While debating the AL MVP race between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, reporters, analysts and fans drew lines between those who took a more traditional view of baseball and those who favored a deeper look into advanced statistics—or sabermetrics.
Those same debates could very well be taking place between free agents and MLB teams during this offseason, as each side tries to find an advantage while negotiating for contracts.
For some players, sabermetrics could reveal some numbers or trends in their individual games that they likely hope teams overlook during their decision-making process.
Perhaps a batter doesn't hit for as much power as traditional numbers indicate. Maybe a player is worse defensively than the eyeball test shows. And maybe a pitcher really is as bad—or worse—than his ERA demonstrates.
Here are five players who could receive a worse free-agent contract than anticipated if teams showing interest take a deeper look at their sabermetric numbers.
Please take a look at Zach Rymer's list of players who could get a better contract because of sabermetrics. He's better at this stuff than I am, and I freely admit it.