As expected, the free agent market is starting off slow, with no big deals being announced yet.  Some of that is probably due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  A bigger reason is something I outlined last week: free agency is traditionally slow throughout the month of November.

We have heard rumors over the past day about Philadelphia Phillies reliever Ryan Madson being close to a four year,  $44 M deal to return to the Phillies.  Nothing is official yet, but if the deal goes through, it will be just another example of the huge prices that are being paid these days for top relievers.

During the 2011 season we saw several trades take place which saw relief pitchers bring in large returns to their former teams.  The San Diego Padres traded set-up man Mike Adams to the ...

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