MLB Players that can boost their free agency stock most

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 4: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) heads for the dugout after finishing an inning during a game between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 4: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) heads for the dugout after finishing an inning during a game between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images) /
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MLB Players That Can Boost Their Free Agency Stock Most

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We tend to be prisoners of the moment, especially when it comes to sports. In baseball, we’ve had our fair share of postseason legends in recent years, such as left-handed pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Andrew Miller, as well as the unforgettable emergence of David Freese in 2011. Last season, the Boston Red Sox rode solid performances from right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and first baseman Steve Pearce to a World Series title.

As magical as these dominant runs can be, it’s intriguing to look at how they influence a player’s career from that point forward. Bumgarner is hitting free agency this offseason, and his postseason reputation will surely be a factor in his next contract. Eovaldi and Pearce earned new deals as well, with the Red Sox wanting to keep their postseason heroes.

Fans become infatuated with MLB players that lead their team towards a league, or World Series, title, for obvious reasons. Its the sport’s greatest joy, and when a particular player gets hot in one of these runs, their stock raises immensely.

Jake Odorizzi, Didi Gregorius, Dallas Keuchel, and Stephen Strasburg are just a few names currently playing postseason baseball that will be free agents this offseason. They have a great chance to boost their offseason earning potential by becoming postseason legends.

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Whether its one of them or some other player, succeeding in October is a sure way to leave a lasting impression and secure a new, more lucrative contract.

Statistics and contract information from Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and Baseball Prospectus.