Yovani Gallardo

After Series, focus on free agents, plus Stanton and Otani

Baseball's business season began Thursday when 149 players became free agents just nine hours after the Houston Astros won their first World Series title.

Rather than opt out of his contract and go on the market again, All-Star outfielder Justin Upton agreed to a $106 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He signed a $132.75 million, six-year contract with Detroit before the 2016 season and could have terminated the agreement, forfeiting the remaining $88.5 million he was due.

While executives and fans are looking ahead to next autumn's free agent class — which includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel and potentially Clayton Kershaw — the more...

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