The MLB 2012 All-Bargain Team

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The MLB 2012 All-Bargain Team
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Over the years, sports has become big business. It's a multi-billion dollar industry, and as such, the finances of sports now more than ever affect the decisions made from the executive front offices to the field of play.

No owner of a sports team gets involved in this business with an intent to lose money. Any person or group with the means to purchase a sports team does so with an expectation of a positive return on their investment.

With that in mind, general managers in all sports are always looking for quality players at the lowest possible price. This is especially true in the sport of Major League Baseball, where the economic structure of the league has left a wide gap between teams in large markets, such as New York and Boston, and smaller ones, such as Pittsburgh.

Larger-market teams can afford to make mistakes when it comes to player personnel, whereas a mistake on a player for a small-market team could set the franchise back years. In other words, finding so called "bargain players," or players who outproduce what they earn, has become more important than ever.

With that in mind, here are the players at each position who give teams the most bang for their buck. Introducing the 2012 MLB All-Bargain team.

Note: Since not all 2012 salary information was available at the time of publishing, all stats and salaries will be based on 2011 information. 

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