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"It’s incredibly hard to employ the best players in baseball, especially in an era when so many never even reach free agency. Nine players have signed $300 million contracts; just four of them were free agents. Of the 25 $200 million deals, 14 have been signed by free agents, though in a few of those cases the players’ free agency was largely a fig leaf -- they returned quickly to their old team. Even if you want to spend the money, $200 million players are available less than once a year."