Perhaps due to the new television agreements, MLB teams have been spending an inordinate amount of money this offseason. Many of the larger contracts handed out have even prompted many fans and critics to redefine their notion of “value.”
But an increased payroll hardly limits risk. For instance, the very franchise that turned away increasingly expensive stars like Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. inked Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.
And while Cano certainly provides the Seattle Mariners with a formidable offensive leader, the team will be paying its new star $24 million through age 41.
Read on to see all "boom or bust" predictions for the biggest risks MLB teams are taking this winter.