Yesterday, Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly was on 93.7 The Fan, and discussed the likelihood of the Pirates ever issuing a $100 M contract. Coonelly said that the Pirates would eventually sign a $100 M deal, but couldn't say when. That's kind of a vague response that would technically be correct since it leaves the possibility of a $100 M deal open for as long as the Pirates are in existence. I wanted to take a look at the $100 M deals that have actually been given out in recent years, just to see what type of deal the Pirates would be able to sign, and what type of player they would be able to get with their money.
First, let's take a look at the actual $100 M contracts that have been given out the last few years via free agency.
Robinson Cano – $240 M by the Mariners
Masahiro Tanaka - $155 M by the Yankees (plus $20 M posting fee)
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