- Scott Spratt, Baseball Info Solutions
Recent seasons have seen many teams come to quickly regret signing big-name free agents to long-term deals. Carl Crawford, Albert Pujols, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn and Ryan Howard have been recent major disappointments and have years left on their contracts. The risk for teams is even greater for free-agent pitchers, who have to contend with the unnatural task of throwing a baseball thousands of times per year. With the chances of injury high, teams rarely seem to get full return on their investment.
Three starters are making the most of their new but difficult situations, writes Scott Spratt. He points to Ryan Dempster's success at Fenway Park, typically a hitter-friendly stadium, as an example of this.