There is still a large group of available free agents in the prime of their career, from Kendrys Morales to Stephen Drew, with the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away.
In a post to his morning blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney explains how teams are taking a different approach to the market these days:
“As one general manager explained to some agents in early December, his intention was to wait until just before spring training, when the prices were greatly depressed, before plucking somebody out of the ranks of the increasingly desperate. The theory, the GM said at the time, was that teams might not get the best free agents, but they stood a chance to get the best values. More and more teams prefer to wait for the market to fall to them, to snag an established player at a bargain-basement price, rather than reach for a preferred player earlier in the winter.”
Rival GMs tell Olney that the Rays have been particularly adept at this strategy over the last few years.
Read More: A New Form of Bargain Hunting (ESPN.com)