Restricted FA market runs dry

Teams' ability to match offers usually keeps designated players from moving

Originally Published: February 11, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A part of free agency rapidly falling apart is restricted free agency.

Restricted free agency is a way for teams to prevent players with three years of experience from leaving without a fight. For teams in need of players, restricted free agency provides another market to bid on a young player and sign him at the cost of maybe one draft choice.

In recent years, though, the process has dried up. This year might be the worst year of restricted free agency.

Currently, ...

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