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Heyman: Vlad Was Winter's Best Value

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Jon Heyman ranks the 30 best offseason free agent values and leads the list with Vladimir Guerrero.

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1. Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers, $6.5 million. Texas’ longtime nemesis has bolstered its lineup and helped the Rangers stay about even with Guerrero’s former Angels team in the AL West. He has 13 home runs, 49 RBIs, a .330 batting average and .919 OPS, better numbers than he’s had in recent years in Los Angeles/Anaheim. Word is, he rededicated himself this winter, and it shows.

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Heyman follows with Troy Glaus, Jon Garland and Rod Barajas – all one year deals. In fact, just five of the listed players signed multiple year contracts.

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One of those five multi-year signees, Colby Lewis, is on the list but a few spots lower than he should be:

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11. Colby Lewis, Rangers, $5 million, two years. He resurrected his career in Japan after a slow start in MLB and has been more than solid in a tough pitchers park (5-4, 3.40 ERA). He also has 71 strikeouts already.

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