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Although baseball season is over it is an extremely exciting part of the year, it’s the OFFSEASON. The baseball offseason is a time where the teams begin to try and persuade players to play for them. Money is thrown around, contracts are signed and the most exciting part is when the players get traded.

There are many big name free agents this year that are due for an extremely large raise. The number one free agent being, Robinson Cano, formerly of the New York Yankees. He is asking teams for a contract that is worth around three hundred million dollars, for nine years of his service. Many teams have been in contact with Cano and his new agent (rapper Jay-Z) but no one is willing to pay the highly talented second baseman’s talents.

Recently the Yankees finalized the first of their thought to be many free agent signings. The Yankees reeled in catcher Brian McCann with an eighty-five million dollar contract. The catcher is a perfect fit for the Yankees, and filled two big holes (starting catcher, and left handed power hitter) the Yankees were looking to fill. Now the Yankees have turned their eyes on trying to retain Robinson Cano, and also bringing in All Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, or Jacoby Ellsbury.

The New York Mets have been relatively quiet this offseason. So, far they have signed outfielder Chris Young, to a two-year contract. It will be interesting to see how the Mets will utilize the power-hitting outfielder.

With pitcher Matt Harvey being out for the year (Tommy John surgery) it would be wise for the Mets to jump on a free agent pitcher before they all sign with other teams. The Mets were linked to Phil Hughes, but he has since then signed with the Minnesota Twins. The Mets also have met with Robinson Cano, but it seems that the second basemen’s asking price is out of the Mets’ budget. It looks as if the Mets will have another quiet offseason.

The biggest splash of the offseason so far has been the wild trade between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers sent All Star and former Home Run Derby champion Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for All Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. The trade came as a shock to both fan bases, especially since Kinsler was a beloved Ranger (his whole career was spent there). The Tigers needed to drop off money from their Salary, to be able to retain this years Cy Young Award (Best pitcher in his respected league) winning pitcher Max Scherzer, who is in the final year of his contract and is expecting a significant raise.

Many other small deals were made thus far, one being the Dodgers signing pitcher Dan Haren, as well and the San Francisco Giants signing former All Star Tim Hudson to a two-year deal.

Whether you are an avid fan of your favorite team, or just a fan of the game, the offseason is an extremely exciting time for all. Let’s hope the rest of the season is as interesting as this offseason!

 

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