With less than two weeks to go before players start reporting to spring training, Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have combined to give contracts to 112 free agents worth a total of $US1.94 billion and no teams spent more than the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox.
The Nationals top the list having signed three players to contracts totalling $US224.0 million, led by the 7-year, $US210 million contract for starting pitcher Max Scherzer according to data collected from MLBTradeRumors.com. The Red Sox have committed $US214.o million to six players including a 5-year, $US95.0 million contract for Pablo Sandoval and a 4-year, $US88.0 million deal for Hanley Ramirez.
Of the 112 free agents to sign guaranteed Major League contracts, the average contract was 1.8 years in length and worth $US17.3 million with average annual value of $US9.6 million.
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