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Predicting the 10 Most Overpaid MLB Free Agents of the 2014 Class
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Second baseman Robinson Cano should be all smiles. He's going to sign a terrific long-term deal in free agency.

MLB teams spend more freely on free agents with each passing year, so members of the 2014 class ought to be excited. Plenty of them will get overpaid as television money trickles into owners' wallets.

Those who achieve career-best production in their walk years typically strike gold on the open market. Recent examples include Hiroki Kuoda (one year, $15 million) and Angel Pagan (four years, $40 million).

Being elite at a thin position will help Robinson Cano, while Rajai Davis and Jacoby Ellsbury can emphasize their lightning speed to stand out in a relatively slow group.

History also suggests that teams covet power, even if it's attached to bad defense. Super-durable veterans wind up wealthy, as do players who debut in free agency during their mid- to late 20s.

In particular, these 10 individuals will make more than they deserve on their next contracts. 

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