Is Your Favorite Free Agent Over the Hill?

My latest column in The Huffington Post.

Though the buzz about adding free agents is mostly positive, there is one factor that is often overlooked: most free agents are old.

The ages of this year’s free-agent class range from 28 (Rich Harden) to 46 (Randy Johnson). The average age is 34, with half of the players between the ages of 32 and 37. Some of this is a product of the system: you can’t become a free agent until you’ve been in the league for six years, so even the best players don’t get the opportunity to enter free agency until their late 20s. And some of these players are hitting the free-agent market again. But still, even the top candidates in the free agent market are thirty-somethings: Matt Holliday will be 30 and Jason Bay will be 31 for the 2010 season.

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