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MLB Free Agency Is Booming Ahead of the Looming Lockout

Bargain hunters do not prowl yacht dealerships. Buying one is not for the faint of heart or light of wallet. Mets owner Steve Cohen, the richest owner in baseball, is a buyer of yachts. He paid above sticker to extend shortstop Francisco Lindor in April and now has done the same nine months later to get free agent Max Scherzer, the best pitcher available.

The point, like owning a yacht, is not to brag to your buddies that you finagled a great deal. The point is that you own the yacht.

Quibble with the terms or Scherzer’s pitching actuarial chart all you want.