Haren among remaining bargains
This quartet could help out your team and not cost a whole lot
At some point in the future, we'll look back at this winter and judge how well the expected massive contracts for Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo worked out -- or, quite possibly, didn't. But focusing on the ever-increasing prices at the top of the market tends to overlook where the true value is found.
For teams that know where to look, there's a class of free agents primed to provide production at a fraction of the cost. We saw this last year with guys like Russell Martin, James Loney and Scott Kazmir. Each was coming off a subpar season but had a history of success, and each contributed substantially this year to a playoff team.
Can we find players who fit a similar profile on this year's market? The Cleveland Indians may have already, reportedly signing useful outfielder David Murphy to a reasonably priced two-year deal Tuesday night, hoping they'll get something more like his excellent 2012 than his down 2013.
Murphy isn't alone, however -- there are others like him.
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