MLB Free Agents – BaseballThursday, December 5, 2013 8:24
Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo are the most desirable MLB free agents this offseason.
Two of the Best
Despite the Major League Baseball (MLB) being over, much to the disappointment of baseball fans who normally bet regularly on the games with Betfair, there is no let up for the managers as they try to assemble a competitive team for the March 22nd start date.
While the 2014 draft is a good opportunity for clubs to bolster their roster with prestigious young talent, the free agents list is just as viable, especially if you have been allocated a low draft pick. There are currently big superstars who are garnering heat…
The 31-year-old second baseman is currently out of contract with the New York Yankees, a franchise always up there among the favorites in the Betfair markets. While it was expected that he would re-sign with the club, contract negotiations have stalled due to Cano’s wage demands. The Yankees want to re-sign him, but they aren’t prepared to pay $200 million or more, while Cano is rumoured to be wanting upwards of $250 million.
Cano is an impact hitter; last year he hit 27 home runs and had a batting average of .314. With his high wage demands many clubs have been put off, however the Seattle Mariners seemed unperturbed and are rumred to be willing to offer Cano an $214 million, eight year contract. If The Yankees don’t front the money, they look set to lose him to the Pacific coast club.
Besides Cano, Choo is considered the top free agent in the market. The outfielder hit .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs, 107 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and a .885 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds in 2013. Choo is rumored to be looking for a long-term $20-million-per-season contract and is attracting interest from the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers have the funds to offer Choo a lucrative contract after trimming the wage bill by off-loading Prince Fielding and Doug Fister. The Tigers also need a left-handed batter and a corner outfielder, traits that Choo possesses. Expect Detroit to pursue Choo heavily.
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