Major League Baseball: Top 10 Moves of the Off-Season

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Major League Baseball: Top 10 Moves of the Off-Season
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Japanese star Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year deal worth over $60 million to pitch for the Texas Rangers.

Prior to the start of the 1966 season, the Cincinnati Reds traded eight time All-Star outfielder Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Dick Simpson and pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun.

By season's end, it would become known as the most lopsided trade in Major League Baseball history. Robinson went on win the Triple Crown, league MVP, and World Series MVP in leading the Orioles to a four game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Since then, every major league team has longed to land the next Frank Robinson in an off-season trade or land a prized free agent like the Atlanta Braves did when they signed pitcher Greg Maddux back in 1993. In 11 seasons for the Braves, Maddux won 194 games, 10 Gold Gloves, 3-Cy Young Awards, was named to the All-Star team six times, and won a World Series title in 1995.

Many have tried and few have succeeded, but it doesn't stop the flurry of free agent activity that comes every off-season.

Millions and millions of dollars are poured out in hopes of landing the missing piece to the puzzle. For some, it's a series of players. See the New York Yankees, who shelled out close to $400 million to land pitchers AJ Burnett, CC Sabathia and first baseman Mark Teixeira back in 2009.

This off-season held no shortage of moves and money spent.

Here is the my list of the Top 10 best moves made in the off-season with explanation. Some make sense, some are justified, and some may surprise. Enjoy...

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