When the 2011 season comes to a close, a number of players will come into free agency.
Albert Pujols has had a poor start to the 2011 season thus far, but he will make his money at the end of this year regardless. Even if Pujols repeated the worst year of his career, he would average Hall of Fame numbers.
Other players are not so fortunate.
It is these middle-tier players who will cost themselves big paydays with poor 2011 seasons. These are the guys who are endangering their big paydays—the ones who have proven they can be stars at the big league level, but have struggled for one or more of the past three seasons and are coming up on free agency.
The list of free agents is based on Cot's Baseball Contracts.