We're a month into the 2012 season, and so far, it's been a season full of surprises. The Nationals, Orioles and White Sox are all either in first place or a game or two out, Derek Jeter and David Ortiz are both hitting near .400 and Albert Pujols has yet to hit a home run in an Angels uniform.
A lot of players are playing at high levels so far this season, and oddly enough, a lot of them are in contract years. These players are playing like a bunch of guys with big paydays in their dreams, but for most of them, general managers would be wise to stay away. They all have some lackluster past records to their names and should not be trusted with a major contract. While some of them have the talent to keep up this elite level of play, other factors come into play that makes them a risk.
I'll bet you're wondering who these players are now, huh? Well, let's get right into it, the nine players who GMs should steer clear of this offseason despite what they wind up doing this year.