After the 2018 season, Charlie Blackmon was scheduled to hit free agency for the first time in his career. However, he inked a brand new six-year deal, worth $108 million on Wednesday.
And with Blackmon re-signing with the Rockies, it could start a brand new trend.
In the past, players couldn’t wait to hit free agency for the first time. There are many teams interested in you and throwing a ton of money at you, but then the 2017-18 offseason happened. Players waited all offseason to finally find a new home and there are still players sitting home waiting for a team to call.
My point is, with teams having all the leverage and being in no rush to sign players to big deals, those players might be more inclined to re-sign with their original team before free agency starts.
Charlie Blackmon is a very good player and got a great deal, but maybe would have received less money if he hit free agency at the end of the year. Teams are now willing to pass on the better free agents and sign players for less money. That could have left Blackmon still unsigned in January and having to take a deal for less money than he’s worth. Charlie Blackmon has also been a huge part of the Rockies for the past four seasons and they know how valuable he is to the team.
Now of course, I am not saying every great player should be afraid of free agency and instantly re-sign with their teams. There is no way Bryce Harper or Manny Machado should avoid reaching free agency. They are going to get paid a ton of money, but if there is a player, such as Charlie Blackmon who is in the $100 million range, they should consider re-signing with their original team. He received that money from Colorado, but probably wouldn’t have from other teams.
Baseball is changing every year and this could be the latest trend. Teams and not players have all the leverage.