Found November 08, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The market for starting pitchers this winter turned absurd before the offseason even began when the Giants gave Tim Lincecum a two-year, $35 million contract extension at the end of October. The Rays are understandably going to be wanting a haul of prospects for David Price. And now, we've heard what Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are searching for in free agency - $100 million for Santana and $80 million for Nolasco, both over five years. Now that you've picked your jaw off the floor, just how absurd are these desires? Santana will turn 31 in December, and in 2012, he had a 5.16 ERA in 178 innings. Nolasco will also turn 31 in December, and has an ERA under 4.00 just once over the last five seasons - last year.  Both players are going to get paid - but just how much will they get? On one hand, teams have been paying for pitching for years - look at what guys like Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and CC Sabathia are making. On the other hand, a lot of those big money...
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