Gambling in baseball is strictly prohibited (just ask Pete Rose), but gambling is exactly what general managers around the game have done this winter.
It's what they do every winter.
The wager, in this case, is the big money (and multiple years) that the free agents these general managers sign, hoping that these additions will improve their respective teams' chances of making a deep playoff run.
While some of these bets pay immediate dividends, more often than not, the payout at the end simply wasn't worth the time and money that they cost.
Let's take a look at 10 free agent gambles that, while short-term success may be enjoyed, aren't going to end well.