Examining Free Agency Since 2016

fangraphs.com - 04-19

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When did you realize free agency was in trouble? I bet it was during the 2017–2018 offseason. But was it in early January 2018 when Travis Sawchick realized that of FanGraphs’ top 20 free agents, only five had signed? Was it in February of 2018, when news broke that unsigned players would hold their own spring training camp? Or did it take until March, when Neil Walker received $4 million despite having produced seven straight years of at least 2 WAR?