Over the past few weeks, I've discussed the upcoming free-agency period here on a regular basis and have often given contract estimates for particular players or, in some cases, an actual projection for how many years and how much a player will sign for this offseason.
Many of those estimates and projections have changed, however, and could continue to increase or decrease throughout the course of the winter. Hunter Pence's five-year, $90 million contract extension with the San Francisco Giants, for example, is higher than what I would've expected. Therefore, projections for Shin-Soo Choo and several other free-agent outfielders will increase.
Late-regular-season and playoff performances can also move the needle on a player's perceived value. Boston Red Sox players Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli have put several more million dollars in their pockets after their October success, while slumping teammate Stephen Drew has likely cost himself some money.
Along with St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, the three aforementioned Red Sox players could still make or lose a few dollars based on their World Series performance. But that would likely require an unbelievably good or bad showing in the next four to seven games. For the most part, it's a good time to start making some free-agent contract predictions.