The most surprising signing from the pre-lockout free-agent frenzy

The Atlanta Braves are World Series champions and now baseball is in the middle of its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike. MLB and the MLBPA’s were unable to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the Dec. 2 deadline, so the owners locked out the player, and hot stove has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

Throughout the offseason the CBS Sports MLB scribes will bring you a weekly roundtable breaking down pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. In our last roundtable we debated the merits of a free agent signing deadline. This week we’re gong to tackle the pre-lockout free agent frenzy.

R.J. Anderson: For the sake of mixing things up a little, I’m going to go with Marcus Semien for one major reason: The term. Teams have historically shied away from committing lengthy deals to 30-something-year-old second basemen because of the attrition risk.

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