Each offseason, teams ritually hand out some of the most absurd contracts to free agent players. In fact, teams collectively spent more than $750 million this past offseason on pitching alone. That includes contracts like Edwin Jackson's $52 million, Jeremy Guthrie's $25 million, and Brandon League's $22.5 million to name a few.
Part of the reason free agent contracts have become so inflated is due to the increasing trend for organizations to extend their homegrown, young talent. While signing comparatively unknown products to long-term deals might seem like a risky endeavor, more often than not, it's a less costly move for a team than either waiting out arbitration or especially filling in via free agency.
In 2013, there have been a variety of exciting young players worthy of big long-term contracts. Below are ten young stars, who are the most deserving candidates.