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Top 10 Upcoming MLB Free Agents

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is beginning to wind down. Playoff races are heating up across the league and while some teams are making a serious claim for a playoff spot, other teams are quickly dropping in the standings. Some of the teams at the top of the standings have impending free agents that are leading the way for them, while some teams at the bottom of the standings also have guys that are playing out the final year of their contract in hopes of a bigger payday through free agency.

Free agency has turned into such a major part of the sport that you see massive stars like Jon Lester get traded at the deadline because a team knows that they would be unable to afford him in free agency. This is something that was never seen decades ago. Instead of showing loyalty for the team that drafted you or sticking with the fans that stood behind you through thick or thin, players have been leaving for more money. As long as the league continues its ways without a salary cap, this is something that will never change.

When it comes to the large crop of players that will become free agents following the end of the 2014 season, there are plenty that will be warrant big money deals. Some of these players haven’t been able to sign a new deal in several years and will look to get a huge paycheck because of that. Who are the top 10 upcoming MLB free agents?

10 David Robertson

via 1045theteam.com

9 Sergio Romo

via espn.go.com

8 Yovani Gallardo

via mlbtradetalk.sportsblog.com

7 Pablo Sandoval

via npr.org

6 Billy Butler

via espn.go.com

5 Hanley Ramirez

via chatsports.com

4 Johnny Cueto

via willvphotography.wordpress.com

3 James Shields

via isportsweb.com

2 Jon Lester

via boston.com

1 Max Scherzer

via sportsonearth.com

The top free agent following the conclusion of the 2014 season is Detroit Tigers ace, Max Scherzer. The 30-year-old reigning AL Cy Young recipient is on his way to another award-winning season. At 14-4 this season, Scherzer is now 35-7 during the past two seasons, spanning 58 starts. He has averaged more than 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings throughout his career and has been especially difficult to hit in the past two seasons. Since coming to the Tigers before the 2010 season, he has gone from a pitcher with a sub-.500 record in the NL to one of baseball’s best. He is making more than $15 million this season and will see a huge increase whenever he signs his next contract.

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