Nowadays, it seems like every young potential star player gets signed to a long-term contract extension that buys out their arbitration years and a few of their free agent years. On top of that, established stars that are nearing free agency opt to sign lucrative contracts to stay with their team, never getting to test the open market. It may make free agency a bit boring, but it is the way the baseball world operates now.
Rather than fight that trend, let's just give into it and look at players from each and every team who could (or at least should) get a rich contract offer from their team to stay in town for many, many years.
Arizona Diamondbacks - The inspiration for this post was the news last week that the D'Backs were looking to lock up Paul Goldschmidt. Given that they recently traded the last young slugger they signed to a team-friendly extension, Arizona definitely could use another horse to hitch their wagon to.
Atlanta Braves - With the Upton brothers in place for years to come, Atlanta would be well advised to ink Jason Heyward to a multi-year deal as well, ensuring that the Braves have one of the game's best outfields for a long, long time.
Baltimore Orioles - The O's have a few options here depending on how much risk they want to assume. Matt Wieters isn't necessarily a superstar, but he is one of the top catchers in the game. If they think his body can hold up, buying out two years of his free agency would make a lot of sense. If they want to really roll the dice though, they could try to take care of 20-year old Manny Machado. With his star potential, Baltimore could save themselves a heck of a lot of cash if they work out a Longoria-style contract with him now, but they will be running the risk that Machado never lives up that kind of payday.no comments