB season approaches. (Courtesy of Flickr)


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By Anthony Cardone

The baseball season starts in a month and spring training begins in one week. The two biggest remaining free agents, along with a handful of others, are still unemployed. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have been the talk of the offseason for the three-and-a-half months, but still, there is nothing to talk about.

All we heard this offseason about these two players were occasionally who they were linked to and some of the offers from some of the teams. Other players in free agency can really make a big impact on some of the teams this season and still, they are all just sitting there.

So what is taking so long? Is this the new trend in baseball? Last season the two biggest free agents didn’t sign until spring training began, with the Red Sox signing J.D. Martinez who had an MVP type season in Boston, and Eric Hosmer with an eight year contract with the Padres.

No matter who signs first between Machado and Harper, the other will most likely sign right after. After that, the other free agents will sign their contracts based on Harper and Machado’s salaries and lengths of contract.

These days in baseball, the big thing about free agent contracts are the lengths of agreements. The teams will give money to the most deserving players, but the length of the deal is the key. Contracts like Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year deal or Albert Pujols’ 10-year contract most likely won’t be happening as much anymore because it is such a risk to the franchise.

A key example from the past is with the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez’s contract. By the end of the deal, the money didn’t make sense for the numbers A-Rod was producing and he wasn’t staying healthy. He was 40 years old by the end of that contract.

For this reason, this offseason is going very slow, especially with the big names. Harper and Machado are more than just players for a team, they are phenomenal talents you can build a team around and win a championship with. They are both fairly young and you don’t get this type of offseason every year with the players that were on the market.

Other key players who still don’t have a job are Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez, Adam Jones, Ervin Santana, Josh Harrison and Carlos Gonzalez.

Everyone just waits on the next player and then the dominoes will fall when one player signs. Everyone is waiting…

As the spring season nears, people across the country couldn’t be happier because baseball is around the corner. We still don’t know who’s on what team because so much can change before the season starts. So I ask: is anyone alive out there?

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