Perhaps trying to squeeze in some business before Thanksgiving, many teams decided to throw their hats into the offseason acquisition race this past week.
The New York Yankees upgraded their catching corps by signing Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract. The St. Cardinals also dealt fan favorite David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels for highlight-reel outfield Peter Bourjos.
And without skipping a beat, the Cardinals displaced glove-first shortstop Pete Kozma by ponying up $53 million over four years to Jhonny Peralta, who posted a park-adjusted 119 OPS+ in 2013.
Those three acquisitions were just a few of more than 15 market-altering transactions that went down this past week. But with teams quickly filling voids—and with the great majority of top-shelf free agents still available—certain mid-level players will need to find a job sooner rather than later.
Read on to see all the MLB free agents who need to sign as soon as possible in order to avoid risking dried-up markets.