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Who's next? 11 more MLB players who could sign big extensions

theScore logo theScore 3/23/2019 Tom Ruminski
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The last few days in the baseball world have felt like the time Oprah Winfrey decided to give everybody in the audience a free car - except instead of a vehicle, everybody's getting a contract extension. 

And it makes sense. Free agency's become a slow, frustrating, and unpredictable process, so many players are choosing to sign new deals with their current teams before even testing the market.

Next, let's identify more big names who could be in line for their own monster extensions over the next few years (ages as of April 1, 2019):

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Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals

Age: 28

Walk Year: 2019

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Rendon must be licking his chops after seeing the contracts that fellow third basemen Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado got this winter, as he accumulated more WAR (according to FanGraphs) than either of them across the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Washington likely doesn't want to lose another homegrown talent via free agency, so all signs point toward a monster payday for Rendon.

Khris Davis, OF/DH, Athletics

Age: 31

Walk Year: 2019

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No player's hit more home runs across the last three years than Davis, who led the majors with 48 in 2018 - his third straight season with at least 40. With a $16.5-million contract, he's Oakland's highest-paid player by a wide margin in 2019, but despite the A's wanting to retain his services, ownership may not be willing to pay up going forward.

Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox

Age: 26

Walk Year: 2019

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The Red Sox reportedly just gave left-hander Chris Sale $145 million. How much money will be available for Bogaerts is now a question mark with J.D. Martinez able to opt out following this season and reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts set to become a free agent following the 2020 campaign. Bogaerts is a two-time Silver Slugger and posted a .883 OPS in 2018.

Gerrit Cole, SP, Astros

Age: 28

Walk Year: 2019

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After inking Jose Altuve to an extension last offseason and then reportedly extending Alex Bregman this week, the Astros still have plenty of talent to lock up. Cole might be next, as the big right-hander finished fifth in AL Cy Young voting last season after going 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA and career-high 12.4 K/9. With fellow starters Collin McHugh and Wade Miley also set to hit free agency next winter, it would be wise for the Astros to secure the 28-year-old Cole long term.

George Springer, OF, Astros

Age: 29

Walk Year: 2020

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Springer is another Astro in line for a big raise. The 2017 World Series MVP will make $12 million in 2019 and then have one more year of arbitration eligibility before being able to test free agency. The two-time All-Star struggled in 2018, but he's just a year removed from posting an .889 OPS in 140 games. At 29, Springer's older than the rest of Houston's core, but he's still an important piece of the team.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs

Age: 27

Walk Year: 2021

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The 2016 NL MVP still has two years of arbitration eligibility left, but one has to think the Cubs want to get something done with their franchise cornerstone before having to go through that process two more times. It helps that Bryant's been open about wanting to sign a long-term deal in Chicago.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians

Age: 25

Walk Year: 2021

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Lindor may soon have a massive new contract to go along with that big smile, as no shortstop in baseball has accrued more WAR (according to FanGraphs) since 2016. However, it's also possible Lindor will be too expensive for the notoriously frugal Indians to retain.

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros

Age: 24

Walk Year: 2021

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Correa's one of the best shortstops in the game and already has a Rookie of the Year Award, an All-Star Game appearance, a World Series title, and 81 career home runs on his resume despite missing 105 games over the last two years due to injuries. At 24, his best is likely still to come, but Houston may want to see if Correa can remain healthy for a full season before making a major commitment. 

Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees

Age: 26

Walk Year: 2022

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One can almost hear the Yankees backing up a Brinks truck in front of Judge's house - a career .963 OPS will do that. There's still plenty of time for New York to craft a long-term offer, but the team may want to avoid going through the arbitration process with Judge. Meanwhile, the organization has shown it prefers to lock up its young stars, as evidenced by the extensions signed by Luis Severino and Aaron Hicks this winter.

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox

Age: 24

Walk Year: 2022

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The Red Sox will have a number of key players to think about after their contracts expire this season, but expect president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to try and lock up Benintendi long term. In fact, it was reported this winter that the Red Sox and the young outfielder had already begun talks, and that Benintendi could receive something similar to the $100-million deal Bregman signed with Houston. The timing could depend on who else the Red Sox retain next offseason, but in any case, the seventh overall pick from the 2015 draft is just getting started after compiling 4.4 WAR in his age-23 season.

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, OF, Phillies

Age: 26

Walk Year: 2023

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Hoskins isn't scheduled to become a free agent until 2024, but he's already proven to be one of MLB's best power hitters. Overall, he's belted 52 homers in only 203 career games, and will now form a dream tandem with Bryce Harper in the middle of the Phillies' order. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's still well under the luxury-tax threshold moving forward, so finding money to extend Hoskins shouldn't be an issue.

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