Finding value in a relievers market
The Philadelphia Phillies' $50 million signing of Jonathan Papelbon sent reverberations throughout the baseball industry, that continue today as other elite closers continue to see similar deals -- guys such as Heath Bell, Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez.
You could draw a direct line from Papelbon's four-year deal to Joe Nathan's two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers because this was Texas making a move on the best of the B group -- the good relievers who are, because of age or injury or inexperience, more modestly priced. Jonathan Broxton fit that description, and the Kansas City Royals signed him for $4 million to be their setup man. In the days ahead, you can look for more of these kinds of relievers to come off the board. Some candidates:
David Aardsma: He had 31 saves in 2010 but missed last season after having surgery. Aardsma is just 29 years old.
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