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Free agents who could very well be bargains

Originally Published: November 26, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Several front office people surveyed for this story had a difficult time mustering enthusiasm for the concept: a piece on potential free-agent bargains.

"Free-agent bargain is an oxymoron," said an American League official.

Hey, try telling that to the Tampa Bay Rays, who signed Eric Hinske to a minor league contract in February and were rewarded with 20 homers in 381 at-bats. Or the St. Louis Cardinals, who waited for pitcher Kyle Lohse to slip through the cracks and signed him ...

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