MLB Free Agents: Josh Hamilton and 5 Players Killing It in Contract Years

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MLB Free Agents: Josh Hamilton and 5 Players Killing It in Contract Years
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As one might expect, a lot of players put up some of their best statistical seasons in "contract years." Now, it's fairly obvious why this occurs.  

Players feel comfortable financially in the beginning or middle of their contracts, when they know that even if they have a down year, they're still getting paid for next year and they have time to rebound.  However, in the last year on any contract, players feel the pressure to perform at a higher level to try to give themselves as much leverage as possible in upcoming negotiations for a new contract.

It's as simple as this. If you have a down year, you get paid for a down year. If you have a good year, you get paid for a good year. If you kill it in a contract year, you become a very rich man. You want to kill it in a contract year.

So, with that being said, who is currently killing it in their contract years? Who is in line for a big payday and a spot on one of baseball's best rosters? I've narrowed it down to six players who look like they could finish up their current deals stronger than ever.

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