As spring training gets underway, a number of big-name players remain unsigned: Jake Arrieta, JD Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and others.
Meanwhile, CC Sabathia could have been in this position if he and the Yankees hadn't agreed to terms early in the offseason. If the 37-year-old was still on the open market, he'd be feeling uneasy right about now.
"I'd be panicking," Sabathia said, via Erik Boland of Newsday.
There are many reasons why quality players are still without a team, and Sabathia believes one of them is front offices paying players for what they're going to do rather than what they have done.
"I think it's a combination of all of it," Sabathia said. "When I was a free agent, you got paid off of what you did. Now guys are getting paid off what they can do throughout that contract. Just a different landscape in baseball with the way teams are changing, GMs are getting younger and smarter and want to get more value out of the player."
The lefty suggests that players should be able to enter free agency earlier than they currently are to ensure that this doesn't happen in the future.
"I don't know what you do," Sabathia said. "Maybe you shorten the years [before] you get to free agency, make it four years instead of six, so guys have a chance to be in their 20s going into free agency instead of their 30s, and that makes a big difference."