Buyer's Guide: Catchers, DHs

Dioner Navarro represents a good value in the free-agent market. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

As I have in previous years, I'm going through position groups to provide a look at where teams will find value (and where they won't) in free agency this offseason.

Here's a look at best values, worst values and trade targets among free-agent catchers and designated hitters.

Best values

There's such a shortage in the catcher market that even the good players with upside -- mostly Brian McCann, who's already a star-caliber player, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has a little growth left in his offensive game -- are likely to be handsomely compensated. That means the best values are guys who'll likely play part-time or who are very high-risk but offer more reward than the retreads at the bottom of the market.