Everyone is focused on the 2011 class of free agents and rightly so. After all, teams could find that missing piece just waiting to be signed.
Other teams, though, have several missing pieces. While they may start to turn around in 2011, making a winning team out of losing franchise is a long term process. It can take a couple of years for rookies to reach their potential and teams to mesh well enough to move up to that next level. That is when those teams will be looking for the missing piece.
Smart teams will be looking, not only a year down the road, but looking to 2013 and beyond, identifying potential players that could make the difference for their team. These players’ teams will try as hard as they can to keep these valuable players, but inevitably a few will slip away into free agency.
2013 will have several players who will be able to test the free agent market. If they decide to, there will be a number of teams ready for them.