Prior to Thanksgiving last offseason, just two multi-year deals were reached — both went to catchers, both for two years. Kurt Suzuki received $10 million from the Nationals and Jeff Mathis got $6.25 million from the Rangers.
Before the Lions lost on the holiday again this year, seven multi-year free-agent deals were done this season — eight if you include the three-year extension the White Sox constructed with Jose Abreu after tendering him a contract. Representatives generally had reported more aggressive talk and action with clubs this offseason than the slow walk in recent years that has so infuriated the Players Association.
Still, the multi-year markets have mainly been restricted to relief pitching and again catching, with Washington once more handing out a two-year, $10 million pact to a receiver, this time to Yan Gomes. The Braves have been the most aggressive team, with three multi-year deals — to relievers Chris Martin and Will Smith, and catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
One agency (CAA) represented the top two lefty relievers in Smith (three years, $40 million) and Drew Pomeranz (four years, $36 million, Padres) and another (Wasserman) repped the top two…