In the April leading up to CC Sabathia’s free agency in 2008, his ERA after four starts was 13.50. Months later, he got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher -- $161 million -- after he had bounced back, and then been traded to Milwaukee and led the Brewers into the postseason.
All of that is a long way of saying that it’s still very early, and there is plenty of time for the members of the prospective free-agent class of 2015 to place themselves on the road to really big dollars.
But the sample size is growing.
A rating of the first part of the season for free agents, on a scale of 1 to 10:
Max Scherzer: 10
Nobody bet more on himself than Scherzer