Congratulations Boston, your Red Sox are World Champions. Red Sox players have received their championship rings and despite not winning the big prize, the Cardinals received their National League Champions pennant. World Series rings and league championship pennants are a major part of what drives players to be their best, but the other key motivator is the almighty dollar.
Most of the Red Sox and Cardinals players are either locked into long-term contracts or do not have enough service time to cash in at the stock market of baseball, free agency. However, six of the fifty World Series participants are set to be free agents. Here is a quick look into each of their free agencies along with an attempt to place them with a team and contract. All of my predictions are almost guaranteed to be wrong, as players almost always go where they are seemingly least likely to go in free agency. Then again, (shameless self-plug alert) I also said that about my World Series predictions and I somehow managed to predict the Red Sox over the Cardinals in 6 (Mr. Schaefer also predicted this correctly.) With that said, I feel obligated to put my predictions out there for the enjoyment of you, my readers, and so that I can mock them later. Before I put my predictions out there, I would be remiss if I did not thank mlbtraderumors.com for being an invaluable resource for writing this post.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Center Fielder
Potential fits: Red Sox, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Yankees, and the Phillies.
Prediction: Mariners, 8 years, $160 million.
Mike Napoli, 1st basemen
Potential fits: Red Sox, Rangers, Blue Jays, Pirates and the Rockies.
Prediction: Red Sox, 3 years, $39 million.
Stephen Drew, Shortstop
Potential fits: Red Sox, Yankees, Cardinals, Mets, Dodgers, and the Pirates.
Prediction: Dodgers, 4 years, $50 million.
(To answer the obvious question, since this is an off-the-wall prediction of sorts, the Dodgers would move Hanley Ramirez to third and plug Drew in at shortstop.)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Catcher
Potential fits: Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies and the Blue Jays.
Prediction: Yankees, 4 years, $40 million.
Carlos Beltran, Right fielder
Potential fits: Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Rangers, Phillies and the Royals.
Prediction: Rangers, 2 years, $30 million.
Edward Mujica, Relief Pitcher
Potential fits: Phillies, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Tigers, Orioles, Yankees and the Rangers.
Prediction: Diamondbacks, 2 years, $16 million.