Stat Lines Top 2013 MLB Free Agents Must Produce to Live Up to New Contracts

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Stat Lines Top 2013 MLB Free Agents Must Produce to Live Up to New Contracts
Nick Swisher must be healthy and productive to live up to his new $56 million deal with the Cleveland Indians. Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

MLB free agents revel in joy upon signing their lucrative, guaranteed contracts. Soon, their elation will turn to anxiety, though, as they feel pressured to live up to high expectations.

Team success is paramount, but these 30 players will be answering tough questions if they don't produce sufficient individual statistics in certain categories.

Veteran starting pitchers like Ryan Dempster and Hiroki Kuroda, for example, must total plenty of innings to stabilize their respective rotations. New teammates Mike Napoli and David Ortiz are only worth their money if they provide power. Atop the free-agent class, Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton should worry about all-around excellence and staying healthy.

Failing to meet or exceed the following numbers will ensure that they settle for less on future deals.

 

Brandon League and Jake Peavy agreed to extensions with their 2012 teams during the exclusive negotiating period following the World Series. They were never available to other teams, so you won't find them on the following list.

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