Originally written December 26, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Last year, the MLB free agent market took awhile to get sorted out. After New Year's Day, a number of free agents finally signed that would have a huge impact on the 2012 season, including Fernando Rodney, Coco Crisp, Hisashi Iwakuma, Darren Oliver, Wei-Yin Chen, Norchika Aoki, Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda, Cody Ross, Yoenis Cespdes, and of course, Prince Fielder (among many others).  But this winter, things are a little different. Of Keith Law's top 50 free agents (Insider required), just six of the top 30 and 11 of the top 50 players don't have homes yet. There is also a glut of top players available at certain positions, and a complete lack of players available at others. For instance, do you want a reliever? No problem, we've got veteran closers like Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Kyle Farnsworth, Rafael Soriano, Jose Valverde, Brandon Lyon, Kevin Gregg, Bobby Jenks, and Jon Rauch available, as well as lefties like Mike Gonzalez, JP Howell, Ma...
PLAYERS: Fernando RodneyCoco CrispHisashi IwakumaDarren OliverWei-Yin ChenYu DarvishHiroki KurodaCody RossPrince FielderMatt CappsFrancisco CorderoFrancisco RodriguezKyle FarnsworthRafael SorianoJose ValverdeBrandon LyonKevin GreggBobby JenksJon RauchMike GonzalezJP HowellManny ParraHisanori TakahashiScott HairstonAustin KearnsKosuke FukudomeBobby AbreuRod BarajasJesus FloresMiguel OlivoKelly ShoppachChris SnyderAdam LaRocheLance BerkmanAubrey HuffCasey KotchmanYuniesky BetancourtRyan RaburnRonny CedenoAlex GonzalezJean SeguraKevin YoukilisJeff KeppingerChone FigginsBrandon IngeScott RolenMichael BournGrady SizemoreScott PodsednikRick AnkielJim ThomeHideki MatsuiTravis HafnerLuke ScottJohnny DamonKyle LohseErik BedardDallas BradenJair JurrjensShaun MarcumDaisuke MatsuzakaCarl PavanoJoe SaundersFreddy GarciaBrett MyersCarlos ZambranoMatt LindstromVicente PadillaJoey Devine
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