We're about three months away from the MLB free-agency period beginning and it's already becoming very clear which soon-to-be free agents will be signing with a team other than their current one.
While signing young players to contract extensions well before they reach free agency is becoming a popular trend, it's more likely that a player changes allegiances once they reach free agency and can test the waters.
As Josh Hamilton's wife, Katie, put it, via the Dallas Morning News, after her husband signed a free-agent deal with the Angels last offseason after playing in Texas for five seasons, “They let us go out and date other people and kind of give our hearts away."
We can't forget that these are human beings. Being allowed to reach free agency and then not feeling as though their team is doing everything possible to keep them after all those years together probably isn't a great feeling. The free agent will tend to go where they feel the most wanted. And that's often the team that offers the most money.
In some cases, a free agent is no longer in the team's plans due to a younger, less expensive player ready to step in. Or a player who has been highly productive may have priced himself out of that team's plans because of the massive contract they're likely to receive.
For whatever the case, it's highly unlikely that a team re-signs every key free agent in an offseason. Here is one free agent-to-be from each team that will probably be wearing a different uniform in 2014.