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A look at baseball’s landmark deals for pitchers since Jim “Catfish” Hunter was ruled a free agent and a bidding frenzy started that truly hasn’t abated since. Zack Greinke’s $147 million contract with the Dodgers this week is only the latest spike in an increasingly escalating market for arms, as shown by the average annual salary (AAV).

 

— Derrick Goold

Sources: Post-Dispatch reporting, Cot’s Baseball Contracts via Baseball Prospectus, The Associated Press and The New York Times.