Hey, Big Spender? Bucs No. 13 in FA market
Free agency 2012-13 is still a work in progress, with dozens of players remaining on the board. However, the in-game box score provides some intriguing insights:
- Thus far, 99 free agents have signed for an aggregate of 1,442,125,000. That leading figure is a billion. Works out to $14,566,919.19 per contract, most of which are long-term. Includes players who had 2013 options picked up by their clubs.
- Each of the 30 Major League teams has participated in the process. Least active with one signing each have been the Mets, A’s, Brewers, Royals, Nationals and Padres. Most active: The Cubs, with nine (many of the low-profile variety; Edwin Jackson’s $52-million deal accounts for more than half of the total outlay of $90.05 million).
- The Bucs have been the 13th-biggest spenders, at $36.5 million for Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Jason Grilli. Among the teams they have out-spent: Phillies, Cardinals, Rangers and Nationals.
To be continued, obviously. Still, an interesting snapshot.