We're just hours away from the official open of MLB free agency, as another crop of well-known veterans is set to test the market beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Superagent Scott Boras recently told Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe that his phone was ringing non-stop shortly after the final out of the World Series with clubs expressing interest in his clients.
The baseball hot stove is traditionally a tough one to predict and there are still some finishing touches to be made before the full-on frenzy heading into the winter meetings. Teams have until 5 p.m. on Monday to make qualifying offers (more on that later), and then those players will have a week to make up their minds. Once those select few decide whether to stay with their respective teams or not, the dynamics for the market will be set.
This year's free-agent class is highlighted by sluggers Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, along with pitchers like Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka. Without a hard salary cap, cash rules everything around MLB, and there are several teams with deep pockets poised to make some high-profile additions.
You can't put ink to the contact until after midnight, but let's take a look at some of the teams that are expected to make the most noise at the negotiating table.