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Updated: April 26, 2012, 1:58 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Middle relievers are an underappreciated bunch.

Oh sure, as a whole, this group earned a collective $39.6 million worth of guaranteed contracts this past winter, not to mention earned four spots on 2011 All-Star rosters. But let's face it: Jonathan Papelbon fetched $50 million of guaranteed money this past winter, and Papelbon's closer brethren earned nine All-Star berths.

When it comes to relief pitching, the save is the "sexy" statistic. The hold is not.

Well, ...

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