Free-agent market sluggish

Updated: December 8, 2008, 5:50 PM ET
By Steve Phillips

The free-agent market appears to be at a standstill. Years and dollars aren't being exchanged, because teams are afraid of overestimating the market and agents are afraid of underestimating the market. So until some of the big names sign, the market will be rather sluggish.

Maybe the signing of A.J. Burnett will loosen things up. Indications are that the free-agent right-hander is moving closer to a deal with the Braves.

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