In April of 2010, the Phillies signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125 million extension that didn't even start until 2012. Let this be a cautionary tale when teams look to lock up guys pre-free agency.
Slumps, injuries, changing roles ... nothing phased the Braves as they steamrolled the Nationals and Phillies this summer to win the NL East in a rout. Now, if they can just avoid some crazy Infield Fly Rule call when the playoffs start. Also: Oakland's sewage, Baltimore's sleep-deprivation and the Dodgers' pool party.