Best FA signings, bargains

Aramis Ramirez has been more productive than Prince Fielder at a fraction of the cost. Rob Grabowski/US Presswire

With the regular season winding down, those who won't be playing in October are beginning to look forward to the Hot Stove season, and are picking through the list of free agents that will hit the market this coming winter. Part of that preparation is looking back at how previous free agents have fared after landing a big contract, and seeing what lessons can be learned from history. It turns out that the early results of last winter's class hold some interesting lessons for those who are preparing to spend again this winter.