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MLB's Best Penny-for-Penny Values Still Available on the Winter Markets

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MLB's Best Penny-for-Penny Values Still Available on the Winter Markets
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Free-agent right-hander Shaun Marcum would be a solid value buy.

Teams looking for help this winter picked the wrong year to try to find some. Prices on both the free-agent market and the trade market are through the roof.

It cost the Detroit Tigers $80 million to sign a pitcher who's never logged more than 200 innings in a season. The Atlanta Braves paid $75 million for a center fielder with a .316 OBP over the last four years. The Kansas City Royals had to give up several of their best prospects to land one ace starting pitcher.

With the supply of top players running low and plenty of needs still out there to be filled, teams have to be wondering if there are any players available who are both good and cheap.

Why, yes. There are. Here's a look at a mix of free agents and trade targets who could provide great returns for small prices.

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted. Salary and payroll information courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.


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