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Clubs at mercy of circumstances beyond their control

Originally Published: November 23, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Major League Baseball free-agent season entails a boatload of reconnaissance work. If you're a general manager thinking of investing $50 million in a player, you want insight into more than just his range factor, OPS and ability to advance from first to third on a single.

Does he have a strong work ethic and leadership ability? Can he play through injuries? And is he motivated enough to give you the same effort in the first season as the final season of a long-term contract?

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