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Another young starter signs

Posted on: February 4, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 2:22 pm
When the Red Sox signed John Lackey in December, GM Theo Epstein said he believed it would be easier to add a hitter than a pitcher in the middle of the season.

Well, it's becoming more and more obvious that it won't be easy to add a top pitcher in the next few free-agent markets, either.

The Yankees won the World Series in large part because they were able to go shopping last winter and find both CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. But how many pitchers of that caliber will be available in the winters to come?

While it should come as no surprise that the Tigers have locked up Justin Verlander -- there's a reason they never considered trading Verlander when they made almost anyone on the team available last fall -- it does officially take one more big-time pitcher out of the market until after the 2014 season. (Verlander's five-year, $80 million contract, reported by the Associated Press late Wednesday night, will be announced this afternoon, sources confirmed to

Add in Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez and Josh Johnson, who signed long-term contracts earlier in the winter, and Zack Greinke, who signed long-term with the Royals last winter, and Jon Lester, who signed with the Red Sox last spring, and you can see where this is going. And while the Giants don't seem to be making much progress on a multi-year deal with Tim Lincecum, that doesn't affect this picture, because Lincecum is under club control through 2013.

And, of course, Sabathia is signed through 2015, and Burnett through 2013.

For now, there are still a few big-time pitchers eligible for free agency after this year, but the best ones are already past age 30. There are also nine months before the 2010-11 free-agent shopping season begins, which means there's still plenty of time for Josh Beckett to re-sign with the Red Sox and/or for Cliff Lee to re-sign with the Mariners.

Of course, with another big season, Lee could be perfectly placed to enter the market -- especially since that market doesn't have nearly as much to offer over the next few winters as once was promised.

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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2010 9:29 am

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Zips, "no one deserves $80 million to play baseball" ???? What fricking planet are you on?

You're right. the owners should sit back and collect all the money, and pay the players squat.. Lets go back to the 1920's again. You're an idiot !!

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2010 3:38 pm

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Twins might get to the playoffs but thats about all. They can't compete against all the money in the world that the yankees throw out there

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2010 2:22 pm

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Who cares??? The Twins are running away with divsion anyway.........

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