When a team signs a free agent, the true value of the acquisition is entirely unknown.
Contracts like Barry Zito's make long-term deals risky, but when the best players in the market are demanding 10-year deals, somebody is always ready to ante up and take the risk.
The Rangers spent big money to negotiate with Yu Darvish before signing him to a six-year deal.
The Tigers committed to Fielder in the nine-year agreement they reached with Prince Fielder.
Scott Boras may prove to be the ultimate winner in this year's free agent market, but that is not what matters at this point.
Here are my selections for the 10 best signings of the offseason. My decisions are based on my personal opinion, baseball knowledge and predictions of upcoming major league seasons.
There are a number of signings which I have left off of this list and am more than happy to discuss them in the comments thread.