Contract-year players to watch in 2009

Updated: March 31, 2009, 4:23 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Money-money-money-money, muhhhhh-nay!

Even in these troubling economic times, the almighty dollar sure has a way of motivating players to take that extra step, go that extra mile, give that extra effort. Just ask Milton Bradley, A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster, Manny Ramirez and CC Sabathia, who parlayed huge 2008 campaigns into solid -- if not as monstrous as in winters past -- free-agent paydays. Every one of them scored a contract of $30-plus million; talk about a bailout!

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