When the lights come on after the eight-month dance that is the baseball season, one of the most anticipated free-agency periods in recent memory will begin.
Following the 2011 season, the players that will be available to the highest bidder sounds more like a future Hall of Fame ballot than a list of players for sale.
Chances are, none of the big-time free agents will air a one-hour segment on ESPN announcing their next destination. But there will be plenty of fanfare surrounding the new landing spots of some of baseball's best players.
It was tough to narrow down the potential free agents to a top ten. Some players left off include Carlos Peña, Mark Buehrle, Aramis Ramirez and Michael Cuddyer.
But as you will see, the players that did make the cut are some of the most valuable players in the game and could instantly turn a team into a contender.
Without further ado, here are this offseason's 10 best free agents, along with my best guess as to where they'll go.