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One year later: Re-examining last winter’s biggest contracts

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While everyone debates the wisdom of giving $254 million to Albert Pujols or $106 million to Jose Reyes or $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest contracts signed last offseason:

Carl Crawford: $142 million for seven years
Jayson Werth: $126 million for seven years
Cliff Lee: $120 million for five years
Adrian Beltre: $96 million for six years
Adam Dunn: $56 million for four years
Derek Jeter: $51 million for three years
Victor Martinez: $50 million for four years

Those are the seven contracts that topped $50 million last winter.

At the very least it’s obvious that the Red Sox, Nationals, and White Sox would gladly go back in time and undo the Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, and Adam Dunn contracts. Derek Jeter’s deal looks as iffy now as it did then and I certainly wouldn’t be excited to owe Victor Martinez another $38 million now that he’s a 33-year-old designated hitter.

I’m not sure what the point is, other than to say that for the most part every fan base is thrilled when their favorite team signs a big-money free agent and things can change an awful lot in 12 months.

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: