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MLB Free Agency 2012: 50 Bold Predictions for Winter's Free Agents
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Few considered this a deep or overwhelming free-agent class, but as 2012 MLB spring training hits its stride, it's clear that plenty of teams have a lot to be excited about. It's not just Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. As many as 10 2012 All-Stars may be new to their respective teams.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals all made big free-agent splashes over the winter. All but Oakland are contenders for 2012, and the fate of each club's season will be closely tied to the performance of its shiny new talents.

It's exceptionally difficult to predict how changing teams will affect a player mentally—be it through a change in motivation, a change in coaching, a psychological swing, a comfort level in a new city or a cultural transition. We can analyze the differences new ballparks and new teammates might make, but that will be a small part of any change in a player's performance.

Here are 50 bold predictions for the 2012 seasons of those players who found new homes on the open market this winter.

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