SARASOTA, Fla. – Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market.
As much as fans in Baltimore have railed that they’ll never see the Orioles open their wallets for a high-profile free agent, today is their day.
Jimenez's deal is worth roughly $50 million. He is the fifth free-agent starter to receive a deal of four years or more, but out of the five, his $12.5 million average annual salary is comparable to the others.
Here are the others:
Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees) – seven years, $155 million ($22.2 million annual...