Not all MLB free agents who disappointed in 2012 can be clumped together. Particular individuals have better odds of enjoying bounce-back seasons.
Predicting a turnaround begins with identifying the cause(s) of past struggles. Ballpark factors and injuries, for example, can cause year-to-year variance.
From there, determine whether their problems can be remedied with new mechanics, strategies and a clean bill of health.
These available players will come relatively cheaply. Seven in all—including Dan Haren—are bound to rebound next summer.