Five outfield trade alternatives

Updated: November 20, 2012, 10:58 AM ET
By Buster Olney

An official with one of the teams chasing the top outfielders mused Monday about his own team's interest in one of the free agents.

"We really like him," the official said. "But at those numbers he's talking about? That's crazy to me. The biggest thing right now is that you want to avoid a major mistake."

The sticker shock -- which I wrote about on Saturday --has set in for some potential buyers and it isn't going away any time soon. It figures that the Philadelphia Phillies will sign one of the available options, but as some teams take a step back, they'll take a second look at the trade market and reassess some alternatives, in light of the prices on the open market.