Prince Fielder is within his rights to wonder: What did I do wrong? The MLB free agent and erstwhile Milwaukee Brewers first baseman has established himself as one of the game's best sluggers, yet as premium holiday prices give way to clearance sales and bargain bins, the Hot Stove's second-hottest commodity has become the pricey gadget that never does come down in price.
Predictably, no one seems interested.
If Fielder is beginning to feel like a misfit, the rest of the market must be starting to feel exiled. Edwin Jackson, Roy Oswalt and a handful of other perfectly solid potential assets are staring at what has suddenly morphed into a buyer's market, and yet, digging in their heels.
This week could be the turning of the tides. At a certain point, players like Paul Maholm are giving away a bunch of leverage by fighting for extra dollars as Spring Training creeps nearer, and teams can dangle their career prospects in front of them.
Here are the 25 best players left in the cold this unseasonably warm winter, hoping for some cold weather so that owners value a warm body just bit more highly.