MLB Free Agency: Top 5 Cheap Signings That Can Have A Major Impact

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Top Five Cheap Signings That Could Have a Huge Impact

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One of the greatest things about free agency is the unknown. You never know what deals are going to work out. Signing the best available guy doesn't always pay off. However, what's so great about baseball is that any player can have a huge impact.

Attempting to find these players is the tricky part. GMs are looking for the guys who just may not have gotten enough at-bats or maybe had some bad luck. A few injuries may have been holding them back. Maybe the pressure was just too much.

The five players on this list aren't guys who will be role players or guys who come up with just a couple big hits or innings. Each player here can end up giving their new club a significant impact every time they're out there. It could be posting a 3.60 ERA or hitting 35 home runs.

This is one of those things that separates baseball from any other sport. Looking through this year's free agent list shows that 2014 could end up being the year of the comeback player. It is of course always a great story.

Can you guess who the five players on this list are? Or do you believe there was a different player who should have appeared instead?

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5. Phil Hughes

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The Minnesota Twins inked Phil Hughes to a three-year deal worth $24 million. While Hughes has had his struggles, getting out of New York may be what he needs. There have been plenty of times where Hughes has been brilliant.

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4. Michael Morse

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I've expressed my liking of Michael Morse in a previous article when I said the New York Mets should sign him. Morse signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth only $6 million. With power and versatility, Morse should have plenty of opportunity to make an impact.

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3. Kelly Johnson

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Kelly Johnson has been a solid player for some time now. He has had a couple big years in the past and now after signing a one-year deal (worth only $3 million) with the New York Yankees, he is poised to have another one especially with that short porch in right.

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2. Corey Hart

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$6 million for Corey Hart is pretty cheap. After signing Robinson Cano, the Seattle Mariners have yet to bring an a known impact player, but Hart may become just that. Despite battling through injuries, Hart has power, which makes him a good candidate to give Cano some protection.

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1. Justin Morneau

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Justin Morneau signed a two-year deal worth $12.5 million. Back in his day with the Minnesota Twins, Morneau was a feared hitter and won an MVP. If he can be healthy, the Colorado Rockies have found an impact bat to go along with Cargo and Tulo.

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