More and more these days in the MLB, teams are opting to give their young stars multi-year deals to buy out their arbitration years before negotiating mega deals prior to their hitting free agency.
Last offseason saw Paul Goldschmidt (five-year, $32 million), Allen Craig (five-year, $31 million) and Chris Sale (five-year, $32.5 million) sign long-term deals prior to hitting arbitration. Similar deals could be on the way this winter and in the years to come.
This year's crop of rookies was one of the best in recent memory, while young stars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman and Matt Harvey took another step forward in establishing themselves as some of the best players in the game.
What follows is my attempt to predict what 15 of the game's top young superstars will make when they receive their first multi-year deals. Keep in mind, young talent under team control comes far cheaper than free agents, so don't expect a ton of $100 million-plus deals ahead.