It always helps to get a clearer picture of market value when it comes to free agents. One way to do that is to see what the "big boys" get and where they land. The two largest fish in the free agent hitting lake are Jason Bay and Matt Holliday.
One has now found a home. Bay agreed, according to an ESPN.com story, to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets. The deal includes a vesting option that could push it over $80 million for five years.
It will be interesting to see what happens now with Holliday, a Scott Boras client.
But maybe that will give the Rangers and other parties some more information. The club has shown interest in Jermaine Dye and Vladimir Guerrero. They'd like to get a right-handed bat, preferably on a one-year deal, to put in the middle of the lineup. They've also inquired about left-handed hitting Jim Thome as a DH.