We have reached the late afternoon of Major League Baseball's offseason drama.
The shadows are getting rather long out on the stage, and many of the main characters of this play have long since finished acting out their scenes and have gone back home to rest up for the remainder of the winter. Even some of the secondary players have reached their destinations. Brandon Webb, welcome to Texas. Derrek Lee, Baltimore has a great ballpark.
But there are still some stories to be found unfolding out there under the cold January sun. There are probably no more $100 million dollar contracts to be signed (at least among current free agents), but if you look a bit closer, you'll see that the people still out there hawking their wares shouldn't be unilaterally dismissed as irrelevant.
There are plenty of diamonds in the rough still to be had for the right price. Let's check out some of the ripest fruit still on the market.
(Too many metaphors for one page? Yeah, too many ...)