Today is a big day in hockey. They call it the free agent frenzy.
Why am I talking about hockey on a baseball site?
Well, this is why: baseball should have something similar.
Hear me out on this, okay?
Every impending free agent athlete hits the market at the same time and teams start going after the players they want. Sometimes, it gets a little wild (Toronto signing David Clarkson for seven years, anyone?).
It becomes this big market where it seems as if it’s an auction house and general managers will start running around and shouting numbers for players.
Or, at least, that’s how I imagine it.
The point is, there’s no designated day in baseball where free agents signing with teams goes amok. There’s the winter meetings, sure, but sometimes things drag on for days and nothing really significant happens.
So, imagine it. One cold December day. Nothing really going on. It’s the holiday season but maybe you want to take your mind off any stress that comes about. World Series is over, those golden gloves have been awarded. What’s there to do but wait for spring?
Baseball free agent frenzy to the rescue! (Or whatever you wanna call it.)
Even better, baseball does not have a salary cap, unlike hockey.
Now imagine when Clayton Kershaw hits the free agent market. The mere minutes after players become FAs could become the most entertaining thing possible. It could end up with a ridiculous thing like an 11-year, $300 million deal. (Look, I’m not saying that will happen. Just go with it.)
And then there’s seven more signings that day. Pirates pick up Kevin Youkilis. The Astros think signing Bartolo Colon for five years is a good idea. Rumors everywhere. It’s like the trade deadline in the middle of winter without worrying about which prospects your team will give up.
It gives people a reason to keep track of baseball things when there’s no major league baseball.
…well, the people whose free time doesn’t necessarily revolve around the sport.
But really, for a sports writer like myself, it might end up being a headache — but a fun one. As a baseball fan, you can’t predict baseball, yolo, bring on the ridiculous and unexpected.