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The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

Today I was looking over the early free agent signings, trying to get an idea of how much free agents were getting paid per win this off-season. In the past, free agents usually received $4-5 M per win, with the $5 M total coming in recent years. The idea floating around is that free agent prices will be going up this off-season with the new National TV revenue kicking in. My theory before looking at the free agents who have signed was that they would be getting more than $5 M per win. After looking over all of the numbers, I was surprised to see that players are still getting close to $5 M per win. It just comes with a catch for each player, which I detail below. If you want to skip over the part where I show my work, and get right to the summary, that's below.

Tim Lincecum (2 years, $35 M)

Lincecum didn't hit the open market, but the Giants gave him a two-year, $35 M deal. In the last two years, he's been worth a total of 2.5 WAR combined. I'm sure the Giants were thinking he'd...

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