The next crop of free agents have filed following the conclusion of the contract arbitration phase of the 2017-2018 baseball off-season, and several big names are now on the market.
Among the elite players looking for new deals with new teams are three-time MVP and seven-time all-star Dao-Zi Ling, who is coming off a second championship season with the Calgary Inferno, Oxen ace right-hander A.C. Deucey, and Lake League strikeout king William Febres, who spent 2017 with New York.
Among the surprise names on the list is Anchorage Aces outfielder Ricky Jalapeno, who spent most of the season on the disabled list, returning late in August only to tear a calf muscle in his first at bat, a double. Jalapeno exercised his opt-out. He had been earning $7.9 million in his last year with the Aces.
Another player to opt-out was Roberto Castro, who left the Chicago Pit Bulls after having one of his best seasons. He hit a .272, scored 53 runs, had 114 hits, and stole 14 bases, all for career-highs. He was a first-time all-star, and was selected the Lake League Gold Crown winner for shortstop, earning his $6.9 million salary over the year.
Several international free agents were also cleared to join the FA list for the Bull League, with Chitoji Yamada of Japan seemingly leading the pack according to scouts. Yamada is said to have a perfect power stroke and as an added bonus hits from the left side of the plate.