I take issue with the "below market" part. I doubt any of the free agents the Twins signed have been anything other than the best contract for the player.
Boras never signs his guys at a discount. We paid Pelfrey $4-5M last year to rehab on our dime, and put up a 5.19 ERA in the process. Coming off that year, we gave him a two year deal. I would be shocked if he had another 2 year deal on the table. There is really no other way to look at it, we were the sucker in this situation.
I just hope someone explains to the front office that deals like Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, and Mike Peflrey end up being extremely expensive on a per start basis. Livan made $5M from April to July, Marquis made $3M for seven starts. It appears Pelfrey will have made $11M for 5-6 starts and 3-4 bullpen appearances before we realize we are much better off with Deduno, Swarzak, or a number of different options out there. On the margin, we never have $8M each offseason for a player that will improve our team, but it seems we have $5M every year in dead weight.
Edited by tobi0040, 28 April 2014 - 07:34 AM.