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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The High Price of Free Agent Pitching

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Daniel Rathman

Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana are asking a lot, Stephen Drew is about to make some money, and a familiar starter resurfaces as a knuckleballer.

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.


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July 16, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Checking up on the moves and mayhem of all 16 clubs.

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June 20, 2007 12:00 am

Wholesome Restraint

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John Perrotto

John details the winners of trades that almost happened.

An old baseball adage says that sometimes the best moves a team makes are the ones that didn't come to fruition. While that may border on clich, it is true. As each season unfolds, general managers can look back at the previous offseason, wipe their brow, and let out a sigh of relief about a plan that failed.

So here's a look at 10 moves teams didn't make last winter that have them smiling now:

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November 20, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: At These Prices, Who Can Say No?

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Joe Sheehan

Alex Gonzalez was one of the lower-tier free agents catching Joe's eye. Now that he's off the market, who are some of the other bargain-basement prizes out there?

Free agents have been reaching agreement on contracts at a pace that far surpasses anything we've seen in recent years. Alfonso Soriano is just the biggest and most recent one, the slugger apparently agreeing to terms on an eight-year, $136-million contract to play for the Cubs until Twiki and Dr. Theopolous are running around New Chicago. Smaller deals were reached over the weekend for Mike Stanton, Justin Speier, Orlando Hernandez and Alex Gonzalez, among others.

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July 19, 2006 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Multipliers

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Will Carroll

Updates on Jeff Kent, Jason Kubel, Nick Swisher, Tim Wakefield and Jered Weaver highlight this Wednesday edition of Under the Knife.

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Three teams with very different problems, but the immediate future's not so bad for two of them, and the third can look forward to 2007.

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May 5, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 2-4

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Christina Kahrl

Christina's got some news on the most recent transactions from around the league.

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June 16, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs shuffle through pitching options, the Brewers have one of the most interesting rosters in the game, and the Dodgers fight through injuries as they try to stay in the race. This and much more in Transaction Analysis.

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June 11, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: June Deals

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Christina Kahrl

Chris checks in with a look at the recent spate of trades.

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Scot Hughes analyzes the rest of Montreal's roster, which will probably be filled with players who are not yet arbitration-eligible.

Part One

The rest of the roster will probably be filled with players who are not yet arbitration-eligible. Taking into account the increase in minimum salary and the players available to the Expos, the other 14 spots will be filled with guys like Tomo Ohka, Scott Stewart, T.J. Tucker, Brad Wilkerson, Jose Macias, Brian Schneider, Endy Chavez, Jim Brower and possibly an inexpensive veteran or two (like Andres Galarraga, Troy O'Leary and Wil Cordero in 2002). Figure an average salary of $0.5M or so for each of the remaining 14 roster spots, and that's $7M more, for a total of $56M.

So Minaya has a likely budget of $40M, and a projected payroll of $56M or so. What does he do?

Minaya has to cut about $16M in payroll. There are some salaries on the roster that could be cut without hurting the on-field product all that much. Unfortunately, Fernando Tatis is the biggest albatross on the Expos payroll, but I think his $6M is basically untradeable, at least not without the Expos paying a big chunk of his salary or accepting an equally bad contract in return. But we'll give Minaya the benefit of the doubt, and assume he can unload Tatis and half of his contract (but doesn't acquire anything of value in return). $3M in savings.

The Expos also have reasonably good depth in terms of candidates for the back end of the rotation and the bullpen (Sun Woo Kim, Zach Day, Matt Blank, Dickey Gonzalez, Dan Smith, Britt Reames, etc). Given that, it makes sense that they showed Masato Yoshii the door, and they'll probably do the same with Matt Herges. $4M more in savings.

At this point, the easy, relatively painless cuts are gone, and Minaya still has to clear $9M in payroll. He's got 2 options at this point:

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