For free-agent nerds, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are clearly the players to watch during the 2011 MLB postseason. As such, I will not be discussing them here since it's already been done to death.
I'm much more interested in reading about the overshadowed and under-the-radar players looking to cash in this winter.
This is a game within the game. One of those interesting, anecdotal tidbits baseball fans love to discuss over a beer and a hot dog between pitches.
So, who can come out of seemingly nowhere and set themselves up with a fat contract? Who has so much to gain and even more to lose based on their playoff performance?
Here are five players that I'll be watching over the course of the next several weeks.