How bad is a bad free-agency move?
To some people, any free agency move is a bad move. Ted Thompson has made a career of trying to avoid free agency at all costs. When he finally picked up a "big" name—Jeff Saturday last season—it blew up in his face. Saturday was benched and the team was left with a huge hole at center. General managers like Thompson (and many others) prize the compensatory picks gained by staying quiet in free agency more than the ability to pick up a "proven" commodity.
So, if free agency already comes with a penalty—potentially less draft picks—and if that penalty is compounded by the need to pay an acquisition more than a draft pick at the same position, a miss in free agency is incredibly hard to overcome.
Which teams made those mistakes in the first week of free agency this year?