By now there's not one Red Sox fan who needs to be reminded of the free agent disappointments of the past.
Mike Cameron, John Lackey, Julio Lugo and Edgar Renteria. Everyone knows who they are, what they cost and what the results were. It's been harped on and regurgitated for years.
In lieu of some recent low-profile signings, it's worth noting that historically the Red Sox have gotten some decent returns from the less heavily hyped free agent signings.
Cody Ross, Nick Punto and Vincente Padilla. All of these players will enter Spring Training with tempered expectations. They don't come with perennial all-star resumes, highlight footage on Youtube or endless platitudes from baseball experts new and old.
They won't all work out either, or maybe they will? One thing is for sure they're all fairly low-risk financially and if they do in fact break out with decent seasons, then that will be a nice feather in the cap of new general manager Ben Cherington.
Who are some of the better "bargain" free agents in recent Red Sox history?