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Best and Worst MLB Free Agent Signings
The Best MLB Free Agent Signings
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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‹‹ Chan Ho Park Terry Pendleton ››

The Best MLB Free Agent Signings

It's not all gloom and doom in the world of free agent signings, though.  Some of the high-priced acquisitions actually pay-off (feel free to breathe now, Yankees fans), and immediately pay dividends to their new teams.  We've presented the worst, now we offer the Top 10 Best Free Agent Signings.

 

Honorable Mention: Cecil Fielder, Detroit, 1/15/90, two years, $3 million – a free agent upon returning to the U.S. from a season in Japan, Fielder hit 51 home runs for the Tigers in his first year, back when that was a rare accomplishment ... Keith Foulke, Boston, 12/13/03, three years, $24 million – the unsung hero of the Red Sox's curse-shattering 2004 championship. Without Foulke's heroics in the ALCS in Game 4 (2 2/3 innings of shutout relief) and Game 5 (an inning and a third, stranding three runners), Curt Schilling's bloody sock would never have taken the mound for Game 6(saved by Foulke, of course) ... Goose Gossage, New York Yankees, 11/22/77, six years, $2.8 million – The Yankees already had a closer, reigning Cy Young winner Sparky Lyle, but George Steinbrenner wanted the best pitcher available, and the fireballing Gossage gave him 150 saves and 41 wins in six seasons, with ERAs that ranged from 2.62 down to 0.77.

To qualify, the free agency had to be the player's choice; the greatest signing of all might have been Boston's one year, $1.25 million deal for David Ortiz in 2003, but that followed his release by Minnesota, a different matter altogether.




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