MLB free agency isn't a simple spending contest.
Its winners and losers are determined by specific objectives that each team sets entering the offseason. The key is to improve while remaining fiscally responsible.
Adding established stars obviously bolsters an organization, but so does meeting a pressing need at a bargain price. Departing players can benefit their former clubs in the form of salary relief, especially if they disappointed under the terms of their previous deals.
The annual free-for-all is less than two months away and we've got a pretty good grasp of who will be available. September/October contract extensions are rare, which means the only unknowns are individuals with 2013 options of the player, team or mutual variety.
Continue reading for my free-agency predictions.