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Remaining 2016-17 MLB Free Agents Who Suddenly Look Like Huge Values

It’s fairly easy to write a check. Do you want a free agent on your team? All an executive really needs to do is offer that player a bigger contract than every other team in contention for his services.

The more difficult task for general managers around the game is to identify players who offer an organization great value.

Inevitably, those players are flawed. Otherwise, they would be fielding high-priced offers that would negate the idea that they bring any value. So have an open mind when considering the following choices.

Carlos Beltran Signing Puts Astros One Step Away from AL Favorites

The last time Carlos Beltran was in a Houston Astros uniform, he was punishing baseballs left and right as he led the team deep into the postseason.

It could be deja vu all over again 11 months from now.

Tyson Ross Is Fascinating New Possibility on Dismal MLB Free-Agent Market

Under normal circumstances, a pitcher coming off a major shoulder procedure who posted an 11.81 ERA in extremely limited action the previous season wouldn't be a winter head-turner.

These aren't normal circumstances.

The free-agent shelves are bare, especially in the starting pitcher department. Marquee trade options may require ludicrous expenditures of young talent. 

Enter Tyson Ross. Flawed as he is, he's a name worth following.

Updating the Hottest Questions of the 2016-2017 MLB Offseason, Week 5

The recently signed labor agreement answers so many questions, namely that we’ll have baseball in 2017. But also that free agency is sure to begin in short order.

Over the next several weeks, which include the baseball winter meetings, a flurry of deals should be made—both in free agency and the trade market. But given that there has been little action this offseason, there is so much we don’t know about how the next few weeks might play out.

And, well, this raises a whole bunch of other questions. Let’s go ahead and try to get some answers.

Korean League MVP Eric Thames Could Be Surprise MLB Offseason Steal

There's a video you can find on the internet showing Eric Thames wearing a crown made of flowers, just after he was named Most Valuable Player last year in South Korea.

Good luck finding anything like that from Kris Bryant or Mike Trout.

Andrew McCutchen's Exit Would End One Pirates Era, Usher in a New One

If anyone's having trouble imagining Andrew McCutchen wearing something other than a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, don't worry. Soon you won't have to.

Because it'll be reality.

Scott Miller's Starting 9: Verlander, Sale Talks Could Heat Up Winter Meetings

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the free-agent market is less than delightful…

   

1. Let It Snow Trade Rumors

Yes, free agent Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the Mets this week, which means Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista may not be far behind, and doesn't that get your blood pressure pumping.

No?

Brian Dozier Would Be Perfect Fit in Rebuilding Dodgers' Flawed Offense

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't get in on what was possibly the best season ever for second basemen in 2016. Chase Utley and others didn't provide much hitting, baserunni

As Baseball Rejoices Labor Peace, CBA Should Open Floodgates on MLB Hot Stove

All together now, baseball fans: Whew.

With the hours ticking down until MLB's collective bargaining agreement expired Dec. 1, the league and players union agreed to a new pact Wednesday night, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

2017 MLB Free Agents: Rumors, Predictions for Dexter Fowler, Rich Hill and More

Slowly but surely the free-agent dominoes are beginning to fall around Major League Baseball. It should make for an intriguing December as the marquee names still available make their decisions about where to play in 2017 and beyond.

As always, there are some eye-popping numbers being thrown around during the early stages of the offseason. But that's all part of the roster-building process. Sometimes front offices are forced to overpay a bit in order to fill a void on their roster with a coveted target.

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