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The Seattle Mariners were in the news twice this past week with two large figure signings of starting pitchers.
Felix Hernandez: Signed a seven year- $175 million dollar contract (still pending) which would make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball. This would obviously put an abrupt end to all of the Felix Hernandez trade talks and assures Seattle fans that the Mariners brass are committed to keeping them competitive for years to come.
Joe Saunders: Remember the previous sentence? Well the signing of Joe Saunders to a one-year $7-million contract effectively means that the Mariners brass not only are committed to keeping them competitive, but committed to overpaying for mediocre starting pitchers as well. They now boast the highest paid pitcher in baseball and the most overpaid pitcher in baseball. Or do they?
Since we already know about Felix, let’s talk about Saunders. Saunders is a very peculiar case because at age 32 he decided to finally have his br...