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Earlier free agency essential for age-reliant MLB market

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 20 / 17

I n fall 2015, David Price, a 30-year-old free agent, signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox worth $217 million. Less than a week later, Zack Greinke, a 32-year-old free agent, signed a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondback...

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