15 MLB Stars Whose Upcoming Free Agent Stock Has Plummeted

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15 MLB Stars Whose Upcoming Free Agent Stock Has Plummeted
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The time has come to debunk the myth that players always step up their game in the final year before becoming a free agent.

For every Ervin Santana who rebounds from a rough season to post upper echelon numbers, there are at least two or three players like Josh Johnson who will enter free agency with stats that are among both the worst in the league and the worst in their career.

In total, I count 15 high-profile players making at least $2 million in 2013 who are likely headed for a pay cut in their offseason contract negotiations because of a significant drop off in performance since last year.

 

*All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac.com and all on-field statistics are courtesy of Fangraphs.com and are accurate through the start of play on Monday, August 26.

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