We’re about one month away from the post season and the advent of the second wild card has more cities across America intensely rooting on their teams than ever before. While our hearts and minds are focused on the current playoff push, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that the current success of many of the playoff hunting ball-clubs can be charted back to this past offseason. Below is a list of some of the best offseason free agent signings made by the teams now eyeing a 2012 playoff spot.
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, $13M base salary for 2012
It didn’t take long for St. Louis to move on from the loss of Albert Pujols and, thanks in large part to Beltran, they continue to hunt for a 2012 playoff spot. Beltran’s .842 OPS puts him in the top 20 of the National League while his 28 home runs are tied for the third most in the NL.
One criticism is that Beltran has struggled mightily at the dish since July. However, even with the massive second half slump, Beltran has still am...