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Market provides expensive relief



The Rays have made it clear their top priority this off-season is to acquire relievers, as they are looking at restocking almost an entire bullpen. That's a tough enough chore for any team in any year , but even more so since they have a limited budget. And worse, the contracts (in terms of dollars and length) that relievers are getting on the free agent market - and not just the closers - has been astronomical.

Thus far, 11 relievers have agreed to multi-year deals, with a few other big names, topped by 2010 Rays closer Rafael Soriano still on the board. Here's a look at the big-money deals:

Player, new team                     Contract                  Old team 
RHP Joaquin Benoit, Tigers       $16.5M, 3 years       Rays
LHP Scott Downs, Angels          $15M, 3 years         Jays
RHP Jesse Crain, WSox             $13M, 3 years         Twins
RHP Matt Guerrier, Dodgers      $12M, 3 years         Twins
RHP Bobby Jenks, RSox             $12M, 2 years         WSox
RHP JJ Putz, D'backs                  $10M, 2 years         WSox
LHP Pedro Felicano, Yanks        $8M, 2 years            Mets
RHP H. Takahashi, Angels         $8M, 2 years            Mets
LHP Randy Choate, Marlins       $2.5M, 2 years         Rays

Re-signing with their teams: Mariano Rivera, Yankees, $30M over 2 years; Jose Contreras, Phillies, $5.5M over 2 years.



[Last modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:15am]


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