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November 12, 2013

Rumor Roundup

The High Price of Free Agent Pitching

by Daniel Rathman


Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana Shoot for the Moon
Want Nolasco? That’ll cost you $80 million over five years. Want Santana? Prepare to shell out $100 million—and your highest unprotected draft pick, since the right-hander turned down a qualifying offer from the Royals.

Think I’m joking? Then you’d have to believe that FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal’s sources are, too. As Rosenthal wrote in his lede, the demands being floated by available pitchers might make Tim Lincecum’s two-year, $35 million hitch with the Giants a bargain.

Plenty of teams are searching for pitching depth this offseason, and the list of marquee arms on the market is short. Clubs that have struggled to develop their own rotation pieces have the extensions that would-be free agents signed with their original franchises in recent years to thank for the dearth of supply.

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