Winter is not a good time for baseball fans.
With nothing to hold our attention but the inferior sports of basketball and football, we are forced to spend our days waiting for pots to boil on the Hot Stove.
As the rumor mill grinds away, many (if not most) of the major market developments are somewhat predictable.
No one was surprised to see Matt Holliday re-sign with the Cardinals, for example, or to learn that Matt Capps had upped with Washington—his only suitor who promised him an opportunity to close games.
But sometimes life throws us curveballs; players sign in unexpected places, and we fans are left slack-jawed and buggy-eyed.
Here's a look at 10 free agent signings from the last few months that made observers scratch their heads.
Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the contract information.