Economics of Baseball

Are the Dodgers targeting pitchers who rake?

In 2013, the Dodgers pitching staff led the majors in wRC+. It looks like the Dodgers have targeted pitchers who rake in free agency and via trade.

Who else needs a contract extension?

The Padres locked up Jedd Gyorko to a contract extension. Extensions like his are becoming more frequent within baseball. Here is a look at some other players that should be considered for extensions.

Attention agents: obtain overuse clauses for RPs

Relief pitchers coming off of heavy use seasons, especially consecutive ones, may have to settle for discounts or shorter-length contracts in free agency. There may be a remedy for that.

The business of baseball: Chicago Cubs

Will the Cubs financial situation get in the way of their plans to renovate Wrigley Field and field a competitive club?

SABR: Who are baseball's most valuable pitchers?

A publication of a response to the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition prompt: who are the top three "pitching assets" in the game today?

Trout's extension arrives

Mike Trout, the closet thing we have to a perfect baseball player, has just signed an extension that is both massive and tiny.

Baseball in Australia has staying power

Still young, the Australian Baseball League is starting to catch on -- and it's not going anywhere.

The trade: an analysis

Are trades a dying breed, and were they ever as prevalent as commonly thought?

MLB Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

An in-depth analysis of how teams are spending their money and the returns they should expect going into 2014.

The real cost of a Mike Trout deal

Mike Trout is rumored to be about to sign a long-term deal. What is the real cost of such a deal, and what will he have to do live up to it?

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Dayton Moore and the division of baseball theories

If the Royals think they've built a core poised for a breakout, why didn't they employ the same type of extension strategy as the Atlanta Braves this winter?

Which comes first, payroll or wins?

There is a correlation between higher payrolls and more wins, but which is the cause and which the effect?

The Fairness of the Qualifying Offer System

In the two offseasons since the qualifying offer system was put in place, a handful of players have been greatly impacted -- but that doesn't necessarily mean the consequences of QOs are unfair or unexpected.

Should you build your team with money or talent?

Do high payrolls really lead to winning more games? Do strong farm systems build consistent winners? Take a look at some multi-year trends in baseball and decide how you would build your ideal team!.

What's Next for the Australian Baseball League?

Major League Baseball has a controlling interest in the Australian Baseball League, but although it has several options, what MLB should do next with the ABL is not so clear.

Replacing the draft with an auction

Could changes to the current draft system make things a little more interesting?

The Likely Financial Benefits of Signing Tanaka

In signing Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees are likely to benefit from increased revenue from Japan -- but not as much as they enjoyed by signing Hideki Matsui.

MLB Salary Trends

Clayton Kershaw will be paid $30+ million a year--is there a limit to baseball salaries?

Are elite GB% relievers undervalued?

Part of what makes a high-GB% reliever valuable is the increased likelihood of double plays. But how much value does that add?

A DH compromise

Rules harmony does not require one league to adopt the DH (or non-DH) rules of the other. Hybrid solutions are feasible -- and linking the DH to starting pitchers would keep many of the best aspects of both kinds of baseball.

Baseball 2015--A Bill James Essay Re-Visited

Bill James wrote an essay titled "Baseball 2015" in his New Historical Baseball Abstract. This post reviews some of his points and how they've developed in the intervening 10+ years.

Saves Are Distorting Arbitration Salaries

Closers are receiving inflated salaries in arbitration but some teams can and should take advantage of the situation by keeping young pitchers out of the ninth inning

Why teams still shouldn’t be paying for relievers

It is a common refrain for sabermetric writers to complain about how teams spend significant money on free-agent relievers. With that in mind, I built a bullpen out of the remaining relief options in free agency and see just what is still out there.

Baseball 2015--A Bill James Essay Reviewed

Bill James wrote an essay titled "Baseball 2015" around 15 years ago. How did what he wrote turn out?

To spend or not to spend...on an ace

At this point in the offseason, many teams have big needs but limited resources. Often, the most common need for a team is starting pitching. But is it worth it to spend on an ace, or would signing two mid-level guys be more efficient?

Surveying the market: Outfield

Rounding out our free agent preview with a look at the available outfielders.

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