Early look at MLB free agency
August, 14, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
Elsa/Getty ImagesRobinson Cano will command a hefty contract this offseason.Throughout baseball, general managers and their scouting departments are already out in force evaluating this offseason's impending free-agent class. They’re watching every at-bat, every pitch and every defensive touch. They’re also conducting background checks on player character and medical reports. The preparation is essential, rigorous and exhaustive considering the millions of dollars that might be invested.
Here is an early breakdown of some of the top free agents who will be available in this year’s market:
Top position playersRobinson Cano | 2B | .291, 22 HR, 73 RBIs
Cano remains baseball’s best second baseman since Roberto Alomar. He’d like to start and finish his career with the Yankees. However, with one of the best negotiators in baseball in CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen as his agent and Jay-Z as his marketing/promotional engine, it won’t be easy. The length of Cano’s contract will be the biggest barrier.
Best fits: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers