This article is directed towards the Yankees, but really should be shown to every MLB team. Included in the column is a chart that goes back 6 years to show the largest contracts given out to starting pitchers and compares their salary to their performance's dollar value. The performance dollar value is based on fWAR dollar values, a calculation that isn't perfect, but does give a decent estimation. What the chart shows is that more often than not pitchers do not perform to their salary. This is the nature of the open market in this era, though. It's becoming harder and harder to sign players for a reasonable amount through free agency. That's why teams are increasingly looking to sign their best players many years prior to free agency in hopes of receiving a bit of a discount.