In the midst of a buyer's market…

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boras.jpgMASN’s Roch Kubatko thinks some of the remaining free agents on the market should consider lowering their asking prices.

Adrian Beltre, for instance, is still seeking $10-$15 million annually.  Plenty of teams are interested in the defensively stellar third baseman, but not at that price.  Adam LaRoche is rumored to be asking for a three-year, $30 million deal.  He’s out of his mind if he thinks that’s coming.  Ben Sheets reportedly wants $12 million, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch since September of 2008.

With so many free agents still looking for employment, baseball’s vaunted free agency period has suddenly blossomed into a buyer’s market and teams aren’t going to fork over major multi-year deals.  Even Matt Holliday and Jason Bay are struggling to find offers that appeal to them.

Most of us saw this coming.  Revenues are down all over the league and team philosophies have shifted more toward development.  But super-agent Scott Boras seems plenty surprised and a whole lot of veteran players are going to be jobless come March and April.

Madison Bumgarner diagnosed with fractured left hand

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Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, per a report from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He’ll undergo surgery on Saturday to insert pins in his pinky knuckle, adds The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, and is expected miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks in recovery before he’s cleared to throw again. In a best-case scenario, the lefty will be ready to pitch again before the All-Star break, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

Bumgarner suffered the fracture during the third inning of Friday’s Cactus League game against the Royals. Whit Merrifield returned a line drive up the middle and the ball deflected off the top of Bumgarner’s pitching hand before bouncing into the infield. He chased after the ball but was unable to pick it up, and was immediately visited by manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer before exiting the game.

The 28-year-old southpaw was gearing up for a massive comeback after losing significant playing time with an injury in 2017. During his tumultuous run with the Giants last year, he missed nearly three months on the disabled list after spraining his shoulder and bruising his ribs in a dirt bike accident. He finished the season with a 4-9 record in 17 starts and a 3.32 ERA (his first 3.00+ ERA since 2012), 1.6 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 111 innings. The Giants suffered as well; by season’s end, their pitching staff ranked seventh-worst in the National League with a cumulative 4.58 ERA and 10.1 fWAR.

This is the second massive injury the Giants’ rotation has sustained this week after right-hander Jeff Samardzija was diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle on Thursday. “Horrible news for us,” Bochy told reporters after Friday’s game. “That’s all you can say about it. There’s nothing you can do but push on.”