It is hard to believe that we are just eight short weeks away from the start of spring training.
Even with Josh Hamliton signing Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels, half of ESPN’s Top 50 on their MLB free-agent tracker list have inked contracts for next season.
With Zack Greinke counting his millions in Los Angeles, the rest of the market should fall into place soon for starting pitchers.
Despite all the words hammered out about Greinke and B.J. Upton’s big deals, there are quite a few deals that have made good value signings that have either helped a team or secured a key piece of the puzzle from leaving.
All free-agent signings are gambles. What we think is a bad deal now could be seen as an absolute gem by the time that contract has run its course. And what could be seen now as a no-brainer could just really stink in a few years.
So, going through the tea leaves, here are the best 10 free-agent signings of the hot-stove season so far.
Statistics via Baseball-Reference.