Contracts and salaries in baseball have risen exponentially over the last 20 years. The issue has even been a major talking point in this postseason, as the Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez has struggled immensely, despite making almost $30 million this season.
To commit to paying a player that much money can be a risk. It can tie a team up and rob them of roster flexibility or it can pay off and secure a great player.
The 2013 free agent class isn't very strong, but there are still a few players who have played themselves into a good position heading into free agency this offseason.