Every year there are a handful of free agents who will get the majority of the attention during the winter months. So, not every team can come away with a great free agent but can still find bargains in free agency. One example last year is Cody Ross, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal and turned out to be one of the lone bright spots for the Boston Red Sox.
This year is no different, and some teams will get great value on the free-agent market. However, it is buyer beware because for every Cody Ross there are 10 like Clint Barmes, who signed a two-year, $10.5 million deal and only produced eight home runs and 45 RBI last season.
This type of list won't include the likes of Michael Bourn or Kyle Lohse because of the contracts they are expected to receive and the fact that their new teams will need to give up some draft-pick compensation to their former teams. It would be hard for these players to produce at a level exceeding the value of their contracts. There are four players, though, who should provide the most bang for a team's buck in 2013 if signed to a reasonable contract.