The free agent frenzy has already begun in the MLB and there are some hot ticket items looking to make some serious bank with a new team. Unfortunately, for these six guys, their payday won't be as glorious as they've hoped.
6. Chase Utley
Chase Utley is 38 years old and may be looking for one last two-year contract to finish out his career. But his numbers last season (.252/.319/.396) don't exactly warrant a substantial deal. Utley may be looking at minimal money to serve in a platoon role because he continues to struggle against left-handed pitching. He's likely looking at a one-year, $6 million contract.
5. Edinson Volquez
Edinson Volquez is hoping he will be valued higher than his stats say he should be. After a disgraceful 5.37 ERA during the 2016 season, the 33-year-old is looking for another shot to prove he can be the ace of a staff somewhere. The only thing is, he will never get paid like the ace of a staff again. Expect Volquez to sign a modest, one-year contract somewhere.
4. Nick Hundley
In two season with the Rockies, Nick Hundley (33) hit .282/.330/.455 in 706 plate appearances to lead all catchers in slugging percentage in that time. Hundley probably thinks that his bat will land him a nice contract with a desirable team, but he's also one of the worst pitch framers among all catchers in baseball. Hundley will likely have to settle for somewhere well south of $10 million.
3. Jon Jay
Jon Jay is the odd man out in San Diego as the fourth outfielder. Surprisingly, he hit .296/.345/.407 before breaking his forearm this past June. Jay may be thinking his pre-injury stellar slash line may earn him a tight contract somewhere else, but it likely won't happen. Jay will be settling for a two-year, minimal cash contract somewhere outside of San Diego.
2. Joe Blanton
Joe Blanton signed with the Dodgers the previous offseason on a one-year deal. He made the most of his opportunity, posting a 2.48 ERA in 80 innings. There will be plenty of interest for him around the majors, but the 36-year-old will not grab anything north of $14 million over two years because of his age and lack of velocity.
1. Michael Saunders
Michael Saunders is a young 30 years old and in the prime of his baseball career. He burst through the wall this year and made the All-Star Game with a nice slash line of .253/.338/.478 and was instrumental in Toronto's postseason run. But in the final two months of the season, his numbers really fell off and he came back down to earth. His defense in the outfield corners also lacked any sort of consistency. Saunders will be looking to sign long-term somewhere else, now that Toronto has neglected to make him a qualifying offer, but he won't get nearly the dollar amount he will be looking for.