It seems to me that in today's baseball environment most successful teams are built upon player development and trades. Free Agency seems to be the most risky route to try in order to put together a team. I think you are seing a shift in the way contracts are given out to the "Indians" method in which players are signed early and long term. A team decides which players they are going to build around and then lets the other "prized" players walk. It also seems unless you agent is Scott Boras you are more incline to sign an extention than test the FA waters. It makes you wonder why teams choose to sign certain players and not sign others. Granted the Barry Zito signing is sticking in my head and you also have the Pavano and Clement signings but guys like Carlos Lee and Carlos Beltran have yet to put their respected teams over the top. You also have Giambi and Damon who are both vying for the DH roll and their usefullness is at an all time low. I don't have all the information but it seems to me trying to sign the "prized" free agent backfires more often than not.