By KYLE KEOUGH
A mad dash for free agent pickups resulted in three of the off-season's biggest names signing long-term contracts today, as the free agency season capped off with a bang.
Shawn Coomer was perhaps the biggest winner of the early year, with a 5-year deal worth an estimated $46 million. 4 years and $36 million of said deal is guaranteed for the 30-year-old 3B, who will now look to improve the lineup of the Washington D.C. Generals.
Coomer was perhaps the best pure power hitter available this off-season: in five seasons, he has hammered 238 career HRs to go along with 623 lifetime RBIs.
The Scottsdale Snipers inked 33-year-old Vladimir Chavez to the surprisingly reasonable tune of 4 years and $35.2 million. Chavez is coming off a lengthy deal that paid him $94 million.
Chavez, known as one of the best pure hitters in the game, is a lifetime .340 hitter.
Wil Hardy, 30, become the third of a trifecta of big-name hitters to sign today, as he found an interested party in the Detroit Badasses. Hardy was signed to a 5-year deal worth an estimated $35.4 million.
Hardy was one of the few legitimate centerfielders on the market this season, and despite recent on-field struggles, has the talent to be a key contributor for the Badasses this season.
All three signings seem to suggest that owners in Canseco will take a spendthrifty approach to free agency; all three signings were below predictions made at the Courier.