As the 2011-12 MLB offseason winds down and spring training quickly approaches baseball fans have been treated to one of the most intriguing offseasons in history—thanks in large part to a lineup of free agents that included some of the biggest names ever in one free agent class.
All-Stars and perennial MVP candidates, Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, were both surprisingly signed by "mystery teams" for $200 Million plus deals. The slugging first basemen didn't go to floundering, desperate franchises. Rather both went to already contending teams in the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.
The Miami Marlins came out extremely aggressive and don't appear to be ready to stop. The New York Yankees replenished their suspect rotation that likely prevented them from making it past the ALDS in 2011.
The American League has become extremely top heavy with four or five teams expected to be outstanding, and the National League is completely wide open with some young clubs ready to challenge the mainstay Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.
While a lot of money was spent this offseason that will likely lead to a lot of wins for the spending franchises, it doesn't mean that there won't be regret down the road—because for every up, there will be a down.
Here's five franchises that are sky high right now that might be down in the dumps later.