Source: Joe Giglio, CNN Bleacher Report
The Major League Baseball free-agent market isn’t ripe with young, ascending players that are guaranteed to give their next employer great production for the duration of a contract. Instead, the list of 2014 MLB free agents is littered with question marks.
1. Robinson Cano
Yes, affording $200 million, or more, to any player over the age of 30 is risky, especially when second basemen don’t tend to age well.
2. Shin-Soo Choo
If Shin-Soo Choo’s game was reliant on speed, athleticism, defense or power, he’d be one of the biggest risks on the free-agent market. At the age of 31, all of those skills will deteriorate over the life of a long-term deal that could be for well over $100 million, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
3. Mike Napoli
After staying healthy, crushing the ball, playing an excellent first base, per Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, and helping the Red Sox to a World Series victory, the 32-year-old slugger should be on the radar for any power-hungry lineup in baseball.