Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Signing franchise pitchers to long-term deals is the hot new thing in the baseball world. King Felix got the ball rolling with his seven year/$175M deal, then Verlander added five more years and $140M more to push his total package over $180M. Clayton Kershaw is younger than both and he has the best ERA in the game over the past five seasons as well. Whispers around the baseball world have the Dodgers left becoming the first player to break the $200M mark. The Dodgers can almost certainly afford to make that kind of commitment to their 25-year-old ace and they want to move on deal during the season, before Kershaw has the chance to shatter arbitration-award records this winter.
Cano, New York Yankees
With Scott Boras at the helm, Cano’s ship was plotting a course for free agency and a possible bidding war between the Yankees and Dodgers. However, since Cano dropped
Red Sox Boston
Dustin Pedroia is the face of the Boston Red Sox, one the top second basemen in the game, and thanks to the team-friendly deal he signed prior to the 2009 season, he is also one of the game’s biggest values. He is signed through 2014 with a club option for 2015 that is almost certain to be exercised barring a dramatic drop in his production, so
Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Matt Wieters didn’t quite live up to the early hype that surrounded him as he approach the majors. The man who had been billed as "Joe Mauer with Power" hit a decent, if disappointing .288/.340/.412 in his rookie season in 2009 and slumped to a .249/.319/.377 line the next year. However, Wieters has started to find the power half of that equation over the last two years, topping twenty home runs in both 2011 and 2012. Add to that one of the best arms in game and strong receiving skills and you have a player with tremendous value. The Orioles are still a very young team and even after a 93-win season in 2012, the team is looking forward to a bright future. As a result, the 26-year-old Wieters is tops on their list of extension candidates now that Adam Jones is locked up. The biggest barrier to this deal, however, may be his agent. Wieters is represented by Scott Boras and
Harvey, New York Mets
The Mets have put a great deal of their faith in Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. The team refused to include both young arms in any trade deals this off-season and missed out on several big-name players as result, including Justin Upton.
Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
With so much of fan’s attention focused on Miguel Cabrera’s Triple-Crown season last year, Austin Jackson’s breakout was more than a little overshadowed.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are the masters of the early-career extension. Both Evan Longoria and Matt Moore signed long-term deals with less a full season of time at the major league level. While