The top two starters on the free agent market have found homes. 30-year-old Lonny Gates has signed a fice-year deal with the Seattle Killer Whales worth approximately $65.3 million. Gates spent last season with Boston where he posted a 15-2 record with a 2.88 ERA in 23 starts. The four-time All-Star had his only season with the Bambinos cut short when he suffered an elbow injury that required surgery.
The other, and much older, ace on the market was also signed to a big contract. 37-year-old Bernard Robinson, who had spent his entire career with the Syracuse organization, signed a three-year worth approximately $35 million. Robinson, considered an ace for some time but plagued by a lack of team success over the years, finished last season with a 20-7 record with a 2.70 ERA while earning his second career All-Star appearance.