The business of signing MLB free agents comes down to several important factors, not the least of which is clutch play.
A player who shows the ability to step it up in the heat of a pennant race or in the postseason is invaluable to his team. One recent example is Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis.
Lewis suffered through a spate of injuries and went to Japan to work on his game. Signed by the Texas Rangers in 2010, Lewis showed a marked improvement during the regular season, posting a 4.06 ERA between 2010 and 2011.
However, during the postseason, Lewis stepped up his game, posting a stellar 4-1 record and 2.34 ERA in eight starts during those two seasons.
The ability to shine in the postseason is a major plus for any player, particularly if they happen to be in the final year of their contract.
Here are 13 MLB players whose play in the month of October could earn them a big payday this coming offseason.