RESEARCH: Does a free agent signing late hamper his performance?

The dominating narrative this offseason has been the late signings of free agent players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, or the still-unsigned Craig Kimbrel. Besides those owners in early AL or NL-only auctions or drafts (raises hand), the landing spot doesn’t matter a ton for these top players. They will perform no matter the team. One question remains, does signing late hamper a pitcher’s or hitter’s performance?

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