The 2012 MLB season saw some big-name free agents find new homes. When the season ends in a few weeks, it won't be long before the focus shifts to 2013. There are some marquee stars due for new contracts this offseason. Unlike in 2012, however, more athletes will re-sign with their current teams.
Typically, the greatest factor that lures big-time players from their original teams is the chance to go to a team with a chance to win.
But the big difference between this year's class of free agents compared to last year's is the fact that many of the biggest names with expiring contracts are on teams that are already in position to compete for a World Series.
Here are the biggest 2013 MLB free agents compared to last year's best players from the free-agent pool.