With a reduced pool of free agents that can promise a significant yield this offseason, teams that are looking to build in 2013 could find the best value from within, by offering arbitration to some of their youngest talent.
This season was dominated by young teams that looked poised for the future. The San Francisco Giants proved that their youth can win a title and teams like the Nationals and Orioles should be trying to follow that blueprint. In particular, the Nationals must undoubtedly be preparing to spend on Stephen Strasburg in 2013 and value at other positions will help them to do so.
But, as we enter the 2012 offseason, here are 5 players who can pull significant earnings through arbitration this offseason.