2013 MLB Free Agency: Why This Will Be the Quietest FA Period We've Ever Seen

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2013 MLB Free Agency: Why This Will Be the Quietest FA Period We've Ever Seen
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This past offseason in MLB saw a flurry of free-agent signings that gave new meaning to the word “active.”

For the first time in MLB history, two players were signed to $200 million contracts (Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder), one team went from spendthrifts to spend-happy (Miami Marlins) and one team made absolutely no free-agent signings other than its own players (Atlanta Braves).

This past offseason was without question a mixed bag of just about everything. However, it was also an offseason during which we saw general managers across the MLB spectrum largely stay away from veteran players until injuries or poor play early in the season finally saw at least a few of them sign on the dotted line (Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero, Hideki Matsui).

As we look to the future and project how next offseason will play out, it appears at first glance that there are a bevy of free agents available, but aside from a few higher-profile players, the pickings are rather slim.

Will this coming offseason be one of the quietest FA periods in recent history? Here are some players who are currently unsigned for next season, with predictions as to whether or not they will be available to other teams.

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