Free agents who most helped their value 

September, 24, 2013
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Ervin SantanaLeon Halip/Getty ImagesErvin Santana may end up getting more money than any other hurler on the market.
With the regular season about to end and 20 of the majors' 30 teams preparing for the offseason rather than the playoffs, free agency is starting to grab a little more mindshare around the industry now, especially as front offices look out over a weak crop and are less than ecstatic about what they see.

Here's a look at seven impending free agents who did the most to help their cases as they hit the market, and what compensation could look like.

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Ervin Santana, RHP | Kansas City Royals

I don't think any free agent has helped his own case more than Santana this year. Less than 12 months after the Angels dumped the one remaining year of his contract on Kansas City, Santana now looks primed for a four-year deal as the premium MLB starting pitcher on the market. Yes, I like him better than Matt Garza and Dan Haren.