Free agents with bust potential

Good players with a chance to really disappoint the team that signs them

Updated: December 4, 2012, 1:14 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
Ryan DempsterAP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezRyan Dempster is good, but not good enough to get in a bidding war for.

The busiest part of baseball's shopping season is now in full swing in Nashville, Tenn. If you've ever subjected yourself to the indignities of navigating a crowded mall or big-box store this time of year, you've probably experienced that dreaded disease that holiday shoppers are prone to contracting, buyer's remorse.

Baseball's front offices are no different, but with contracts for desired free agents in the tens of millions -- and much more for the luxury models -- and not much in the way of a warranty or return policy, signings that don't work out can be very costly mistakes. So, which players are the most likely to inspire their new teams to wish for a do-over?


Ryan Dempster, RHP