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MLB Free Agents in the Best, Worst Bargaining Positions at 1-Month Mark
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During MLB free agency, teams covet youth, consistency, unique skill sets and any productive players who can be obtained without sacrificing future draft picks.

Those who meet most of those criteria find themselves in terrific bargaining positions at the one-month mark; those who don't will likely wind up with fewer guaranteed years and dollars than they deserve.

By looking at how rosters have been constructed in recent years and the terms of free-agent deals that were signed earlier this offseason, we can get a sense of which sort of players appeal to a wide range of suitors. Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo, for example, shouldn't have much difficulty securing generous contracts that come close to reaching their initial asking prices.

On the flip side, several veterans don't suit the style of baseball that most teams want to play in 2014.

 

*Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise specified.

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