FA market deeper than just Prince, Pujols
Albert Pujols is going to make a lot of money in free agency this winter, and so will Prince Fielder, but neither is going to be getting a high volume of phone calls. They are like the mansions on the mountain, out of the price range for many potential buyers.
But there are others in the free-agent class who will be generating a lot of interest, either because of their unique position in the market or because of their skill set.
1. C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers
We'll probably know very soon after the New York Yankees' season ends whether CC Sabathia is going to opt out of his contract, but if he doesn't, Wilson will be regarded as the best experienced starting pitcher on the market place (Yu Darvish has won over scouts who have seen him in Japan, but he's in a separate category because of the nature of the bidding process).
The Rangers will attempt to re-sign Wilson, but they might have to compete against many clubs, from the Washington Nationals (who might be one frontline starter from being serious contenders for a playoff spot) to the Chicago Cubs (who have about $50 million coming off their books) to the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, etc. No potential free agent is in a better position for leverage than Wilson.
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