Top 20 Free Agents in Baseball

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Robinson Cano, 2B

Age (as of Opening Day 2014): 31

2013 Stats: .314 BA, .899 OPS, 27 HR, 107 RBI, 7 SB
Current team: Yankees
Best fit: Yankees

Will Jay-Z's client receive the $300 million deal he wants? No, of course not, and it's doubtful Cano even expects to. It's called a bargaining tactic. But Cano, an All-Star and top-six finisher in the MVP voting every year since 2010, is definitely the best player on the market, and he'll get by far the biggest contract. It wouldn't be at all shocking if another club -- it would take only one -- decides to go all-in with Cano, even a lower revenue team like the Marlins or Pirates. But the odds are that he will remain a Yankee, despite their commitment to lowering their payroll beneath the $189 million luxury tax threshold. One general manager guesses that Cano's deal will be for eight years and $178 million.

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