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First Pitch: Finding an Accurate Trade Value For Relief Pitchers

First Pitch: Finding an Accurate Trade Value For Relief Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relief pitchers leading up to the trade deadline. Any time there is a trade rumor connecting the Pirates to a player, I usually do a Trade Value article, looking at what that player will probably cost. The exception comes with relievers. The value of relievers never matches up with the trade value that teams give up in prospects. In some cases, the price that teams pay for relievers is insane. So I could do a trade value for relievers, but it wouldn't compare to what those relievers would actually fetch in a trade.

On Friday I looked at an example of the true price for starting pitchers in this seller's market, using the Jeff Samardzija trade as an example. The price was $9.5 M per win, when you considered the amount in salary and t...

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