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07:28 AM ET 02.07 | Fernando Rodney closed a deal Thursday, but it won't put him in exclusive territory. [This] will be the first time in seven off-seasons that no free agent reliever has signed for $25 million or more. So is it a one-year anomaly or a developing trend? Agents acknowledge that the climate for free agent relief arms is no longer as welcoming as it once was. Long-term contracts and $30 million deals for closers are now the exception rather than the norm. Research into pitcher performance shows relievers are often volatile. ... [Team] are now less inclined to commit long-term to relievers whose performance can vary significantly from year to year. Plus, unless you're Mariano Rivera or Craig Kimbrel, the impact of a reliever is relatively minor when compared to starting pitchers or position players.

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February 7, 2014  08:00 AM ET

.....there should be only short men and long men...and they are paid per inning...oakland will show the way on this new innovation to be announced soon...my sources tell me...

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February 7, 2014  09:25 AM ET
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I wasn't paying very close attention, but I did see a bit on MLB Network about how relief pitchers as a whole are paid the most per win.As an Indians fan, watching guys like Bob Wickman and Joe Borowski lead the league in saves made me realize that you don't have to have a lockdown, $10-15MM a year closer. Sure, it might be a nice luxury if the team can afford it, but if I were building a team, a closer would be the last piece that I looked for.

Right after back up second baseman?

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February 7, 2014  10:02 AM ET

Kimbrel is a very good closer Mr. Writer, but you cannot put him in the same class as Rivera yet in his career.

February 7, 2014  12:05 PM ET

no team should pay a big money to or give a long term deal to any closer,i mean its not worthed!!!

 
February 8, 2014  09:57 AM ET

Really, they give about a third of the production the starters give, and that's being liberal. But in this area it's quality over quantity. What's more importain, the middle of the third or the bottom of the ninth? They work about a third of the time but should probably be paid two thirds the pay. On the other hand, they do make the difference and not all starters are equal. Would you rather have Ed Whitson or Mariano Rivera?

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