MLB Free Agency and Trades 2012: 9 Key Deals That Have Slipped Under the Radar

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MLB Free Agency and Trades 2012: 9 Key Deals That Have Slipped Under the Radar
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While media and fans alike fixate on the free-agent sagas of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and various other high-profile stars, shrewd general managers are moving behind the scenes to improve their teams with savvy moves that might fly under the radar of the the baseball world. 

Only a handful of teams truly have the means to wade into the deeper end of the free-agent pool, but that doesn't mean there aren't valuable players to be had in the lower tiers of available talent.

Realistically, the upper echelon of big-time players are only options for the top tier of high-revenue teams so the remaining clubs must mine the bargain bins to unearth hidden gems that fill their needs.

Though most of these players aren't going to be All-Star-caliber players, they have the potential to play an invaluable role for their clubs, filling a critical role that could lead to success in 2012.

Let's take a look at a few under-appreciated deals that have perhaps been missed by many while they focus on Jose Reyes' big deal and the still-undecided futures of the remaining superstars on the market.

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