MLB Free Agents That Are Sure to Be Overpaid

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Bryce Harper
and Manny Machado are the marquee names on this year’s free agent market that
are likely to sign record breaking deals.

They’re not
the only ones about to cash in. For every excellent under the radar bargain
signing there’s a player who is massively overpaid.

Free agency can
be a minefield filled with unsustainable breakout performances to aging stars
headed for a decline that can present many pitfalls.

Here are six
prime candidates that are bound to be overpaid this winter.

Anibal
Sanchez

Sanchez was
a great find for Atlanta after the 34-year-old pitcher posted an abysmal 2017
with the Detroit Tigers wrapping up a five-year $80 million deal in disastrous
fashion. Signing him to anything more than a one-year deal would be a major
risk.

Asdrubal
Cabrera

The Phillies
second baseman is still a major offensive threat hitting 23 HR and 75 RBI in
2018 however as the year progressed his plate discipline dropped with walks decreasing
and strikeouts increasing. The counterpoint is that he has defensive
versatility.

Zach Britton

The Yankees pitcher
has dealt with some significant injury issues since posting a Cy Young caliber season
in 2016 that kept him on the shelf until June of 2018. His 2.88 ERA in 25
appearances with the Yankees should be enough to fuel a big payday even though
there are likely other options that could get the same results for a fraction of
the price Britton might command.

JA Happ

Happ was a
major addition for the Yankees added right at the trading deadline. Since
coming over from Toronto in July he went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA. At 35 years old
signing him to more than a two-year deal and anything over his current salary
of $12million per year would be a massive overpay.

AJ Pollock

The
Diamondbacks’ centerfielder had an impressive 2015 campaign hitting .315 with
20 HR and racking up his first Gold Glove. He has not been able to match those
numbers since dealing with injuries that have cost him several games over the
last three seasons. Teams should be careful to only pay for what he is now, not
what he was in 2015.

Andrew
Miller

The Indians reliever
once signed a massive $36 million-dollar deal with the Yankees. A record for a non-closer
relief pitcher. Nagging shoulder injuries have cost him time this season and
his signature slider has become more hittable. In a market where lefthanded relievers
are scarce a team trying to win it all in 2019 might end up regretting giving
Miller big dollars.