2011 MLB Playoffs: 10 Impending Free Agents Who Can Make Big Money in October

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2011 MLB Playoffs: 10 Impending Free Agents Who Can Make Big Money in October
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Prince Fielder has a sense of timing. His two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday doubled the Milwaukee Brewers' lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of their NLDS, and immediately made him a part of the story of this Brewers postseason. That single swing might have been worth $2 million to Fielder.

Nor is he the only man who stands to gain with every big hit (or out) with which he comes up this October. Albert Pujols is in a similar situation. Both men are generally elite sluggers, and each will be free agents at season's end, but each has given his potential suitors reason for pause this season at one point or another.

To make a good last impression, and to prove (for whatever it's worth, and many teams value it more highly than they should) that they are good in the clutch, both men need to show what they can do this fall.

On the other hand, either (or both) could fall flat, become a post-season goat or (worse) get hurt, as Pujols apparently has already done, and cost themselves millions. The spotlight could shine as brightly on failure as on success. Here are the top 10 players in those precarious but potentially profitable positions during these playoffs.

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