Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last month, spurning at least two very viable contenders in the process. He got a total of $250 million in guaranteed money for 10 years of field service. The pursuit of Pujols took twist after dramatic turn throughout the Winter Meetings in Dallas that week.
Prince Fielder should be more fun, though. Whereas Pujols created a heated contest, Fielder could conjure a full-on bidding war. No one is better at creating such an environment than Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, and as Boras and Fielder wait out the market, the contenders and rebuilders in 2012 come into clearer focus.
The Washington Nationals might have become a much more viable Fielder suitor when they acquired Gio Gonzalez, thereby making their starting rotation contention-ready. The Toronto Blue Jays inch ever closer to their competitors in the AL East. The Miami Marlins get progressively more desperate to make one last splash and really change their outlook.
Twitter has made such battles more and more fun to watch with each passing winter. Free-agent auctions, enigmatic, foreign postings and trade negotiations flavored by different packages from different sources lend delightful drama to the long months without baseball. It's even more fun when division rivals lock horns over a key asset. Here are the 15 most delicious and gripping bidding wars in MLB history.