The MLB free-agency season won't begin in earnest until the World Series confetti has settled, but it's not too early to look ahead and predict how much the top stars will earn.
The market has been volatile in recent years, with some high-profile players landing lucrative long-term megadeals while others have settled for shorter pacts and, in some cases, waited until well after Opening Day to find a home.
Based on recent trends and a healthy dollop of informed speculation, here's our guess at the contracts 10 of the offseason's biggest names will earn.
One caveat: We're excluding a quartet of high-profile opt-out candidates in Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, Chicago Cubs righty Yu Darvish, Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez and New York Yankees lefty Aroldis Chapman, since their statuses aren't yet known.
OF Marcell Ozuna
Marcell Ozuna is eligible to receive a qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals, and there's a fair-to-solid chance they'll extend it. Will he accept?
He just might.
Ozuna hit .241 with an .800 OPS and 29 homers this season, a solid output but shy of his career peak in 2017, when he posted a .924 OPS and picked up down-ballot MVP votes.
Ozuna could refuse the $17.8 million qualifying offer and gamble on free agency, but he'd be tied to draft-pick compensation. We're betting he'll take the chance to elevate his value for the following offseason and the Cardinals will pay him to stick around for at least one more year.