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Welcome to the free-agent graveyard

As Yanks consider what to offer Sabathia, here are some cautionary tales

Updated: October 24, 2011, 4:02 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

Of the 10 biggest free-agent pitching contracts of all time, you can make a compelling argument that so far A.J. Burnett's is one of the five best. That's how poorly these investments have turned out.

And that is the knowledge the New York Yankees have to consider as they assemble a new offer for 31-year-old CC Sabathia, who is expected to opt out of the final four years of his seven-year, $161 million deal.

The only free-agent contract among the Top 10 that ...

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