With the Philadelphia Phillies showing this much interest in Michael Cuddyer, the probable has become inevitable: Cuddyer will be among the four or five most overpaid free agents of this winter. The Colorado Rockies started that ball rolling when they showed extreme interest in Cuddyer to kick off the offseason.
A three-year contract now seems a certainty. It will go to a 33-year-old power-oriented player whose value is tied to old-player skills, and who is probably coming out of the best years of his career.
This is the problem with a thin free-agent market. Sooner or later, a second-tier talent like Cuddyer was bound to get overpaid. It now looks like it will be Cuddyer himself, but he will not be alone. Here are 10 free agents who will be overvalued in this market.