There is a time in everyone’s work career in which they have to step up their game to convince their boss(es) that it’s time for a raise or simply keeping them around in their roles. The same is true in sports. Every player gets to a point where they are in a contract year with their current team in which they are trying to prove their worth for a myriad of reasons, or are simply looking to show why they deserve a higher salary the following season. Every sport has contract years, but it perhaps doesn’t affect players in any other sport quite the way it can in baseball. Especially with all of the guaranteed money that’s available to them if they can manage a bigger than normal year.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen some players in contract years have the best season of their career to that point, i.e. Anthony Rendon a year ago. However, we’ve also seen guys have some of the worst years of their careers, i.e. Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello last year, or even worse, get...