Originally written November 02, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Tomorrow is a special day in the baseball offseason calendar. What's so significant about November 3rd? Well, it's the first day of free agency. Woohoo! Signings and stuff! Unlike the NBA and NFL though, MLB free agents don't normally sign on the first day they're able to. Things usually drag out for weeks, if not months. Hell, Prince Fielder didn't sign until the end of January last offseason. The worst part about free agency dragging out so long is that teams tend to focus so much on one player that if he signs elsewhere late in the offseason, they don't have much of a contingency plan. For example, if a team is going hard after Zack Greinke, and he signs with another team in the middle of January...odds are that the next best free agent starting pitcher is much lower on the totem pole than a player like Greinke. That will result in the losers of the Greinke derby to overpay in the trade market, which highly benefits a team like the Rays that has the potent...
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