My latest for The Athletic looks at free agents who signed after the offseason was technically over, listing both the richest contracts handed out after pitchers and catchers had reported to camp and the top performances by players who signed that late. I pitched the piece in anticipation of this spring yielding both the richest contract handed out after pitchers and catchers reported and the most contracts with a guarantee of at least eight-figures agreed to at such a late date. Both records were set while I was researching and writing it, and there will be more where those came from given the quality of free agents still remaining on the market now a week past pitchers and catchers. My goal here, as it so often is, was to put all of that in context.
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MLB.com has posted four clips from my latest appearance on MLB Now with host Brian Kenny, Ron Darling, and my former SI.com colleague Jon Heyman. They are . . .
Quick takes on recent contract talk from Zack Greinke and Jeff Samardzija:
BK’s All-Underrated team and honorable mentions from the panel:
Baseball Prospectus’s Sam Miller on PECOTA predictions for top pitchers, with our takes on Corey Kluber and Justin Verlander and picks for breakout pitchers for 2015:
Round-table interview with Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette: