In a world where baseball contracts are fully guaranteed, it’s always tough to justify a long-term deal to any free agent which often guarantees having to pay for a player’s decline.
Unfortunately for the players, however, all 30 MLB teams have seemingly realized this all at once, and salaries have been suppressed more in the 2017-18 offseason than in almost any other offseason in recent memory. We are living in a world in which Mike Moustakas received only $6.5 million guaranteed, even after hitting 38 home runs last season.
Despite giving out some of the highest contracts to players among any of the teams, the Phillies have successfully taken advantage of this market.
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