After a couple of years of relatively cautious spending, Major League teams are opening their wallets again this winter. If you count the Troy Tulowitzki contract extension, weve seen three deals struck that guarantee over $100 million in future commitments, and Cliff Lee hasnt even signed yet. The final time we saw this kind of aggre sive spending on the market was 2006, when four teams put in exce s of $100 million to acquire new talent. Unfortunately for all those with money this winter, Patrick DiMarco Jersey that winter also works as a reminder why throwing your cash around could be a bad idea. The four players who cost their teams Charles Gaines Jersey $100+ million that winter? Alfonso Soriano (8 years, $136 million), Barry Zito (Many years, $126 million), Carlos Lee (6 years, $100 million), and Daisuke Matsuzaka (6 years, $52 million, along with a $51 million posting fee). None of these players came close to providing coming back on their investment, and therefore are all e sentially untradeable at this time. It wasnt just the big four, either. That was the wintertime where Gary Matthews Jr, Juan Pierre, Gil Meche, Jeff Suppan, Julio Lugo, Vicente Padilla, Miguel Batista, Adam Eaton, and Kei Igawa represented a large slice of the middle cla s talents, all landing deals for 3+ years at pretty significant money. Even some of the older guys who had to stay for short term deals wound up as expensive busts, as Nomar Garciaparra, Frank Thomas, and Ray Durham all ended their careers on the down note. The final tally from that winter is remarkably ugly. The numbers tell the storyline. Players who signed deals of 4+ years: 14;Total money dedicated to those players: $941 Deandre Coleman Jersey million;WAR made by those players to date: 96.9;Dollar Per WAR produced up to now: $7.3 million. So far the cost per win for that big 14 who got long-term deals that winter is over $7 million, and its only likely to rise as teams still pay players like Matthews, Igawa, and Meche big money for no Adolphus Washington Jersey real value. Of the players who signed long term deals with 2006, the only person you could argue is really a deal the team would do again is the J.D. Drew contract with the Red Sox- he hasearned the $14 million each year that Boston paid him. Interestingly, that was probably the contract that received probably the most negative reaction from the teams local media, as Drew was labeled a personal injury prone malcontent in the minute he signed the offer. Given the other available choices Boston had that winter, they now seem like geniuses for spending their cash around the one productive premium free agent. Drew, however, has not Joe Powell Jersey been the most productive free agent signed that year. The man who has produced the highest WAR during the last four years from the 2006 winter free agent crop is Jayson Werth, who signed a 1 year cope with the Phillies for $850,000. Id state that would be a pretty decent investment.