MLB Free Agency: 25 Players Looking to Cash in on Their Contract Year

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MLB Free Agency: 25 Players Looking to Cash in on Their Contract Year
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"Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I’ll win a pennant every year"

-Sparky Anderson

A contract year seems to always bring out the best in players. From being a good teammate inside the clubhouse to playing well on the field, nothing seems to motivate, and focus, players like a contract year. 

Nowadays, with massive amounts of money on the line, and with teams willing to pay big bucks for a player with only a season or two of proven success, players on their contract year have a lot on the line.

The contract year season is often the difference between a big contract and a small contract. If a team is on the fence, perhaps because a player has had a few bad seasons (or even a few injury plagued seasons) in the past, a solid contract year performance will often net that player a very hefty contract. 

Here are 25 players, each with their stat projections for the 2011 season, that are poised to have a big year and try to acquire a big contract after the 2011 season. 

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