Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/17/12
   Amongst the first group of free agents who have signed, oddly enough, are two players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and suspended by MLB for 50 games during the 2012 season. Bartolo Colon re-signed with the Oakland Athletics for 1 year and $3 million. Melky Cabrera, banished from a San Francisco Giants team that ended up winning the World Series, signed a two year deal for $16 million with the Toronto Blue Jays. Both players were expected to get another chance, especially with the suspicion that many in the game are still using. But they have arguably gotten more money on the open market than a lot of us would expect.     Colon getting $3 million will clearly drive up the price for pitchers filling up the back end of a rotation. Guys like Chris Young, Erik Bedard, Kevin Correia and Freddy Garcia will look at that as a starting point. Who is to say they don’t say, “I’m worth more than that since I am clean.” Obviously Colon’s deal will not impact top starters...
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