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FA Includes Overstock Bargains

Investments a team has made at a specific position group impact that team's decisions on free agents. So, when free agency begins on March 13, some quality players — such as Detroit's Cliff Avril — could be available.

Free agency is about tradeoffs. Comparisons of talent levels, needs, age, roster compatibility, and, hardly least of all, money. Put it all together and teams may lose good players simply because they are overstocked at that position. The contracts of some players, and the investments that a franchise has made in a certain unit, often preclude a team from retaining a free agent player at the...

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