MLB Free Agents 2014: Bold Predictions for Big Stars on the Market

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MLB Free Agents 2014: Bold Predictions for Big Stars on the Market
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The Cubs and Mets have already downplayed potential interest in Ellsbury.

Just like it's hard to predict what happens on a Major League Baseball field, it's not an easy task to predict which players will end up on what team in the offseason. No matter how simple it may seem after we put two and two together, there are always more surprises than non-surprises when it comes to free agency. 

Certain free agents are mentioned in the rumor mill on a regular basis in conjunction with certain teams that would appear to have the most interest. And quite often, a team that hasn't been as involved—at least from what we've heard from the media—lands that player and surprises the baseball world.

The "mystery team" has become a common term when it comes to hot stove talks. It can be used as leverage by a player's agent whether this mystery team has interest in a particular player or not. But some teams are just better at keeping their cards close to their vest, as the Los Angeles Angels were when they unexpectedly signed top free agents Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton during the past two offseasons.

Here are five bold predictions for free agents and the unlikely teams that will sign them.

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