Last year's offseason was one of the quietest in MLB history, and a number of major deals were not completed until Spring Training had arrived (to say nothing of Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel's not-until-summertime deals). With that in mind, the 2020 free agent class is stacked, and there is plenty of money to dish out around the league. Here are our predictions for the five largest contracts coming up this winter.
5. Dellin Betances: Mets, 3 Years, $55 million
Before suffering season crippling injuries, Dellin Betances had been one of the most consistent relievers in all of baseball. The Mets are a team who will likely miss out on the playoffs due to the short comings in their bullpen; Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia have been busts, but Betances will not have to move far to join the Mets and give them some All-Star clout. Should Diaz and Familia figure themselves out, the Amazins' bullpen struggles could suddenly be no more.
4. Marcell Ozuna: Reds, 6 years, $120 million
Marcell Ozuna has proved his rough first season in St. Louis was only a fluke. He has shown why the Cardinals made the move to sign him, and he is on pace for a 30-homer season. Heading into his age-29 campaign, the division rival Reds should lock him up through the rest of his productive years. They have had a depleted outfield all year long, and will need another bat to replace the aging Joey Votto.
3. Nicholas Castellanos: Indians, 5 years, $130 million
Nick Castellanos has been an elite hitter all season-- and he only got better once he joined the Cubs. He is just two doubles away from being the first hitter to reach 60 in one year since 1936. His defense is very poor, but as a DH in Cleveland, those poor defensive metrics won't matter. Like J.D. Martinez did, Castellanos can parlay a good second half into a great offseason deal.
2. Anthony Rendon: Cardinals, 7 years, $210 million
Anthony Rendon has been one of the most underrated players in all of baseball since he entered the league. He is having the best year of his career, setting career highs in average, home runs and RBIs; the Cardinals haven't gotten much from Matt Carpenter this season, while Rendon gives them an everyday MVP-level third baseman.
1. Gerrit Cole: Yankees, 10 years, $325 million
Gerrit Cole is now the first Astro since Mike Scott to strike out 300 batters in a season. He has a great chance to win the AL Cy Young Award, and will get highly luxurious offers during the offseason. There is only one team who can win the money game, and it is the Yankees. They need the ace more than any other potential contending team in baseball, and will make sure they outbid everyone for Cole's services.