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How Much Would MLB's Top 25 Players Cost in Soccer's January Transfer Window?
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Imagine if baseball teams had to bid to negotiate with every free agent like they did with Yu Darvish. The free agent system does not allow this to happen often.

In soccer, or football as it is called by many, there is a much different system in which players change  teams. For those under contract, they can be transferred to another club for a sum of money. Stars bring in massive sums of money for their teams and it would be interesting to see how this would work in MLB.

After the player is transferred to the new team, his old contract is voided and he is able to negotiate a new deal with the team that purchased his rights. There are two windows for transfers in soccer.

Baseball has a number of superstars that other teams would be willing to pay big money for. Transfer fees in soccer have exceeded $50 million and the same could happen with MLB superstars.

For the sake of this article, we will assume that MLB owners can spend money like the owners of some of the world's most famous soccer franchises such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The players are ranked based on the transfer fee that their team would receive for them.

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