There was no indication the 2017-18 offseason was going to be anything out of the ordinary.
On Nov. 2, the day after the World Series ended, the Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a five-year, $106 million contract extension.
Upton had $88.5 million and four years remaining on a deal he originally signed with the Tigers but figured to exercise an opt-out clause and become a free agent for a chance to cash in with a more lucrative contract.
That’s how the game was going for the game’s big-name players. The money train was rolling, and everyone wanted to get on board.
But something happened to stop the train.
Whether it was the luxury tax, a lackluster crop...