Harper And Machado Sweepstakes: A Look Back At 10 Long-Term Free Agent Contracts

With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado reportedly seeking deals in the eight to ten-year range, much of the discussion around baseball in recent weeks has centered around how long is too long when it comes to free agent contracts. Although things have picked up a bit of late, the market as a whole continues to move at a snail's pace while the world waits to see where these two megastars will sign.

Prospectus Feature: Anything But Routine

Everything changes over time, even baseball. It’s no surprise that the role of the starting pitcher has morphed during the past two dozen years. From stricter pitch counts and heavier reliance on bullpens for strikeout purposes to dramatic changes in strategy like bullpen games, openers, and piggyback starts, starters must be more flexible and adaptable than ever. Considering the intense physical and mental exertion that goes into a game for a starting pitcher, some hurlers have famously fastidious pre-game routines that help them align mind and body for the arduous task ahead.

Nationals Preview: Washington Moving On Without Bryce Harper As Spring Training Begins

A generational talent like Bryce Harper is one that any franchise would hate to see walk away, especially at the ripe young age of 26. The Nationals were no exception, reportedly offering their first overall pick in the 2010 draft a 10-year, $300 million offer late last season. Harper rejected the proposal and opted for free agency, where he remains unsigned in what has been a historically tepid offseason.

Transaction Analysis: Bullpen Remains A Priority In The Bronx

The Yankees added another marquee arm to an already stacked bullpen, bringing coveted free agent Adam Ottavino into the fold. A New York City native and childhood Yankees fan who once told a Triple-A coach that he’d “strike Babe Ruth out every time” (h/t Mike Petriello and MLB.com’s Statcast Podcast), the right-hander matched a career-high with 75 appearances last season, fanning a whopping 112 batters in 77 2/3 innings.

Red Sox 2011 Draft Class On Full Display In '18 World Series

Raised in the Boston suburb of Brookline, former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein's dream since a young age was to work for his hometown team. He not only lived out that fantasy, but throughout New England will forever be known as the man responsible for constructing a club that ended the franchise's 86-year championship drought, a once seemingly endless stretch of futility that spanned several generations of Bostonians.

Rays Preview: Tampa Bay Eyeing October As Spring Training Begins

Kevin Cash's club had their work cut out for them entering the 2018 season, attempting to compete in a powerhouse-laden American League with baseball's lowest payroll and a roster seemingly void of enough impact players to hang with the big boys over a six-month stretch. The face of the franchise in Evan Longoria had been shipped out west, and no one was quite sure what to expect from a group that had won a respectable 80 games the year prior but whose clubhouse was now occupied by a large conti
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