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Long-Term Contracts For Relievers

JESSICA BADER: It’s been a pretty eventful and unpredictable Hot Stove season thus far (really, who had Carl Crawford signing with a team other than the Angels, or Cliff Lee returning to Philadelphia?), one that has seen a couple of star players being traded for prospects and quite a few marginal players being non-tendered and signed for a good deal less than what they would have received in arbitration. But the one thing that has really shocked me this offseason is the way teams are tripping over themselves to hand out three-year, eight-figure contracts to free agent relief pitchers. It’s pretty crazy on a couple of levels.

CHRIS PUMMER: While it’s probably not a good idea to give a free agent relief pitcher more than two guaranteed years, the cries that ignorance has returned among baseball front offices are probably mildly overblown. Continue reading

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