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The American League East waits for no one
The American League East waits for no one

Nobody should be surprised that the Orioles' American League East competitors are driving the free-agent market right now. That’s not exactly a new concept, and it isn’t necessarily reason for alarm. The Boston Red Sox had to move quickly after their 2014 collapse, and only time will assess the wisdom of giving the mercurial Hanley Ramirez $22 million per year for four years after he played more than 100 games just once in the last four seasons. Pablo Sandoval is definitely a winner, but it’s also fair to wonder whether he’s worth $100 million over five years when he has hit more than 20 homers and driven in more than 80 runs in a season once in his career. ...

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