With under a month to go until the 2012 MLB season is over, free agency is set to begin. While Albert Pujols may not be out there this year, there are still many formidable arms and bats out there to be had.
There are top free agents on the market that are expected to leave their team. For example, I would be shocked if the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton.
Others need to remain with their teams, stars or not.
Here are five players that teams need to keep around, whether it's for their raw ability, what they bring to the team or simply to keep filled what would otherwise be a gaping hole in the lineup.