How a player performs when the games matter most could have an affect on his overall value, which is of greater importance to those who are eligible for free agency at season's end.
While a majority of these players will not stand out in a good or bad way, there are a handful of them who will. As a result, the price tag could rise or fall, at least slightly. A pair of 2012 postseason stars, Marco Scutaro and Anibal Sanchez, each cashed in after boosting their value greatly with strong playoff performances.
Here are six players off to either a great start or a very poor start, or in one case, already done for the season after a wild-card loss.