amjgt: I did this exercise earlier this year -- biggest outside free agent signing for each franchise. Here's what I came up with:
CWS Dunn 4/56 (2011)
CLE Swisher 4/56 (2013)
DET Fielder 9/214 (2012)
KC Meche 5/55 (2007)
MIN Willingham 3/21 (2012)
BAL Tejada 6/72 (2004)
BOS Ramirez 8/160 (2001)
NYY Teixeira 8/180 (2009)
TBR Alvarez 5/35 (1998)
TOR Ryan 5/47 (2006)
HOU Lee 6/100 (2007)
LAA Pujols 10/240 (2012)
OAK Cespedes 4/36 (2012)
SEA Beltre 5/64 (2005)
TEX Rodriguez 10/252 (2011)
CHC Soriano 8/136 (2007)
CIN Cordero 4/46 (2008)
MIL Suppan 4/42 (2007)
PIT Martin 2/17 (2013)
STL Glaus 4/45 (2005)
ATL Upton 5/75 (2013)
FLA Reyes 6/106 (2012)
NYM Beltran 7/119 (2005)
PHI Lee 5/120 (2011)
WAS Werth 7/126 (2011)
ARI Johnson 4/52 (1999)
COL Hampton 8/121 (2001)
LAD Greinke 6/147 (2013)
SDP Hudson 2/11.5 (2011)
SFG Zito 7/126 (2007)
So yeah, only the Padres and Pirates are lower than the Twins. It will be interesting to see if that changes with Pittsburgh's recent success.
The A's only have Cespedes for more, though, and the Rays haven't signed any expensive outsiders in quite awhile (Burrell, I'd guess).
Thanks for the more complete list.
I'm curious why "TOR Ryan 5/47 (2006)" didn't show up on my original list. Oh well.
The most interesting thing out of this exercise, for me, ended up being the 2006 info. Big new TV contract and teams went CRAZY with high dollar FA contracts. Like I said, 33 of them that were higher than $10M in total contract value. WAY more than any year since (almost as many as the next 3 years combined).
Same thing will probably happen this off season, and I fully expect Terry Ryan to get cold feet.
Yeah, we can't expect Ryan to "spend just to spend," or to spend more than 5mil per year on any one guy.
Hunter Pence's extension still appears to be a bargain relative to his performance in 2013 and the anticipated rising trend in contracts in general.
His WAR from Fangraphs was 5.4 and 4.2 in B Ref (5.0 oWAR)- which makes his 5/$90 seem fairly reasonable relative to the market valuation model.
And Lincecum's number, despite his declining status, may very well be the "new normal" for SPs who can still pitch 200 innings.
Yes, his ERA+ was a very sub-standard 76, and AT&T Park and the SF fans both helped to inflate his value, but he's still a good pitcher and a good candidate for a bounce-back season next year.
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But, in addition to maintaining his high K/9, throwing a No-No, and his xFIP being 3.68- his SIERA was 3.86.
He's a better bounce-back candidate than Dan Haren (2-year FIP 4.18, xFIP 3.85, SIERA 3.85), still throwing 200 innings with a rubber arm (148 pitches thrown in his No-Hitter). Lincecum probably deserves the money, not really that much of a head-scratcher at all.
And yes, the scratching of heads about the deal is a head-scratcher to me too. He's a good pitcher still in his prime and a tremendously popular character in a huge media market.
Can understand people saying the Twins couldn't have signed him, but never did see any really compelling argument for 'shouldn't'.
Thanks for the research, Spycake.