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How did draft pick compensation affect Orioles' deal with Ubaldo Jimenez?

How did draft pick compensation affect Orioles' deal with Ubaldo Jimenez?

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...

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