MLBTR's Mike Axisa looked at the largest contracts by service time a year ago; it's time for an update.
- In the year since Mike's post, our Transaction Tracker shows 39 extensions for arbitration eligible players. Three of those were record-breakers: Trevor Cahill jumped ahead of Yovani Gallardo and Ricky Romero, Carlos Gonzalez topped Hanley Ramirez, and Troy Tulowitzki replaced Miguel Cabrera.
- No new zero-to-one players signed multiyear deals. If players such as Starlin Castro or Carlos Santana were to sign right now it'd still be tough to top Braun.
- Brett Anderson and Wade Davis signed similar contracts in the one-to-two class, but neither beat Carmona.
- Kazmir's contract seems like an anomaly leading the three-to-four pitchers, with several two-to-three pitchers getting larger guarantees. Kazmir's record was threatened this winter by Johnny Cueto's $27MM deal, though the two contracts cover different slices of the pitchers' careers. Perhaps three-to-four is a no man's land for multiyear pitcher deals, as the pitcher is at that point willing to see what he'll get his first time through the arbitration process.
- The free agent records set by Alex Rodriguez and C.C. Sabathia could be threatened this offseason by Albert Pujols and Sabathia again.