Best offseason acquisitions

It's early, but these five pickups have had the biggest impact thus far

Updated: June 20, 2011, 3:09 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | FanGraphs
 Cliff LeeDrew Hallowell/Getty Images)After a slow start, Cliff Lee is pitching like the ace the Phillies paid for last winter.

Cliff Lee and Adrian Gonzalez share two things in common: They're two of the hottest players in baseball, and they play for the two best teams in the majors.

But did they make the cut for our top offseason pickups list? Using a combination of dollars spent, expectations and tangible results, we picked a top five, using five different categories of acquisitions. With more than half the season left, and in some cases four or five years to go in a given contract, these rankings are likely to change over time. But for now, these are the best of the best.

Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) is a staff writer for Grantland. His book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team From Worst to First, is a national best seller. His new book Up, Up, and Away, on the history of the Montreal Expos, is now available for preorder.