With the season racing to a premature finish for two-thirds of all 30 MLB franchises, those who cheer for eliminated teams have their sights fixed on the hope borne by the coming of winter. Jose Reyes could be under someone's Christmas tree; Prince Fielder is more likely to drop like the ball at New Year's.
One way or another, with new teams or old ones, a handful of true stars and a laundry list of second-tier options will be making major money on the open market this November, December and January. It's a wild race, a prospector's dream but a risk manager's nightmare. Players will be overpaid, and players will be underpaid. There will be surprise signings, and some you saw a mile away.
Here are the top 50 free agents of the coming offseason, along with the odds that they sign with several suitors and a ballpark estimate (get it?) of their total monetary haul.