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MLB's spending spree could eclipse $2B

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07:42 AM ET 12.23 | Here we go again. No sport incites salary rage like Major League Baseball, so for those who bellyache the money is too big, consider this a fair warning to gulp a handful of Tums before reading the next sentence. Teams are barreling toward $2 billion spent on free agents this offseason. Now, they may fall short of that nice, round number and still absolutely obliterate the previous spending record: around $1.75 billion in the 2006 offseason. ... Already teams have lavished approximately $1.543 billion on players, the latest a $130 million investment by the Texas Rangers for seven years of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. He is the third nine-figure player of the offseason, joining Jacoby Ellsbury ($153 million) as an offset diamond around the center stone, Robinson Cano ($240 million). There is plenty more to come.

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December 23, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Ya think Adam Jones is kicking himself for signing that six-year, $85.5 million extension with Orioles. He would have been in this years free agent class as well.

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December 23, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Ah, I can think of about $85.5 million reasons why Jones is content.More teams have gotten in the practice of signing their young stars, which has led to the overpay to what free agents are left. But baseball has proven to be cyclical, and some of those young guys will refrain from signing - based on their agent's advice - in order to try to cash in on a Cano-like deal.

True, but I believe he would have doubled that in free agency. IMO, he's better than both Ellsbury and Choo, and he's only 28.

December 23, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Of the three mention in the article Cano has the only real chance to end up in the Hall. All three will be sad at the end of these long term contracts are up.

December 23, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Pointless math. The writer needs to total the revenue MLB will take in during the time of those contracts to give the $2B number any meaning....

December 23, 2013  11:12 AM ET

$2B? The Commander-In-Chief spends more than that on vacations and parties. Please....

December 23, 2013  11:18 AM ET

Well, if you're going to spend 240 million on a guy like Cano (when a smart negotiator could have taken advantage of Jay-Z's total lack of experience as an agent) the 2 billion figure is no surprise.

December 23, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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$2B? The Commander-In-Chief spends more than that on vacations and parties. Please....

and boras its getting mad at the teams for been to stingy!!

December 23, 2013  11:22 AM ET

Ervin Santana should not get a 5 years 100 millions,this guy pitch so- so one season and next season he is on vacation!!!

December 23, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Well, if you're going to spend 240 million on a guy like Cano (when a smart negotiator could have taken advantage of Jay-Z's total lack of experience as an agent) the 2 billion figure is no surprise.

the thing is,,teams are to dependable on agents now days,and why players won't like to be their own agents??

December 23, 2013  11:28 AM ET

blinded deals tend to become a dissaster,a wrecked contracts in the halos organization have them scratching the wall like a cat and if you tell them to think before sign a long term contract??
they had have stated we all know how to make business except,the organization mess up the whole team,been trumboless and pitcherless things aren't looking to pretty!!!!

December 23, 2013  11:31 AM ET

the angels traded their closer in Walden a year ago in exchange for Hanson,this trade was by far one of the ugly's trade of all,,,

December 23, 2013  11:34 AM ET

3 years ago the halos pulled another dissaster albastros trade with the jays,this time they traded
mike napoli/Juan Rivera and a catcher for vernon wells contract along with vernon wells weak bat,
but Moreno was happy to fool himself!!!

December 23, 2013  11:36 AM ET

too often and too many times,angels are by far the worse team in doing any type of trades, should they need to go back to school by any means???

December 23, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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Ah, I can think of about $85.5 million reasons why Jones is content.More teams have gotten in the practice of signing their young stars, which has led to the overpay to what free agents are left. But baseball has proven to be cyclical, and some of those young guys will refrain from signing - based on their agent's advice - in order to try to cash in on a Cano-like deal.

the rangers,red sox,the yankees,and the Rays would be a tough teams to compete,most of these teams have done good job in their regular season!!!

 
December 23, 2013  07:55 PM ET
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$2B? The Commander-In-Chief spends more than that on vacations and parties. Please....

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