Designated Hitter Billy Butler signs with Oakland Athletics; Three years, $30 Million:

Butler had a decent 2014 with the Kansas City Royals, batting .271. However, his power numbers were down, only hitting nine home runs, 32 doubles, and driving in 66 runs with a .379 slugging percentage (the lowest of his career). With those numbers, his stock was definitely down in terms of where it was seen with people in baseball, as much as it can be for a player who can’t field a position. But his offensive track record is something that is hard to argue with, as he’s been a solid major leaguer throughout most of his career. Butler is still young also, at the age of 29. Should Billy Butler be able to rebound and get back to his 2012 form (where he was an All-Star), so then this could end up being a steal for the Oakland A’s. Regardless, Butler is the real winner here; if he fails to return to 2012 form, and continues to regress and put up numbers like he did last season, he still walks away with $30M.

Winner: Billy Butler

Left handed relief pitcher Zach Duke signs with Chicago White Sox; Three years, $15 Million:

The former Pittsburgh Pirate seemed to be a lost cause at such a young age, but that only came after his solid first season in Pittsburgh. In his debut season in 2005, Duke tossed 84.2 innings, and won eight games while striking out 58 batters and keeping his ERA at 1.82. Duke seemed like the future ace in Pittsburgh, only to have six straight seasons of losing records and each season, an ERA over 4.00. The sharp lefty bounced around from 2011-2013, playing those seasons with Arizona, Washington and Cincinnati. Duke had a quietly dominant 2014 season as a reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching in 58.2 innings, with a 2.45 ERA and 74 strikeouts. With such a dominant season, Duke earned himself a three-year deal worth $15M with the Chicago White Sox. It’s a good deal on both sides, Duke finally has found some stability and the White Sox instantly get a top left-handed option out of the pen.

Winner: Both

Starting Pitcher AJ Burnett signs with Pittsburgh Pirates; One year, $8.5 Million:

Burnett basically revitalized his career with the Pirates between two seasons (2012-2013). Last year, Pittsburgh decided not to tender a qualifying offer to Burnett as they felt that they couldn’t pay him what his market would require. As a result, Burnett ended up signing a one year deal with the Phillies with a player option for this season. Burnett struggled in Philadelphia, posting a 4.59 ERA. It remains to be seen if Burnett can reclaim his form with Pittsburgh for a second time. Pittsburgh didn’t get the bad end of the deal by any means, as with the potential losses of Fransisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez, they only have Gerrit Cole, Jeff Locke and possibly Vance Worley in their rotation, with prospect Jameson Tallion. If Burnett can reclaim his form, the Pirates win of this deal.

Winner: Undecided

Catcher Russell Martin signs with Toronto Blue Jays; Five years; $82 million:

The Chicago Cubs were thought to be the front-runner for the soon-to-be-32-year old backstop, reportedly offering four-years at $64 million. But the Blue Jays, who many thought were out of the catcher market due to having the solid Dioner Navarro for one more year and back-up Josh Thole to catch the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, surprised many by bringing the Canadian-born veteran to Toronto, giving him the second biggest contract in Blue Jays history. Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs in 460 plate appearances last season for Pittsburgh, and is generally regarded as one of the better defensive catchers in the game. His leadership and experience should provide a boost to a team still trying to get to the postseason after its big spending in the winter of 2012, but realistically it’s a stretch to think that Martin will still be as effective behind or at the plate at the age of 36.

Winner: Russell Martin

First Baseman/Designated Hitter Victor Martinez resigns with Detroit Tigers; Four Years, $68 million:

The Tigers made resigning Martinez, who had one of the best offensive seasons of his career in 2014, with a .335 batting average and career-high 32 home runs, while leading the league in on-base percentage and OPS at the age of 35. With Detroit’s payroll now at $163 million for the 2015 season, it is thought that the signing of V-Mart comes at the cost of losing both All-Star Max Scherzer and former Gold-Glover Torii Hunter to free agency. But given how much Scherzer is expected to command for his next contract, the Tigers decided the need for lineup protection for Miguel Cabrera was more important, given that Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, David Price, and Rick Porcello are still under contract in the rotation. The main question as to whether Martinez will be worth the contract he was given, is can he stay healthy? Right now though, it is a fair dollar amount for one of the better hitters on the market this offseason.

Winner: Detroit Tigers

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