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The market certainly seems to be ascending to new heights of financial craziness. Here are just a few examples of the recent unlevelheadedness that has been unfurled upon the baseball landscape.

No relief:
Chad Bradford......3 yr/$10.5M
Jamie Walker......3 yr/$12M
Justin Speier......4 yr/$18M
Danys Baez......3 yr/$19M

No range:
Moises Alou......1 yr/$8.5M
Adam Kennedy......3 yr/$10M
Mark DeRosa......3 yr/$13M
Ray Durham......2 yr/$14M
Alex Gonzalez......3 yr/$14M

No wins:
Randy Wolf......1 yr/$8M
Orlando Hernandez......2 yr/$12M
Adam Eaton......3 yr/$24.5M
Vicente Padilla......3 yr/$34M

NO WAY!
Frank Thomas......2 yr/$18M
Julio Lugo......4 yr/$36M
Juan Pierre......5 yr/$44M
Gary Matthews Jr.......5 yr/$50M
J.D. Drew......5 yr/$70M
Carlos Lee......6 yr/$100M
Alfon$o $oriano......8 yr/$136M

The money being handed out this winter is being done extremely recklessly by some teams. I think Baltimore and both L.A.s appear on here two or more times, oh and of course the Cubs (who win the free agent craziness World Series, yay, they finally won). As a Braves fan I am occasionally aggravated by our tightlipped and by-his-own-book General Manager, but I have to hand it to John Schuerholz for hardly ever overpaying for any free agent. He may be rather strapped financially this year because of the glut of existing contracts and ownership imposed salary cap, but he's also not one of the GMs out there who's drinking the free agent Kool-Aid. I'm glad our team is not handing out contracts like the ones above. Yes, there are some good players in this group, but to throw so much money at them is nuts.