These are the best values to be found in the free-agent bargain bin
The biggest free-agent stars have already signed for big bucks. And while several name players remain -- Adrian Beltre, Rafael Soriano, Vladimir Guerrero, Carl Pavano, Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche to name a half dozen notables -- there are also some relatively low-priced presents still available under the free-agent tree. For teams that saved their money for after-Christmas shopping, these players are worth a look, and probably won't cost eight figures, or in most cases even multiple years.
Here are 25 of the better (and presumably better-priced) players yet to go somewhere...
• It shouldn't be such a surprise that Brandon Webb made a deal with the Rangers, as their team doctor Keith Meister is the one who surgically repaired Webb's shoulder. Meister predicted good things for Webb even last year, but that didn't turn out, so there's a bit of pressure on the doctor this time.
• Andy Pettitte is in Hawaii pondering the 2011 season. He has the leverage over the Yankees this time, as they have no apparent great rotation alternatives.
• Octavio Dotel is talking to the Blue Jays about a deal that would pay him about $3.5 million, and perhaps a little more, but the Rangers, Rays and others remain in the running.
• One other relief alternative for teams seeking bullpen help is Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the very talented right-hander who's a free agent after pitching for the Chiba Lotte Marines. Kobayashi has done some closing but could also operate as a swing man.