Top 5 MLB Free Agents from 2010 Offseason: Where They Are Now

Dan O'BrienContributor IIIAugust 21, 2011

Top 5 MLB Free Agents from 2010 Offseason: Where They Are Now

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    Every year there are several big names who test the free agent market.

    2010 was no different, as five major players were available for teams in need to snatch up.

    Some signees have shifted the balance of power with their new teams. while others suffer through down years.

    This slideshow depicts the top 5 free agents of last year and shows you how they are faring now: for better or worse.

Carl Crawford, Red Sox

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    Contract: 7 years, $142 million

    Stats: .251 BA, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB

    Crawford has been a major let-down for the Red Sox this season. While he's nowhere near engendering the same level of disappointment as John Lackey, he was supposed to be much better than this.

    The Red Sox have enough talent—Josh Reddick has been a nice surprise since his call-up—to push past Crawford's ineffectiveness and still be one of the best teams in baseball.

    While Crawford has improved since a dreadful April in which he hit .155, his contract dictates that he should be one of the top performers in the side.

    He's getting paid like a superstar; it's time to play like one.

Jayson Werth, Nationals

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    Contract: 7years, $126 million

    Stats: .226 BA, 14HR, 45RBI

    Many were puzzled over Werth's decision to join Nationals in the offseason.

    Then they saw that exorbitant contract, and it made a little more sense. Dude wasn't just going to D.C. to play wiffle ball with Obama on the White House lawn.

    Werth's been productive, but his case is the same as Crawford's. He should be putting up MVP numbers if that contract is ever going to be justified.

    For the Nationals to improve over the next few years, Werth will have to play much better.

Cliff Lee, Phillies

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    Contract: 5 years, $120 million

    Stats: 13-7, 2.82ERA, 182K

    Cliff Lee has been a solid pitcher behind Roy Halladay in the Phillies rotation, which has been the best in baseball.

    In June, Lee went, 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA. His timely pitching has teams around the league wishing they signed him from Texas.

    He's a proven postseason performer, and one that any NL team will want to avoid come October.

Adam Dunn, White sox

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    Contract: 4 years, $56 million

    Stats: .169BA, 11HR, 150SO

    The man who made the Mendoza line relevant again, Dunn is one of the biggest free agency busts in recent memory.

    He is hitting an atrocious .169, with only 40 RBI. For a power hitter brought in to inject life into to the White Sox and help them win the AL Central, Dunn has not performed.

    The White Sox recovered from their slow start. Dunn got worse.

Lance Berkman, Cardinals

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    Contract: 1year, $8million

    Stats: .292BA, 28HR, 77RBI

    General manager John Mozeliak will be lining up a number of offseason talks in which he outlines the free agency savvy that helped him sign Berkman, who has proved to be a bargain at $8 million.

    The former Astro has been one of if not the best signings. Earlier in the season, he was a favorite to win NL MVP, and and really carried the Cardinals during Albert Pujols' injury.

    If the Cardinals catch the Brewers in the NL Central, it will largely be due to Berkman.